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RARAFLORA 2019

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 purpurea
PURPLE CONE SPRUCE Z5/50m
A cross between P. likiangensis and P. wilsonii growing in China on mountains at high altitudes. A cheerful, upright tree with an oval shape and scaly gray bark that's named after its strikingly coloured cones.

Picea koraiensis
KOREAN SPRUCE Z4/15m
The following description comes from the learned nurseryman, David Lawyer: "extremely rare ornamental Spruce; narrowly pyramidal in habit with horizontal branches uplifted at tips. Exfoliating bark."

Hibiscus syriacus "Red Heart"
RED HEART ROSE OF SHARON Z5/2.5m
A member of the Mallow family, the Rose of Sharon hails originally from Inda and China but has become the national flower of South Korea. White funnel-shaped blooms with a red center attract butterflies and pollinators. Gives a tropical feel to our temperate gardens.

Cornus coreana
KOREAN DOGWOOD Z5/2m
This rare dogwood is low-maintenance, disease and drought resistant, and not particular about soils. White flowers in spring, black berries in fall.

Syringa microphilla
DAPHNE LILAC Z5/1m
Low-growing, small-leafed lilac that thrives in the shade. Soft lavender to light pink flowers give a delicious fragrance to their surroundings.

Amelanchier canadensis
SHADBLOW SERVICEBERRY Z4/6m
Native to Canada, these are the first to wake up in the spring with delicate white blossoms. Often seen growing on a sunny forest edge in moist soil. Produces edible fruit quite like a blueberry.

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.

Eleagnus umbellata
CARDINAL AUTUMN OLIVE Z5b/3m ‡
Edible beige berries gradually redden and sweeten with frost. Fragrant yellow flowers. Silvery underleaf. Attracts wildlife. Forms a self-tending barrier hedge about 1.5m wide used in erosion control. From the Himalayas and upland China.

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