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.
Silver Bramble – Rubus ludwigii
Silver Bramble, Rubus ludwigii, is a small, 1 to 3 meters tall, fruit bearing, thickish shrub or bush with woody stems and lots of prickles, native to the Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa. Silver Bramble is a very uncommon plant in cultivation.
Rubus ludwigii leaves are dark green shiny in front with woolly silvery-green undersides, compound, 12cm long with 5-7 leaflets and sharply toothed. Fresh or dried leaf is used to make herbal tea. The white or pink flowers are bisexual, born in clusters in spring, 2cm in diameter, with bracts as big as flower and colored spikes. They are followed by tight bunches of fruit.
Silver Bramble Fruit
Silver Bramble fruit is a type of white powdered, raspberry shaped, dark purple with a bluish blush ‘blackberry’. Silver Bramble is not botanically a berry, but an aggregate of drupes. It is edible and tasty, eaten fresh or made into jams, wine, juice and used cooked in desserts. Birds will also feed on the nutritious fruits in autumn while some mammals will feed on both fruit and leaf.
Silver Bramble Propagation Methods
Plant propagation is mostly by seed in the wild. The plant is very rare in cultivation. It could be useful for raspberry breeding. The powdered plant root is used medicinally. The Zulu and the Swati people take the powdered root in water to ease stomach-ache. They administer a decoction of the root when there is acute pain during an illness. Rubus ludwigii is a member of the family Rosaceae the genus Rubus.
Silver Bramble, Rubus ludwigii
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