Brambleberry Farm
Brambleberry Permaculture Farm LLC

Low Maintenance Bush & Tree Fruits/Edible Landscaping

Alpine Strawberry 'Mignonette' seedlings (Fragaria vesca): This French delicacy is a lovely bedding plant in addition to its super sweet and unique flavored berries. Fruits are often up to 1" long in the spring when the plants put on their heaviest crop, and they continue to produce throughout the summer, although fruits will be smaller and less abundant in hot dry conditions. Unlike conventional ever-bearing strawberries, alpine strawberries do not send out runners, but slowly clump out from the base of the plant, and they remain attractive throughout the summer, making them more practical for landscape beds.  They will often self-seed new plants nearby that you can use to expand your planting. Quart pots $6 +tax  (ask about 2" plugs $3)

Yellow Alpine Strawberry 'Pineapple' seedlings (Fragaria vesca): Similar in most aspects to 'Mignonette,' but produces light yellow berries with a delightful pineapple-tinged flavor.  Quart pots $6 +tax   (ask about 2" plugs $3)  

Wild Virginia-native Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana): This is a delightful, shade-tolerant, extra low-growing strawberry that readily fills the role of quick-growing groundcover in landscape beds.  It will weave around and through taller elements in your beds and cover the soil to prevent weeds from coming up.  Less susceptible to "overcrowding" die-out that commercial strawberries have after 5 or 6 years.  Pretty white flowers cover the mat of leaves in the spring, and are followed by delicious little red berries with a unique "waffled" texture.  Not as small as you might think, about the size of a nickel.  Self-fertile.

***See the Berries page for traditional strawberries***

Pink Hip Rose (Rosa rugosa):  Extremely low-care species rose bush that is a breath of fresh air from all the hyper-bred neon-colored roses in most landscapes today.  Spines are bristly rather than hooked so they won't "reach out and grab you".  Large single pink flowers throughout the year with edible hips up to 1" diameter. Super rich in Vitamin C.  Takes up to half-day shade just fine.  Stock originally from Hidden Springs Nursery.  Size up to about 5' tall x 4-5' wide.  Zones 3-8

Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax

'Emerald Carpet' Groundcover Raspberry (Rubus pentalobus):    This is a pleasant and very low-care perennial groundcover plant.  The beautiful little leaves are heavily textured, tough and leathery, going through nice fall color changes of red to purple.  Tend to take on a purple color all winter.  It stays very low (2" tall) to the ground and creates dense enough growth to keep out weed seedlings.  However, it doesn't take over established plants.  Potential for a few tasty little orange raspberries in the summer after a few years of establishment. Plant every 2' to fill in a bed completely in one season.  Quart pots $6; Gallon* pots $12 +tax

Nanking Bush Cherry (Prunus tomentosa):  We hesitated to offer these bush cherries for years, assuming that no-one would want to bother with a hard-seeded fruit too small to pit. However, after interacting with our plants the last few years, we now see their value as a delightful out-of-hand snack and a plant that will thrive under utter neglect. It is one also one of the first things to bloom in the spring, only preceded by our apricot tree.  The glossy, slightly peeling, reddish-brown bark provides interest even in the winter.  The bushes reach 8’ high if unpruned and about 6’ wide. Can grow and even fruit in shade, though more fruit is produced in full sun.  Somewhat self-fertile, but really best with a second plant as a pollinator (these are seedlings so any two plants should work).  Our seedlings have some white- and pink-fruiting individuals in the mix but will be mostly red.  Quart pots $6 +tax; Gallon pots $12+tax

NEW! Che (Cudrania tricuspidata):  Also known as Chinese Melon Berry, tastes like a cross between a fig and a watermelon.  The variety we carry is seedless and completely self-fertile.  If planted near a male Che it will have hard seeds.  Strikingly different and beautiful small trees with attractive clean foliage.  They turn extra eye-catching when loaded with ripe pink-red fruits in the fall.  Fruits are about 1" diameter, good chewy texture, keep well on the tree.  Fruits resemble a small hedge apple (osage orange), which they are related to.  Somewhat slow growing up to 15' tall.  Grafted on osage orange rootstock.  zones 6-9  Grafted trees in Gallon* pots $16 + tax

NEW! Serviceberry seedlings (Amelanchier X spp.):   Serviceberry or juneberry are widely-planted landscape specimens which have tiny apple-like blossoms in spring and 1/2” blueberry-like fruit in early summer.   Fruits taste like a very sweet and soft blueberry with less tang.  The tiny, almost undetectable seeds add a pleasant almond flavor to the fresh fruits.  Fiery orange and red fall foliage.   Multi-trunked, smooth grey-barked stems provide interesting form for landscapes.  Can take some shade and still produce fruit.   Once established, pretty bombproof plants.  These are open-pollinated seedlings from two local plants that have exceptionally tasty and prolific fruit, but we are not certain of their variety or species--we think one is 'Princess Diana'.  Likely A. canadensis and A. grandiflora so these seedlings may be a cross between the two.  Parent trees are only 8' tall and have exceptionally tasty berries in large, evenly-ripening clusters.  These seedlings may range in mature size from 6'-20' but can be kept to easy picking height with pruning or coppicing.  Self-fertile.  Zones 4-8.  Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax

NEW! Maypop Passion Fruit (Passiflora incarnata):   Similar to the well-known tropical passion fruit--a perennial, very ornamental vine with showy, fringed, purple/white flowers all summer long.  Bumblebees and hummingbirds love them!  Small egg-sized fruits turn yellow and often drop when ripe, and each contain a small amount of tart, apricot-flavored, seedy pulp.  Maypop is a native plant, but beware that it is very vigorous and invasive once established.  Plant it somewhere you can mow around it to keep it contained, as it will send out long runners underground.  A great choice for taking over a fence in the back corner of your yard or covering a hard-to-mow slope.  Maypop dies down to the ground in the winter and is late to emerge in the spring, so it is not the best choice for covering shade structures unless you only need late summer and fall shade.  Quart pots $6 LIMITED AVAILABILITY 2016

NEW! 'Julian' Asian dogwood (Cornus kousa): Grafted variety that had best tasting fruit in trials and fruits up to 1" diameter.  Asian dogwood is a very showy dogwood with pointed rather than rounded bracts on its flowers.   A little later blooming than native dogwoods but is resistant to dogwood anthracnose.   Beautiful bark when mature!   Nice form too.  Common landscaping plant but few know that its fruits are edible when soft.  The fruits look like little pink spiny Christmas ornaments hanging on long stems.  Very sweet tropical flavor, almost like a pawpaw, with a few small hard seeds inside.   Texture can be a little gritty especially if you eat the skin.   Does fine in part shade.  Self-fertile.   Zones 5-8.   Can potentially get up to 30’ tall though it is somewhat slow-growing and normally stays around 15' or less.  Grafted trees in gallon pots $16 + tax

Asian Dogwood seedlings (Cornus kousa):  These seedlings are every bit as ornamental as the 'Julian' grafted variety but the fruit will not be quite as large or as tasty.  One advantage of seedlings is they each have nice subtle fall color differences--from pinks to yellow/orange to bluish purples.   in Quart pots $6 +tax  (ask about 2" plugs $3); Gallon pots $12+tax   

'Redstone' Cornelian Cherry (Cornus mas):   An edible dogwood tree that is one of the first plants to bloom in the spring (but won’t get damaged by frosts)!  Less showy bloom than native dogwoods, but pretty in their own right with clusters of yellow flowers.  Nice fall color too.  More upright columnar growth.  'Redstone' is seedling variety which is a good producer of 3/4” deep red fruits with a tart cherry-like flavor to them.  Great for jams and preserves. Very easy to grow in a variety of soils and can take shade.  Plant two for pollination. Heavy shade to full sun; Zone 4-7; Height 10-20’.  NOT AVAILABLE 2016

Trifoliate Orange (Poncirus trifoliata):   A delightful little hardy citrus that is still highly underutilized and underappreciated.   Technically only hardy to Zone 6, but seems to be fine in Zone 5 and maybe colder as well.   This is the ‘Flying Dragon’ type, reaching only 6’ high with fancy twisted stems and decorative curved thorns.   Leaves drop in winter but stems stay dark green and look great in a little snow!   Produces abundant crops of great-smelling golfball-sized fruit that is very seedy but juicy and can be used to make very fragrant lemonade or marmalade.  This could make a really neat living fence for livestock.  Self-fertile.  Full to part sun.  Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax  (ask about 2" plugs $3)

Yellowhorn (Xanthoceras sorbifolium): Large shrub.  Drought tolerant.  Very ornamental - full of orchid-like white flowers with yellow spot that turns red, with bright yellow fall foliage.  Interesting feathery foliage that can be brewed into tea.  Flowers are followed by 3 inch decorative seed capsules which split open in three parts with large pea-sized black seeds which are easily cracked open and can be eaten roasted or raw, with a flavor like macadamia nuts.  Hardy zones 5-7.  May need two for pollination.  Full sun to light shade.   Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax  Limited Quantities 2016

NEW! 'Phillips' Highbush Cranberry (Viburnum trilobum): An edible native Viburnum, also known as Cramp Bark for it's muscle-relaxing medicinal properties.  Very pretty ornamental bush producing prolific umbels of white flowers, followed by showy clusters of edible but very tart, red berries.  Fast growing, 8-10' tall, has nice fall color and interesting winter form.  'Phillips' variety was selected by Elwyn Meader for better flavor and nice berry color.  Prefers a moist spot, but is adaptable.  Full Sun to Part Shade.  Self-fertile.  Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax

NEW! 'Botany Shop' Goji Berry (Lycium barbarum): Large, spreading shrub.  Fast growing.  Pretty purple, star-shaped flowers attract many pollinators.  Famous for the antioxidants in it's small red berries, which have a sweet tomato-like flavor when fresh. This variety has rounder leaves than most and is from a nursery in Missouri.  Leaves and shoots are edible, and are valued by some as much as the fruits.  Typically 8 ft tall x wide, vigorous growth, and easily tip-roots so be careful if you don't want it "walking all over".  Full sun to part shade, self pollinating.  Dislikes soggy soils and is drought-resistant--great for "high and dry" spots that get baked in the sun; however it is very adaptable.  Zones 5-9  Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax 

NEW! Aronia or Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa):  Medium-sized, attractive, native shrub with 3 season interest.  It is also a practical and prolific berry producer.  Aronias have gained fame recently as a super fruit due to their very high levels of antioxidants.  They are flavorful but astringent and not very sweet, so not super great to eat out of hand (although our picky toddlers loved them last summer).  However, they make a tasty addition to smoothies, jam, baked goods, etc.  The bushes are very productive and the blueberry-sized berries form in easy-to-pick clusters.  We have had some success harvesting with a blueberry rake, but prefer to just snip clusters; removing stems afterwards at the kitchen counter.  Berries are firm, so no worries about squishing as you pick, and they hold on the bush for a long time, so you can wait for the whole bush to ripen and pick all at once.  They are also not as plagued by birds as other berries, and are pest and disease free.  One of our favorites for edible landscaping.  Partial shade to full sun.  Self-fertile but may do better with a pollinator.  Zones 3-8.  Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax 

'McKenzie': A seedling selection with improved vigor, large flower clusters, and good production.  8-12' tall.

'Nero' seedling:  Parent plant 'Nero' gets just 4' high.  Ours is a little taller, but still only 5-6'.  Good fruit production.

NEW! Hablitzia or Caucasian Mountain Spinach (Hablitzia tamnoides): A perennial vine that is the new hot thing in permaculture circles.  Related to beets and amaranth, it is a perennial vegetable that actually tastes good! Vigorous grower once established, but like most perennials don't expect to get much off it the first season - that's what annuals are for.  Produces very early in the spring, and can tolerate a lot of shade, though it produces best in sunny spots that have late afternoon shade.  Zones 3-6  2" plugs for $3 ea or quart pots for $6

NEW! 'Salavatski' and 'Lubimi' Hardy Pomegranates  (Punica granatum):   These are Russian-bred varieties that have more cold-hardiness than most pomegranates--worthy of trial in our area.  Lubimi is also sold under the trademarked name 'Favorite'.  Pomegranates have gorgeous, red-tinged new growth and glossy green leaves all summer.  Tight, shrubby growth.  Long bloom season in early summer of big red ruffly flowers like a poppy.  Supposedly a zone 7 plant —best in a protected spot, but we as well as another local friend have had good success with them for several winters here in zone 6.  Their tops often die back to the ground, but most have come back from their roots with good vigor in the spring.  In mild winters they survive fully aboveground and those are the years you can get fruits.  We harvested 5 baseball-sized fruits from our Salavatski in the fall of 2013--they were delicious!  Quart pots $6  

Siberian Pea Shrub (Caragana arborescens):   This is a leguminous shrub that can be planted among other plants to add nitrogen to the soil.  The bee-attracting yellow blossoms in late spring turn to edible pods that can be eaten green like snow peas or left to dry when they are full of small dry beans.   These are 36% protein and can be cooked and eaten by humans, though they are most often given to chickens who readily gobble them up.   Often planted in poultry yards for this purpose.   Shrub can grow to 15’ but are easily kept pruned or coppiced back to much smaller sizes.   Heavy pruning and laying the stems as mulch is also the best way to utilize the nitrogen fixing aspect of this plant (and other N fixers).   Stays pretty tiny and wimpy it's first year or two, then gets going fast!  Best in full sun, and prefers well-drained soil.   Zone 2-9.   Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax  

Goumi (Eleagnus multiflora):   Another nitrogen-fixing shrub, though it is not a legume.   Very similar to autumn olive, though it is smaller in stature, has bigger berries borne in spring, and is not known to be expansive (invasive).   Thorny-stemmed bush to 8’ tall, covered with abundant early flowers that cast a strong floral fragrance.   These are followed by oblong, silvery-red, juicy 1/2” berries that have a soft, chewable seed in the center (interesting side note that this seed is very rich in healthy oils).   They have a flavor like a tart cherry mixed with apple and are the first berries to ripen here.   Fully self-fertile.   Quart pots $6+tax Limited Availability 2016

Japanese Raisin Tree (Hovenia dulcis): Grows 30-35 ft. tall, with a spread of about 20 ft.   Extremely fast growing, lush with large glossy green foliage.   Very unique in that you eat the chewy sweet peduncles (stems) of the fruit, since the fruit is just a small hard seed.   Has no serious pest or disease problems.  Supposedly hardy in the southern regions of zone 5 and warmer micro-climates such as protected eastern or southeastern sides of buildings.  We lost ours during the extreme winter of '13-'14, but some seedlings may prove to be hardier than others.  Prefers well-drained soils but seems pretty adaptable.   Supposedly self-fertile, but best bet to plant two seedlings for pollination.   Full to part sun.   Gallon* pots $12+tax  Limited Availability 2016

Sunchoke/Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus): Native sunflower species with large nutritious tubers.  Very easy to grow (hard to get rid of!) and productive.  High in inulin, making them an excellent choice for diabetics.  Raw, they are crunchy and juicy with a faint sunflower-seed flavor.  Cooked they are like a watery potato.  A friend once pickled them and they were fabulous!  Can be harvested all winter so long as you can dig a hole.  Herbaceous perennial--dies to the ground each winter but gets going fast and furious in late spring.  Tall, rough stems can get 8' tall or more with clusters of small yellow sunflower-like blossoms in the fall.  Makes plenty of biomass--might be good for hay, bedding, or mulch.  Will self-seed readily--beware as they have a notorious reputation for being hard to get rid of.  We recommend planting them in an out-of-the-way place you can mow around or you don't mind them spreading in.  Pigs will root them up to eat the tubers in the fall.

'Smooth Red' From Oikos Tree Crops in Michigan, this sweet-potato-shaped variety has a stunning red/purple skin and lacks the lumpy side nodules that make most varieties hard to clean.  Not quite as productive as 'Supernova' but still plenty to eat each year.

NEW! 'Supernova' Also from Oikos, exceptionally productive white-skinned variety that has an interesting "fractal-like" form to the tubers.  They are very lumpy and convoluted, making them much harder to clean than 'Smooth Red'.

Available as tubers in the dormant season: 3 for $6 or 8 for $12 (tubers can be shipped: $6 priority shipping for 3, $11 priority shipping for 8-16), or as potted plants year-round: Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax   

NEW! Korean Pine (Pinus koraiensis): Tall, slower-growing ornamental pine usually tops out at 40' but can theoretically reach 150'.  Good producer of large (think store-bought) easy-to crack pine nuts, it can start bearing at 7-8 years.  A five-needle pine, it is in the white pine group and has a very similar form and appearance to Eastern White Pine.  Some drought resistance.  Prefers well-drained soils but is also known as a pine you can grow in clay soils.  Great if you want an evergreen windbreak that makes you food!  We recommend interplanting with Eastern White Pine in a windbreak to get faster growth; then culling out the EWPs once the Korean Pines get growing well.  Zones 4-9    2" plugs $3

NEW! Lacebark Pine (Pinus bungeana) Attractive multi-trunk landscaping tree that produces edible and easy-to-crack pine nuts, though the nuts are much smaller than Korean Pine.  Its silvery grey bark becomes exfoliating as it matures (may take up to 10 yrs).  Patches of bark peel away revealing white, green and purple skin.  It is slow growing, eventually reaching 30 to 50 feet tall and 20 to 35 feet wide. Zones 4-8   2" plugs $3

Thornless Honey Locust (Gleditsia triacanthos): Seedlings from a grove of thornless parent trees.  There is a small chance that some may develop thorns as they get older.  Fast growing, tall and spreading trees create dappled rather than deep shade.  Can take a variety of soil types, known for being able to grow in polluted, compacted urban soils.  Pods are an excellent livestock feed (nutritionally equivalent to barley grain by sheep and goats) and the pulp is a sugary "nibble" for people too.  Lumber has some rot resistance and is a beautiful honey-red/orange color.  We might have some thorny individuals available if you prefer a tree that protects itself from varmints.  Quart pots $6; Gallon pots $12+tax (ask about 2" plugs $3)

Basket Willows:  Useful, easy-to-grow plants add a unique touch to landscapes.  In addition to their use for basket making, willows root very readily and a tea made from willows can be used to help cuttings from other plants root.  The bark is also a source of salicin, which is metabolized into salicylic acid, a precursor to aspirin.  They prefer moist sites in full sun but have proven to be very adaptable.  For growing rods to weave into baskets, they are best managed by coppicing or pollarding in which all or most of the plant is cut off each winter.  This forces new buds to sprout up fast and furious in the spring, creating long, straight shoots without branches.  It also keeps them to a small size since they will all grow into medium-sized trees with time.  Keep away from septic and water lines since their roots are very clever at finding water and nutrient sources!  

Golden Corkscrew Willow:  Branches grow horizontally and twist and curl.  Fast growing shade tree to 30' but can be coppiced/pollarded to keep smaller.  If grown into treeform, it takes on a "weeping willow" appearance.  Branches are great for dry or fresh flower arrangements and add lumpy bumpy interest to basketry projects.

Dicky Meadows:   Mint green, productive and straight basket willow.

Noir de Touraine: Dark brown to black, slender basket willow.  We saw some dieback in the two polar vortex winters on this variety so it's probably not hardy much further north.

Orange: Not sure of the variety but probably 'Britzensis', a beautiful orange to red basket willow. 

Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax; Cuttings $1.50/stick (bulk quantities available for less, depending on availability)  

We do not ship plants. (unless otherwise noted) To reserve plants please either call us at  812-723-5259 or email us, and schedule an appointment to pick them up. We can also DELIVER for a fee to our general region.          

*size designations are nominal. We use “trade gallons” (which are slightly less than a gallon) as well as recycled pots that may vary in exact size.  There are a limited number of two gallon plants available – first come first serve.