Brambleberry Farm
Brambleberry Permaculture Farm LLC

Less Common Fruits

Che (Chinese Melon Berry)  2'' plugs $3, Quart pots $6, Gallon* pots $12 *Available Fall 2017*

 

Seedless Che (Chinese Melon Berry) (Cudrania tricuspidata): Propagated by cuttings, not grafted.  When grown on it's own roots Che will sucker out and spread, forming a hedge.  If you want a landscape specimen, choose the grafted version.  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  

semi-dwarf on own roots, will sucker, space 14' apart, self fertile.  Full Sun to Part Shade.

 

 

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Less Common Fruits

Dogwood  Grafted trees are $16 in Gallon* pots.  We occasionally have quarts available for $10 or 2-gallon* pots for $26.

 

 

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.  

Full size on own roots, Up to 30' tall, self fertile.  Full to Part Sun. 

 

Cornelian Cherry Dogwood (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.  Oblong 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’.  

3/4” deep red fruits with a tart cherry-like flavor, Height 10-20’; Plant two for pollination.  Full Sun to Part Shade.  Non-grafted tree pricing: 2'' plugs $3, quart pots $6, gallon* pots $12

 

Seedling Asian Dogwood (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.  

Full size on seedling rootstock, Up to 30' tall, self fertile.  Full to Part Sun.  Non-grafted tree pricing: 2'' plugs $3, quart pots $6, gallon* pots $12

 

 

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Less Common Fruits

Hardy Citrus  2'' plugs $3, Quart pots $6, Gallon* pots $12

 

 

Flying Dragon Trifoliate Orange Hardy Citrus (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.  

produces golf ball sized fuzzy lime-like fruits. self fertile, zone 6, grows up to 6' high.  Full Sun to Part Shade. 

 

 

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Mulberry  Grafted trees are $16 in Gallon* pots.  We occasionally have quarts available for $10 or 2-gallon* pots for $26.

 

Perhaps the single most useful tree for our area, the mulberry has copious amounts of delicious and nutritious (high protein, carbs, vitamins/minerals) fruit; is very fast-growing for quick shade and mulch production; leaves and stems are relished by most grazing livestock; and the wood is rot-resistant for fenceposts, etc. They are used in the silk industry to feed silkworms. Even on seedlings, fruits are borne over the course of weeks rather than ripening all at once like most tree fruits.  Mulberries are delicious - they taste similar to raspberries, but with no noticeable seeds and no thorns. The only disadvantages are the staining quality of the dark fruits; need a ladder to harvest prime berries (except for ‘Gerardi’ dwarf!); and without pruning the trees can get messy-looking, holding onto dead branches and twigs. Mulberries can take some shade without suffering from lower production of berries. Height to 35’. Zones 5-9. Grafted trees on seedling rootstock.

 

Collier Mulberry :  

Full size on seedling rootstock, early fruiting, space 15'-25' apart, self fertile.  Full Sun to Part Shade. 

 

Gerardi Dwarf Mulberry : If you are wanting to plant a mulberry to pick berries from, this is the one for you!  It stays under 6’ tall so you never need a ladder.  The plentiful fruits are large, black and very tasty, ripening over a month or more.  Has a beautiful natural growth form with big glossy green leaves, deserving of a spot in your home landscape! Self-fertile.  

Dwarf on Seedling Rootstock, space 6'-10' apart, self fertile.  Full Sun to Part Shade. 

 

Illinois Everbearing Mulberry : The most commonly available grafted cultivar, it is known for its prolonged ripening period over three months!  It also has excellent flavor and has a large berry.  Self-fertile.  

Full size on seedling rootstock, space 15'-25' apart, self fertile.  Full Sun to Part Shade. 

 

Korean Kokuso Mulberry : Prolific and precocious producer of very large black fruits.  Great flavor, early with a long season.  Fruits around 1/2" wide by 2" long.  Self fertile.  

Full size on seedling rootstock, space 15'-25' apart, self fertile.  Full Sun to Part Shade. 

 

Lawson Dawson Mulberry :  

Full size on seedling rootstock, space 15'-25' apart, self fertile.  Full Sun to Part Shade. 

 

Sweet Lavender Mulberry : Good producer of sweet, lavender-tinged fruit.  Clear juice will not stain walkways.  Self-fertile.  

Full size on seedling rootstock, space 15'-25' apart, self fertile.  Full Sun to Part Shade. 

 

Viola's Lavender Mulberry : This tree claims its parentage from Southern Indiana wild-growing mulberries.  The earliest fruiting of the trees we have producing right now.  Great producer of sweet but flavorful dark lavender fruit.  Juice is less-staining than black fruited mulberries, but not completely clear.  Has a more berry-like flavor than your typical non-staining white or lavender fruit (which tend to be very sweet but bland) - almost as flavorful as black mulberry fruits.  Short but fat berries.  Non-grafted, it roots very easily from cuttings.  Self fertile.  

Full size on seedling rootstock, space 15'-25' apart, self fertile.  Full Sun to Part Shade. 

 

seedling (not grafted) Mulberry :  

Full size on own roots, space 15'-25' apart, may be male (non-fruiting) or female (self-fertile).  Full Sun to Part Shade.  Non-grafted tree pricing: 2'' plugs $3, quart pots $6, gallon* pots $12

 

 

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Pawpaw  Grafted trees are $16 in Gallon* pots.  We occasionally have quarts available for $10 or 2-gallon* pots for $26.

 

The largest native North American edible fruit! This northernmost member of the tropical custard apple family (cherimoya, guayabana) has great potential for landscape and orchard use in the Midwest. Very shade tolerant, where it still will produce, but it gets positively loaded like a peach tree if grown in full sun. Custard-like fruits have the texture of an avocado with flavors ranging from caramel, banana to mango. Pawpaw fruits contain a strong anti-tumor compound. Extract made from the bark is a strong, broad-spectrum insecticide (thus it has no real pests, except the zebra swallowtail butterfly larvae feed on this plant).  Need two for pollination; plant 8-15’ apart. Height to 25’.

 

Mango Pawpaw (Asimina triloba):  

space 8'-15' apart, needs pollinator.  Full Sun to Full Shade. 

 

NC-1 Pawpaw (Asimina triloba):  

space 8'-15' apart, needs pollinator.  Full Sun to Full Shade. 

 

Overleese Pawpaw (Asimina triloba):  

space 8'-15' apart, needs pollinator.  Full Sun to Full Shade. 

 

Sunflower Pawpaw (Asimina triloba):  

space 8'-15' apart, needs pollinator.  Full Sun to Full Shade. 

 

seedling (not grafted) Pawpaw (Asimina triloba):  

space 8'-15' apart, needs pollinator.  Full Sun to Full Shade.  Non-grafted tree pricing: 2'' plugs $3, quart pots $6, gallon* pots $12

 

seedling (not grafted) from improved varieties Pawpaw (Asimina triloba):  

space 8'-15' apart, needs pollinator.  Full Sun to Full Shade.  Non-grafted tree pricing: 2'' plugs $3, quart pots $6, gallon* pots $12

 

 

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Persimmon  Grafted trees are $16 in Gallon* pots.  We occasionally have quarts available for $10 or 2-gallon* pots for $26. *Limited Availability 2017*

 

Here in Southern Indiana we are in prime persimmon country.  Wild American persimmons literally grow like weeds in our fields.  Persimmons have no significant pest or disease problems, making them an excellent low maintenance choice.  So if they grow wild here why do you need to purchase a persimmon tree from a nursery?  There are several benefits: the most significant reason is that American persimmons are diœcious - trees are either male or female, and the males don't fruit.  So if you plant a seedling you have a good chance of ending up with a non-fruiting tree.  We do sell seedlings for the adventurous among you, but most of our trees are grafted: a branch from an improved variety of female persimmon is grafted onto a vigorous seedling rootstock.  Most American persimmons need a male for pollination, although some cultivars are self-fertile or partially self-fertile (producing some fruit without pollination, but will produce more with a male).  If you live in the country here in Southern Indiana/Northern KY chances are you have a male persimmon tree somewhere nearby.  They don't need to be very close for pollination.  Asian persimmons and their crosses are usually self-fertile. 

 

DEC Goliath American Persimmon Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana):  

Full size on Seedling Rootstock, 35-60' tall.  Full Sun to Part Sun. 

 

DEC Miller X American Persimmon Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana):  

Full size on Seedling Rootstock, 35-60' tall.  Full Sun to Part Sun. 

 

Early Golden American Persimmon Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana): 1 1/2" large fruits with good flavor.  

Full size on Seedling Rootstock, 35-60' tall.  Full Sun to Part Sun. 

 

Seedling Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana):  

Full size on own roots, 35-60' tall.  Full Sun to Part Sun. 

 

 

 


 

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Less Common Fruits

Serviceberry  2'' plugs $3, Quart pots $6, Gallon* pots $12

 

Seedling Serviceberry (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.  

1/2" blueberry-like fruit, 8-20’ tall.  Self-fertile.  Full Sun to Part Shade.  Non-grafted tree pricing: 2'' plugs $3, quart pots $6, gallon* pots $12


We do not ship plants. To reserve plants please either call us, 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.  Every plant may not be available in every size listed.  Gallons are common for grafted trees and quarts are most common for everything else.  There are usually a very limited number of two gallon plants available – first come first serve.