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Paul d'Aoust

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Nick, this is a brilliant idea. Thanks for sharing it with us; I think I may steal it one day if I'm ever in a position to do so

Whereabouts are you located in Canada?

Here's some of what I can get for you. We're in zone 5/6, so it may take some time to naturalise to your climate.

Nick Kitchener wrote:Russian Olive
black locust
Blue False Indigo (I think -- it could be the other false indigo)
Aronia / Chokeberries (offspring of 'Viking')
Goji / Wolfberries
Black Currants
Hazelnuts / Hazelberts (from Gellatly Nut Farm just up the road, one of North America's premier sources of hardy nut genetics)
Black Walnut (again from Gellatly)
American Black Elderberry

I also can find wolf willow (Elaeagnus commutata, which is native to North America, unlike Russian Olive) and buffaloberry.

Most of these will have to wait until the fall, of course. Please don't hesitate to remind me come September or October if I don't remember to contact you by then!
2 years ago
Adrien, re: growing almonds from seed in zone 5, from what I understand the tree will be quite happy, but it blossoms out so early that you have a good chance of frosts killing them. Although I wonder what would happen if you planted a tree on the shady side of a hill, away from any frost pockets. You might be able to delay flowering for a couple weeks?
3 years ago
Found the page on Rhora's​:
3 years ago
Simone, the Canadian breeder/supplier is Rhora's Nut Farm and Nursery in Ontario. They don't seem to have it listed on their website, but if you can get to Vancouver Island easily, Eco-Sense in North Saanich sells a cultivar from Rhora's that's sweet.
3 years ago
I have a yuzu tree which has fruited for the first time this year. (Not gonna mention the scientific name, cuz there are a thousand different opinions out there and I don't know which is the canonical one.) It's supposed to survive a night or so of -9°C (a claim which I accidentally tested out last year). Are you still interested? Not sure how well it'll survive the trip from BC to Texas, but hey, it's probably worth a shot.
I'm very interested! We've been saving seed for a number of years now, both for ourselves and the local seed library (hosted in the actual library, very cool) so we probably have some stuff other people would be interested in. Tomatoes, herbs, squash, flowers, cucumbers, dry beans, et cetera. Some we've been growing for long enough that they've probably started to adapt to our Okanagan climate. We also live 20 minutes south of the Gellatly Nut Farm, home to a lot of fanciful nut breeding experiments (some of which were quite successful and were propagated all around North America). Being nuts, those are only available certain times of the year (i.e., when we go out for a family outing to the farm in October; already been this year, sorry). I'll try to post a list when I'm using an actual computer. And not trying to make breakfast for the kids
4 years ago