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I ordered northern-seed pawpaws. I got beautiful little trees, each with its own tree-tube. They are all growing great, of course, they haven't seen our Minnesota winter yet. Ordering was easy and the staff were very friendly and helpful. The trees arrived promptly and well packed. The catalog is filled with nuts and fruits, many of which you'll never find offered anywhere else! And with a focus on northern hardy varieties.
I've been ordering from Oikos for several years. They have some rare trees that I haven't seen anywhere else: example: Chamaecyparis thyoides. I had been looking for this valuable seedling for years, and this was the first time I had found it in the nursery trade. This is the "Atlantic cedar". They are selling the full size, wild tree, not dwarfed, bred-down versions. This tree was almost wiped out by the pioneers, who used the rot-resistant lumber for railroad ties and doorsills. It grows in acid swamps, or slightly drier ground. Now if people would grow this tree commercially and build decks out of it, a lot less deadly chemicals would get into the environment! I like the rooted seedlings in tubes that they send. Very reasonable prices, so I can buy a dozen or two Chinese pseudo-larix or Korean pine trees at once. The tubes are excellent for worry-free planting.
On Oct 1, 1998, Lucky_P Hopkinsville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:
Ken Asmus, OIKOS' proprietor is the edible oak consultant for NAFEX. OIKOS carries a wide selection of species and hybrid oaks, with special emphasis on 'sweet' (low-tannin) acorn selections. In addition, they also carry a wide selection of nut trees, American native edibles (pawpaws, persimmons, saskatoons, etc.), deciduous magnolias, and other unusual ornamental trees and shrubs. Most are available as small, 1-2 yr. seedlings, many grown in paper containers, so transplant shock is minimal. Prices are very reasonable. Ken has many interesting plants I've never seen offered elsewhere!