Vermont's Permaculture Institute

Permaculture Plant Sale!

Here are details and pricing from the 2015 sale- most of the varieties below AND MANY MORE will be available for 2016- with pick up starting later April and going through early May.  Please ‘follow’ this page and/ or ‘like’ and ‘follow’ our Facebook pages to get updates as more details are announced.  If you’re looking for anything in particular- or would like to wholesale plants in quantities of 10 or more of a single variety- please email us right away, and let us know what you’re looking for!

PlantSaleWillow Crossing Farm holds one of the most diverse collection of fruits, nuts, berries, vines, and medicinal herbs- in the northeast.   Please stay tuned, as we’ll continue to add varieties and more detailed descriptions to this list.   LIMITED QUANTITIES-  please reserve your plants ASAP. NUT TREES! We have some of the biggest and most beautiful nut trees we’ve ever had available this spring. BUARTNUTS (Juglans x bixbyi):  A hybrid of our native butternut and the heartnut (hence bu-art), offering the hardiness and flavor of butternuts with the prolific nuts and ease of cracking of heartnuts- and resistance to the butternut blight.  These are very large trees which have been root pruned in the nursery to create branching healthy root systems.  These hybrids exhibit ‘hybrid vigor’ and will grow faster and bear sooner than other walnuts.  The first of all of our Juglans plantings to bear here.                                   5′-6′ tall bare root trees: $45      6’+ tall bare root trees: $55  (already overhead!)  Mature trees can also be tapped for syrup. BLACK WALNUTS (Juglans nigra):  The most valuable lumber tree in the the northeaster forest, and long-lived producer of delicious nuts.  Mature trees can be tapped for syrup, a favorite for silvopasture design.  Not recommended near areas where tomatoes or potatoes are grown. 2′-3′ tall bare root trees, $25 heartnutHEARTNUTS (Juglans ailantifolia cordiformis):     An attractive and valuable nut tree, with easy to crack mild flavored nuts.  As seedlings, nuts may vary slightly from the archetypical ‘heart’ shape.                               3′-5′ bare root trees, $30

‘COLOSSAL’ CHESTNUT (Castanea x):     A disease resistant hybrid of Japanese and European chestnuts which bears abundant crops of sweet nuts.  1′-2′ bare root trees, $15

‘THETA’ FILBERT (Corylus avellana):      A recent introduction by Oregon Statue Univerisy, this is a true European Filbert with immunity to the Eastern Filbert Blight.  Flavorful, medium sized nuts. $30 tall trees in gallon pots.


PEARS:  0900

ORCAS:   Discovered on Orcas Island, Washington, this excellent, disease-resistant variety produces good crops of very large and attractive, carmine blushed, yellow pears with smooth, sweet,buttery flesh. Excellent for fresh eating, canning and drying, Orcas is very reliable and productive and ripens in early to mid-September. These beautiful and tasty Pears can weigh of 1 lb. each!  5/8″ caliper trunk diameter bare root tree, $30

NIJISEIKI ASIAN PEAR:     One of the most popular Asian Pears, Nijiseiki is a large, crisp, juicy and flavorful, yellowish-green variety. The fruit often found in markets in mesh bags, Nijiseiki ripens in late August into September.                  5/8″ caliper trunk diameter bare root tree, $30


KRISTIN COLT:    Develo2120ped in Geneva, NY- Kristin is hardier than most Sweet Cherries, and has withstood temperatures to minus 25°F and below, and is generally considered the hardiest sweet cherry.  Kristin produces abundant, large, dark burgundy fruit with flavorful, firm and juicy flesh.    On Colt rootstock- semi-dwarfing (80% of full size ~12-15′).  Colt is adapted to most soils and is hardy, vigorous, productive, and forms a well-branched tree.                                                                                   1/2″ caliper trunk diameter bare root tree, $25

LAPINS:  Very large, dark purple, delicious and self-fertile, Lapins is one of the best Cherries available.  From brilliant white blossoms to the dark red fruit to beautiful foliage in fall, this tree provides multi-seaon interest.  Introduced by Dr. Lapins at the Summerland Research Station in British Columbia, Canada, Lapins is a favorite with commercial growers. Lapins is also an easy to grow and very productive variety for the home gardener.   1/2″ caliper trunk diameter bare root tree, $25


ITALIAN:     A sweet, dark purple, freestone Plum with firm, amber flesh, Italian is great for fresh eating and excellent for drying. Widely planted in the Northwest, this European variety is productive, reliable and easy to grow. Italian ripens in late August into September.   3/4” caliper trunk diameter bare root tree, $35


PUGET GOLD:  Puget Gold was developed in western Washington and is the easiest to grow and most disease resistant Apricot variety we have found.  5/8″ caliper trunk diameter bare root tree, $30

PAW PAWS: The largest fruit native to north america- a delicious mango vanilla custard.  (experimental in our area)

PENNSYLVANIA GOLDEN:  Grafted 9″ Pot $25       

NC-1:  One gallon Pot  $25

CORNELIAN CHERRY: A unique and attractive form

3849of Dogwood, Cornelian Cherry is native to Ukraine and other regions around the Black Sea. Growing as a shrub or small tree, it is valued for its tasty fruit and for its ornamental value. We are pleased to offer you unique Ukrainian varieties that produce large, sweet, and flavorful fruit. Depending on the variety, Cornelian Cherry fruit can taste like a Cherry or a wild plum. It is very high in Vitamin C and is good for fresh eating, preserves, juice, and wine. As an ornamental, Cornelian Cherry is valued for its very early, delicate yellow flowers appearing in early March before the leaves, its yellow and red fall color, and its bright red fruit.

PIONEER:     Pioneer™ bears abundant crops of strikingly large, pear-shaped fruit. Up to 1-1/2″ long, the dark red, early ripening fruit is juicy, sweet, and aromatic.               4′-5′ bare root trees, $30

RED STAR:     Red Star™ bears good crops of large, 1-1/4″ long, oval fruit. A later ripening variety, Red Star™ holds its fruit well into September. The glossy, dark red fruit has an appealing sweet-tart flavor and is very juicy and aromatic.                      5′-6′ bare root trees, $35

RIBES:  Favorites in the traditional european gardens- these fruitful multi-stemmed shrubs will bear in partial shade and make excellent companions to larger fruit trees or borders around annual gardens.  Variety descriptions will be added soon.

WHITE PEARL WHITE CURRANT:  1′-2′ potted:  $15

SWEDISH WHITE:   1′-2′ potted:  $15

CHERRY RED:     2′-3′ potted:  $20

JOSTABERRY BLACK CURRANT:  1′-2′ bare root bushes:  $15 HINNOMAKI RED GOOSEBERRY:   Gallon Pots, 2’+ bush: $25 HINNOMAKI YELLOW:     Gallon Pots, 2’+ bush: $25

SEA BERRIES:      Sea Berries, or Sea Buckthorn, are a promising new crop for VT.  As fruit-producing Nitrogen Fixing plants, they are also excellent additions to any fruit, nut, or berry planting, literally bringing Nitrogen out of the atmosphere and making it available to plants in the soil.  Bred extensively as a superfood in Russia and Germany, sea berry is increasingly being used in a variety of health foods, juices, hair products, and other supplements.  Hardy to -40º. Check out our friends and clients: The Vermont Sea Berry Company.   All Varieties: $25  (Descriptions will be added soon) LEIKORA     RUSSIAN ORANGE      RADIANT      

HONEY BERRIES:     A very hardy and unique small shrub, Honeyberry is a species of Honeysuckle with sweet and tasty fruit. While the Honeysuckle family consists of over 200 species of vines and shrubs, almost all them are used solely as decorative plants. This edible and very hardy species is native to Eastern Siberia, the Russian Far East, and Northern Japan, where, from ancient times, the native people have gathered and consumed the fruit in large quantities. Honeyberry is valued for its tasty blueberry-like fruit, its extremely early ripening, often two weeks before strawberries, and for its exceptional hardiness, to minus 40° F. or below. Great for fresh eating, Honeyberry also makes delicious preserves. BERRY BLUE    BLUE HOKKAIDO   1′-3′ potted:  $20


These attractive, vigorous, disease and pest free vines can quickly cover a wall, fence, arbor, or trellis.  Their delicious, lime-green (and fuzz free) fruit is sweeter and more flavorful than the store-bought Fuzzy Kiwi, and can be eaten like grapes!  Once established, they survive the coldest winters.  All varieties $25 in Gallon pots
Andrey (M): A super hardy (-40ºF) Eastern Russian male pollinator.
Anna (F):  The most popular variety for commercial production- bearing abundant crops of large, very sweet fruit.
Tatyana (F):  A super-hardy Russian cultivar
Natasha (F):  A super-hardy Russian cultivar
All plant sale proceeds support permaculture research, education, and the reforestation of VT Farms.  Discounts for bulk quantities are available for most plants, subject to availability.
There are still spaces in the July 17-29 Farm and Wilderness Immersion Permaculture Design Certification Course!
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One response to “Permaculture Plant Sale!

  1. Craig Fortier May 27, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Hi Keith, last year I talked with you about hardiness of walnuts and I bought an English / Carpathian walnut tree from you — and it looked good after planting, through summer and into the winter – but looks like the winter may have killed it. Wondering if you had seen or heard of other people having problems also. Wasn’t sure it was too cold – should I try again – or just figure it’s too cold in Vermont? thanks


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