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Forgotten Fruit Shrubs Collection


  • 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.

  • Autumn Olive (Autumn Tomato) – Elaeagnus umbellata: This plant is ornamental with its oval-shaped, dark green on top and silvery underneath leaves that have a wavy edge to them. During the Spring it offers clusters of creamy coloured flowers that are of a sweet scent. The flowers are followed 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.
  • Blue Sausage Shrub – Decaisnea fargesii: A fast-growing unusual shrub with an exotic effect. Its main character is the large, handsome pinnate leaves which can reach 80cm x 40cm and its metallic blue, fleshy seed pods that hang on the "naked" plant after fall (until early Winter). These extraordinary fruits are unique in shape and have an ornamental value. In the Summer greeny-yellow flowers bloom and appear in hanging racemes. Grows new shoots easily from the base and can be pruned as well, even trained to a wall if planted 50cm-1m from it. Very cold tolerant. Pest and disease resistant (in the UK and Europe).
  • Japanese Medlar – Eriobotrya japonica: 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. 
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