7 – Hansen’s Bush Cherry
3 – Elderberry
5 – Hybrid Poplar
3 – Silver Maple
3 – Hybrid Willow
Wholesale prices on this would be around $135+ with shipping, retail around $475+
Due to seasonal variations and supply limitations we reserve the right to make appropriate substitutions but you will receive minimum 8 excellent fodder trees
Hansen’s Bush Cherry – Prunus besseyi
USDA 3-8 A great addition to any homestead or small farm. It’s a hardy plant so it can take a little abuse or neglect which is perfect for new or aspiring homesteaders or those of us who tend to kill plants (myself included). It’s a great addition to the elderberry syrup or as a standalone jelly. They’re both great for home brewing if that’s your thing. Slightly astringent flavor which pairs very well with apple and grape. Other uses are as a productive and cold hardy plum rootstock to graft onto. (except damson and victoria plums)
Elderberry – Sambucus canadensis
USDA 4-9 The fantastic and venerable Elderberry that my family and many others swear by to keep colds and flu away. We make elderberry syrup and jelly and use daily during cold and flu season. Makes excellent wine either standalone or as a blend. Our kids love this as a jelly and especially as a pancake syrup if the jelly didn’t set right. Some of my favorite childhood memories were when we got the rare treat of Elderberry syrup on waffles.
Hybrid Poplar – Populus x sp.
USDA 3-9 Grows like a weed and handles being coppiced and pollarded exceedingly well. Great results feeding rabbits, goats, and sheep a diet of Hybrid Poplar, almost equivalent to alfalfa in most respects. Probably my #2 for all around best fodder leaf for the broadest range of the USA. Also because of it’s rapid growth and high protein content, that means it has great nitrogen available to build healthy soil. Just chop it up and lay it on the soil to rot as mulch!
Silver Maple – Acer saccharinum
USDA 3-10 Adaptable to a wide variety of site conditions and climates. Leaves are green on top with silvery white sheen underneath. Often flips it’s leaves when barometric pressure drops prior to a storm rolling in. Shallow and fibrous roots make it easy to transplant, regrows vigorously and is an excellent candidate for coppicing for firewood and fodder as well as chop and drop mulch material. Large seeds provide a good wildlife food source.
Hybrid Willow – Salix x sp.
USDA 3-10 Extremely fast growing willow hybrid. Widely adaptable to most soil types and conditions. Does best in moist to wet environments, tolerates seasonal flooding. Excellent root net enables very effective erosion control.