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Dwarf Barbados Cherry, Dw. Acerola Cherry  Malphigia punicifolia

 

Plant Characteristics

 

Fruit/Flower/Aroma Characteristics

Plant Height

2 - 3 feet

 

Number of Fruit

Numerous

Classification

 Small bushy shrub

 

Size of Fruit

1/4 - 1/2 inch, 3 seeds

Leaves

evergreen 3/4 - 1 1/2 inches

 

Quality

Sweet, Tart, high in vitamin C

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Comments

Grows & fruits with little care

 

Culture

Soil

Limestone, marl, clay, well-drained, may need irrigation during dry peroids.

Exposure

Full Sun, Part sun

Patio Culture

Works well in hanging baskets, in containers, or as bonsai

Zone

Zones 10, 11. Protected areas of zone 9. Tropical / Subtropical

Comments

Flowers in spring and throughout the year. Can have from 1 to 3 main harvests.

Loquat  Eriobytra japonica

 

Plant Characteristics

 

Fruit/Flower/Aroma Characteristics

Plant Height

Small to 25 feet

 

Number of Fruit

A 5 yr old tree can produce up to 100 lbs.

Spread

Symmetrical to 20 feet

 

Size of Fruit

Thin fruit so that size will be increased. 1- 2 inches

 

 

 

Comment

Must be ripened on tree for best flavor

Leaves

8 - 12 inches. Dark green leathery and smooth when mature

 

Season

Primarily February to April. Can fruit year round

 

Culture

Soil

Almost any soil that is well drained and free of salt. Floding will kill the tree.

Exposure

Full sun to Part sun

Indoor Culture

 

Zone

Mature dormant trees can withstand temps down to 10F. Flowers are killed at 27 or 28F.

Comments

Tolerates drought but some irrigation during flowering and fruiting is advisable.

 

Monstera - Monstera deliciosa

 

Plant Characteristics

 

Fruit/Flower/Aroma Characteristics

Plant Height

Varies Capable of 30 feet

 

Bloom color

White

Spacing

Varies. Semi dense

 

Comments

Showy, pleasant fragrance

Growth rate

Fast

 

Fruit

12 inches or longer

Leaves

Evergreen 18 - 36 inches

 

Comments

Pleasant taste

 

Culture

Soil

Slightly alkaline, acid, clay, loam, sand

Exposure

Shade

Use

Outstanding ornamental

Zone

10b-11

Comments

Popular houseplant grown on a totem. Easily kept in check.

 

Dwarf Pomegranate - Punica granatum nana

 

Plant Characteristics

 

Fruit/Flower/Aroma Characteristics

Plant Height

4-6 feet

 

Fruit

Edible 2 inches in diameter

Spacing

 

 

Fruit Season

July - November in zones 7, 8

Growth rate

Medium

 

Fruit Season.

Fruits year-round in zones 9, 10

Leaves

Glossy dark green

 

Comments

 

Culture

Soil

Prefers rich deep loam but is adapted to most soils. Growth on alkaline soils is poor.

Exposure

Full sun, partial sun

Use

Bonsai, Container, specimen, hedge

Zone

7, 8, 9, 10

Comments

Tolerant to some flooding