The Rainsong reforestation nursery has been up and running for over 15 years in Cabuya, since 1993.
We specialize in reforestation and open-air butterfly gardens.
Mary and Simon's collection of plant species has been compared with that of the University in San Jose.
The nursery is generally half the price of other nurseries in the area, and specializes in rare and endangered hardwood seedlings, including several species that are nearly extinct.
If you have land in Costa Rica, your help is needed !
Please plant some of these endangered hardwoods to save them from extinction.
In addition, we urge you to plant several other important species:
Mountain Almond - This is the only tree that the Great Green Macaw will nest in. It has been cut nearly to extinction for its fine hardwood grain, and the Great Green Macaw will disappear with them.
Ylang Ylang - Although it's not native to Costa Rica (native in southeast asia), this amazingly fragrant tree is beneficial to animals and birds because it produces fruit all year.
Breadfruit (castana) - Like the Ylang Ylang, this tree fruits all year, and many species love it. Planting plenty of Ylang Ylang and breadfruit on your land will make your land a favorite feeding spot of many birds and animals.
Guayaba - Another favorite of birds and mammals, it also fruits all year.
Capulin - This tree commonly grows wild and is a favorite of parrots and parakeets. It has small fruit along the stems. If you want to see flocks of parrots and other birds, plant lots of Capulin.
Read Rainsong's article about the Scarlet Macaws for more information about planting for this amazing bird. Also check out mary's article on Reforestation Advice.
A more complete list of endangered hardwoods that we have:
Fruit Trees: Grown without chemicals, and none are hybrids.
Almond (almendro) - two types
Avacado (aguacate) - several types
Cacao - the heart of chocolate!
Cherry (cereza) - native-sour
Coconut (coco) - dwarf yellow, dwarf green, tall
Guava (guayaba) - white, pink (large)
Ice Cream Bean
Lichi Nut (mamon)- native type
Mango - several types
Momi Apple (caimeto) - custard apple family
Nispero (and several other types of zapotes)
Starfruit (carambola) - the SWEET variety
Water Apple (manzana agua)
Please plant for the animals and birds:
Mountain Almond - The only tree that Great Green Macaws will nest in.
Cottonwood - Useful for bird nesting material
Breadfruit (Fruta Pan) - Mammals - has fruit all year
Guava (Guayaba) - Birds and Mammals
Papaya - Toucans & Parrots
Ylang Ylang - Birds (esp Toucans) and Mammals - fruits all year - amazing scent
Wild Avocado - Favorite food of the Quetzal
Other excellent fruiting species that animals love:
Anona and other types of Zapote
Caimeto (Momi-Apple, Custard Apple)
Mamon (native Lichi)
Maranon (Cashew Fruit)
Native Cherry (Cereza)
Native Olive (Aceituna)
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