Nut Trees and Edible Shrubs

Nursery stock is available bare-root in fall 2021 and spring 2022. These plants are field-grown, and dug up while dormant. For fall sales, this is usually early November once their leaves drop, and for spring is usually mid-late March after the ground thaws. Growing field-grown perennials produces a healthier root system and therefore healthier plant, and reduces our consumption of off-site resources such as plastic pots and potting mix. A select few plants are available in pots, which will be noted in the description.

SEEDLING NUT TREES, BARE ROOT, $25.00 each

These trees are 2-year old field-grown seedling trees. They will be available in early November once they drop their leaves. Because they are growing in ground and will be dug up the day they are picked up, and need to be transplanted within a few days. These will also be available in the spring for those who have frozen ground during this window.

BLACK WALNUT, Seedling of Emma K. 2-4 feet tall

NORTHERN HAZELNUT, Seedling of EFB resistant parents. 2-4 feet tall

PERSIAN WALNUT, Seedling. 3-5 feet tall

JAPANESE / AMERICAN CHESTNUT, Seedling. 2-3 feet tall

NORTHERN PECAN, Seedling. (Sold Out)

HEARTNUT, Seedling. 3-6 feet tall

These nut seedlings are also available as one-year seedlings ranging from 8 – 18″ tall, for $15 each.

FRUITING SHRUBS

GOUMI – Elaeagnus multiflora – $30, 3 gallon pots

These incredible, rare berries are a delicious July treat. Sweet, astringent, and speckled red, Goumi berries are the size of an elongated grape and have a small pit inside (pictured above left). These nitrogen-fixing bushes grow 6-10′ feet tall, easy to grow, tolerant of poor soils, have few pests or diseases, and are hardy to zone 4.

JOSTABERRY – Ribes × nidigrolaria – $18 – 2-3 feet tall, bare-root plants

This cross between the European gooseberry, North American gooseberry, and black currant has the best of all three worlds – large delicious red-black berries on hardy thornless bushes that ripen in late July. Sweet and high in vitamin C, jostaberries make delicious jams, jellies, pies, and are perfect for eating out of hand. Disease-resistant, self-fertile, and low-maintenance, these are my favourite of the Ribes family.

RED CURRANT – Ribes rubrum – $18

Vigorous, upright plants produce hanging clusters of small red sweet and tart berries. Great for freezing, preserves, smoothies, and drying. Give 5′ spacing between plants. Two varieties are available: Cherry Red and Paula’s Red.

SOLD OUT til SPRING 2022 – CLOVE CURRANT – Ribes odoratum – $18

Native to North America, the clove currant is a hardy, drought-tolerant, low maintenance fruiting 4-6′ tall shrub with fragrant clove-scented yellow flowers in spring. Fruits are somewhere between black currants and jostaberries in size and flavour. Great resilient plant for edible landscaping, hedges, and the orchard understory.

BLACK CURRANT – Ribes nigrum – $18

Varieties: Ben Nevis, Ben Alder, Ben Hope, Titania, and Unnamed. Attractive, upright small shrubs produces large clusters of jet-black, delicious berries great for juicing, preserves, and drying. Very high in antioxidants and anthocyanins. Similar in low-maintenance habit and hardiness to other Ribes. Great food forest understory plants as they still produce with partial sun.

GOOSEBERRY – Ribes uva-crispa – $18

The latin name says it all, these are the crunchy grapes of the currant family. Crisp, large berries have a delicious balance of sweet and sour that makes them excellent for jams, preserves, and pies. The sprawling, thorny plants can grow 4-5′ tall with supports, or travel lower to the ground to create a thicket. Varieties: Hinnomaki Red, Black Velvet, Pixwell (pink).

CANADICE SEEDLESS GRAPE – $15

Flavourful, crisp, sweet purple seedless table grapes that ripen mid-late September. This variety is very productive, cold hardy, and vigorous, growing up a trellis or support to over 20′ if allowed. (More grape varieties available spring 2022)

THORNLESS BLACKBERRY, Chester – Rubus spp. – $18

These vigorous, easy to grow blackberries are a joy to pick because of the lack of thorns. Semi-erect canes produce prolific flavourful black berries from early August until the first heavy frost. Giving 6′ spacing between plants and providing a trellis or climbing structure is recommended to get maximum production.

Sweet Scarlet RUGOSA ROSE – Rosa rugosa – $10 – 15

This ultra-hardy rose is prized for edible flowers and very large rose hips that make delicious jellies and preserves. High in vitamin C, antioxidants, and flavinoids, the hips also make excellent teas and medicines. Rugosa roses can tolerate a range of soils and growing conditions, are disease-resistant, have a vigorous root system that can stabilize soils, and can survive very cold temperatures. Growing 6 feet tall and wide with the tendency to sucker, they make a great deer-resistant hedge or can be trellised along fences and tall structures. This variety has showy deep pink ruffled flowers.

MULBERRY, Black and White – Morus alba and Morus nigra hybrids – $25.00

Available in both potted ($25) and bare-root ($20)

SOLD OUT TIL SPRING 2022 – BLACKCAP WILD RASPBERRY – Rubus Leucodermis – $18

A delicious thorny raspberry native to the Kootenays. Blackcap raspberries produce firm, slightly seedy black raspberries in mid-summer. These incredibly resilient plants can grow almost anywhere and are a great addition to a native plant garden, food forest, or low-maintenance berry patch. They tend to trail, so growing in a tomato cage or small trellis helps to increase fruiting and prevent them from exploring all over.

SOLD OUT TIL SPRING 2022 – FIGS – Ficus carica

Yes, you can grow figs in the Kootenays! These varieties are some of the hardiest, but exposed branches will still die back to the roots in cold temperatures (-10-18 Celsius depending on variety), regrowing the following year. If you are on a cold site and want to avoid this you can keep them in a pot and bring into an unheated garage, basement, or cellar for the winter. Or with some specific branch training and mulching, you can overwinter your figs without losing branches – if you want to try this I can give you information on how to do it. Those trees that are well protected or overwintered indoors often produce a breba crop, meaning they develop a small fig that overwinters and ripens in early summer the next year, followed by a main crop in late summer. Drought tolerant, deer resistant, self-fruitful, with few pests or diseases, figs are tough and low maintenance if given good winter protection. This year we have DESERT KING available– Light green skin, pink flesh, excellent fresh eating fig with a large breba crop.

SOLD OUT TIL SPRING 2022 – THORNLESS BOYSENBERRY – Rubus ursinus x Rubus idaeus – $18

This amazing hybrid berry is a cross between a blackberry, raspberry, loganberry, and dewberry. Original variety had thorns, but this one is a unique thornless cultivar. Huge, delicious berries resemble a large blackberry and are outstanding for fresh eating, juice, and preserves. Semi-erect canes benefit from similar treatment to blackberry, with a lattice or trellis to climb up to increase production. Zone 6 hardy.

SOLD OUT TIL SPRING 2022 – LINGONBERRY / BOG CRANBERRY – Vaccinium vitis-idaea -$8, 4″ pots

Low growing North American native plant producing brilliant red, sour fruits that are delicious as sauce or dried. Great as a creeping ground cover, border plant, or addition to a native plant garden.

SOLD OUT – ELDERBERRY – Sambucus canadensis – $20 (More available spring 2022)

NEXT BATCH AVAILABLE JUNE 2021 – Varieties include Ranch, Haschburg, Victoria, Kent, and Sampo. These beautiful, hardy, fast growing perennial shrubs produce fragrant white blossoms in June and delicious black berries in late summer. Flowers are used for wine, cordials, and dried for tea. Berries are used for wine, juice, preserves, and medicinal preparations to support a strong immune system. Requires 1/2 – full day sun and good soil moisture. Can be pruned back to the ground annually or grown as 6-10′ shrub. Best production with multiple varieties.

SOLD OUT – ARONIA BERRY – Aronia melanocarpa