Seed

Please read this introduction in its entirety. 

We only open this seed page product list and take all seed orders from September 1 to October 20. Sorry, after October 20 the product list is removed,  and no further orders are taken.

Please note that seed orders cannot be shipped until all of the seed ordered by each individual customer is harvested. Orders including pecans for example may take until November before they are shipped. 

We offer open pollinized seed from our best mother trees for those that want to start their own trees. The pollen source (father trees) are nearby selections.

The seed will be prepared for stratifying for Canadian customers. You may fall plant if you wish, or store in plastic bags in the crisper of the refrigerator until spring planting time. Wet the peat moss already in the bag, or add peat moss with the seed to a point just before water run-off. Once prepared, check the seed several times through the winter. Do not allow the seed to dry out. Chestnut seed is the exception. It should be stored with almost dry peat moss and chestnuts must remain plump with a minimum of droplets showing. Most temperate seeds require a minimum of 8-10 weeks of cool moist conditioning. Once warm moist conditions return, a chemical reaction occurs in the seed to cause it to naturally split the shell and sprout.

A word of caution: Do not store seed in areas where mice and other critters have access. We recommend a refrigerator at temperatures between 1-4o C or underground at a well-drained location in a wire cage container for the winter. A mulched covering of wood chips, straw or leaves is advised.

Download our Seed stratification information here.

Seed prices are listed in the FAQ. Minimum order of any seed is 20 nuts.  Shipping is extra. There is Canadian tax on seed. American customers, can order seed nuts priced at par. We must have a Canadian inspection certificate provided at an extra cost to us that we must pass on of $15.

We do not warranty natural or human misguidance if seed does not sprout or survive.

Seed selections cannot be combined. For example the 100 seed option is for 100 seeds of 1 selection or species. The counted seed price is determined by the amount of time spent to usually hand collect and assemble an order. If specific cultivars are requested beyond the ones that are offered, there is approximately 25% extra charge to provide it, if that seed is available.

100 seed = 100 seed one cultivar

500 seed = 500 seed of one cultivar

Orders for seed cannot be combined with tree orders. Please make one order for seed and a separate order for trees.

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Heartnut Seeds

Select seed from the following cultivars:  'Campbell CW3', an 'Etter' seedling selections from Doug Campbell of Niagara-on-the-Lake;  'Bates' - an old selection; 'Wright' - an old selection from Erie PA; 'Imshu'- a 'Shubert' seedling selected by John Gordon from Amherst, NY; Mixed Harvest' - a mixture of named selections. (Our trees ripen from late September to mid-October).

Please name your preferred selection(s) in the checkout comment section.

Please remember that the seed grown from the above named cultivars can only be identified as "seedlings of" and not by the cultivar name. Cultivars are propagated by asexual means, that is, by grafting, layering, cuttings or tisuue culturing. A named cultivar has the same set of genes in every tree produced this way. A seed produced tree gets genes from 2 parents and so every seed grown tree is unique with its own set of genes and so should not be loosely named as its cultivar parent.

 

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Persian Walnut Seeds

Select seeds of:

'Mixed Harvest' - a mixture of our best selections;

'Young's B1' - a 'Broadview' seedling selection from George Young of Lyons, NY; 

'Dooley Hybrid' - Ken Dooley from Marion Indiana planted a bushel of seed nuts from a rarely found Persian x black walnut tree and planted out 5 acres of the resulting trees. Most produced hard shelled nuts that vaguely resembled black wanuts. Only two trees produced thin shelled Persian walnuts with some black walnut characteristics. It has good walnut blight resistance inherited from the black walnut parent.Our Dooley hybrid was the best. Seed will likely be pollinized by nearby Persian walnut trees, so interesting results will be realized. Please report outstanding trees back to us for further evaluation. We consider this tree an important breeding parent. (Our seed ripens and are ready to ship by early to mid-October).

Please name your preferred selection(s) in the checkout comment section.

Please remember that the seed grown from the above named cultivars can only be identified as "seedlings of xxx" and not by the cultivar name. Cultivars are propagated by asexual means, that is, by grafting, layering, cuttings or tisuue culturing. A named cultivar has the same set of genes in every tree produced this way. A seed produced tree gets genes from 2 parents and so every seed grown tree is unique with its own set of genes and so should not be loosely named as its cultivar parent.

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Black Walnut Seeds

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'Emma K' - a good producer of oval thin shelled nuts rated at 35% kernel. Most wild seedlings produce 15-20% kernel.

'Wild Niagara Harvest' - a mixture of our best natural trees from the Niagara area; 

'Prairie' (Manitoba  Origin)'  - This is not a cultivar but a strain of black walnut from zone 3 seed originating from Fargo, North Dakota. Seed was planted at the Morden Experiment Station in Manitoba by Dr. Les Kerr where we got our original seed.

Please name your preferred selection(s) in the checkout comment section. (Our trees ripen from end of  September to mid-October).

Please remember that the seed grown from the above-named cultivar can only be identified as "seedlings of Emma K" and not only by the cultivar name. Cultivars are propagated by asexual means, that is, by grafting, layering, cuttings or tissue culturing. A named cultivar has the same set of genes in every tree produced this way. A seed produced tree gets genes from 2 parents and so every seed grown tree is unique with its own set of genes and so should not be loosely named as its cultivar parent.

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Hazelnut Seeds

Seed is available of each the following European and American x European hybrids:

'Slate' -- this is an American x European hybrid selections from the Geneva Experimental Station in NY. Suitable zones 6-8.  

'Alex'-- a Grimo selection from 'Faroka' seed ('Faroka' is a cross of Turkish tree hazel x European hazel bred by Jack Gellatly in BC)  Suitable for zone 5b-8).

'Farris Hybrids' -- Cecil Farris was a Michigan backyard hazelnut breeder who used 'Faroka' as a parent to produce several selections; Suitable for zones 5b-8.

'Gamma' -- this European selection was produced by Dr. Shawn Mehlenbacher the hazelnut breeder of Oregon State University. It is moderately resistant to filbert blight. (Suitable for zones 6a-8).

'Red leaf hazels' -- We have 2 selections that are European hybrids producing red leaves. Most of the seedlings should have red leaves too. They are both highly resistant to bud mite.

 

Please name your preferred selection(s) in the checkout comment section as they are named above. (Our trees ripen from late August to mid-October depending on source. Northern hazels are usually the earliest ripening).

Please remember that the seed grown from the above-named cultivars can only be identified as "seedlings of xxx" and not by the cultivar name. Cultivars are propagated by asexual means, that is, by grafting, layering, cuttings or tisuue culturing. A named cultivar has the same set of genes in every tree produced this way. A seed produced tree gets genes from 2 parents and so every seed grown tree is unique with its own set of genes and so should not be loosely named as its cultivar parent.

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Northern Hazelnut Seeds

Our Northern Hazels are suited for colder zones. We have 4 sources which originate from 4 breeding origins.

1) ‘Asian/Quebec Source’-- This source could be a hybrid between C. heterophylla x C. americana. My original parent tree came to me from a Quebec enthusiast who saw potential in this tree and said it was a C. heterophylla. The seed offered is from the productive off-spring of the original parent. (Suitable for zones 4-8)


2) ‘Dermis'-- Skinner was a hobby breeder from Manitoba. He crossed a Manitoba hazel  C. Americana with a European hazel from a NY source. His best selection was named after him. 'Dermis' is a seedling of Skinner that is an improvement over the parent. (Suitable for zones 4-8).


3) ‘Saskatchewan Source’-- SOLD OUTLes Ker, a research scientist from the Morden Station in Manitoba, was responsible for crossing C. americana from Saskatchewan with pollen from the Geneva Research Station in NY. We offer seed from a mixture of our resulting selections. (Suitable for zones 3b-8).


4) ‘Wisconsin Source’ -- SOLD OUT Carl Weschcke used C. americana in a cross with European to create hardy, very productive hybrids. The seed offered is from the best seedlings in our orchard. (Suitable for zones 3b-8).

Please name your preferred selection(s) in the checkout comment section as they are named above. (Our trees ripen from late August to mid-October depending on source. Northern hazels are usually the earliest ripening).

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Sweet Chestnut Seeds

Seed is available of: 'Mixed Harvest' chestnuts - A mix of mostly Chinese and Chinese hybrid chestnuts. Chestnut seed cannot be sent to BC or the USA.  (Our trees ripen from early October to late-October).

Mention ‘mixed harvest’ chestnuts in the comment section of the checkout.

 

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Shagbark Hickory Seeds

Choose 'Mixed Harvest' - a mixture of our best named cultivars. (Our trees ripen from late September to mid-October). Our trees are too close to be collected separately, Almost all our orchard trees are grafted selections from various sources.

Mention ‘mixed harvest’ shagbark hickory in the comment section of the checkout.

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Hican Seeds

Seed is available from: 'Burton'- (Limit 100 seed per customer) This is a rare natural cross of pecan and shagbark hickory. (Our trees ripen from mid-October to early November).

Please remember that the seed grown from the above-named cultivar can only be identified as "seedlings of Burton" and not by the cultivar name. Cultivars are propagated by asexual means, that is, by grafting, layering, cuttings or tisuue culturing. A named cultivar has the same set of genes in every tree produced this way. A seed produced tree gets genes from 2 parents and so every seed grown tree is unique with its own set of genes and so should not be loosely named as its cultivar parent.

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Ultra Northern Pecan Seeds

Mixed harvest seed from grafted orchard ultra northern pecan trees is available. Sorry, trees are too crowded to keep individual seed trees separate, but all trees in the orchard are named selections.

You may select from 'Mid-season Mixed Harvest Pecans' (ripening mid to late October) or 'Late Season Mixed Harvest Pecans'. Late season pecans tend to be larger nuts and are ready to harvest in early November. They are not suited for regions colder than zone 6 where a hard frost can stop the ripening process.

Please note; if you order seed from late season harvest, your total order will be sent at one time in November.

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Bur Oak Seeds

'Bur oak seed' is available from the 'Ashworth' bur oak. Fred Ashworth from NY State selected this tree for very low tannin, making the nuts suitable for food. (Our trees ripen from early to mid-October). Some seed may have been affected by the oak weevil, so we heat treat the seed at 120°F. for 40 minutes right after harvest to kill the weevil larvae without a negative affect on germination.

 

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Swamp White Oak seed

Swamp white oak also known as bicolor oak, is native to Ontario and grows widely in zones 4-8. Our trees are seedlings of 'Little Sweetie', a selection made by Don Cobb in New York State. Some seed may have been affected by the oak weevil, so we heat treat the seed at 120°F. for 40 minutes right after harvest to kill the weevil larvae without a negative affect on germination.

 

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Pine Cones for Seeds

'Korean pine cones' containing seed are available, priced per cone. Each cone may have between 40 to 70 seeds. Our seed producing trees originated from South Korea. USA or foreign orders must purchase seeds removed from the cone. We cannot send pine seed to the EU. (Our trees ripen from late September to late-October). (Suitable for zones 3-8).

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Pine Seeds removed from cone

'Korean pine seed' - priced per seed. Our seed producing trees originated from South Korea. Pine seed removed from the cone are specifically required for orders to the USA or overseas. (Our trees ripen from late September to late-October).

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Pawpaw Seeds

'Select Pawpaw Seed' - Our seed comes from our own selected seedlings and grafted trees. We use the same seed for our own tree sales.  (Our trees ripen from late September to mid-October).

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Specific Seed Cultivar

The Specific request for seed of a cultivar not listed for sale due to low inventory. If it is available, price is approximately 25% additional to the cost above the normal seed price. You must confirm with us by email before selecting this request. The Grimo numbered Heartnuts are not available.

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USA and Overseas Phyto Sanitary Certificate & Inspection for seed orders

All International seed orders must have a government plant officer inspection before shipping.  A certificate will be issued that must accompany the seed. The cost for this certificate and the inspection is $15.

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