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RARAFLORA 2012

Our nursery is a research station disguised as a business. For decades now we have been browsing the north temperate world for plant material strong enough for our climate and fine enough for our customers.

Is a plant rare because it's hard to find in Nature or because it's seldom offered? We have both.

Our Raraflora seem to sell in unpredictable flurries, so please list second choices.


Ostrya japonica
JAPANESE IRONWOOD Z5/4m
Small, shade tolerant ornamental. Decorative, hop-like seed lanterns important to over wintering birds. Tough wood used for fuel and tool handles. Of the world's eight species the Japanese is the most convoluted. Prized by arboretums.

Aesculus octandra in bloom

Mountain Ash berries attract birds.

Picea abies Boehmerwald
BOHEMIAN SPRUCE Z3/16m
The dark evergreen of Middel Europe's fairy tales with its low sweeping branches and immense cones. From the Bohemian Forest (Böhmerwald in German: Sumava in Czech). A valuable timber tree that blends well with our native spruce.

Pinus cembra
SWISS STONE PINE Z2b/25m
Varieties of this Eurasian pine extend from the Pyrenees to Korea. Their large, bluish cones produce the famous, nutritious pine nuts. Slow growing but reacing great stature, somewhat smaller in the New World. Seagreen, cheerful foliage.

Juglans sieboldiana
JAPANESE WALNUT Z4/14m ‡
This gorgeous import combines the wood & dye qualities of Butternut. Immense, frond-like, elliptic leaves seem almost tropical. Will hybridize wth native walnuts. Vigorous grower, immune to canker. High landscape value.

Sorbus alnifolia
KOREAN MOUNTAIN ASH Z4/15m
Our best all round Mtn. Ash. Dark green alder-like leaves become a brilliant gold in the Fall. Bears heavy annual crops of delicious bright red fruit: leave some for the Cedar Waxwings.

Celtis laevigata
SUGARBERRY Z5/16m
A southern pendulous form of Hackberry with sweet orange to blue-black fruitlets of great interest to wildlife. Likes bottom lands and full sun.

Sophora japonica
JAPANESE PAGODA TREE Z5B/15m
Globular ornamental valued for its elegant pinnate leaves and bright display of creamy pea-like flowers in late summer on mature trees. Prefers full sun and moist, fertile well drained soil.

The Buddah taught that everyone should plant and tend one tree at least every five years. As long as this was observed, the whole large area of India was covered with trees, free of dust, with plenty of water, shade and food.
E.F. Schumacher
'Small is beautiful'

Sorbus scopulina
ROCKY MOUNTAIN ASH Z3/7m
Western form of American Mountain Ash with a smaller stature and larger red-orange fruit. Prefers a damp, well-drained location.

Viburnum sargentil var. calvescens
CRANBERRY VIBURNUM Z3/1.8m
Plump, rounded form 6' in all directions. Fans of creamy white flowers in May, followed by long-lasting red fruit. From Japan. Easy to grow. Shade tolerant.

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