Project Tree Collard’s mission is to inspire people to grow, eat, and share these amazing plants.
Tree collards are one of the easiest vegetables to grow in a home garden. For very little input they can provide an abundance of greens all year round. A fast growing relative of collards and kale, they can reach over eight feet in height in a few years. Tree collards are hardy to about 20° F (-7° c) and in mild climates have been known to live for up to twenty years! Both resilient and adaptable, they can endure periods of drought by producing smaller leaves, and can even thrive in a large container. Tree collards have a delicious nutty and slightly sweet flavor which most people find superior to traditional collard greens. Nutritionally, they rival their trendy cousin kale. They can be sauteed in a pan, included in a hearty stew, blended into a healthful green smoothie, dehydrated into crunchy collard chips, and even fermented into a tasty sauerkraut. Please browse the growing guides for more information on how easy it is to grow and care for these amazing plants, then check out recipes for further inspiration. When you are ready to get started with tree collards, you can order plants, cuttings, and seeds from us here. Each week Project Tree Collard donates greens from cuttings to the Berkeley Food and Housing Project. I would love to hear from you! Come connect with Project Tree Collard on the Facebook page to share stories and photos of your tree collards. Sharing information on growing in cold temperatures is especially appreciated!