Fruit and Nuts
Fruit and nut trees are special and unlike vegetables they will produce for a lot of years with a better return on effort than anything else in the garden.
In addition to fruit and nut production these trees can be value for shade, timber and as a support for climbing plants. Their crops are good sources of minerals, vitamins, protein and fats and make the perfect snacks for kids.
While the planting location of a tree is highly important for a successful production of fruit and nuts, when selecting a fruit tree or a nut tree from your local nursery, some additional factors you should consider are:
tree shape and size
taste, texture and use of fruit
time of harvest season
disease and pest resistance.
Multi-Grafted trees are an alternative for small gardens where space is limited and several types of fruit are desired.
Trees provide great ecological, economic and cultural values.
A Garden with Fruit Trees and Nut Trees is a Fulfilling, Meaningful and Worthy Undertaking.
Fruit and Nut Tree Enthusiasts
Backyard orchardists are generally small-scale agriculturists of rare and exotic fruit and nut trees and/or plants. However, some of their growing methods and innovative practices are uniquely suited to both the small-scale enthusiast and the commercial grower.
Appleberry | Purple Appleberry – Billardiera longiflora
Appleberry, Billardiera longiflora, also known as Purple Appleberry and Tasmanian Climbing Blueberry is an evergreen fruit bearing vine, indigenous to South-Eastern Australia that will twine its way up to 3 meters, at a slow rate, on rocks, plants, walls, fences or any other support. Billardiera longiflora is a member of the Pittosporaceae family the genus Billardiera.
Leaves are dark green, tiny, narrow and the stringy vines age to semi-woodiness. In summertime Billardiera longiflora produces greenish yellow, tubular, convex, pendulous flowers, carrying a sweet perfume. The flowers become pink or purple with age. Flowers are followed by highly unusual deep blue, edible, fruits that somewhat resemble apples in shape and texture, 2.5cm long, that in themselves make an fascinating feature.
Appleberries bear fruits copiously. Fruit is large fleshy electric-blue, occasionally white, berries that hang weeping amongst the shiny dark green foliage. The berries mature from late summer through to Mid-Autumn and make a delicious, mild aromatic dessert eaten raw out of hand. Appleberry fruit should be harvested right away when ripen as they become spongy and seedy inside, with age, and will shortly have no taste.
The Appleberry prefers a neutral or acidic type of soil, productive, moist but well-drained and humus rich. Full sun or partial shade and a protected site from frost and high winds are the preferred position. If minimal pruning is ever needed to restrict size or to regenerate the vine, this is done soon after fruiting is completed late in autumn or early winter.
Appleberry Propagation Methods
The plant is propagates easily by seed, best sown as soon as ripe but also from half ripe wood cuttings, 10 – 12cm with a heel. Billardiera longiflora is cold hardy plant to about -3°C but also drought-hardy when established. Red spider mites could become a problem pest.
Appleberry, Billardiera longiflora
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