Jolly Green Tree Collards are a Summer 2020 introduction and extremely limited perennial tree collard. It is a naturally occurring garden hybrid from Project Tree Collard that appears to be a cross between the Merritt Tree Collard, Green Tree Collard, and maybe even Purple Tree Collard. Jolly Green Tree Collard gets between 6 and 10 feet in height, and appears to naturally branch into a large shrub form. It is one of the fastest growing tree collards. Within the first year or two, it forms a 1 inch diameter trunk. Once the tree collard reaches 2-3 feet in height, it would be best tied to a sturdy stake as it can be top heavy in storms and high winds. Leaves can get up to 2 feet long and are a bright to medium green color with lighter stems. They are smooth like annual collards, but much larger. It doesn’t not appear to be a big bloomer which means it is much more productive through the spring than some other tree collards.
Because it is a new introduction, at this time its cold hardiness or heat tolerance is unknown. Based on past experience, it should be at least as cold and heat tolerant as its parentage. One can expect it to be good in zones 8-11, and probably marginal in zones 7A and 7B. So far it has done well in snow and temperatures down to 28 degrees.
Please be mindful of your local weather conditions when ordering. We cannot be responsible for plants that freeze or get fried in the mail. If there is a defect with your order due to our packaging or a long delay from the post office please take a photo of your plants immediately and contact us within 24 hours of receipt of your shipment.