Do you want to support local wildlife? We have some excellent plant offerings to help! Mast is a term referring to the fruit of trees and shrubs. Hard mast is more typically nuts and acorns, while soft mast includes raspberries, blueberries, and MULBERRY! (as pictured here)
The wide diversity of hard and soft mast bearing perennials allows you to pick species to fit any gardening or landscape application. We carry multi stem shrubs like hazelnuts, tall stately trees like oaks or American persimmon, smaller shrubs like blueberries, and smaller understory trees like the pawpaw! Any of these can help you beautify your environment and support your local ecosystem and help to increase biodiversity! Head over to our online store to browse our extensive selection of mast bearing perennials!
Head on over to the strawberry page in our online store to check out our varieties, and get ready to grow the best strawberries you’ve ever tasted! Easy to grow, perennial, providing early food for pollinators, strawberries are one of our garden favorites. We look forward to them every year!
One of our favorite plants we sell is the pawpaw tree, Asimina triloba. Known by many names including the West Virginia banana, and the American custard apple. This is the largest native North American fruit, with the pawpaws reaching about 2 inches wide by 10 inches long. The fruit’s flavor is something like a blend of mango, pineapple and banana, and has traditionally been used to make ice cream, pie filling, custard, and even wine.
This plant is native all through Appalachia, and is a gorgeous, sometimes multistemmed understory tree growing to 10-40 feet with large leaves that are somewhat tropical in appearance. Pawpaws will grow in deep shade to full sunlight, although we’ve found they enjoy a bit more shade when very young. Because they attract and host butterflies, songbirds and insects, the pawpaw tree is an excellent addition to any pollinators, rain, or butterfly garden. The fruit is an important food source for the pawpaw Sphinx moth!
This beloved plant is the inspiration for the names of several towns and seasonal festivals, and the subject of venerable songs like “way down yonder in the pawpaw patch” https://youtu.be/SidjBL6tQF4