[NAFEX] In Search of Strange Plants!

Kathryn Mathews kathmath at charterinternet.com
Thu Feb 8 12:17:25 EST 2007

Outback Nursery is probably a reliable source for Amelanchier stolonifera.
I have not ordered from them, but they are a local nursery specializing in
native plants and from looking at their catalogue (www.outbacknusery.com)
and visiting their operation last fall, they seem to know their stuff.
Amelanchier stolonifera is listed in their catalogue.
Southern Minnesota

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Sent: 02/07/2007 6:35 PM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] In Search of Strange Plants!

   I may have a few seeds of Amelanchier stolonifera to share this summer.
Drop me an email in early june to remind me. Back in the late 80s I was
attending a botanical conference in southern ME. For one of the field trips
we went to the Kennebunk Plains. At the time the land was in private
ownership. It  was a lowbush blueberry production. Besides that there were
several rare plants growing in this hot sandy plane. One being Liatris
borealis. Northern blazing star. Acres and acres of the lavender wanded
plant. It was beautiful. Also growing there were Amelanchier stolonifera. I
was always amazed at the berry quality. Even though normally you cant trust
the species name on any Amelanchier this one you can. On that trip was one
of the leading authorities on The taxonomy of the genus. Chris Campell.  At
the time I didnt collect any seeds.
   Fast forward 15 years. I was back in the area and made a special trip to
collect seeds and cuttings.  The one surviving cutting started bearing fruit
last year. The seedlings still have a few years to go.
   The land is now in The Nature Conservancys hands. They do perscribed
burns so the bushes only reach about 2 feet but I have seen them up to six
or seven feet.
   As for Zanthoxylem, I am rather fond of the plant.Being in the citrus
family, It is one of the few plants in our area that is host to the larva of
the giant swallow tail. Its not so invasive in our heavy clay,plus its
rather rare. I have used the seed coverings as you would use sichaun
peppercorns, its asian cousin.

Southern  Ohio
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