Mulberry

Mulberries are large, fast-growing trees that are good fruit producers for humans and wildlife. The fruit resembles a slender blackberry and has a mild flavor. The fruit drops when ripe and may be harvested by shaking the tree. The fruit is borne on the current season’s growth and ripen in May in Georgia. The three…

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Mayhaw

Mayhaws (Crataegus aestivalis, C. rufula or C. opaca) are in the rose family and Hawthorne genus. They produce small apple-like fruits that ripen during late April and early May in south Georgia. The trees usually grow in swampy areas and may have their root systems flooded for several months each year. The fruits are highly prized for jelly. About…

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Kiwi

No minor fruit has received more attention in recent years than kiwi fruit. It has been planted as an experimental commercial crop in many southeastern states and is available through some garden catalogs. The fruit grows on a vigorous vine with large, nearly round leaves the size of a saucer. The fruit is the size…

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Feijoa Pineapple Guava

The feijoa or pineapple guava (Feijoa sellowiana) is a small, evergreen tree with attractive flowers and whitish-backed leaves. The plant is hardy to about 14 degrees F, so it is adapted to south Georgia. Severe freezes will kill the plant to the soil line, but it will regrow rapidly the following summer. Feijoas bloom in late spring…

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Elderberry

The American elderberry (Sambucus canadensis) is a large shrub that produces white flowers in the spring and large clusters of small, black fruit in late summer. The tree is drought-hardy, winter hardy, and attractive during blooming and fruiting. The small berries may be eaten raw when fully ripe or made into jelly, pies, or wine….

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Black Chokeberry

Aronia melanocarpa, commonly known as Black Chokeberry is a native shrub throughout most of the southern US.  It is a member of the deciduous Rosaceae family of plants and is partial to wetlands and is commonly found in wet, swampy areas but it can survive a range of medium wet to well-drained soils. Chokeberries are…

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Blackberries

Plant Blackberries Space your Blackberries 5-6′ apart.  If planting in rows, space rows 5-8ft apart.  Amend the soil if necessary to make sure it is rich, moist but well-drained.  Blackberries like slightly acidic soil. Plant on a slight mound and at ground level.  Mulch heavily with straw or bark. Trailing blackberries should have a trellis…

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Pinecone Ginger

Pinecone Ginger Zingiber zerumbet Zone 8-10 Full sun to partial shade High humidity & moist soils. Propagate by rhizome in late winter to early spring Common names: wild ginger, shampoo ginger or pinecone ginger. 3-4ft tall Native to India and SE Asia. Dormant in winter Pinecone-shaped flowers produce a creamy liquid substance that may be…

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