Dinosaur Tree Collards are a seedling from a cross of a Purple Tree Collard and Dinosaur Kale (Lacinato) plant, originally developed by Rebecca Newburn of Richmond Grows seed lending library. Their growth habit is similar to tree collards, forming branches 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 dinosaur kale and slightly less crinkly. Their taste is somewhere in between kale and tree collards.
We have grown them as a perennial for five years in the San Francisco Bay Area where we have mild winters never getting below 25° F. We are uncertain of their cold tolerance until we receive more information from customers in colder climates, but it is probably around 20° F. In the spring they freely go to seed with the rest of the annual brassicas in the garden, but then rebound in late spring and remain very productive from mid summer until the following spring. While flowering they do tend to get more aphids, similar to annual kale. The aphids are easily washed off with a hose. While we hope your plants thrive, we cannot guarantee the success of your plants in your garden.
Please consider the weather in your region when ordering. We do our best to ensure a safe journey for your plants but cannot be responsible for plants that freeze or cook in your mailbox. If there is a defect with your order please take photos and contact us within 24 hours of arrival. We hope you enjoy your plants!
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