1 Rooted Merritt Perennial Tree Collard (Green)


Merritt Collards are a new perennial variety of collard greens that grow enormous leaves year after year. I have found them to be very vigorous plants with leaves over 2′ long and half a pound in weight. The mother plant was a chance seedling at Merritt College in Oakland. Please see below for a full description. Free Shipping.

Out of stock

SKU: PLT-MRT-1 Category:


Merritt Collards are a perennial brassica plant hardy to 25°, possibly lower. I propagated it from a cutting at Merritt College in Oakland, thus the name. The original plant probably self seeded in the garden from the numerous brassica species that all bloom at the same time. The plants in my nursery beds are now three years old and have produced seeds several times. After flowering and setting seed in the spring, they return to vigorous vegetative growth. The leaves on my plants often measure over 2 ft long and weigh up to 1/2 a pound.

Like other collard greens, Merritt collards are very nutritious. They are high in Vitamins B1, B2, B9, C, and beta-Carotene. They are also a great source of fiber.

Highly recommended plant!

Your plants may 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. The greens are delicious.

They can be propagated by cuttings once you get your first plant established.
We generally ship on Tuesdays and you should receive your plant(s) approximately three-four days after they are shipped. Please be mindful of your local weather conditions when ordering. Your young plant(s) may be damaged by freezing or hot weather. 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.