Collins Nursery, in Glenside, PA, propagates native trees, shrubs and perennials from local seeds. Two years ago, I was looking for Pawpaw trees because I read that you need more than one to get fruit and I had only one. Collins Nursery is open by appointment and has two open houses each year, so I called and made an appointment. Diane Ehrich is the nursery manager. I came home with seven Viburnum ( three acerifolium, and one each of dentate, nudum, prunifolium, and trillium ), one Cornus florida, four Ilex glabra, one Pinus strobes, one Tsuga canadensis, and three Asimina trilby in my small station wagen. The website is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some of the viburnums: Cranberry, Blackhaw, and Maple.
Some of the trees: Dogwood, Pawpaw, and Hemlock.
This is where a gigantic red oak stood.
About ten years ago, I started this oak in a pot.
About five years ago, I started this oak from another acorn.
On October 26, 2008, I bought four trees at the GCA Zone V Meeting for $40.00. I planted them in my yard and this is what they look like today, six years later.
Botanical name: Asimina tribola Common name: Pawpaw
It flowered for the first time this year, but has yet to fruit. It is native to southern parts of eastern North America.
Botanical name: Diospyros kaki Common name: Chinese Persimmon
This tree has been bearing fruit for three years. See below. I have no idea what to do with the fruit. Maybe I should give them to Serena.
The last two, above in a bed, are a Pseudocydonia sinensis (on the left) and a Magnolia cylindric (on the right). The magnolia bloomed for the first time last year with one flower and this year three. I am not sure about the Pseudocydonia -- it is supposed to have peeling, jigsaw like bark and bear fruit. I have seen neither. A deer did damage the trunk last year with his antlers.