[NAFEX] Edible woodies for landscaping
Sarah T. Lovell
Sarah.Lovell at uvm.edu
Mon Feb 18 18:51:32 EST 2008
I am new to this group, but interested in edible woody plants that
might be appropriate for community and residential settings in Vermont
(Zone 4, marginal 5 with global warming). I am an Assistant Professor
at the University of Vermont with a focus on Ecological Landscape
Design and the analysis of Multifunctional Landscapes. I plan to
establish a trial at the Vermont Horticulture Research Center
(http://www.uvm.edu/pss/dept/hort_farm/) this summer to evaluate and
demonstrate shrub and small tree species that could be incorporated
into local landscapes. I'm selecting species based on the following
1. Produce edible fruits or nuts for consumption by humans
2. Low maintenance so they will not be rejected by landscape managers
3. Height <25' so they can be harvested easily
4. Some ornamental value - showy flowers, bark, interesting structure
or texture, or good fall color
Several specific questions include the following:
1. What is the most cold hardy selection of Asimina triloba?
2. Do Corylus avellana 'Contorta' or 'Pendula' produce nuts?
3. Does Amelanchier x grandiflora come in a small version?
4. Who else is involved in related research?
Any advise on species or specific cultivars would be greatly appreciated.
Sarah Taylor Lovell, MLA, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Plant & Soil Science
University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405
Ph. 802-656-0466 Email: Sarah.Lovell at uvm.edu
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