Heirloom Fruit and Nut Explorers

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We have about 262 varieties of 21 species and offer around 150 of those varieties each year.  Fortunately, we discovered that the trees that we experimentally chip budded last year, withstood the late freezes and hailstorm of 2022. Needless to say, we are changing over to that grafting method, but it is a two-year process.


We are not your average nursery!

We have passionately searched to re-discover the living, historic plants still scattered across Northern California, left over from the Gold Rush. We have personally found these trees and have taken cuttings directly from the ancient, 100+ year old grandmother trees that are still alive in these ghostly orchards. We are a very small nursery and offer very rare and exclusive plants, some we may have only just found. So, there are a limited supply of some varieties. We are sorry for any inconvenience.


Plant Pickups are pre-scheduled at
Sweetland Garden and Mercantile
North San Juan, CA or Weiss Brother’s Nursery in Grass Valley, CA


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Poe Walnut

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VERY RARE - This is a selection of the Praeparturiens (Fertile) walnut introduced by Felix in 1871. Mr. Poe of Scotts Valley in Lake County made this variety regionally famous. It was considered the premier in-the-shell walnut of its day according to walnut guru Alex Suchan. Here’s what Felix had to say about it:

“The points of superiority (to other walnut varieties) are many: First—It bears earlier than any other kind, bearing sometimes when three years old; hence its name Praeparturiens—fertile or precocious. Second—It blossoms late, three weeks later than other varieties thus less liable to be killed by late frosts, and rendering its crop secure every year. Third—Its pistillate blossoms are fully out at the time its staminate blossoms or “catkins” are in full bloom, which is another guarantee for a regular crop every year."

The Pacific Rural Press (the ag mag of the day) had this to say in 1879: “The shell is thin, and the kernel full-fleshed and exceedingly well-flavored. The skin which surrounds the kernel is also notably thin; and, as this skin contains the bitter principle, its thinness is very desirable. It is owing to the thinness of inner skin that the kernel owes its almost unalloyed sweetness. The nut is certainly one of great promise.”

We owe the finding of this variety to our friend Alex Suchan of Suchan Nursery in Upper Lake, Lake County, CA. Alex, 86, is the dean of walnut growers and propagators in California. He is a wealth of knowledge, propagating walnuts since he was 14. His nursery now produces more than 200,000 modern walnut trees each year, yet Alex has an appreciation for the heirlooms and still grows a dry farmed orchard of the Poe.

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