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Amla Tree* (Emblica officinalis) potted plant, organic
Amla Tree* (Emblica officinalis) potted plant, organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015 Amla trees are beautiful, with feathery-leaved branches and a stately presence. Excellent in potted culture.  Amla bears a fruit that is among the highest in vitamin C among all fruits worldwide.  This fruit is one of the ingredients of the GI fortifying formula known as Triphala, probably the most used and most useful and most well-known formula from the ayurvedic tradition.  

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Annatto (Bixa orellana) potted plant, organic
Annatto (Bixa orellana) potted plant, organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015  (Lipstick Tree, Mzingefuri)  Multistemmed evergreen tree to 30 feet, native to tropical america.  Protect from frost.  Highly ornamental, with showy flowers giving way to the orange-red pods.  The pulverized, brick-red seeds are the source of bixin, a dye universally employed as a harmless coloring agent for dairy products and other foods. 

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Baobab Tree (Adansonia digitata) potted tree, organic!
Baobab Tree (Adansonia digitata) potted tree, organic!

Delivery starts April 1, 2015  Perennial succulent tree native to Africa.  This is a collector's item, a curiosity that will perform well indoors in a bright window or in the greenhouse.  Please protect from frost.  Does well in pots. Plant in a gallon pot in fast-draining potting soil (cactus mix is good) and wait until soil surface is completely dry before watering.  These plants are large and must be shipped via UPS.

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Cascara Sagrada* (Rhamnus purshiana) potted tree, organic
Cascara Sagrada* (Rhamnus purshiana) potted tree, organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015  ( Chittam, Chittum, Sacred Bark ) Small to midsized deciduous tree.  Native to the western coast of North America and the Rocky Mountains and hardy to -40 degrees F. The bark is gray or whitish and warty; it tends to harbor lichens.  In the spring the tree unfolds its prominently veined leaves, then forms the cup-shaped greenish flowers that give way to the large, round, jet-black drupes. The cured bark is the source an anthroquinone laxative, and is actually used in great quantity to make the product "X-Lax," the chocolatey confection with the surprising aftereffects.

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Cedar of Lebanon* (Cedrus libani) potted tree
Cedar of Lebanon* (Cedrus libani) potted tree

Delivery starts April 1, 2015    Stately evergreen to 130 feet, hardy to -10 degrees F.  Good for a sunny site with poor or hard soils, this fast growing tree is mentioned 75 times in The Bible as a source of durable wood, medicine, and fragrance. 

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Cedar, Atlantic* (Cedrus atlantica) potted tree

Delivery starts April 1, 2015    Evergreen native to the Atlas Mountains of Algeria and Morocco.  Blue-needled true cedar is considered one of the handsomest landscape trees of all time. 

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Cedar, Incense  (Calocedrus decurrens) potted tree, organic
Cedar, Incense (Calocedrus decurrens) potted tree, organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015  (Incense Cedar, California Incense Cedar)  Evergreen tree native to western US, growing to 120 feet tall, but suitable for smaller landscape or potted tree applications.   Primary source of beautiful frionds for smudging and sweatlodge. 

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Coleus forskohlii*, potted plant, organic
Coleus forskohlii*, potted plant, organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015  Coleus forskohlii (sometimes misspelled forskholii)  Perennial shrub native to India and E Africa.  Protect from frost.  Vigorous woody grower produces upright racemes of shockingly blue flowers, long-lived and much loved by indigenous people as a decorative plant for fenceline, roadside, or flower garden. 

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Cotton, Tree (Gossypium arboreum) potted plant, organic
Cotton, Tree (Gossypium arboreum) potted plant, organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015 (Tree Cotton, Mpamba mwitu)  Shrub to 6 feet tall, native to India.  Protect from frost.  Excellent choice to have for a plant in a pot in a solarium or tropical greenhouse. The shrubs are pretty and robust, studded with the flaring yellow, pink or white flowers and pendant gobs of cotton. 

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Desert Willow* (Chilopsis linearis) potted tree, organic
Desert Willow* (Chilopsis linearis) potted tree, organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015. Willowy shrub or small tree native to the deserts of southwestern US, Baja, and Mexico.  This plant is an indicator for subterranean water in the desert, and if it's a good year for water, the large, trumpet-shaped flowers and associated sexy aroma are exceptional.

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Empress Tree (Paulownia tomentosa) potted tree, organic [CT no]
Empress Tree (Paulownia tomentosa) potted tree, organic [CT no]

Delivery starts April 1, 2015 Deciduous tree native to central and western China. Frost hardy to 20 degrees F. This is one of the most impressively large-leaved (elephant ear size) plants that you can grow. The plant commonly increases 15 feet in height in a single year. The tree sequesters huge amounts of globe-warming carbon dioxide, filters toxins from the atmosphere, and the wood is useful around the farm for trellising. [CT no]

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Gardenia, Common* (Gardenia jasminoides) potted plant, organic
Gardenia, Common* (Gardenia jasminoides) potted plant, organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015  Cape Jasmine, Zhi-zi, Gardenia) Low-growing evergreen shrub native to and and hardy to 30 degrees F (-1.1 degrees C) .  Cultivated worldwide for its waxy, delightfully fragrant blossoms, Gardenia is best planted outdoors in the south and kept as a potted plant in the northern states. The flowers are used to flavor tea. 

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Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)  potted tree
Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) potted tree

Delivery starts April 1, 2015 (Bai-guo, Maidenhair Tree)  Perennial, deciduous, dioecious tree native to eastern China. Darwin called it a “living fossil.” The trees are resilient, adaptable to the inner city or the farm, and they are perfectly cold hardy. They are also exceedingly beautiful, with lithe, humanoid trunks and deeply grooved, bi-lobed leaves. The leaves filter toxins out of the air.

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Goji, Black* (Lycium ruthenicum) potted plant, organic
Goji, Black* (Lycium ruthenicum) potted plant, organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015  (Russian Box Thorn) Black fruited goji berry plant, organic.  Native to Yunnan in China.  Tough seedlings, rare and desireable.  Very cool zig-zag trunk structure that will yield the highly regarded black goji berry of legend and commerce.

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Hawthorn, English (Crataegus oxyacantha syn. Crataegus laevigata) potted tree
Hawthorn, English (Crataegus oxyacantha syn. Crataegus laevigata) potted tree

Delivery starts April 1, 2015  English Hawthorn  Deciduous thorny bush to small tree. Native to Europe.  Plants prefer full sun to part shade and water.  This is the prettiest of the Hawthorns, with pink or red flowers and showy autumn color.  The (usually 2-seeded) fruits are excellent.

 

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Hawthorn, Wild Form (Crataegus monogyna) potted tree
Hawthorn, Wild Form (Crataegus monogyna) potted tree

Delivery starts April 1, 2015  Medium sized, weeping tree with white flowers and large, single-stoned fruits. Native landrace from the west coast of the US. Perfectly hardy throughout the temperate US. In the herbalscape, the plant provides safe haven and food for songbirds. Highly trimmable and adaptable to odd spatial niches, the tree is appropriate for urban or rural settings and in time will form a fantastic gnarled trunk.

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He-shou-wu* (Polygonum multiflorum) potted plant, organic
He-shou-wu* (Polygonum multiflorum) potted plant, organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015 (Ho-shou-wu, He Shou Wu ) (Fo-ti is a misnomer)  Vining herbaceous perennial from China. The plant is almost unstoppable and may be planted to provide summer shade, trellised up the side of the house, on fences, etc. Plant prefers full sun and rich, well-drained soil. 

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Hopbush* (Dodonea viscosa) potted plant, organic
Hopbush* (Dodonea viscosa) potted plant, organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015  (Hop Bush, Hopseed Bush, Ake Ake)  Evergreen shrub or small tree to 15 feet, hardy to 15 degrees F.  Native to the deserts of the American Southwest, the plant is willow-like in appearance but extremely drought tolerant, and its most distinguishing feature is the highly decorative, papery 3 sided seed pod. Traditionally used in treating gastroenteritis, stomach and duodenal ulcer, colds, toothache, and as a general antiiflammatory.

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Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum), potted tree, organic
Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum), potted tree, organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015 (Conker Tree) Native to the Balkans in Southeastern Europe, Horse chestnut is a stout deciduous tree to 90 feet tall, magnificent, whith a spreading crown tipped by handsomely swollen, resiny buds.  Hardy to -40 degrees F.  An excellent choice for creating the mature landscape, the tree also makes a fine bonsai. 

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Jatropha, Biodiesel (Jatropha curcas) potted shrub, organic
Jatropha, Biodiesel (Jatropha curcas) potted shrub, organic

Delivery starts April 1, 2015  (Barbados Nut, Purging Nut, Physic Nut, JCL, Green Diesel, Biodiesel Jatropha )  Tropical woody perennial shrub to small tree to 20 feet, native to the American tropics.  Trunk green, sensual, swollen, crowned by maple-like leaves.  Highly drought-tolerant, this plant can be grown in tropical wastelands or in the desert.  Containing up to 40% oil, the seeds can be processed to produce biodiesel that will run a standard diesel engine. 

 

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