We launched our ancient tree program several years ago. This program realizes the need to save the genetics of these old trees. The longevity gene, in itself, is a mystery. Why are some individuals long lived and healthy and others not? A mystery. Whatever the explanations, we need to bring these genes forward to the present day plant populations in order to help them be more resilient.
Though we launched this program long ago, it takes time to find these trees, find their history and grow up their progeny. Factor in the fact that many trees are periodical in seed production and you are looking at many years before we could actually offer saplings for sale.
Last year was very sporadic for seed production but we managed to get some good quality, though not abundant, seeds from many of our ancient trees. We now have many 1 year old seedlings from the following:
The Niagara Treaty white oak
The Toronto Carrying Trail white oak
The Niagara Necklace Black Oaks
The Jordan White Oak
The Point Abino Red Oaks
Dundas Driving Park Oaks
We have most of the histories of these trees on the website. Happy reading.