Trees and shrubs from seed

for permaculture,  shade or shelter, hedgerows, and food forests.

These seeds will produce plants with lots of diversity. Some are nitrogen-fixers, others make fruit.

They will not be as predictable as vegetatively-propagated or grafted plants(clones). They will, however, all make fine low-care hedges, beautiful mixed hedgerows or shelterbelts, prevent soil erosion, and provide wildlife habitat. Some will produce sweet and tasty fruit. Others will make great jams and jellies.

Most will also provide plentiful leaves for composting in the fall.

These are seeds, not nursery plants.  Many will need stratification ( a period of cold) and some patience. 

Instruction sheet included.

For more on growing trees and shrubs from seed with an encouraging attitude and lots of humor, please see The Medicinal Herb Grower in our book section. 

 
Tree & Shrub Germination Information
 
USDA Plant Hardiness Map


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Oregon Grape
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American Wild Plum

Thicket-forming tree or large shrub with sweet fruit. Outstanding hedgerow tree. Provides excellent small fruit, cover for birds, and masses of flower in ver...
  • Germination days: 30-60 warm, 90-120 cold
  • Seeds per packet: 10
  • When to plant: Fall
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Aronia, Chokeberry

This berry is showing up in commercial juices and drinks, because it is super-nutritious and adaptable. Small tree or large shrub with blue-black fruits for ...
  • Germination days: 30-60 warm, 90-120 cold
  • Seeds per packet: 30
  • When to plant: Fall
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Bearberry, kinnikinick, Uva-Ursi

Handsome groundcover with blue-gray leaves on woody deep-red branches. Native to the mountains, needs good drainage, but takes cold and heat. Tea is effectiv...
  • Germination days: 60-90 warm, 60-90 cold, scarify
  • Seeds per packet: 20
  • When to plant: Fall
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Blackcap Raspberry

Wild raspberries have luscious flavor, and can be managed in a ticket, in a tended bed, or on a trellis or fence. Start in pots, and give adequate fertility ...
  • Germination days: 30-60 cold
  • Seeds per packet: 20
  • When to plant: Fall
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Black Elderberry

Small tree/large shrub produces loads of tasty berries famous for pies and wine. Creates privacy without shading out vegetables. Glossy pinnate leaves frame ...
  • Germination days: 30-60 warm, 90-100 cold
  • Seeds per packet: 20
  • When to plant: Summer
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Black Mulberry

Berries like blackberries or boysenberries in appearance, but on a shade tree instead of a thorny bramble. Short trunk with dense, spreading head. Great shad...
  • Germination days: 60 cold
  • Seeds per packet: 20
  • When to plant: Summer
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Blueberry

Everyone knows and loves these beautiful and tasty fruits, now touted for their antioxidant levels. Known as well for improving eyesight, especially night vi...
  • Germination days: 30-60
  • Seeds per packet: 50
  • When to plant: Fall
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Carob, St. John's Bread

Handsome drought-resistant and nitrogen-fixing tree for Mediterranean climates. (Called St. John's bread because it is believed to be the "locust" pods that ...
  • Germination days: 3 days hot, scarify 30-60
  • Seeds per packet: 10
  • When to plant: Summer
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Chaste Tree, Vitex

Extremely handsome landscape plant. Appearance much like butterfly bush, with blue-violet spikes. Berries are used for adrenal exhaustion, PMS, migraines, an...
  • Germination days: 60 cold, scarify
  • When to plant: Spring with treatment
  • When to plant: Fall without treatment
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Chinese Quince

Related to pears and apples, more adaptable than either. Adaptable to poor soil, wet and dry conditions. Fruits make good pies and jelly. Many people feel th...
  • Germination days: 60-90 cold, scarify
  • Seeds per packet: 20
  • When to plant: Fall
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Crampbark

Clusters of lacecap flowers in spring and red berries in the fall. Bark gives amazing relief for any muscular cramp-back pain, menstrual cramps, tense muscle...
  • Germination days: 180-510 warm, 60-120 cold
  • Seeds per packet: 25
  • When to plant: Summer
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Goji Berry

Much in the news for its health-giving fruit, protecting the cardiovascular system, vision, immune system. Leaf tea believed to have germ-fighting and anti-c...
  • Germination days: 120 cold, scarify
  • Seeds per packet: 10
  • When to plant: Summer
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Hardy Kiwi

The kiwi in the store requires semi-tropical conditions. This relative is much hardier, taking temperatures below zero. The fruits, as you might expect, are ...
  • Germination days: 60-90 cold
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Hawthorn

Masses of white flowers followed by red fruit, loaded with heart-healthy procyanidins. Used for jelly, wine, and teas much like rose hips. Oak-shaped leaves ...
  • Germination days: 120 cold, scarify
  • Seeds per packet: 20
  • When to plant: Fall
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Honey Locust

Fast-growing, nitrogen-fixing native American tree whose pods contain a sweet edible pulp. (That is the honey part.) Native to the Norther Plains, it is a to...
  • Germination days: 30-60
  • Spacing: 21
  • Seeds per packet: 15
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Jujube

Small tree bearing sweet fruits about 2" long with the taste and consistency of an apple. When dried, they resemble a date, with a pit about the same size as...
  • Germination days: 90 warm, 90 cold, scarify
  • Seeds per packet: 8
  • When to plant: Fall
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Linden Tree

Linden flowers are a beloved tea in Europe, sweet-sleep aid; an effective herbal tea with a nice taste! The leaves are used like lettuce when young, like spi...
  • Germination days: 90 cold moist, scarify
  • Seeds per packet: 10
  • When to plant: Fall
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Moringa

So many people have called looking for this high-nutrient plant. The leaves are rich in protein, vitamin A, B, C, and minerals. A 100-g portion of fresh mori...
  • Germination days: 4 hours warm, 14
  • Seeds per packet: 10
  • When to plant: Summer
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Mountain Ash, Rowan Tree

Lights up hard-to-use corners like the north side of a house with year-round beauty and edible fruit. Large clusters of honey-scented, bee-and butterfly-frie...
  • Seeds per packet: 50
  • When to plant: Late summer
  • Seed code: C
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Oregon Grape

Evergreen shrub native to the Pacific Northwest, adapted to shade, poor rocky soil, and clay. Leaves holly-like. Yellow highly-scented flowers in spring, blu...
  • Germination days: 90 cold
  • Seeds per packet: 30
  • When to plant: Fall
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Passionflower, Maypop

The hardiest passionfruit-survives freezes down to -15F. Fruit is sweet with many seeds, excellent juiced. Leaves are a world-class sedative and tranquilizer...
  • Germination days: 60-90 cold, scarify
  • Seeds per packet: 15
  • When to plant: Summer
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Red Root, Deerbrush, American Tea

Everyone these days seems to know about taking immune system stimulants like Echinacea and elder at the first sign of a cold or flu. But what do you do later...
  • Germination days: Quick warm, 30-90 cold, scarify
  • Seeds per packet: 30
  • When to plant: Fall
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Rugosa Rose

Prolific source of rose hips for drying, jelly, or syrups. A vigorous attractive 3-8' shrub which produces large, highly fragrant single 3-4" red-magenta blo...
  • Germination days: 30-60 warm, 90-120 cold
  • Seeds per packet: 20
  • When to plant: Fall
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Sea Buckthorn

Tough, adaptable shrub from Siberia needs good drainge, but accepts cold, heat, low fertility. Berries are one of the most effective antioxidants, and are mu...
  • Germination days: 90 cold
  • Seeds per packet: 25
  • When to plant: Early summer
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Serviceberry

Small tree/large shrub produces loads of tasty berries much like blueberries in looks and use. Extremely cold-hardy-grows as far north as there are trees. Sp...
  • Germination days: 30-60 warm, 90-120 cold
  • Seeds per packet: 20
  • When to plant: Summer
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Siberian Pea Shrub

 Nitrogen-fixing leguminous perennial shrub grows to 12 feet or more. Early settlers carried this with them as a food source. Young pods and seeds are eaten ...
  • When to plant: Spring with treatment
  • When to plant: Summer without treatment
  • When to plant: Fall without treatment
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Wax Myrtle

Bayberry. A small ornamental tree or large shrub native to North America. Noted for its production of wax-one plant can produce 7 pounds of wax. The root bar...
  • Germination days: 21 moist cold, scarify
  • When to plant: Spring
  • Seeds per packet: 20
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Wild Black Cherry

The bark is important in cough mixtures, both as flavoring and as an important herbal cough suppressor. Native to the Eastern U.S. and an important wildlife ...
  • Germination days: 30-60 warm, 90-120 cold
  • Seeds per packet: 10
  • When to plant: Fall