Growing a tree from seed is a magical and fascinating experience for people of all ages. Our 100% guaranteed Grow Kits provide everything needed to successfully germinate and grow some of the world’s most incredible trees: seeds, growing medium, a mini-greenhouse, and detailed instructions that lead you through the whole process — from cold-stratifying your seeds to germination to transplanting.
Richly symbolic of life, regrowth and recovery, enduring friendships and new beginnings, a tree is a wonderful gift that will only grow in value, meaning, and beauty
- The mighty Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa) is often regarded as North America’s most important pine tree, dominating forests in every western state, and ranging into Canada and Mexico as well. Pinus ponderosa is known by many names throughout its vast range, including Western Yellow Pine, Blackjack Pine, Bull Pine, Heavy Pine, Longleaf Pine, and most commonly, Ponderosa Pine. In Montana, Ponderosa Pine is celebrated as the State Tree. This impressive, wide-ranging species tolerates an amazing diversity of climates, altitudes, and soils, and can live for centuries, growing to heights of over 300 feet, with soaring, column-like trunks more than 8 feet across. A slow grower in its first decade, Ponderosa Pine grows faster as it ages, ultimately acquiring a magnificent physique, characterized by muscular branches; burnished tufts of long, green-gold needles (5″ – 13″); large, cinnamon-red cones; and a regal-looking, almost perfectly straight trunk, richly clad in great plates of bronze-colored bark. Ponderosa Pine tolerates heat and drought, and is extremely cold-hardy. It can be cultivated almost anywhere, and is a beautiful and statuesque tree at every stage of its life.
- The Quaking Aspen is a beautiful, useful, and historically important species that can be cultivated virtually anywhere — including your yard, garden, deck, or patio — and is a cherished icon of North America’s high country. Populus tremuloides, also known as Golden Aspen, Quaking Poplar, and Small-toothed Aspen, makes its glowing presence known throughout all the great Mountain systems of the United States and Canada, and even ranges down into the mountain ranges of Mexico.
A member of the willow family, Aspen is the most widespread tree on the North American continent, yet its beauty is anything but common. In autumn, Aspens are nothing less than stunning — gilded with brilliant golden leaves, perpetually trembling and splashing sunlight in every direction. Aspens are fast growers, and can survive almost anywhere — so long as they get ample sunlight. Aspens typically grow to around 80 feet in height, and usually live for about a century.
Aspens are typically smallish trees, around 40 feet tall with trunk diameters under two feet across. Their trembling, ever-moving leaves are pale green in spring and summer, burnishing to radiant gold in autumn. Aspen bark is smooth and the color of white-ash. Older trees have bark that’s nearly black at the base, turning to smooth mottled gray higher up the trunk. Aspen bark has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a highly valued source of medicine for Native American peoples.