Useful and Edible Trees and Shrubs SOLD OUT!

by Estelle Drisdelle on July 29, 2014

As we slowly move out of a dry spell and into late-summer we can begin to think about planting trees. CFI has a number of native trees and shrubs for sale at our headquarters in Sackville, N.B that MUST GO this fall! Many plants are as useful to us as they are to the natural world.

Contact us by email at or by phone at (506) 536-3738 for prices and availability.


Native Trees and Shrubs are SOLD OUT for 2014:

Edible Shrubs:

Common Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis) – berries edible when cooked, good for cough syrup, jelly and wine. A great plant for pollinators and birds.

Highbush Cranberry (Viburnum trilobum) – berries edible when cooked, good for jellies. The bark is medicinal and flowers are great for pollinators!

Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) – another great berry for jams, jellies and wines. Often it is too tart to eat on its own, hence the name. This berry is high in Vitamin C and antioxidants – a new superfood! Easy to grow and spreads.

Northern Bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica) - Leaves can be used to make tea or in place of commercial bay leaf in cooking. Berries can be added to water to float the wax and then added to beeswax or paraffin to make candles.

Coniferous Trees:

Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) – a native forest evergreen that can live to 400 years! Hemlock is becoming more rare due to intensive logging. Hemlock is great tree for a shady spot and for a windbreak.

Decidious Trees:

White Ash (Fraxinus Americana) – a rare native tree that grows to 50 feet and can live up to 300 years. The wood is very strong and valuable, making it very useful for canoe paddles or tool handles. This tree is often planted in backyard as an ornamental due to its light brown bark and vibrant green leaves.


If you would like to know more about propagation and uses check out this plant guide!

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