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Forgotten Fruit Shrubs Collection

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  • We have carefully curated a collection of our favourite fruiting shrubs that we believe not only will you enjoy but your gardens wildlife too.

  • The juicy Forgotten Fruit Shrubs Collection contains one of each plant in either a 7cm or 8cm pot.

  • Edible Silveryberry – Elaeagnus lanceolata (10-15cm): This plant is very ornamental with its narrow, dark green on top and silvery underneath leaves that have a wavy edge to them. During Winter it offers clusters of creamy coloured flowers that are of a sweet scent. The flowers are followed in Spring(!) by unusual orange-red fruits (small bean sized) that are covered in tiny silver dots. The berries have a sweet flavour, they can be eaten ripe or they can be cooked and used in jams.
  • Hardy Lemon – Citrus trifoliata (8-10cm): An unusual shrub related to the citrus, however, it is extremely cold tolerant (fully hardy in the UK). It opens its white scented flowers in March-April, before the leaves appear and from September, masses of 4-5 cm large, bright yellow, lemon-like fruits develop (with a similar taste to the lemon; suitable for marmalade or for tea). During Autumn, the shrubs foliage turns a vibrant yellow which brightens up anyone’s garden. The plant is covered in large spines, and the stems stay green for several years, which gives a spectacular architectural appearance to the plant during the winter months. The Hardy Lemon is fast growing and drought tolerant, well suitable for containers whether that be for the garden or for a low hedge-barrier.  Under warm climate, often used as the rootstock for grafting different citrus varieties due to its strong growth and cold tolerance. Hardy to at least -20C.
  • Japanese Medlar – Eriobotrya japonica (15-20cm): A small evergreen tree or shrub that is very ornamental with long, dark green, leathery leaves and yellow-white flowers that open on the tip of the branches. The flowers are produced during January-February, having the most sweetly scent one can imagine. In Winter the flowers may be pollinated even when it is cold but not too frosty (below -1C). For the succulent, sweet fruits to develop it requires almost frost-free environment from February to May. Any time from early Spring to early Summer the fruits flesh when ripe becomes yellow-orange. The flavour is the sweetest, a mixture of citrus and peach.  It is best to plant by a wall in Britain or can be kept in a larger conservatory. The tree itself is hardy to about -10C, but it depends on watering and origin of the plants as well. 
  • The intended main use of this collection is to grow food for human consumption. We always recommend further research to learn the different ways in which the food source can be prepared and consumed.

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