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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.





"Vigoro" Dunkeld Larch-Hybrid Larch Seeds

"Vigoro" Dunkeld Larch-Hybrid Larch Seeds

currently unavailable -collection involves tree climbers to harvest. One of the oldest and most well..

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$220.00

"Viva" American Hybrid Chestnut Seeds and Scions

"Viva" American Hybrid Chestnut Seeds and Scions

          Currently unavailable Fast Growing Hybrid Crosses -Straight ..

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$320.00

"Zest" Lemony Quince Seeds and Cuttings

"Zest" Lemony Quince Seeds and Cuttings

 Currently Unavailable Lemon Flavored Quince Plus Cuttings of "Zest" Almost all quinces prod..

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$220.00

'Awaken' Spearmint Seeds

'Awaken' Spearmint Seeds

currently unavailable Delicious Rich Minty Freshness Awakens the Senses-Excellent selection from see..

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$120.00

'Blue Universe' Serviceberry Seeds

'Blue Universe' Serviceberry Seeds

currently unavailable 'Blue Universe' represents an improved fruiting type of Michigan serviceberry ..

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$180.00

'Breathe' Wild Mint Seeds

'Breathe' Wild Mint Seeds

currently unavailable Strong Flavor-Vigorous Growth-Able to Tolerate Dry Conditions My reselected..

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$120.00

'Epic' Catalpa-Ecos Selections

'Epic' Catalpa-Ecos Selections

   currently unavailable 'Epic' catalpa represents my life long interest in this genus sin..

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$160.00

'Fruit River' Black Currant Seeds

'Fruit River' Black Currant Seeds

'Fruit River' is a seed strain of the black currant and its hybrids. It is meant to be used as a cha..

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$120.00

'High-Grow' Cotoneaster Seeds

'High-Grow' Cotoneaster Seeds

'High Grow' represents several species of cotoneaster known for their tall growth to five feet or mo..

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$240.00

'Kansas Beauty' Eastern Red Cedar

'Kansas Beauty' Eastern Red Cedar

Eastern red cedar represents one of the greatest pioneer species ever. The ability to colonize quick..

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$180.00

'Less Sting' Stinging Nettle Seeds

'Less Sting' Stinging Nettle Seeds

Fewer stinging hairs are found on Less Sting compared to other nettles. As a green vegetable this..

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$0.00

'Maximus' Oak Acorns

'Maximus' Oak Acorns

Maximus is a seed source representing the most southern portion of the bur oak range mostly found in..

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$220.00

'Phillips' American Cranberrybush Seeds

'Phillips' American Cranberrybush Seeds

currently unavailable Northeastern Fruited Selection for Jelly and Juice Phillips is a selec..

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$180.00

'Precocious' Ohio Buckeye Nuts

'Precocious' Ohio Buckeye Nuts

This seed strain of the Ohio buckeye was selected due to precocity from seed to flowering and nut pr..

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$180.00

'Regent' Saskatoon Seeds

'Regent' Saskatoon Seeds

currently unavailable Easily grown this dwarf saskatoon produces high quality fruit with a mild appl..

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$120.00