The Great Citrus & Avocado Pre-Order 2021 

53 different citrus, 12 different avocado plus a variegated fig and five olives for Canadian gardeners!

We are excited to offer one of our largest selections of citrus and likely one of the largest ever offered in Canada. Citrus are a relatively easy-to-grow and rewarding group of plants that can be grown by all Canadians as long as you have a a sunny outdoor spot for summer and a good, bright place indoors for the winter. Beyond classic favourites like Meyer lemons, navel oranges, blood oranges, key limes, and Thai limes, we also have a number of cultivars of mandarins, kumquats, yuzu, and sudachi that are completely hardy in zones 7 and 8. They can be grown outdoors year round in coastal BC in protected microclimates.

We are also pleased to offer our largest selection ever of avocados and to include a cool variegated fig and five top notch olive cultivars. Without further ado, you’ll want to start perusing our selection and making your choices. Please let all of your friends know so we can keep presenting a wider and wider selection each year. 

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!

This is a picture of Phoenican Larry’s ‘Owari’ satsuma in his garden in Richmond, BC taken in early December 2015. Fruit are still showing a little green but will continue to turn completely orange by Christmas.

A shot of Larry’s tree in Richmond, BC taken in early December 2015 with some supplemental lighting. His tree is planted in the middle of the garden on the outside south facing wall of his greenhouse. This location will be a warmer microclimate in his garden but the plant is still exposed to the full brunt of winter cold snaps and shrugs them off. 

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.

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!

‘Nagami’ Kumquat – Kumquats are not well known in North America yet they are a citrus forming delicious, small, egg-shaped fruits 1-2 inches long that have a thin rind and are eaten whole, skin and all. The rind has a sweet/tart flavour and the flesh is sweet giving an overall refreshing and thirst quenching experience. The ‘Nagami’ kumquat is hardy to zone 8 and can be grown year round in coastal BC. It produces large crops, is very ornamental, and can be allowed to grow as an open shrub or trimmed to keep tight, even as a hedge in protected locations.

‘Centennial’ Variegated Kumquat – A variegated sport of the ‘Nagami’ kumquat. Eat the orange and green striped fruits peel and all. Should be hardy in coastal BC to zone 8 though, due to being variegated, it won’t likely have quite the same hardiness as ‘Nagami’.

‘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.

 

AND we are watching relatively new players that are potentially hardy in coastal BC: a mandarin ‘Gold Nugget’ and the orangequat ‘Nippon’.

Explore our Full List of Citrus

In addition to the hardy cultivars, we have a full range of classics and rare cultivars for your citric pleasure. Here is our full selection of citrus for 2020:

AUSTRALIAN FINGER LIME – Microcitrus australasica – Foodies take note! Dark purple fruits hold green “citrus caviar” – juicy capsules bursting with lemon-lime flavour. Zone 10.

BERGAMOT – Citrus bergamia – Tea lovers take note! The rind is famed as the flavouring for Earl Grey and Lady Grey tea. Zone 9.

CALAMONDIN – Citrofortunella mitis ‘Variegata’ – Known as calamondin, calamansi, or Philippine lime, this heavy-fruiting hybrid is most often used as an ornamental in North America. But amongst Filipinos this is a beloved fruit used throughout their cuisine in fish, chicken, and pork dishes, with spring rolls and dumplings, and in beverages, marmalades, and desserts. This is the variegated form. Zone 10.

CALAMONDIN – Citrofortunella mitis – Known as calamondin, calamansi, or Philippine lime, this heavy-fruiting hybrid is most often used as an ornamental in North America. But amongst Filipinos this is a beloved fruit used throughout their cuisine in fish, chicken, and pork dishes, with spring rolls and dumplings, and in beverages, marmalades, and desserts. Zone 10.

CITRON – Citrus medica ‘Assads’ (Kosher Etrog) – Fragrant lemon-like fruit with thick peel is used for the Jewish Feast of the Tabernacles (Sukhot). ‘Assads’ is a selection from Morocco dating back at least 2000 years. Our plants have been grown only from own-root cuttings or seed for 2000 years and so are Kosher. Zone 9.

CITRON – Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis ‘Buddha’s Hand’ – A striking oddity like a lemon with fingers. Use the rind like orange peel as a flavouring. Zone 9.

GRAPEFRUIT – Citrus ‘Cocktail’ – Very juicy, bright yellow fruit. Sweet-tart flavour. Actually a hybrid of a pummelo and a mandarin but most similar to a grapefruit. Zone 9.

KUMQUAT – Fortunella japonica ‘Centennial’ – POSSIBLY HARDY. Variegated version of the ‘Nagami’ kumquat. Eat the yellow and green striped fruits peel and all. Potentially hardy in coastal BC. Zone 8-9?

KUMQUAT – Fortunella japonica ‘Marumi’ – Similar to the ‘Nagami’ except with much smaller leaves and more round shaped fruit. The peel is also slightly thinner and sweeter. Diminutive and highly ornamental, the Marumi is rarely found outside of China and Japan. Zone 9.

KUMQUAT – Fortunella japonica ‘Meiwa’ – Fruit is more round than ‘Nagami’, with a bit more sweetness. Good candied or in marmalade. Produces best in hotter microclimates. Zone 9.

KUMQUAT – Fortunella japonica ‘Nagami’ – HARDY. Kumquats are eaten peel and all for a sweet-tart combo. Heavy producer of small oblong fruits. Hardy in coastal BC. Zone 8.

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

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.

LEMON – Citrus limetta ‘Pomona’ Sweet Lemon – Eureka-type but with less thorns. Sweet, juicy fruits with low acid. Potentially hardy in coastal BC having survived freezes to -9 C. Zone 8b-9a?

LEMON – Citrus limon ‘Eureka’ – Fruit quite similar to ‘Lisbon’ with less to few thorns and more open foliage with classic tart and acidic lemon flavour and few seeds. Good year-round producer. Somewhat more resistant to cold than ‘Eureka’ once established. Zone 9.

LEMON – Citrus 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.

LEMON – Citrus limon ‘Lisbon’ – One of the most popular of all lemons with classic acidity and flavour and few seeds. Fruit quite similar to ‘Eureka’. Thornier, dense foliage. Good year-round producer and beautiful purple new growth. Somewhat more resistant to cold than ‘Eureka’ once established. An heirloom cultivar likely from Portugal. Zone 9.

LEMON – Citrus limon ‘Santa Teresa’ Feminello – The most popular of Italian lemons. Highly productive with medium sized fruit with a characteristic nipple at the end. High acid content perfect for making limoncello. Zone 9.

LEMON – Citrus limon ‘Variegated Pink’ (Eureka) – Distinctive green and yellow variegated foliage and fruit are highly ornamental. Lemons have pink flesh, clear juice and acidic lemon flavour. Fuchsia coloured new growth and flower buds. Zone 9.

LEMON – Citrus New Zealand ‘Lemonade’ – Mixologists take note! A sweet, juicy lemon hybrid with a distinct flavour of lemonade! Black branches. (C. limon x C. reticulata) Zone 9.

LEMON – Citrus 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.

LIME – Citrus aurantifolia ‘Mexican Key Lime’ – The classic flavouring for key lime pie. Aromatic, flavourful, greenish-yellow fruit. Easy to grow. Can produce year-round. Zone 10.

LIME – Citrus aurantifolia ‘Thornless Key Lime’ – The classic flavouring for key lime pie. Aromatic, flavourful, greenish-yellow fruit. Easy to grow and no thorns! Can produce year-round. Zone 10.

LIME – Citrus hystrix Makrut/Kieffer Thai Lime – Foodies take note! Very fragrant leaves and bumpy fruit are both used in Asian cooking. This tree will revolutionize your stir fries and curries especially Thai, Lao, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Indonesia, Burmese, Malaysian, and South Indian dishes. Zone 10.

LIME – Citrus latifolia ‘Bearss Lime’ – Large limes almost as big as a lemon, seedless, very juicy. Zone 9.

LIME – Citrus latifolia ‘Tahitian’ – A nearly seedless lime with thin skin, good juiciness and acidity and true lime flavour producing good crops. Zone 9.

LIME – Citrus limettioides ‘Palestinian Sweet Lime’ – Round, medium-sized juicy yellow fruit. Has less sugar and acid than the Bearss Lime. Similar to sweet limes from Mexico, which also originated from the Mediterranean. With its mild flavor and few seeds, it makes a refreshing, cooling drink. Zone 9.

LIME – Citrus x limonia ‘Rangpur’ Red Lime – Tart reddish orange fruit is used like lime although it is a sour Mandarin from India from a cross of a mandarin and a lemon often called a Rangpur lime or a red lime. The overlap of prolific fruit and purple tinged blooms make this a wonderful ornamental tree. Popular in mixed drinks or simply sliced for iced tea. Zone 9.

LIMEQUAT – Citrofortunella ‘Eustis’ – This hybrid of a lime and a kumquat has prolific crops of flavourful, oblong, lime-like fruit on lovely ornamental plants. Zone 9.

MANDARIN – Citrus reticulata ‘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.

MANDARIN – Citrus unshiu ‘China Satsuma S-2’ – Nice round, sweet, easy-to-peel fruit and good cold hardiness. Introdcued from China in the 1990s. Zone 9.

MANDARIN – Citrus unshiu ‘China Satsuma S-6’ – Nice round, sweet, easy-to-peel fruit. Introdcued from China in the 1990s. Zone 9.

MANDARIN – Citrus clementina ‘Clementine’ (Algerian tangerine) – 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.

MANDARIN – Citrus reticulata ‘Dancy’ – The best known tangerine ripening in winter and popular at Chinese New Year. The deep orange red skin is thin and easy to peel. The fruit is sweet and juicy. Fine foliage and nice, upright habit. Some cold tolerance. Zone 9.

MANDARIN – Citrus reticulata ‘Gold Nugget’ – POSSIBLY HARDY. Fruit is seedless, richly flavoured and easy to peel. Remarkably frost tolerant trees begin bearing in March. Unlike many other mandarins, fruit holds well on the tree through summer. Said to be one of the best tasting mandarins in the world. Zone 8b/9.

MANDARIN – Citrus reticulata ‘Kinnow’ – A heavy-producing, spring-ripening cultivar with vigorous, attractive upright growth, lovely willow-like foliage, and sweet, juicy, easy-to-peel fruit though it does have some seeds. A major commercial variety from the Punjab and Pakistan where trees can produce 1000 fruits each! Zone 9.

MANDARIN – Citrus kinokuni ‘Kishu’ – An early-ripening Japanese cultivar that produces before ‘Owari’. The golf ball-sized fruit is complex in flavour with great sweetness and a touch of tart. It is also seedless and easy to peel. The fruit is soft and supple so it doesn’t travel well and thus is not commercially grown. The only way to taste the deliciousness of ‘Kishu’ mandarins is to grow them yourself! Zone 9.

MANDARIN – Citrus reticulata ‘Kuno Wase’ – Abundant early-ripening crops of sweet, thin skinned, easy to peel, bright orange fruit that are great for fresh eating. Good cold tolerance. Zone 9.

MANDARIN – Citrus reticulata ‘USDA 88-2’/Lee x Nova/’Super Nova’ – An early-ripening seedless mandarin with medium to large, rich, juicy, and tasty fruit. Easy to peel. Zone 9.

MANDARIN – Citrus unshiu ‘Owari’ – HARDY in coastal BC. Harvest great crops of very sweet satsuma mandarins from Dec-Feb. Zone 8.

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

MANDARINQUAT – Citrofortunella ‘Indio’ – A kumquat-mandarin hybrid with large, pear-shaped fruit with sweet peel and tart flesh eaten together for a cool taste sensation. Zone 9.

NAVEL ORANGE – Citrus sinensis ‘Fukumoto’ – Early ripening navel orange with reddish-orange skin and sweet, juicy flavour. Less vigorous, compact growth so good for containers. Zone 9.

NAVEL ORANGE – Citrus sinensis ‘Washington’ – California’s famous winter-ripening navel orange perfect for orange juice and fresh eating. Sweet, seedless fruit ripens in ten months. A great variety for indoor growing. Zone 9.

BLOOD ORANGE – Citrus sinensis ‘Tarocco #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.

SOUR ORANGE – Citrus myrtifolia ‘Chinotto’ – Dense foliage, profuse fragrant flowers, bright orange fruit used for candying, marmalades or juice. Zone 9.

SOUR ORANGE – Citrus x aurantium ‘Seville’ – Tart fruit perfect for marmalade and juice. Tons of fragrant flowers, beautiful dark green foliage. More cold hardy than normal oranges. Zone 9.

TANGELO – Citrus x tangelo ‘Minneola’ – A mandarin-grapefruit hybrid that produces deep reddish-orange, bell-shaped fruit in winter with a rich tangerine-like flavour, especially if fruit are left to hang and fully ripen. Zone 9.

TANGELO – Citrus x tangelo ‘Pearl’ – A mandarin-grapefruit hybrid that produces deep orange, bell-shaped fruit in winter with tender, juicy fruit with a pleasant sweetness and more grapefruit-like flavour than other tangelos. Nice willow-like foliage. Zone 9.

TANGELO – Citrus x tangelo ‘Wekiwa’ – A mandarin-grapefruit hybrid that produces abundant, large, delicious fruits that look like a small grapefruit. They are sweet with a hint of tartness with amber-pink flesh. Best for fresh eating or juice. Trees remain compact but with great production. Zone 9.

TRIFOLIATE ORANGE – Poncirus trifoliata ‘Monstrosa’/’Flying Dragon’ – An extremely hardy, ornamental citrus with intriguing branches contorting into zigzags and corkscrews. Lightly fragrant flowers produce small orange fruit in the fall which are gorgeous through winter. The fruit are very acidic and seedy but are edible with a lemony flavour. Use them to make marmalade. Zone 5.

YUZU – Citrus junos (Yuzu Ichandrin) – HARDY. Foodies take note! Prized in Japan for flavouring dishes and desserts, for juice and for preserves. Abundant crops of 3″ fruits with a tasty, lemon-lime flavour. Hardy in coastal BC potentially to -18 C. Zone 7.

SUDACHI (HYBRID YUZU) – Citrus sudachi (Sudachi Ichandrin) – HARDY. Foodies take note! A cross between a mandarin and yuzu prized in Japan and Peru to flavour soups, fish dishes, desserts, and ponzu sauce. Hardy in coastal BC. Zone 7.

Citrus Info

The citrus are available in different sizes though not all citrus are available in all sizes. What you see on our order page is what will be available in 2020. 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.
  • Three Gallon – Established plants are usually 2 feet tall or more with excellent branching. Price: $74.99.

All sizes are capable of flowering and fruiting, though the larger sizes will produce more flowers and fruit more quickly. Upgrading to a larger size 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. All plants are grafted onto C-35 citrange rootstock which provides good cold tolerance and good production on semi-dwarf trees.

Avocado

Three avocados on a plate

If Canadians can grow citrus, then why not try avocados?

We are excited to offer avocados again for a second year and to include various cold tolerant cultivars that are hardy to -7o C (20o F) and some new cultivars!

To be honest, few people in the Great White North have tried to grow and fruit avocado. Information is scarce so we can’t guarantee that you will get fruit. In general, avocados reach fruiting size when they are about 6-8 feet tall with a caliper of 1.5-2 inches. Plant in a large 20-24 inch pot with a volume of about 15-25 gallons. It will take plants a few years to reach this size so fertilize them well.

For all of you who have grown an avocado from an avocado pit held over water with toothpicks, you know they can make beautiful and easy houseplants. So think of growing your own avocado plants as a fun experiment that will give you a cool and unique plant for your summer patio that becomes a houseplant or greenhouse plant in winter. You might even get some fruit for your avocado toast!

We are offering a selection of popular cultivars, compact forms, and “cold tolerant” avocados, some of which can take temperatures down to -7o C (20o F). They are unlikely to be hardy outdoors anywhere in Canada but these varieties will be easier to care for. They can take some frost in the shoulder seasons of spring and fall and they will require less heat in the winter if you’re growing them in a greenhouse. Additionally, ‘Gwen’ and ‘Little Cado’, though not as hardy as some, are easy to keep as smaller trees that might better fit in the house or greenhouse. Additionally, ‘Pinkerton’ is known to begin fruiting on relatively young plants.

Avocados (Persea americana) have perfect flowers with both male and female parts. All plants can produce fruit. However, they are divided into types A and B based on the timing of fertility of each flower. In California, avocados are considered self-fruitful since you can get pollination and fruit on a single tree. However, even in California you will get more fruit if you have both a type A and B to pollinate each other. In this case you can get fruit on both trees. In colder climates, it is recommended to have both types if you would like to get fruit.

Meet the Avocados

To get fruit you will need at least one A type and one B type. They will pollinate each other and you will get fruit on both plants.

A Type Avocados

‘Gwen’

  • Gwen naturally grows about 10-15 feet in height, but can be kept even smaller as the tree lends itself easily to pruning since it has small limbs.
  • Fruit is similar to the ‘Hass’ variety, but slightly larger.
  • Oval and plump with thick green skins that have a pebbled texture and turn dull green when the fruit is fully ripe.
  • Creamy gold-green flesh around a small to medium seed.
  • Medium to large fruit with nutty, buttery flavour.
  • Keep above 0o C (32o F).
  • A Type

‘Hass’

  • The largest of the commercially grown avocados. Delicious flavour, high oil content.
  • Large, oval fruit with green, pebbly skin turning black when ripe.
  • Fruit size 10-12 oz.
  • Creamy gold-green flesh around a small to medium seed.
  • Vigorous grower that will need some space.
  • Keep above 0o C (32o F).
  • A Type

‘Lamb Hass’

  • A cross between ‘Hass’ and the dwarf ‘Gwen’ avocado yielding plants with an upright, compact habit.
  • High yields of good quality ‘Hass’-like fruit with black skin ripening over a longer period than ‘Hass’.
  • Fruit size 10-16 oz.
  • Keep above -1o C (30o F).
  • A Type

‘Little Cado’ (Wurtz Avocado)

  • Tasty, green-skinned fruit with medium-thin skin.
  • Fruit size 8-14 oz.
  • Compact habit to 10-15 feet.
  • Keep above 0o C (32o F).
  • A Type

‘Mexicola Grande’

  • Easy to peel, paper-thin skin and creamy flavour.
  • Ripens from late summer through mid-winter.
  • One of the most cold hardy avocados to -7o C (20o F).
  • A Type

‘Pinkerton’

  • Green fruit with medium pebbly skin and great flavour.
  • Heavy, early producer on young plants.
  • Fruit size 14-16 oz.
  • Ripens November -April.
  • Medium spreading tree
  • Cold hardy to -2o C (28o F).
  • A Type

‘Reed’

  • Excellent, large, green, round fruit with great flavour.
  • Fruit size 12-18 oz — some of the largest fruit of any avocado!
  • Medium-sized, upright tree.
  • Keep above 0o C (32o F).
  • A Type

‘Stewart’

  • One of the most cold hardy varieties.
  • Mexican avocado with pear-shaped fruit with smooth, thin, dark skin and a nutty flavour.
  • Fruit size 6-10 oz.
  • Spreading, strong tree.
  • Cold hardy to -7o C (20o F).
  • A Type

B Type Avocados

‘Bacon’

  • Tasty green fruit with medium-thin skin.
  • Fruit size 10-12 oz.
  • Ripens December – January.
  • Medium upright tree.
  • Cold hardy to -3 to -5o C (23-26o F).
  • B Type

‘Jim Bacon’

  • Similar to Bacon Avocado.
  • Tasty green fruit with medium-thin skin.
  • Fruit size 10-12 oz.
  • Medium upright tree.
  • Ripens December – January.
  • Cold hardy to -3o C (26o F).
  • B Type

‘Sir-Prize’

  • A Hass type avocado with larger fruit and more productive trees.
  • Tasty green fruit with black skin.
  • Fruit size 10-20 oz.
  • Fruit does not oxidize when cut or kept refrigerated.
  • Upright tree.
  • Ripens 4-6 weeks earlier than Hass in winter.
  • Hardy to -1o C (30o F). More cold tolerant than Hass.
  • B Type

‘Zutano’

  • Good variety in relatively low temperatures.
  • Green fruit, medium-thin skin.
  • Fruit size 10-12 oz.
  • Ripens November – January.
  • Upright tree.
  • Used as a pollinator for Hass Avocado in orchard settings.
  • Cold hardy to -3 to -4o C (25-26o F).
  • B Type

Avocado Info

Our avocado plants are usually 3-4 feet tall with good branching in 5x5x12 inch pots and cost $79.99 each. They will look like the avocados in the picture at right. They will be ready for pick-up, courier, or shipping along with the Citrus around mid May.

Due to the height and volume required, it will be somewhat costly to ship these plants. We will not know the exact cost until we ship but $40-$60 depending on where you are in Canada would be expected.

If you would like shipping, we will ask you to pay a $50 shipping deposit. We will refund any remaining amount or ask you to pay a little bit more if your shipping costs more.

Avocado Plant

A Variegated Fig and Five Olives

Ficus carica ‘Panache’ – Tiger Fig

  • A beautiful ornamental and edible fig with green and yellow striped fruit.
  • Fruit has a strawberry red interior with sweet flesh.
  • Fruit is very late to ripen requiring heat, sun, and a long season. Fruit may not ripen in coastal BC unless planted in the hottest of locations such as up against a south-facing wall or grown in a greenhouse.
  • Trees grow up to 12 feet tall.
  • Zones 7-10
  • 5×12″ band pot, $79.99

Olea europaea ‘Chemlali’

  • Commonly grown in Tunisia and also known as ‘Chemlali de Sfax’.
  • High yields of top quality, small, tasty, burgundy fruit. The fruit and oil has a mild fruity flavour.
  • Begins to bear fruit early on young plants.
  • Ornamentally beautiful with erect growth and weeping canopy.
  • Self-fertile. The presence of a different cultivar will increase yields.
  • Zone 8. Hardy to -12o C (10o F). Good cold hardiness. Requires excellent winter drainage in a warm microclimate if growing outside in coastal BC.
  • 15cm pot, 1-2 feet high, $29.99

Olea europaea ‘Frantoio’

  • The most important olive for Tuscan olive oil.
  • High yields of top quality, small to medium-sized, purple-black fruit. The fruit and oil has fruity and nutty flavours.
  • One of the hardiest of olives and the hardiest self-fertile cultivar. The presence of a different cultivar will increase yields.
  • Attractive silvery to blue-green, willow-like foliage.
  • Zone 8. Hardy to -12o C (10o F). Requires excellent winter drainage in a warm microclimate if growing outside in coastal BC.
  • 5×12″ band pot, 3-4 feet high, $79.99

Olea europaea ‘Leccino’

  • An important olive for making Tuscan olive oil.
  • High yields of top quality, medium to large, early-ripening, burgundy-black fruit. The fruit and oil has a sweet flavour.
  • Likely the hardiest of all olives.
  • Requires a pollinator such as ‘Frantoio’.
  • Attractive weeping habit.
  • Zone 8. Hardy to -12o C (10o F). Requires excellent winter drainage in a warm microclimate if growing outside in coastal BC.
  • 15cm pot, 1-2 feet high, $29.99

Olea europaea ‘Manzanillo’

  • The most important olive for Spanish olive oil.
  • High yields of top quality, medium to large, green fruit. Great quality flesh and easily removable pits for fresh eating. High oil content.
  • Attractive bright green foliage.
  • Requires pollination by a different olive cultivar.
  • Zone 8. Possibly hardy to -12o C (10o F) but not as hardy as ‘Frantoio’. Requires excellent winter drainage in a warm microclimate if growing outside in coastal BC.
  • 15cm pot, 1-2 feet high, $29.99 or 5×12″ band pot, 3-4 feet high, $79.99

Olea europaea ‘Sevillano’

  • Very large, bluish black, early-ripening fruit. Low oil content. Perfect for brining, pickling and eating.
  • Smooth, buttery texture. Flesh separates from pits easily. Great for stuffing.
  • Used to make Sicillian style salt brine cured olives and a leading canning olive.
  • Large, reliable yields.
  • Self-fertile. The presence of a different cultivar will increase yields.
  • Zone 8. Hardy to -11o C (12o F). Requires excellent winter drainage in a warm microclimate if growing outside in coastal BC.
  • 5×12″ band pot, 3-4 feet high, $79.99

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 Order Now button to place your order on the order page.

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 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 in advance with the exact date when your order will be ready for pick-up. We are estimating mid May. 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. 

Courier and Mail Order Customers:  These plants will not be offered on our official mail order site in 2021. If you would like to place an order, please do so here. Orders will be shipped between late May and mid June. This is our busiest shipping period of the year. We will do our best to ship your order as soon as possible but citrus orders will have to be fit into our main shipping schedule. In general, citrus do not pack well with other plants so if you have other orders placed with us for other plants, they are unlikely to be able to ship together. 

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. Also, avocado are larger than citrus and could cost more. Please note that we do not make money on shipping and charge only to cover our costs. Also, if you require shipping, we recommend you choose the one gallon and band pot sizes. The 3 gallon plants can be shipped but please be advised that, due to the weight and volume required, these shipments will cost more.

All mail order customers will be asked to provide full address information and a shipping deposit of $50. Once your citrus 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. However, citrus can be difficult to pack and often require large boxes. We will do our best with packing your citrus.

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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