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r ranson
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Here's a list of places I found that sell fruit and nut trees in Canada.

We're looking for some more trees, but are having trouble finding them.  Our preference is for organic or better, not pampered trees.  Ones that can survive being plonked into our soil with no fuss.  Here are a few that we've discovered.  Please add to this list with any you know.

Richters herbs
- I've bought mulberries and elderberries here before.  The price is very affordable, but we often have to wait quite a while for them to ship (due to weather or other factors).  Also, when the plants arrive they sometimes look amazing, they sometimes look pathetic and dead.  But they always grow.  In a sheer total utter neglect (stun) setting, we have about 80% survival rate.  Closer to 100% if we actually water them or mark where they are so they don't get eaten by the hungry lawnmower (sheep).



Tree Eater Nusery - this looks really good! 

medlers


We are a small mixed permaculturally-oriented homestead farm situated on 40 acres. We started working on this land to develop a small education center. In the meantime its all about skills and infrastructure development. Our current activities consist of enlarging a medium-sized annuals garden, growing a large assortment of perennial and annual vegetables and storage crops, maintaining a mixed orchard (of over 160 varieties of fruits/nuts/berries) and its duck and goose associates, managing an edibles nursery, on-site saw-milling and building farm infrastructure, and various other things like making herbal medicine and creating delicious seasonal farm-based foods.


They are on the West Coast and have a great selection of different fruit and nut trees.  Also seed!  I think I'll probably buy some from them this year to see how well the trees grow in our conditions. 



hardy fruit trees - is in Quebec and ships anywhere in Canada, except BC (sad). 



But they do have some pretty impressive trees that are hardy to Zone 3.  Most importantly they grow their own trees. 

Step 1: Understand what you are buying.

A) Our fruit trees are grown naturally, without chemical fertilizers or pesticides. They are normal sized, not oversized. Unlike trees sold in garden centres, you will find our trees are small and that they look like whips. This is because we have pruned the branches to make a straight tree and to direct more energy to the trunk. When smaller trees are planted they will usually adapt better to their new environment and grow faster than taller trees.
B) We sell bare rooted fruit trees. We ship them well packed with moist earth so the roots won't dry out. Bare rooted trees have more natural root systems because the roots are not restricted by growing in a pot.
C) Buying bare rooted trees also means that they don't take up much space once they are packed and are much easier to carry and ship.
The photo below shows about one hundred bare rooted trees in their package. The entire package would fit in your arms. If they had been grown in pots, you would have needed a pick up or a trailer to take them home.


100 trees!


I hope to add more to this thread as I discover more nuseries.  Please add any you know, expecially if they focus on organic or better growing conditions. 
 
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Fruit Trees and More - another nursery local to the West Coast.  They specialize in dwarf and miniature fruit trees and have an impressive selection.  They buy much of the rootstock and do the grafting themselves.  I've bought several trees from them over the years and have been very happy, especially with their olive tree.

Fruit Trees and More is a nursery and demonstration orchard specializing in temperate and subtropical fruit trees. The nursery offers 300 varieties of fruit trees, including dwarf apple trees, pears, plums, nectarines and other stone fruits; 30 varieties of citrus fruit trees, including lemons, limes, oranges and kumquats; and 15 varieties of hardy subtropicals such as pomegranates, permsimmons(sic), loquats and olives.

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http://bcfarmsandfood.com/images/v/fruit-trees-tour.mp4
 
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Eco-Sense - is a permaculture nursery on the Southern tip of Vancouver Island.  It's a really interesting place to visit as they have many cob buildings and are involved in local politics to help get permaculture practices approved and authorized by local laws.  They are interested in food self-sufficiency and growing trees that don't normally grow in our range - just in case our climate changes one way or the other in the near future. 



Gord sees nuts of all kinds as an absolute must to meet the future food needs for our region, and therefore has spent a lot of time   learning about Walnuts, Chestnuts, Hazelnuts, Pine Nuts, Yellowhorn, Caragana (Siberian Pea Shrub), Northern Pecan and almond, and getting them ready for sale right here in Victoria BC.    Nuts are a long term staple that will be the replacement for the grains, and are healthier due to the rich proteins, nutrients, oils and complex carbs not present in the grains.


To be totally honest, I find them a bit expensive, especially for the plants they imported.  These don't always survive when I place them in my STUN setting.  However, the plants they propagate themselves are very successful.  The Szechuan pepper trees have been my favourite so far.  It's well worth the extra price to support such a good cause. 

It's well worth visiting their open house even if you've nothing to buy.  There's so much to learn there and the cob structures are amazing. 
 
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http://treetime.ca/
  (Alberta-based, but ship across the country)

TreeTime.ca is a Western Canadian company that specializes in selling prairie hardy tree and shrub seedlings. We produce a large variety of native and landscape seedlings that are packaged and shipped out of our cold storage warehouse every spring.


They are pampered, but they likely still have to experience cold, dry weather which is better for me than buying live trees from B.C or Ontario that are grown in very different conditions. One big disadvantage of living in the middle of the country is that there are few good local options for nurseries

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http://www.grimonut.com/
  (Ontario-based, but ship across the country)

When Ernie began there were very few nut trees available and little was known about the potential for nut crops in Ontario. As a result Ernie decided to use his land to set up test orchards to evaluate the best nut trees that would grow in the Niagara region... These trees are grown and tested for their individual nut quality. Each tree is evaluated yearly on several factors including flavour, hardiness, productivity, commercial viability, cracking ability, and disease resistance. We have hundreds of promising trees growing from our own seed as well as the best selections sent from other growers for us to test in our location.


I found them because I was looking for a good tree seed source, but they do ship trees aswell. The owner, Ernie Grimo, seems to be in several organizations and is the president of the Society of Ontario Nut Growers. 
 
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Péinière Ancestrale
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They have a very large selection of fruiting trees and scrubs.   They sell mostly bare roots plants in the early spring & late fall.

I have purchased some haskap, hardiy kiwi and a cherry tree but they have all kinds of plants to choose from.

They will ship probably all across Canada. They are located in Quebec.
 
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http://puslinchnaturallynativetrees.ca/


Native trees of the Great Lakes  area, small but growing and they're nice folks
 
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Corn Hill Nursery, New Brunswick
http://www.cornhillnursery.com/
 
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