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Foundation Seed Stock-Ecos

Since first starting my nursery in 1979 I discovered, rediscovered, planted and created from scratch many useful food plants and timber trees for agriculture, horticulture and forestry. Instead of cultivars or varieties I focused first on the population rather than the individual. The result of that experimentation lead me to develop populations of many woody plants that are genetically diverse  that can be grown 'true' from seed in a wide variety of environmental conditions. This was the beginning of my foundation seed stock to draw from.

This foundation stock represents some of the most healthful and versatile  woody perennials and perennial vegetables. The focus was to find plants that require minimal care yet provide a high level of nutrition as well as unique flavors not found in cultivated plants. Each plant that I harvest seeds from is selected for its high yields, disease resistance as well as its ease of use as it finds its way to its culinary end.  The plants grown from my this seed can provide both a living population to breed cultivars from or to use as is and reproduced ad infinitum from seed  as a population or a land race. Reproduction by seed allows the population to adapt over time due to climate changes or disease pressures. This makes cultivar development or even to use as a single 'strain' or land race a field of possibilities that can never become genetically stagnate.  This is the ECOS Oikos Tree Crops Foundation Seed Stock.

Cultivars are often offered with the seeds include scions, cuttings, budwood and roots or tubers. This will allow you to continue the varietal selection that I created here at my farm as well as make it available to others either as a nursery or use in a farming situation. From seed, these selections represent a unique slice of a species available to use as is in seedling plantings without the guess work of where did my seed come from. 

Seeds are shipped immediately along with the scions or cuttings during the dormant season. It varies from year to year on what crops are available.  No international seed shipping including Canada is allowed.  Above image: Briana Apricots fruit and nuts from 2022.





"Elaine" Ecos Cactus

"Elaine" Ecos Cactus

currently out of stock Hardy Clonal Selection with No Thorns and Large Clean Green Pads-'Elaine'&nbs..

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$120.00

Alberta Clipper Corn

Alberta Clipper Corn

   Very early maturing dry field corn from Alberta Canada developed exclusively at Oikos T..

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$80.00

Ashe's Magnolia Seeds

Ashe's Magnolia Seeds

 Ashe's Magnolia represents one of those rare finds that often defies normal botanical explanat..

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$180.00

Big Hip Rose Seeds

Big Hip Rose Seeds

  Large Hips-Dense Clusters of Fruit-Easy to Process-Vitamin Rich Selected from Apple R..

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$180.00

Blue Blaze Wild Grape

Blue Blaze Wild Grape

Many years ago, a close friend's mother gave me a jar of wild grape jam. I was shocked at how strong..

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$180.00

Briana Apricot Seeds

Briana Apricot Seeds

Rich Apricot Flavor-Heavy Yields on a Strong Large Upright Tree-Fruit and Nut Tree Combined with Thi..

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$280.00

Bright Sky Plum Seeds & Scions

Bright Sky Plum Seeds & Scions

High Quality Fruits-Prolific Production-Beach Plum Type-Clean Foliage and Fruit Dunbarii plum pro..

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$240.00

Brilliance Plum

Brilliance Plum

   Brilliance Plum Seeds and Scions:  Red and violet colored plums are produ..

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$220.00

Cheery Cherry Plum

Cheery Cherry Plum

"Cheery Cherry" Plum seeds and scions: This seedling selection of a Chickasaw plum was selected due ..

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$220.00

Chinese Ash Seeds

Chinese Ash Seeds

  Immune to the Ash Borer=Vigorous Tree and Hard Wood  Starting in the early 90'..

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$320.00

Chinquapin Hybrid Chestnut Seeds

Chinquapin Hybrid Chestnut Seeds

    sold out This high yielding hybrid selection of chinquapin combines the dwar..

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$220.00

Double Rainbow Beach Plum Seeds+Scions

Double Rainbow Beach Plum Seeds+Scions

 Double Rainbow beach plum represents one of the best plum finds in my nursery. This type of be..

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$420.00

Dunbars Plum Seeds

Dunbars Plum Seeds

     High Quality Fruits-Prolific Production-Eaten Fresh or Processed Dunbars..

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$280.00

ECOS Pear Seeds

ECOS Pear Seeds

    The Ecos pears were developed from a single tree found in Michigan. The tree's ..

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$140.00

Fastigiate Strength Black Walnut Nuts

Fastigiate Strength Black Walnut Nuts

 Using seedlings from Lambs Curly I found a few very unique almost columnar black walnuts that ..

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$280.00