The Fall Citrus & Rare Fruit Pre-Order 

Choose from 12 of our most popular Citrus plus many other rare and unusual fruit trees and shrubs

We are pleased to announce that we have been able to acquire a selection of many of our most popular Citrus varieties for pick-up or shipping this fall. These are joined by many other rare and intriguing fruit trees and bushes including paw paws, persimmons, jujubes, mulberries, tea, pineapple guava, and Japanese and Sechuan peppers!

Updated Aug 26 Pick-Up and Shipping Times: Some plants will arrive in Sept and the rest at the start of October. We will email you when your order is ready and it is time to pick-up or ship to you once your order is complete. If you are in a cold climate and it happens to be too cold to ship in October, we will hold your order until spring and ship then.

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Meet the Hardy Citrus

Owari’ is a satsuma mandarin orange that is hardy outdoors in coastal BC! Plants form lush, tropical-looking, evergreen shrubs to 5-8 ft tall, bloom with white, incredibly fragrant flowers, and produce excellent crops of sweet, juicy, seedless fruit just like you buy in boxes at the supermarket but these you can pick off your very own tree at Christmas time with crops ripening from early December into February! Available in September.

Yuzu Ichandrin – Yuzu is prized in Japan for flavoring, juice and preserves producing abundant, easy-to-peel, 3 inch diametre fruit with tasty, lemon-lime flavour. It has also become a hot item for foodies in North America. This Citrus is super hardy to about minus 18 degrees Celsius and can be easily grown outdoors in coastal BC year round. Zone 7. Available in September.

Sudachi – Sudachi is a cross of a mandarin orange and yuzu. Sudachi, like yuzu, is prized in Japan for culinary pursuits and some say it is more complex than yuzu. The unique, spicy juice is used to flavour soups, sauces (including ponzu), fish dishes, ice cream, and other desserts. The fruit is golf ball sized and is usually picked green when the flavour is more pronounced but can also be harvested once fruit changes to orange-yellow. Higher in vitamin C than lemons. Perfectly hardy in coastal BC down to zone 7!

‘Nordmann’ Seedless ‘Nagami’ Kumquat – Kumquats are eaten peel and all for a sweet-tart combo. Heavy producer of small, seedless oblong fruits. Hardy in coastal BC. Zone 8.

Explore our Full List of Citrus

Our hardy cultivars are joined by a selection of some of our other most popular Citrus cultivars. Here is the full list of all Citrus:

Citrus – Kumquat – Fortunella japonica ‘Nordmann Seedless Nagami’ – Kumquats are eaten peel and all for a sweet-tart combo. Heavy producer of small, seedless oblong fruits. Hardy in coastal BC. Zone 8.

Citrus – Kumquat – Fortunella obovata ‘Fukushu’ (‘Changshou’) – Considered by some to be the best of the kumquats for eating with large fruit with great tart/sweet contrast in flavour. Lovely rounded leaves. Zone 9.

Citrus – Lemon – limon ‘Genoa’ – Similar to the familiar ‘Eureka’ lemon but hardier. An Italian cultivar with vigorous, compact growth perfect for container culture, great production, and good cold tolerance. Zone 9.

Citrus – Lemon ­– x meyeri ‘Improved Meyer’ – One of the easiest and most popular citrus to grow. Can bloom and fruit year-round. Deep yellow lemons are very juicy and less acidic than regular lemons with nice sweetness. A hybrid cross of C. limon (lemon) and C. reticulata (mandarin orange). Zone 9.

Citrus – Lime ­– hystrix ‘Makrut/Kieffer Thai Lime’ – A must have for all foodies and avid cooks, the leaves, zest and juice are used in traditional Thai, Cambodian, and Indonesian dishes. Zone 9.

Citrus – Lime – junos “Yuzu” – Yuzu is prized in Japan for flavoring, juice and preserves producing abundant, easy-to-peel, 3 inch diametre fruit with tasty, lemon-lime flavour. It has also become a hot item for foodies in North America. This Citrus is super hardy to about minus 18 degrees Celsius and can be easily grown outdoors in coastal BC year round. Zone 7.

Citrus – Lime ­– sudachi “Sudachi” – Sudachi is a cross of a mandarin orange and yuzu. Sudachi, like yuzu, is prized in Japan for culinary pursuits. The unique, spicy juice is used to flavour soups, sauces (including ponzu), fish dishes, ice cream, and other desserts. The fruit is golf ball sized and is usually picked green when the flavour is more pronounced but can also be harvested once fruit changes to orange-yellow. Higher in vitamin C than lemons. Perfectly hardy in coastal BC down to zone 7!

Citrus – Mandarin – clementina ‘Dwarf Clementine’ – The popular ‘Clementine’ ripens in the spring with small, sweet fruit with a bright flavour. Provide a pollinator for best fruit production. Good cold tolerance. Zone 9.

Citrus – Mandarin – reticulata ‘Pixie’ – Small, sweet, seedless mandarins are easy to peel. Requires less heat to ripen than other varieties. Zone 9.

Citrus – Mandarin – unshiu ‘California Honey’ – A real collector’s item for citrus fans, ‘California Honey’ is not commercially grown so to taste this amazing cultivar, you’ll have to grow it yourself. It ranks as one of the best tasting of all mandarins with great, juicy flesh, intense sweetness, fragrant aroma, and a flavour like spiced honey. Zone 9.

Citrus – Mandarin – unshiu ‘Owari’ Satsuma – A satsuma mandarin orange that is hardy outdoors in coastal BC! Plants form lush, tropical-looking, evergreen shrubs to 5-8 ft tall, bloom with white, incredibly fragrant flowers, and produce excellent crops of sweet, juicy, seedless fruit just like you buy in boxes at the supermarket but these you can pick off your very own tree at Christmas time with crops ripening from early December into February! Zone 8.

Citrus – Orange (Blood) – sinensis ‘Taroko #7’ – Largest of the blood oranges and among the most delicious. Deep orange skin, deep red flesh. Sweet and tart. Nearly seedless. Cool winters bring on the deepest red colours of the flesh. Zone 9.

Citrus Info

The sizes (from smallest to largest) and prices are:

  • One Gallon – Young plants that are usually about 1 foot high with some branching beginning. Price: $41.99.
  • Band Pots – These are tall, square pots 4″x4″x9″ in size. Plants tend to be 1-2 feet tall, sometimes more, with good branching. Price: $59.99.

All sizes are capable of flowering and fruiting, though the larger size will produce more flowers and fruit more quickly. Upgrading to a larger size usually gets you 1-2 years more growth and that much closer to great crops. Larger sizes will also be hardier and more resistant to cold temperatures. Band pots are grafted onto C-35 citrange rootstock. One gallon pots are grafted onto trifoliate orange (Poncirus trifoliatus) root stock. Both provide good cold tolerance and good production on semi-dwarf trees.

Chilean Guava

Chilean Guava – Ugni molinae ‘Flambeau’ – The Chilean guava, Ugni molinae, is a popular fruit in markets in Chile but little-known here. The plant is a rounded to columnar, evergreen shrub with small, dark green, shiny foliage. The fragrant late spring flowers are pendulous bells in pale pink and white with pinkish red sepals. The fruit, which forms in summer and fall, is ruby red with a kind of strawberry and pine flavour in the most delicious sort of way. Some describe it as tasting like cotton candy. Others say strawberries and vanilla cream. No matter how you describe the fruit, they are definitely tasty. ‘Flambeau’ is a very special variegated cultivar with grey green leaves edged in cream and flushed with pink. It will produce a little less fruit than the normal green form but its evergreen foliage will also provide beauty year round. Plant in a protected situation in coastal BC. In colder climates grow in a greenhouse or sunny, cool room in the winter. Zone 8.

11cm, $19.99.

Golden Kiwifruit

Golden Kiwifruit – Actinidia chinensis ‘Yellow Queen’ – The golden kiwifruit is a new cutting edge edible that produces delicious palest yellowish green to warm yellow fruit that is less tart and acidic and more sweet, aromatic, and tropical than the normal green kiwifruit. It also has hairless skin with little bumps that can be eaten without peeling. A. chinensis is closely related to the green kiwifruit, A. deliciosa. Male plants of A. deliciosa can pollinate the female ‘Yellow Queen’ to produce fruit. ‘Yellow Queen’ is very productive and can begin to produce good crops after only a few years. Once plants are at full productive age and size, the young fruit can be thinned as it begins to form. This will produce fewer but larger and perhaps more flavourful fruit. Similar to the green kiwi, ‘Yellow Queen’ fruit will likely not be fully ripe in coastal BC come November. Just harvest the fruit before frost and bring inside to finish ripening inside the house. Eat fresh or use for jams and jellies. Zone 6 or 7. Due to the rarity of this species, zone hardiness is not yet fully understood. It seems easily hardy to zone 7 while some sources suggest zone 6. One source found that it experienced no winter damage after a hard winter when the green fuzzy kiwifruit, A. deliciosa, experienced damage suggesting that it could be hardier than its relative.

One gallon pots, $34.99.

Jujubes

Jujube or Chinese date is a fruiting and beautifully ornamental, small, compact tree that offers crisp brown to reddish fruit that have a sweet, apple-like flavour. The fruits can be eaten fresh or used to make syrups, marmalades, juices, or wines. They can also be pickled, dried, or smoked. The flowers are fragrant. Easy to grow and drought tolerant. Partially self-fertile – a single plant will produce fruit but much more fruit will be produced by planting two or more different cultivars for cross pollination. Zone 5.

Jujube – Ziziphus jujuba ‘Autumn Beauty’ – Said to be one of the most flavourful cultivars with a spicy apple flavour. Ripens early on more compact plants.

Jujube – Ziziphus jujuba ‘Black Sea’ – A popular cultivar from the Nikita Botanic Garden bearing abundant, sweet, flavourful fruit that turn a beautiful chocolate brown when ripe.

Jujube – Ziziphus jujuba ‘Coco’ – A unique cultivar from the Nikita Botanic Garden with abundant crops of golden brown fruit with a coconut-like flavour.

Jujube – Ziziphus jujuba ‘Confetti’ – An early ripening cultivar from the Nikita Botanic Garden bearing abundant crops of very sweet, medium-sized, crisp, tasty fruit perfect for fresh eating.

Jujube – Ziziphus jujuba ‘Empress Gee’ – A variety from Korea prized for its incredibly large, sweet, dark brown fruit.

Jujube – Ziziphus jujuba ‘Lang’ – This popular cultivar has an attractive form and large, pear-shaped, golden brown fruit that is crisp and flavourful and excellent for fresh eating, drying, or candying.

Jujube – Ziziphus jujuba ‘Li’ – A popular variety with very large, mahogany fruit that are sweet, crisp, and flavourful. Seeds are very small.

One gallon pots, $49.99.

Mulberries

Mulberry – Morus alba x rubra ‘Illinois Everbearing’ – One of the best hardy mulberries with an extremely precocious habit fruiting on young plants and heavy yielding over much of the summer with very sweet, delicious, seedless fruit. Self-fertile. A hybrid of M. alba and M. rubra. Zone 4.

Mulberry – Morus rubra ‘Early Bird’ – Perhaps the earliest ripening mulberry available with tasty fruit beginning in early summer. Self-fertile. Zone 4.

One gallon pots, $34.99.

Passionfruit

Passionfruit – Passiflora edulis ‘Possum Purple’ – Passiflora edulis is one of the tastiest species commonly grown in the tropics for fruit production. ‘Possum Purple’ is a self-fertile selection with exceptional flavour and mind-blowing flowers. Grow in full sun. Plants may be hardy in coastal BC in protected microclimates such as up against the sunny wall of a house where the stem is planted/buried six inches deeper than the soil surface. Or safer: grow in containers that can be protected in winter in a sun room or as a houseplant. Zone 9.

15cm pot, $23.99.

Paw Paws

Paw paw is an intriguing eastern North American (including southern Ontario) understorey tree with large, beautiful, subtropical foliage, red flowers and sweet, custardy fruits with a unique flavour like banana, mango and cantaloupe! All plants will produce fruit but you need two different plants for cross pollination. Zone 5.

Paw paw – Asimina triloba ‘KSU-Atwood’ – Ripens in mid season with incredibly heavy crops of up to 150 fruit per tree! The fruit is rich and delicious.

Paw paw – Asimina triloba ‘Mango’ – One of the most vigorous of all paw paws quickly becoming a small tree with large, tasty fruit with orange-yellow fruit.

Paw paw – Asimina triloba ‘NC-1’ – A Canadian selection that is early ripening producing abundant crops of large, flavourful fruit.

Paw paw – Asimina triloba ‘Potomac’ – One of the largest fruits weighing 3/4 lbs. Delicious, sweet and richly flavoured.

Paw paw – Asimina triloba ‘Prolific’ – A precocious tree often bearing fruit just two years after planting! It is early ripening and produces abundant crops of medium to large, sweet, tasty fruit.

Paw paw – Asimina triloba ‘Sunflower’ – One of the most reliable and popular varieties producing good crops of very large, sweet and delicious fruit.

Paw paw – Asimina triloba ‘Susquehanna’ – The largest and latest ripening paw paw weighing over one pound. Very sweet.

One gallon pots, $44.99.

Peppers

Pepper, Japanese/Sansho – Zanthoxylum piperitum – Sansho or Japanese pepper is an aromatic, spiny shrub with small, yellowish green flowers and scarlet fruits on female plants. The leaves and flowers of both male and female plants are used in Japanese and Korean cooking as are the peppercorns. Our plants are seed grown so the sex is not known. Zone 6

Pepper, Sechuan – Zanthoxylum simulans – The Sechuan pepper produces brownish red fruits on female plants that are used in Sechuan cuisine having a spicy, numbing effect. Our plants are seed grown so the sex is not known. Zone 5.

One gallon pots, $29.99.

Persimmon

Persimmon (American) – Diospyros virginiana ‘Prairie Gem’ – Produces abundant crops of delicious, light orange, sweet, seedless fruit. Zone 4.

Persimmon (American) – Diospyros virginiana ‘Prairie Sun’ – An early-ripening American persimmon with beautiful, orange-yellow fruit that is very sweet, firm and delicious. Zone 4.

Persimmon (Asian) – Diospyros kaki ‘Cardinal’ – Perhaps the earliest ripening of all Asian persimmon, this non-astringent Korean cultivar produces lots of large, tasty fruit 2-3 weeks before other cultivars. Zone 7.

Persimmon (Asian) – Diospyros kaki ‘Early Fuyu’ – An early-ripening, non-astringent variety producing reliably in BC and other cool summer climates. Zone 7.

Persimmon (Asian) – Diospyros kaki ‘Early Jiro’ – An early-ripening form of the popular ‘Jiro’ bearing abundant crops of sweet, flavourful, non-astringent, orange fruit. Zone 7.

Persimmon (Hybrid) – Diospyros virginiana x kaki ‘Nikita‘s Gift’ – A unique hybrid of Asian and American persimmon that bears bountiful crops of sweet reddish-orange fruit. Zone 5.

One gallon pots, $44.99.

Pineapple

Pineapple – Ananas comosus ‘Florida Special’ – Grow your own pineapple! Ananas comosus ‘Florida Special’ is commerically grown in Florida producing beautiful greenish to bluish fruits highlighted with red that are spineless with great flavour. The long, sturdy, lance-shaped foliage forms structural, succulent rosettes. Grow in containers outdoors in summer. Protect in winter. Makes a beautiful and easy houseplant. Zone 9.

11cm pot, $21.99.

Pineapple Guava

Pineapple Gauva – Feijoa sellowiana Seedling – Beautiful, tropical-looking, edible flowers and delicious fruit that tastes like pineapple and mint. Two plants are required to pollinate each other. Can be grown indoors in winter. Zone 7.

1 gallon pots, $24.99.

Tea

Tea – Camellia sinensis Korean Tea Seedling – This hardy tea plant (is from the Boseong region of Korea, famous for its annual Green Tea Festival each September. Can be grown indoors in winter. Zone 7.

Tea – Camellia sinensis Sochi Tea Seedling – A hardy tea plant from the area around Sochi, Russia, where they produce the most northerly tea in the world. Can be grown indoors in winter. Zone 7.

1 gallon pots, $29.99.

Don’t forget your fertilizers!

You’re buying citrus, avocados, figs, and olives to get fruit. The only way to maximize growth and fruit production, especially because most of you will grow these plants in pots, is to fertilize. A small investment in fertilizers will go a long way. We have two different options for you to choose from at the bottom of the ordering page: our Evergreen & Citrus Water Soluble 30-10-10 and our Perennial & Container Slow Release 14-14-16 with micros. You can also use both of these fertilizers in conjunction with each other for the biggest crops of all! We cannot ship fertilizers with Canada Post. Pick-up and courier only.

Important Info and Instructions

Once you have made and noted your selections, click the “Go to the Ordering Page” button to place your order.

Important Note: On our ordering page, click your selections and then click anywhere outside the order box to have it register. Your selections will be summarized at the bottom of the page. Once you have filled in your contact info and made your selections, click the link at the bottom of the order page to pay for your pre-order. Sometimes there can be a glitch at this point for some people which is related to your cookie settings. If you are not taken to the PayPal payment page but are instead returned to the ordering page, make sure BOTH your contact info and choices are still selected, then press the link at the bottom again to place your order. It will go through on the second attempt. You will be taken to PayPal where you have the option to pay with or without a PayPal account. Choose your preferred method. If paying without a PayPal account, PayPal will process your credit card on our behalf.

Local Customers: You will be emailed one your order is ready to pick up. Pre-orders are held for 4 weeks after which time your plants are returned to general inventory, a 25% restocking fee deducted, and credit note issued. No refunds are given. 

Mail Order and Courier Customers:  These plants, for the most part, are not available on our main mail order system. If you would like to place an order, please do so here. Orders will be shipped as soon as your order is complete. In general, pre-orders will ship separately from mail orders but if you have other orders with us, you can let us know in the Notes field on the order form. If it is possible, we will try to ship your orders together but we do not guarantee this. 

Our pre-orders are administered in a separate system from our mail order site which cannot quote exact shipping rates. We expect a shipment of 1-3 one gallon or band pots would cost about $30-$50 depending on how many plants you choose and how far you are from BC. Quite distant or very rural locations will cost at the upper end of the scale. Orders greater than 3 plants would cost incrementally more as weight and box sizes increase. Please note that we do not make money on shipping and charge only to cover our costs.

All mail order customers will be asked to provide full address information and a shipping deposit of $65 plus GST. Once your plants have shipped, we will either refund the remainder of your deposit if the shipping is less or send you a PayPal money request if the shipping is more which you can pay with a credit card or PayPal account. We expect that in most cases we will be refunding a portion of your deposit but for larger orders please expect that your shipping costs could very well be more. Citrus and other edible trees can be difficult to pack and often require large boxes.

These plants can also be couriered to any location in the Lower Mainland. See our Plants to the People page for more information. If you would like courier service, please also select and pay the shipping deposit.

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