[NAFEX] ornamental blueberries
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Mon Dec 12 22:42:00 EST 2005
Thanks! I have loads of yew, and am looking for something
different. The yews around the foundation don't have enough sun to
fruit, but are very healthy. However, I am looking for a taller/
narrower plant for this location. Maybe I should buy a pair of
rabbit eye blueberries and plant them in the back yard for a couple
of years. If they survive, I could then move them to the spots on
either side of the garage, where I want to remove the cedar. There's
no tearing hurry. I'll look into the first two eleagnus, too.
On Dec 12, 2005, at 4:58 PM, Richard Moyer wrote:
> Though in TN, I'm also in Zone 6. Some things that work well for us:
> We pulled out our foundation plants and put in Rabbiteye
> blueberries, where they get only about 1 hr direct sun a day..
> Fall color is now at peak, plants covered with reds melding to
> purple and orange. Best color in our yard now for weeks, and as
> Hal noted, leaves hang into the single digits.
> Yew (Taxus spp.) is an evergreen, tough, easily shaped, and has an
> edible sweet-syrupy-piney fruit BUT the seed has potent
> cardiotoxins. Needs more sun to fruit than the two Eleagnus below,
> but survives in shade, growing much more slowly.
> 3 ideas from the Eleagnus family:
> Eleagnus multiflora (goumi) is semi-evergreen, spring bloomer, June
> fruit, silver-green foliage. Lucille Whitman (Whitman Farms)
> propagates and sells a large-fruited cultivar. An easily shaped,
> better behaved Eleagnus. Ours do well under pawpaw and black
> locust trees.
> Eleagnus pungens. Oct-Nov bloom scent is heavy, intoxicating, M.
> Dirr says similar to gardenia, definitely a draw for that time of
> year. Fruits hangs all winter and ripens in March here if mild,
> into April. Hence a first fruit. The plant can be rangy if
> unmanaged, throwing lanky suckers reaching into nearby limbs, but
> have seen it locally as a well-shaped evergreen shrub, either as
> individually shaped plants or a high, thin hedge. This Eleagnus
> can be invasive, climbing up, through and over anything above it.
> Hippophae (Sea buckthorn)
> Widely planted in Europe, Dirr says "fruit is as handsome as is the
> soft grayish green foliage" . Strangely, languishes in rich soil,
> and thrives in poor sandy soil. Have seen and tasted fruit in June
> in western Oregon; some selections hold fruit into winter. Need
> male and females for pollination. Drawback for your site may be
> too much shade.
> All three of the above will sucker and spread if left alone, which
> may be a disadvantage, or helpful in filling in.
> Richard Moyer
> Zone 6, East TN
> Ornamental Blueberries (Ginda Fisher)
> I have some white cedar foundation plantings that are getting
> overgrown. I am thinking of removing them, and wondering what to
> replace them with. It would be fun to put in something that fruits. .
> . I am contemplating blueberries.
> I am in zone 6. The location is on the south side of my house, but
> it's mostly shaded by oak trees, so I don't actually expect to get
> fruit. I need something tall and narrow: Mature width should be less
> than 4', and height could be 15' or so, and should be at least twice
> the width for esthetic reasons.
> Anyone have suggestions in a tall, narrow, northern blueberry?
> Preferably one with good fall color and red winter twigs?
> Any other fruity suggestions?
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