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Linden, Littleleaf (Tilia cordata) potted tree
Linden, Littleleaf (Tilia cordata) potted tree

Delivery starts April 1, 2015 ( Littleleaf Linden) (Tilia cordata)  Deciduous tree to 70 feet tall, perfectly cold-hardy and with a handsome, dense, round crown.  Multi-purpose tree with substantial wildlife and pollinator value, producing copious nectar that is relished by bees.  Tilia flower bracts make a delicious tea, often called “lime flower tea,” which has a sweet taste and a honeyed fragrance. 

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Linden, Silver (Tilia tomentosa) potted tree

Delivery starts April 1, 2015 (Silver Lime) Deciduous tree to 100 feet, a majestic shade tree with a thick trunk, highly ornamental.   Widely grown in Europe where it is native.  Hardy to -10 degrees F.  Tilia flower bracts make a delicious tea, often called “lime flower tea,” which has a sweet taste and a honeyed fragrance. 

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Mimosa* (Albizia julibrissin) potted tree, organic
Mimosa* (Albizia julibrissin) potted tree, organic

(Silk Tree Mimosa, Persian Silk Tree, He-huan-hua, Collective Happiness Bark) Native to Asia and especially the Himalayas and hardy to 0 degrees F, the silk tree imparts its gentle beauty to the landscape, producing long-lived sprays of pink-purple flowers throughout the summer. The flowers and the bark of the tree, collectively, make a medicine that promotes happiness and blessed sleep.

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Moringa (Moringa oleifera) tree, organic
Moringa (Moringa oleifera) tree, organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015  (Drumstick Tree) Fast-growing decidous tree native to northwestern India and cultivated throughout the tropics and subtropics. Known as the "Drumstick Tree" in India, the immature seedpods are eaten as a standard foodstuff, tasting rather like asparagus and quite easily digested as well as being very tasty.  Beyond asparagus, virtually every part of the tree is useful in food and medicine. 

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Neem (Azadirachta indica) Potted Tree, Organic
Neem (Azadirachta indica) Potted Tree, Organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015  Evergreen or briefly deciduous tree with shiny, compound leaves and lime-green fruits.  Protect from frost. Native to India, East Africa and South Asia.  This handsome, extremely drought-tolerant tree is a multipurpose medicine.  Every part is used. 

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Nirgundi (Vitex negundo) potted tree
Nirgundi (Vitex negundo) potted tree

Delivery starts April 1, 2015    (Huang-jing-zi, Cut-Leaf Chaste Tree)
Native to China.  These are surprisingly hardy (hardier than V. agnus castus) and make a very handsome bush to small tree, flowering late and aromatically, much to the joy of bee and bird. Prefers full sun and is not picky about soil--also quite drought tolerant.  

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Oregon Grape, Creeping* (Mahonia repens) potted plant, organic
Oregon Grape, Creeping* (Mahonia repens) potted plant, organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015 (Creeping Oregon Grape)  Perennial evergreen creeper native to the forests of the Pacific NW.  The plant is highly prized in the shade garden, with shining, compound, holly-like leaves, bearing large clusters of purple berries in the late summer.  The roots are a preferred source of the yellow antibacterial alkaloid berberine.

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Oregon Grape, Tall (Mahonia aquifolium) potted plant
Oregon Grape, Tall (Mahonia aquifolium) potted plant

Delivery starts April 1, 2015 (Tall Oregon Grape)  Perennial evergreen shrub. Native to the Pacific Northwest of the United States. The leaves resemble holly, and in the spring the bright yellow, compound flowers emit delightful fragrance, and soak up the dew like a sponge.  Plant prefers part shade to full sun and does well in poor, rocky or clay-ey soils.

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Pencil Tree (Euphorbia tirucalli) potted tree, organic
Pencil Tree (Euphorbia tirucalli) potted tree, organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015  (Rubber Hedge Euphorbia, Firestick Plant, Indian Tree Spurge, Naked Lady, Sticks on Fire, Mkalamu, Milk Bush, Pencil Plant, Kraalmelkbos )  Perennial succulent large shrub or small tree to 30 feet, native to Central, North, East and South Africa.  Protect from frost.  Protect skin and eyes from latex, which is caustic.  A fascinating plant, fast and easy to grow in potted culture or outdoors in frost-free areas.  Excellent for a sunny windowsill, greenhouse, desert or dry coastal areas. Source of biofuel. 

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Rose, Rugosa (Rosa rugosa) potted bush
Rose, Rugosa (Rosa rugosa) potted bush

Delivery starts April 1, 2015   ( Rugosa Rose ) Tough, upright, thorny bushes useful in shelterbelts and hedges. These are not particular about their growing location or conditions, but sun, acid soil and regular watering will produce monumental specimens. The rugosa rose bears many small, sweetly aromatic, deep pink blossoms that give way to hefty hips.

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Schisandra, Official* (Schisandra chinensis) potted vine
Schisandra, Official* (Schisandra chinensis) potted vine

Delivery starts April 1, 2015 (Schisandra chinensis, Matrimony Vine, Many-Flavored Berry, Wu-wei-zi )  Perennial dioeceous woody vine.  Native to Manchuria, Malaysia, Korea, Northeastern China and Japan and hardy to all zones.  The fragrant pink or white flowers give way to clusters on bright red fruit.  Aphrodisiac and immune-enhancing.  Plant prefers part shade, regular garden soil and a trellis. 

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Schisandra, Starvine (Schisandra glabra) potted vine, organic
Schisandra, Starvine (Schisandra glabra) potted vine, organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015  (Bay Starvine, Climbing Magnolia, Star vine)  Perennial dioecious woody vine to 60 feet, native to Southeastern United States and hardy to 20 degrees F.  Flowers red in early summer giving way to bright red berries in late summer.  Berries are pretty much identical in size, consistency, taste and medicinal activity to the well-known Chinese herb Wu-wei-zi (Schisandra chinensis). 

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Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) potted tree
Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) potted tree

Delivery starts April 1, 2015 (Sha-ji, Sand Thorn, Sand-thorn)  Dioecious, spiny shrub to small tree.  Native to temperate Europe and Asia and hardy to all zones.  The tree, even when young and bush-like, is excellent in hedgerows and shelterbelts. The fruit juice is loaded with vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants; improves immune response. Oil of seeds is an effective sunblock. 

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Slippery Elm (Ulmus rubra) tree, Organic
Slippery Elm (Ulmus rubra) tree, Organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2014  (Slippery Elm, Red Elm)  Deciduous tree native to Central, Eastern and Southern United States and Canada and hardy to -40 degrees F.  This is the species that yields the famous mucilage-laden medicine known as "slippery elm bark." Excellent shade tree, companion of piknic tables and squirrels. 

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Spice Bush (Lindera benzoin) potted shrub, organic
Spice Bush (Lindera benzoin) potted shrub, organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015  (Spicebush) Perennial deciduous bush to 12 feet, perfectly frost-hardy. Native to Appalachia and a most elegant member of the very pretty plant family known as the Lauraceae. Spice bush prefers shade to sun and moist, rich soil.

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Tamarind
Tamarind "Mkwaju" (Tamarindus indica), potted tree, organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015  (Mkwaju) Tropical hardwood.  Stately tree that bears the fruity pods, sweet/sour, kind to the stomach and the digestion, an ingredient in tamarind sauce.  The pulp of the pods is high in tartaric acid and pectin and is used as a natural food stabilizer.  It is a good source of Niacin, calcium, phosphorus, iron, thiamine and riboflavin.

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Tea, Chinese* (Camelia sinensis) potted seedling, organic
Tea, Chinese* (Camelia sinensis) potted seedling, organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015  Native to India and China and cultivated worldwide. Glossy-leaved plant bears white, cup-like flowers. Our tea are very nice--2 or 3  years old and about a foot tall, deeply-rooted in 6-inch-deep pots. The plant is hardy to 20 degrees F and prefers the tropics at elevation. 

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Tronadora* (Tecoma stans) potted plant, organic
Tronadora* (Tecoma stans) potted plant, organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015  (Yellow trumpet vine creeper, Tronadora) Perennial deciduous viney shrub native to the American SW and Mexico.  Oversize yellow flowers on a self-supporting vine.  A useful plant for the desert landscape. 

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Uva Ursi* (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) potted plant
Uva Ursi* (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) potted plant

Delivery starts April 1, 2015   (Bearberry, Kinnikinik)  Spreading perennial evergreen groundcover.  Circumpolar. Hardy to all zones. The herb covers entire hillsides and has been adopted by landscapers for use in the city as a drought tolerant, glossy leaved groundcover.  Also does well in pots. 

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Willow, Weeping* (Salix babylonica) potted tree, organic
Willow, Weeping* (Salix babylonica) potted tree, organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015 (Weeping Willow) Grown from clones of our favorite giant weeping willow, an old-timer that overhangs the Iowa River.  Weeping willow prefers full sun and ever-moist soil (or daily watering) and will eventually tap into subterranean water if there is any, and in this way attain great size and produce volumes of life-giving shade for human and beast alike. Source of pain-relieving salicin.  

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