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Siberian ginseng. (Syn. Eleutherococcus s.) A large shrub from Siberia growing to 7 m (23 ft) high. Fruits are juicy and edible, the size of peas. The roots are used as a ginseng substitute – widely in Asia. Likes sun and a well drained site. Hardy to about -25°C Stratification: CS26+WS13. Number of seeds: 25 (6 db).
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Hardy Kiwi. A vigorous climbing shrub from Japan, growing to 6m (20 ft) high or more within 10 years. Very good against a wall – leafs out quite early in spring and young plants may require protection against late frosts. Flowers well in the South and West of Britain and bears excellent edible sweet fruits 25 mm (1) across. Likes full sun and a well-drained, moist soil. Dioecious. Very hardy, to -25°C or more. NB Protect from cats who love to eat the plant! Stratification: CS13. Number of seeds: 40.
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Smooth kiwi. Not to be confused with the better known and hairy skinned A.deliciosa, this is a smooth skinned climber with large smooth-skinned fruits of excellent flavour. The sap from stems can be used as a glue and the plant for facade insulation. Dioecious; hardy, to -15°C. NB Protect from cats who love to eat the plant! Stratification: CS4. Number of seeds: 50.
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Manchurian gooseberry. A vigorous climber, reaching 15m (50 ft) high by climbing through large trees. Leaves are variegated; it needs a well-drained soil and part shade and tolerates quite deep shade. Edible plum-sized fruit; young leaves have also been eaten. Good facade insulation. Dioecious; hardy to at least -25°C. Growth 4m (17 ft) in 10 years. NB Protect from cats who love to eat the plant! Stratification: WS13+CS13. Number of seeds: 100.
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Silver vine. Another climbing kiwi, reaching 5 m (16 ft) high, from Japan. The fruits are edible, the leaves used medicinally and the plant can be used for facade insulation. Likes sun and a well-drained soil; hardy to about -20°C. NB Protect from cats who love to eat the plant! Stratification: CS4. Number of seeds: 200.
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Chocolate vine. A climber form China and Japan, growing up to 10 m (32 ft) high; semi-evergreen with fragrant flowers. The seed pods it produces in good summers contain a delicious chocolate-like edible pulp, while the young shoots are edible raw or pickled. Leaves are used to make a tea. Stems are sometimes used for basketry. Prefers a sunny site; hardy to -23°C. Stratification: CS4. Number of seeds: 8.
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Three leaf akebia. Another climber from Japan and China, growing up to 6 m (20 ft) high. The sweet pulp from the seeds pods is edible, and the leaves are used in teas. Stems are sometimes used for basketry. Prefers a sunny site; hardy to -23°C. Stratification: CS4. Number of seeds: 8.
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Green alder. One of the smaller alders, this is a medium shrub from central Europe reaching 2.5 m (8 ft) high and in spread. Like other alders, it is an excellent nitrogen-fixer, and is a good candidate for underplanting where there is partial shade. It is also very wind-hardy and suitable for hedges and windbreaks. A red dye has been obtained from the inner bark. Likes a moist or wet soil in sun or part shade. Hardy to about -25°C. Stratification: CS8. Number of seeds: 100.
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Saskatoon, Regent serviceberry. One of the best North American Amelanchiers for fruit, the saskatoon is a large shrub reaching 5m (16 ft) with rounded leaves and tasty, sweet blue-black fruit about ½ (12 mm) across produced abundantly. Good in windbreaks and hedges, and sometimes used for erosion control. Source of pollen for bees in April. Likes a moist, sunny site but tolerates some shade. Growth 3m (10 ft) in 10 years. Hardy to -25°C. Stratification: WS4+CS16. Number of seeds: 25.
37 in stock
Serviceberry. A large shrub or small tree from Eastern North America growing to 8 m (27 ft) high. White flowers in spring are followed by edible sweet bluish fruits. Good in hedges, bees like the flowers, and the wood is sometimes used for handles and fishing rods. Prefers a moist sunny site; hardy to -25°C. Stratification: CS20. Number of seeds: 40.
37 in stock
Apple serviceberry. A large Canadian shrub, reaching a maximum 10 m (32 ft) high; grows about 60 cm (2 ft) per year. Like most other ‘Juneberries’, it bears good crops of sweet, tasty, succulent, apple-flavoured fruits around June. Also good in hedges. Likes sun or part shade. Hardy to -25°C. Stratification: WS4+CS16. Number of seeds: 30.
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False indigo. A medium Sized North American shrub, growing to 3-4 m (10-13 ft) high. It is a nitrogen-fixing legume. The crushed seeds have been used as a condiment (though they may not be wholesome); resinous pustules on the plant contain an insecticidal compound effective against aphids and cattle flies. The plant contains small amounts of indigo pigment and can be used to make a blue dye. A good wildlife plant. Needs a well-drained soil and sun or light shade; hardy to -40°C. Stratification: CS2. Number of seeds: 100.
17 in stock