A selection for better fruit quality. Some, like the American Cranberry or the Goji Berry, can be made into novel hedges and will serve a valuable function in the garden as well as carrying a useful crop of fruit. If you have a frost-free greenhouse or well-lit indoor space you can grow them in any zone, and this variety is compact and the easiest to grow in a pot. Next year I'll be able to! I love fragrance so I use shrubs and flowers that I plant for the nose. I'm harvesting raspberries and strawberries and will till frost.Harvests are good with about 60 berries a day. It matures late in mid-September (the latest to ripen of the plums), is sweet and juicy, and excellent for eating fresh. I think need to shade it's root zone, and that's something to remember with the kiwi as well. White squirrels? Good enough for me to want more kolomiktas- I'm looking at some of the larger fruited selections for next year.I've been planting some cornus mas-'Golden Glory' and some seedlings. Nopal cactuses are a medicine against diabetes. Everything does better this way. Sand cherry have always been our standby fruit but I am slowly starting to graft them over to better tasting plums and leaving 6-12 inches of sand cherry at the bottom. adroll_currency = "USD"; Japanese beetles ravage the foliage, however. Then, of course, there are the common berries like Strawberry Bushes or Blueberry Bushes. A couple years later a volunteer appeared, and I cultivated it.I think it was 1987 when I first obtained it from a local gardener who told me it was from Michigan. The amazingly fragrant white flowers are also showy and the fruit which follows looks a little like a cherry and contains two coffee beans. It is an asset to any garden with the sunny aspect it prefers. Cornus mas is also really good for diabetes. Both the pear and the kiwi are rock hard and need some storage. We grow a lot of Cornus mas where I work. Yummy cultivars like Honeycrisp and Pink Lady thrive in this zone. The fruit was wonderful and coon-proof too! You might want to keep certain beds exclusively edible or incorporate your edibles with decorative plants like the French potager. The fruits are 2 to 5 inches across, round with a pink center and can be eaten raw – they have a lemony taste – sliced in sweet or savory salads, or turned into jam alone or mixed with other fruits. I saw a black one once in my twenties and was so sorry I didn't have time to pull over and get a picture. Once I move I should have unlimited room. A pot around twice the diameter of the one your plant arrives in is a good starting size. There are the seedling cornus mas used in landscapes and there are also the selected, grafted varieties available at specialty nurseries like Raintree. Unfortunately in many of the smaller fruited types this is less than half of the fruit! Supposed to be some in Adams county asquite dry/sandy. Prickly pear sounds neat! As we move towards the south, the options for fruit trees start to increase. During the first year your Unusual Fruits should be watered once a week or even more during any hot, dry spells, but as they mature they will need less frequent watering. Also really good in a fruit wine by itself or in a blend.Got to try our first arctic kiwi fruit this year, from a 2nd year 'Red Beauty' . When planting outdoors, choose a sunny place for all these plants, although the American Cranberry and the Coffee Tree will both take some shade. I would like to try aronia sometime, but with limited space, I'm full. Aronia are very prolific here as mentioned but they need diluted with apple or pear juice to be very palatable. Also acquired a 'Eastern Prince' that hasn't quite caught yet. Here is a link that might be useful: Cold Hardy Cactus, This post was edited by milehighgirl on Wed, Oct 1, 14 at 14:06. Because it naturally grows in lower light beneath other trees it can even be grown indoors all year round – so you don’t even need an outdoor space to grow your own coffee. I can't wait to add peaches, and pluots to the mix. But man when that flavor is tamed I like it better than strawberries or raspberries. Elderberries etc. Here is a link that might be useful: akebia. They are Unusual in the sense of not commonly seen in landscapes, not in the difficulty of obtaining them. Some are super yummy.John SPDX OR. Chionanthus virginicus flowers early and is pollution tolerant. by Ilona Erwin | Autumn, Featured Articles, Landscape Design Know-How, trees. There are more and more being grown every year as the word gets out about their excellent fruit and hardiness. 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