Five times wide open
Six times wide open
And given, and perfect
And red at the core.

--D.H. Lawrence, Birds, Beasts and Flowers

Spring. At last. Take a walk and experience the miracle of renewal in every flowering tree. Especially if you're lucky enough to come across the Japanese sour plum tree, below. One of the first trees to flower and certainly the first with the power to perfume a city block, Prunus mume 'Bungo' displays gorgeous masses of branches festooned with fetching flowers. But it doesn't stop there. After leaf break the fruit develop into the famous sour plums which are salted or pickled to become the indispensable Ume.

Prunus mume 'Bungo' 2 gal
Prunus mume 'Bungo' 2 gal


Our next scheduled ground plant ship date for East Coast locations is Monday April 6, 2020. If operations shut down due to COVID-19, orders will be cancelled. Ship dates are determined by travel time so plants do not spend weekends in transit. Please use residential addresses for East Coast shipping to avoid extended transit times.

If temperatures in transit or at destination are projected to be below 30 degrees F, your plant order may be placed on hold to avoid damage. We ship non-plant items every day. Please email us if you have questions about delivery times. We will contact you if weather precludes safe shipping of tender plants. You can also check weather forecasts for points between northern California and your location to see if the weather will be appropriate to ship safely.

We are sorry to report that we no longer grow citrus due to the Asian Citrus Psyllid quarantine.

Many of our plants are not suitable for year-round growing outdoors in some zones. Please check your USDA Zone prior to placing an order so you can make the appropriate selection.

New olive cultivars include Santa Caterina, Nocellara del Belice, Bella di Cerignola, Cailletier and Lucques. These represent some of the most cherished table olives in the world and you'll find out why when you pop one in your mouth.

Fig lovers are an equally ardent crowd and will be pleased at some of our new offerings which include Col de Dame Noir, Sequoia and Bourjassotte Grise.

Michael Michaud's botanical tableware continues to dazzle. Fruits, leaves and bark are transformed into heirloom-quality plates, miniature boxes and serving pieces. His New York foundry is one of the few remaining that continue the ancient art of lost wax casting from natural objects. A new piece, the apple box, is now available and warrants close inspection.

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