This is a packet of approximately 30 Dinosaur Tree Collard seeds harvested in June 2023. The Dinosaur Tree Collard is a rare variety of perennial tree collard/kale, originally developed by Rebecca Newburn of Richmond Grows seed lending library. This is Rebecca’s favorite seedling from a cross of a Purple Tree Collard and a dinosaur kale plant (lacinato kale).
The Dinosaur Tree Collard plant grows 3-5 feet tall, forming low branching shrubs as opposed to traditional kale which usually grows a single stalk. The leaves look more like lacinato kale than tree collards. They are slightly tougher than lacinato kale and less crinkly. Leaves are sweetest in the cool season.
We have grown them as a perennial for seven years in California where we have mild winters never getting below 23° F. It is cold tolerant to around 20° F for short periods of time. They also tolerate our summer temperatures up to 113 degrees, preferring some afternoon shade. In the spring they go to seed with the rest of the annual brassicas in the garden, but then rebound in summer and remain very productive from summer until the following spring.
These seeds will NOT be true to type (identical to the parent plant) due to cross-pollination with other brassicas on the farm. If you want to grow Dinosaur Tree Collards identical to the ones we sell, please purchase cuttings or rooted plants. (they are not always in stock since we don’t propagate or take cuttings while they are flowering). The seed will likely produce vigorous, leafy brassica plants that will be of interest to plant breeding enthusiasts. They flower at the same time as other collards so they will produce some interesting crosses.
Please send a message if you wish to have seeds shipped internationally and let us know your order. We will send you a Paypal Invoice. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee delivery for international orders. Please do your research beforehand to see if customs is likely to confiscate your items. We have successfully shipped to Australia, parts of Asia, parts of Africa, Europe, and Canada, in a regular letter envelope ($10).