Nurseries For Southern and Sub-Tropical Tree Varieties


So I believe its time to start adding some more content that is permacultury and Southern/Sub-Tropical related. We have been planning to put in a lot of trees. I mean a lot. When I mean, a lot, I seriously mean a lot. My family freaked out that I put 7 citrus trees in my front yard in one going. They hadn’t seen nothin’ yet. So with this in mind, we’ve been doing quite a bit of research and recording information that will help us along this process, one of which is online nurseries. I should say, that if you have local nursery, and you’ve met them and you like what they’re doing, that is PROBABLY the preferred way to get your purchased trees.

One thing to remember that I only think you should purchase trees to establish a diverse mixture of plants. Once you have that going, its pretty much essential that one gets into plant propagation techniques. But definitely purchasing a wide selection of trees is a really great way to get diversity going that can then be multiplied out for cheap.

(Note I am not advocating any of these nurseries, some I have done business with, some were recommended, others just have unique things. In general these are the ones we are considering, for one reason or another.)

Bob Wells Nursery

Bob Wells Nursery – This is a Nursery out of Texas that has an amazingly huge selection of Pecan trees. We’ll be buying a few of those from him I tell you what. He also carries avocado trees (that can be grown even with frosts) and citrus varieties.

Willis Orchards

Willis Orchards – If there was any that you might have SOME sort of caution this one would be it. It was created by a disgruntled TyTyGa employee (the worst nursery on the planet). Of which apparently TyTyGa went out on an online smear campaign. Anyyyyways. They have a good selection of nut varieties which is the primary thing that I will be looking for from them. They have a few Pecan varieties that I am interested in.

Big Horse Creek Farm

Big Horse Creek Farm – This is one of the motherload nursery’s. This website has so many apple varieties its mind blowing, to include southern varieties! They are actually located in North Carolina no less! From my rough counting they have 77 different SOUTHERN varieties. Just southern specific warm climate varieties of apples. Incredible. Needless to say we’ll be giving them a few dollars.

Florida Hill

Florida Hill – I cannot wait to buy from this company. I am looking at them for Bananas, fuzzy kiwi, and DEFINITELY passion fruit (this sucker is hard to find)

Just Fruits and Exotics

Just Fruits and Exotics – This is another florida one and they have a good selection of mostly southern varieties of fruit and nut trees including 7b-9 Bananas and Pinapple Guavas. I browsed their Peaches and they have some good ones to include some zone 9 peaches that ripen in April. They also carry southern soft pears.

One Green World

One Green World – This nursery is up in Oregon but they still have a wide variety of trees that can be purchased to include Mayhaw and nut trees.

Rain Tree Nursery

Rain Tree Nursery – This is a big awesome nursery. They have tons of stuff like Chilean Guavas, although it is a northern nursery. I am looking at getting my marginal cold hardy things from Rain Tree. They also have mushrooms as well!

Cold Stream Farm

Cold Stream Farm – This nursery was recommended to us by the folks running Ben Falk’s Permaculture Design Course. These guys are very very northern up in Michigan, however, they have bulk Black Locust seedlings for cheap. While I am currently trying to do bulk from seed, you can buy one hundred black locust trees (for coppicing support species) for roughly 50-70 bucks (depending on size). Amazing.

Burnt Ridge Nursery

Burnt Ridge Nursery – I can finally take this guy off of my white board its been sitting on there for months. Another northern nursery. The big things I’ll be looking at here are the nut trees and maybe their fruit bushes.


ISON’s Nursery – I just found out about this one. Looks very interesting and specializes in muscadines. Putting together a muscadine vineyard would be really cool and definitely a tad more realistic here in the Southeast. I came across it because they sell pecan trees. (Looking all over for different sources). They also are a source for pinapple guavas.

Top Tropicals

Top Tropicals – I am interested in this website because they have Macadamia nut trees. They aren’t the easiest thing to find, but I am definitely going to try and grow a few. There is no doubt about it, they will be difficult to establish, but I think once they’re established they should be good to go. I may also try to include them near some warm temperature sinks so that the ambient temperatures around them are higher than elsewhere.

Grow Organic

Grow Organic – Of course I have to mention these guys. They have quite a decent selection to include Avacado trees. IMPORTANT This is definitely something to keep in mind when purchasing from them, they have “patented” trees. Basically trees you’re “legally not allowed to propagate”. It is the most asinine thing I have EVER heard of. This company is against GMO foods, which are patented life, however, they’re supporting patenting this life… Well support what you will with your dollars, I won’t be buying ANY of those and in the least dickish way possible, I’d suggest you pick something else as well. =)


One thing that I am having one HELL of a time finding a Nursery for is pink grapefruit. Its ONLY that Ruby Red nonsense. If anybody has any leads on some pink grapefruit trees, I’m all ears. I am also looking at guerrila propagating my neighbors tree which is amazing. Its the best fruit tree I have ever seen (I should get a picture of it) and then graft that sucker to one of my trifoliate oranges. I just did a look online and found nothin’. What the heck is even the variety of grapefruit commonly called “pink grapefruit”? I should go ask my uncle’s neighbor at least what the darn variety is.


Post any other good tree/bush nursery’s in the comments and I’ll add them to the list!

5 thoughts on “Nurseries For Southern and Sub-Tropical Tree Varieties

  1. Chad

    I’ve been curious about this avocado thing for a while now. Do they grow well here? I mean, I see them for sale here and there but I don’t know who actually has one in their yard. I love avocados but I don’t want to waste money on something that doesn’t grow well or that I have to baby all the time.

    1. Mike Post author

      Take this for what its worth. I have watched a number of videos on the subject and have read a little bit about them. If you get the Mexican Avacado varieties (I guess there are like 3 different regions they come from) they are QUITE cold hardy.

      Right now, I will tell you flat out, I won’t baby anything if I can avoid it. I consider myself lazyish / “A.D.D.” at least when it comes to things I just don’t want to do. Covering up trees isn’t one of them. With that said, these Mexican avacado varieties get down to the teens! The avacado varieties I’ve been looking at are more cold hardy than any citrus I own (except maybe the rootstocks).

      I think personally they’ll do just fine. I’m more worried about when I put in bananas, macadamia nuts, and passion fruits. But with those, I’m going to very very much intentionally place them in areas that should be must warmer (like near buildings).

    1. Mike Post author

      I don’t think they are. However, I will note they’re sold as potted plants rather than bareroot (much more convenient) so perhaps that goes into the cost.

      But how I look at it is return on value. The density and quality of what you’re getting from one avacado is way more than you’re getting from say… one apple, pear, grapefruit etc. (Although you’re probably getting less numbers).

  2. Chad

    I’ll have to put those on the back burner for now, but if you plant any I’d like to hear how it goes. I know nothing about growing them, but I guess I was wondering about soil requirements, humidity, etc.

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