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Allegheny Serviceberry (Amalanchier laevis) -- To 30',  Zone 4.  New spring foliage tinged purple followed by masses of white blooms and dark purple fruit.  Fall colors red-purple to orange-yellow.  Shrubby habit when young, grows to a medium-size tree.  Fruit purplish black, sweet. 3-4', 2 Gal. plants.  $27.50

American ChestnutAmerican ChestnutsAmerican Chestnut (Castanea dentata) -- Our seedlings are grown from a reportedly blight resistant (not guaranteed), isolated stand in Michigan.  Large, sweet, edible nuts.  Someone has said that before the chestnut blight struck last century, the tree was so plentiful in the Eastern forest, a squirrel could ride a chestnut from Maine to Georgia.  2-3' branched trees are $25.00.  For more info check out this fine Wikipedia article

American Hazelnut
(Corylus americana) -- Good specimen plant or 8-10 hedge.  Small nuts, rich flavor.  We use these nuts to make a hazelnut pie that takes the blue ribbon every time.  3 Gal. plants.  $27.50.  2-3' Bare root plants.  $15.00

American Plum (Prunus americana) --  Shrub or small tree with profuse white blooms.  Reddish fruit is sweet, skin tart.   Makes a fine plum sauce.  Plant two for pollination.  3-4’ plants.  $25.00

Black Heart Cherry (Prunus avium) --  Not a cultivated cherry, but a species understock (right) used for grafting sweet cherries.  Grows to 50'.  Firm, good-flavored fruit, makes a wonderful black cherry ice cream.  Does well in heavy soils.  18-24" bare root plants.  $12.00.  

'Captivator' Gooseberry - Semi-thornless with pinkish-red, high-quality sweet fruit.  Good for fresh eating, excellent for pie.   2' bareroot plants.  $15.00

'Cherry Red' Currant - Large, bright red fruit.  Thornless, upright, productive.  Can be eaten fresh, makes a wonderful jelly.  Also used for raisins.  2' Bareroot plants $15.00.

Chinese Chestnut.  Attractive lawn tree, spreading habit, blight resistant.  Two trees required for pollination.  Intolerant of alkaline soil.  Large, sweet nuts.  To 60',  Hardy to Zone 4.  3-5' plants.  $27.50

(Castanea pumila) --  This native chestnut bush has friends all over.  Folks tell us they picked up the sweet nuts on the way to school.  Then came the tell-tale hulls around the desk.  Teachers hated them, kids loved them. Shrubby form; prefers a dry site, often found at the edge of a woods.  Plant two for pollination.  1-2’ bare root plants $5.00, 1Gal. $11.00, 2 Gal. $18.00.

Cornelian Cherry Dogwood (Cornus mas) -- Early bloom with masses of small yellow flowers.  Use as specimen shrub or train to small tree.  Outstanding four-season ornamental.  3/4" scarlet fruit used by Europeans for making jelly.  3 Gal. specimen plants.  $45.00

(Sambucus canadensis) Large, suckering shrub.  Fruit used for jams, jellies, wines.  Prefers moist sites, stream banks.  Grows to 12'.  Hardy to Zone 3.  1 Gal. $9.00.  2 Gal. $18.00, 3 Gal. $25.00.  We also have a large panicle cultivar named 'Jumbo'.  1 Gal. plants $12.50.

European Hazelnut
(corylus avellena) -- Grows a bigger nut than American hazelnut.  Multi-stemmed form to 20'.  2-3 Gal. plants.  $45.00

Hardy Chicago Fig --
Cold-hardy, will fruit on one-year wood.  Gives a light, early crop, heavier late crop.  Small to medium-size figs, not as flavorful as Brunswick, but still a treat, and less likely to be caught by early freezes in our Zone 6 climate.   1 Gal. plants.  Assesing winter knockback.  2-3 Gal. 4-5' $35.00.

Nanking Cherry
(Prunus tomentosa) --  Bush cherry, hardy to Zone 2.  Good for pies, jams, and jellies.  Plant two for pollination.  2-3’ plants.  Sold Out.

Northern Pecan
(carya illinoensis) -- Parent of the many named pecan cultivars.  Native from southern Indiana, Iowa, and Kansas south to Alabama and Texas.  Writes Medsger, "Large quantities of the nuts are gathered and kept for use or sold in the markets, where they are in great demand, especially in the cities and towns of the North...The seeds are delicious--perhaps the best of all our hickories."  1 Gal. plants.  $12.00  Bareroot 3' $18.00.

Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) --  A fine, pyramidal tree.  Known also as Michigan Banana, pawpaw is the largest fruit native to North America.  Click here for recipes.  1-year bare-root plants  Sold Out. 1 Gal. plants $15.00  Grafted varieties, 'Overlease' and 'Mango'. 2-year, 2 Gal. plants Sold Out.   For more on these check out the pictures and articles on our blog.

Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) --  American Indians dried persimmons like prunes; the pioneers used them in cakes and puddings. But don’t be impatient; persimmons are memorably astringent until mellowed by the icy fingers of winter.  Captain John Smith noted that the persimmon will "turn a man's mouth awrie with much torment."  Click here for pudding recipes, here for Farmer's Bulletin No 688, The Native Persimmon.  For best results, plant our unsexed seedlings in groups of three.    1 Gal. plants.  Sold Out.  12-18" bareroot plants.  $3.50

Red Lake Currant (Ribes vulgare 'Red Lake') -- Shrub form to 4', ungainly if not pruned.  Excellent on marginal sites, good fruit production in part-shade.  Hardy, productive.  Makes a wonderful jelly.  Nice 2 Gal. plants.  $25.00.  For blog articles on currants click here.

Shadblow Serviceberry
(Amalanchier canadensis) --  Shrub or tree to 25’.  The white bloom of the serviceberry can be seen for a mile. Purple fruit is similar to blueberry, but drier.  We use it in cereal and fruit salads.  Serviceberry is a good substitute for white birch in the landscape.  Yellow and red autumn foliage.  Does well on a dry site.  2-3 Gal. plants. $27.50, 2-3' bare roots plants. $15.00.

Shagbark Hickory
(Carya ovata) -- Medsger writes, "The shagbark...is believed by some to be our most important native nut...According to early explorers, the Indians made great use of them for food, gathering them by the bushels...In almost every neighborhood where the Shagbark grows, a few trees are famous for the abundance or the excellent qualities of their nuts."  Grows to 100', scaffold branches are short unless the tree is grown in the open. 1 Gal. seedlings.  $12.50

(Lindera benzoin) --  Native shrub, grows 3-15' depending on site.  The crushed stems and leaves are aromatic, similar to Sassafras.  Early settlers used spicebush as a substitute for cinnamon.  Noted for its attractive, early yellow flowers.  12-18" plants.  $5.00. 

White Walnut or Butternut
(Juglans cinerea) -- Native from New Brunswick to Deleware, and in the mountains of Georgia and Mississippi, west to Dakota, Kansas, Arkansas.  Sweet, delicious, oily nut.  Will become rancid if not stored properly.  Grows 50-60'. 
2-3 Gal. plants.  $25.00

Wineberries in Sun Wineberry
-- Also called Japanese raspberry, now widely naturalized.  Grows well in part shade.  Canes are covered with small red thorns that give the plant a fuzzy appearance.  Leaves are green on top, silver underneath.  In the morning sun these plants seem almost luminous.  Fruit ripens after red raspberry.  Good for fresh eating, combination preserves.  Bareroot plants. Sold Out.  3 Gal. specimen plants. $22.00

Copyright 2012 Tim Hensley