prunus serrula seeds

having given up on trying to find a local source for our tibetan cherry, we're seriously considering purchasing seeds. has anyone had success doing this? would appreciate any tips and also a good source for seeds (www.localharvest.org seems to be one of the few that has 'em)
thanks!
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It's quite easy to germinate and grow cherry seeds (chill in fridge over winter, sow in spring, outdoors, protected from mice and squirrels). However, growing trees from seed you'll have no guarantee that seedlings will be true to the parent tree; they could be hybrids fertilised by some other prunus nearby and possibly won't develop the shiny red serrula bark or the same flowers. The bark quality doesn't show in very young seedlings so you'd have to grow a considerable number of seedlings for 5 years at least, then select those which look most promising.
Can't you find a specialist tree nursery which does mail order ?
Janet
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