I am looking to start some medlar plants this upcoming spring and thought I'd start trying to track them down during the winter. Anyone know of a nursery that sells seedlings or better yet, a source of viable seeds for these trees?
any chance there's an arboretum near you? the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle has a great specimen, but you're on the wrong side of the continent for that. medlars are good-looking trees, so a number of ornamental-inclined folks grow them. and now is the time to start gathering seed. I know of a few more places on the Left Coast, but that's not likely to help you.
I wonder if you may be open to a seed exchange then... I have access to a fair number of interesting seeds, like tulsi, ashwagandha, cardoon, a variety of kale I'm developing called 'krepe' (half red russian, half rape), elecampane, marshmallow, and a bunch more. Maybe, if you have time and access to a good tree, and like the fruit, you could save some and send them in exchange for other interesting plants? Let me know your thoughts, and thanks for the reply.
sure. I've got a few producing trees at my place that I haven't harvested yet. they're grafted trees, though I can't remember the varieties at the moment. I think Royal is one, though. I'll let you know soon. the seeds you mentioned all sound lovely.