Merritt Tree Collards are a perennial brassica plant hardy to 20°, possibly lower. We propagated it from a tree collard at Merritt College in Oakland. The original plant probably self seeded in the garden from the numerous brassica species nearby that all bloom at the same time.
Merritt Tree Collard plants get 4-10 feet high with a strong, central, woody trunk. They should be planted 3-4 feet apart. The plants in our nursery beds are now four years old. After flowering and setting seed in the spring, they return to vigorous vegetative growth. The leaves on our plants can measure over 2 ft long and weigh up to 1/2 a pound. The greens are delicious.
Like other collard greens, Merritt Tree Collards are very nutritious. They are high in Vitamins B1, B2, B9, C, and beta-Carotene and are also a great source of fiber. Highly recommended plant! Your plants will likely produce flowers later in the spring. If so, let them flower and set some seeds. Then remove the flower stalk and they will resume vigorous leaf growth. They tend to make a very strong central stalk, and are more compact than purple tree collards. They can be propagated by cuttings once you get your first plant established. Please note that while we hope that every plant we ship thrives in your garden, we cannot be responsible for the success of the 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 plant!