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Near Wild Fruits New and Exotic
Near Wild Fruits
Near wild fruit trees aren't fussy, after all they've managed to survive out in
the woods without help from us! We do suggest you give them well drained soils,
full sun (5-6 hours in the afternoon) and fertilizer for good growth and fruit production.
Click Here for the 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map to find out your areas hardiness zone.
Malus angustifolia is our American native crabapple and are naturally found in all
States east of the Missississi River and south of the Ohio River. This fruit has been used by
Native Americans and early settlers as a food source for preserves, cider and jellies. Fruit
is a favorite of bobwhites, grouse, pheasants, rabbits, squirrels, oppossums, raccoons, skunks
and foxes. The hard, heavy wood has been used to make tool handles. It is an extremely useful
plant for the homestead as well as beautiful in the landscape. You will need two for
cross pollination. Our trees are grafted to insure they are true to type and begin bearing in a
couple of years.
DESOTO'S Found growing on the historical St. Marks Railroad trail in Wakulla County
FLorida. We wonder if Hernando de Soto may have dined on the forebearers of this crabapple we're
eating today. This crabapple is quite large and will be a winner for jellies and ciders.
Pollinate with San Marco crabapple. Zone 8B-9. $32.99 3 gal (3-5ft) .
SAN MARCO We found this crabapple growing in St. Marks, Florida. Its large size
and prolific bearing habit enticed us to add it to our collection. Profuse light to
dark pink flowers in spring. Fruit ripens to a golden yellow in the Fall.
Good for jellies and cider making. Pollinate with DeSoto's crabapple. Zone 8B-9.
$32.99 3 gal (3-5ft).
Deep in the dark water swamps and hammocks of the lower South, down along the sandy riverbanks, grows the wispy, delicate Mayhaw tree. For generations, southerners have made the yearly trek by boat to harvest the floating orange fruit with nets. The fruits are boiled in a kettle until they burst open and release their flavor. The juice is strained to make a beautiful pale coral jelly. The flavor is exquisite, like sweet apple with overtones of mango and an aroma of pineapple. The success of modern day Mayhaw growing can be attributed to Sherwood Atkins, famous for "taking the swamp out of the Mayhaw." Mr. Atkins spent long days in the Lousiana swamps locating superior varieties of Mayhaw that will survive and thrive in ordinary garden soils. His premier variety, "Super Spur" yields 40-plus gallons of fruit at 8 years old.
Our trees are grafted on wild
Most Mayhaws need pollinators. They prefer part sun to
shade and moist, well-drained soils. Need two different varieties for cross pollination.
BETSY Heavy bearer with very large red, round fruit.
The flesh is bright red. Ripens early May. Needs pollinator. Zones 7-9. $45.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
BIG RED Upright spreading tree, large fragrant fruit,
red-skinned with pink flesh. Late-blooming, ripens in late April-Early May. Needs pollinator. Zones 7-9. $45.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
GEORGIA GEM Just a cloud of white when
in bloom in spring. Light red fruit is up to 3/4 of an inch
in diameter. Red flesh makes a dark, coral jelly.
Ripens mid-late May. Needs pollinator. Zones
7-9. $45.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
RELIABLE Late bloomer, rarely caught in late frost. Large,
3/4 inch fruit with bright red skin. Excellent flavor. Ripens
mid-late May. Needs pollinator. Zones 7-9. $45.99 3 gal (4-5ft).
Available in December.
Nyssa ogeche is a rare native found in South Carolina, Georgia and North Florida.
Also known as White Tupelo, the famed and fabulous Tupelo honey is derived from these flowers. The female trees produces an edible
fruit (drupes) and it's juice is used as a lime substitute (hence the name Ogeechee Lime).
Ogeechee Tupelo Seedling Produces 1 - 1 1/2 inch long, oval shaped red fruit on female trees. Beautiful shade trees (35ft)
with gorgeous Fall color ranging from vivid yellow to deep purple.
Likes moist, acidic soils but can adapt to average water locations. Sun to part shade. Tolerates flooding.
Need male and female for fruit (trees are polygamo-dioecious). Ripens July through December. Zones 7-9. $24.99 3gal(4-5ft).
Prunus angustifolia is native to much of the United States from Pennsylvania,
west to Colorado, and south to Texas and Florida. It can be found growing on old homesites,
fence rows, dry woodland areas, sandhills and scrub woods. Basically wild plums will grown
anywhere it can get a toehold! Plum thickets in the country attract wildlife and the profuse
white blooms in spring are a wonder to see. The fruit also makes delicious jams and jellies.
CHICKASAW A true edible ornamental, thickets of native Chickasaw plum are a welcome sight to bears, raccoons,
foxes, deer, man, and other wildlife. They provide abundant crops of small bright red plums that ripen to yellow and make delicious jelly.
In the early spring, while other deciduous trees are still dormant, Chickasaws announce their presence with stunning clouds of tiny pure
white fragrant flowers. Drought tolerant once established. Zones 6-9. $24.99 3gal(4-5ft).
GUTHERIE CHICKASAW An improved Chickasaw plum that doesn't sucker and is highly disease
resistant. This new variety is yellow-skinned with a tangy, sweet yellow flesh.
Fruit is 1 1/2 inches across and makes a fabulous jelly. A good choice for growers
who have problems with pollination. Ripens mid-June. Zones
8-9. $24.99 3gal(4-5ft).
The Pawpaw is one of this country's most over-looked fruits. Native to most parts of the United States, the Pawpaw thrives with little or no care. A deciduous, small, pyramidal tree, with 4 to 5 inch long fruit that has custard smooth, white to apricot flesh. Delicious banana-like flavor is awesome. Pawpaw trees are an understory tree in nature. When choosing a site to plant your tree, choose a slightly shady spot or plan to artificially shade your tree for the first 2 years. They prefer a moist, well-drained soil with good organic content.
SOUTHERN SEEDLING We gather the seed for this variety from
the North Florida area. It reliably fruits in Zones 8B and 9.
Fruit varies in size from 3" to 5", with a pale yellow flesh.
Excellent flavor. Ripens late August-September. Need two for cross pollination. Zones 7-9.
$34.99 3 gal (3-5ft).
NATIVE AMERICAN SEEDLING Lovely, cold hardy
shade tree which may or may not fruit. That's because native seedling persimmon trees
are either male or female and only the female fruit. So while you're waiting to
see what you have, enjoy the shade in summer and the wonderful leaf colors in fall!
Any fruit will be astringent. Zones 6-9 $29.99 3 gal (3-5ft).
GRAFTED FEMALE NATIVE AMERICAN SEEDLING
Scion was taken from a tree in Wakulla County that produces tons of native persimmons each year.
If you have persimmon trees, but no fruit then you need this lady.
Fruit is astringent. Needs male pollinator. Zones 6-9 $39.99 3 gal (3-5ft).
FLORIDA SELECT ELDERBERRY Did you know that elderberries
have more vitamin C per unit weight than oranges or tomatoes? So raise a toast to elderberry wine
and spread your toast with elderberry jam! This lovely native shrub, mostly evergreen
in Zones 8-11, is found in wet woodlands and floodplain forests. The shrub is 6-10 feet tall
with delicate, fernlike leaves.
Masses of 10 inch, flat-headed clusters of tiny flowers resemble lilacs and bloom spring into fall.
Small berries attract birds, butterflies, wine makers and other wildlife when ripe in late summer.
Zones 8-11. $26.99 3 gal (2-3ft)
Are we out of what you are looking for? Email us at Justfruits@hotmail.com and we'll put you on the "Call When Available" list. We will call you!
Please come to see us if you can (Wednesday to Sunday, 9:05-5:08). We are located 19 miles south of Tallahassee, just off US Highway 98, 1 mile east of the intersection with US Highway 319 (South of Crawfordville center and actually in the village of Medart). If you need further directions, feel free to call us at 1-850-926-5644 or enter 30 Saint Frances St. Crawfordville FL 32327 (or Just Fruits Nursery) into Google Maps ( CLICK HERE).