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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.


Acer rufinerve
HONSHU MAPLE Z5/9m
One of the many beautiful small maples from upland Japan where fall colours are even more glorious and variable than in eastern N. America. This one turns bright orange to red. Lovely in leaf, trunk and seed.

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.

Picea likiangensis
LIKIANG SPRUCE Z6b/25m
From the high elevations of SW China where it can reach a towering 40m. A drought tolerant timber tree now threatened by logging. Its striking young ruby-coloured cones win 1st prize in the Chelsea Flower Show. For warmer zones.

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.

Cornus Mas
CORNELIAN CHERRY Z4/4m
Can be grown as a bush or small tree with clean open leafage and bright red, edible fruit about the colour and size of ju-jubes. From West Asia and Central Europe where it appears often in folklore. Resists insects and pollution. Its soft-yellow flowers bloom before the leaves open: a welcome sight in the early spring.

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'

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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