Edible Landscaping, Great Possibilities


Edible Landscaping, Great Possibilities

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Persimmons are great landscaping trees adding visual interest year round

If you’re the type of person who loves simple pleasures like picking tree-ripened fruit or gathering homegrown veggies to create the salad of your dreams, then the edible landscape gives you a chance to do both: create an unusual distinctive landscape while also providing a bounty of more flavorful and nutritious fruits and vegetables than is obtainable from the grocery store.

Some of the added benefits of an edible landscape are the ability to create a more year-round look to your landscape. Most fruit trees do double duty, providing a spring blossom show as well as a fantastic summer show of ripe fruit, and they may even end the year with a brilliant fall leaf color.

The range of necessary functions that you need in the landscape (hedges, ground covers, shade trees, and evergreen screens) are easily found in the range of fruits that grow well in our area. Just check out the list of great possibilities below.

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Pineapple guavas make a wonderful evergreen hedge and offer gorgeous flowers in early spring

Need an evergreen screen to block an unsightly view? Try pineapple guava, which grows 18’ to 20’ or can be sheared to a small 6’ hedge. Fruit ripens in the fall and are great in fruit salads with other fall ripening fruits like persimmon and Satsuma tangerines. Loquat is a beautiful tree with broad tropical-looking leaves, and clusters of apricot-flavored fruits. This is a tree that will give your landscape a tropical looks and mixes well with bananas and citrus. Taller growing citrus trees like Meyer lemons, grapefruits and pummelo also make great screening plants. Olive trees are beautiful in hedges offering a silvery note the color scheme and mixes well with the blue green foliage of pineapple guavas.

Male Arguta Kiwi Flowers
Kiwi Flowers are beautiful

Creating shade to cool buildings or provide areas to enjoy a hot summer day is most important. Nut trees like pecan, chestnut and black Walnut are easy to grow or you might try a mulberry for instant gratification, mulberry if tended well can grow up to six to eight foot a year. Larger growing varieties of persimmon like Giombo, Saijo. Tamopan and Rosseyanka are excellent choices. Pergola or arbors are another great way to create shade in the landscape and fruits like grapes and kiwi are well adapted to grow on them Muscadine grapes require little to no care and ripen in late summer and early fall filling a much need niche in the year round fruit schedule, their sweet spicy flavor is great fresh or for making home made wines. Kiwi fruit is also a good choice for arbors, they are fast growers, and the fruit will store up to 6 months in the fridge. 

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Rosemary makes a lovely smaller hedge

For low hedges try rosemary. Highly fragrant and tasty foliage is a treat to brush up against and get that fresh pungent scent. Tough as nails and evergreen to boot. Blueberry, blackberry and boysenberry also make great low hedges with beautiful, bell-shaped and daisy-like white blooms. By choosing varieties that ripen at different times it’s possible to have these summer berries ripening from Early May until late July. Small-growing citrus like kumquats, orangequats, and limequats are great low evergreen hedges, while the taller-growing orange, grapefruit, and lemon are fantastic specimen trees grouped in the shrubbery border.

If you’re looking for a fantastic spring flower show, the best of the group are apples, peaches, nectarines, and quince for a showy cloud of pink blossom. On the other hand, pears, mayhaws, and plums produce beautiful clouds of pure white. Some of the best for lining avenues or driveways are pears and plums, which are very stately in form. The fall show of a persimmon is unsurpassed. Most color their fruit before leaf color changes, giving the tree a luscious look of jade green leaves covered with bright orange fruit. As cool weather approaches, the leaves begin to take on fiery red, cherry pink, and brilliant yellow colors. Outstanding!

The winter landscape can also be beautiful. Figs when bare of leaves are an architectural wonderment.  Evergreen twisted and gnarly olive trees come to life when the rest of the landscape is bare and the oranges becomes the jewels of the winter garden with their bright orange fruits.

Container Citrus
Citrus is a great option to grow in containers

Consider ground covers of fragrant herbs such as thyme or mint, and borders of dill, fennel, or basil. Strawberries make a rewarding and low-maintenance ground cover. And if you need a lovely summer vine, why not choose one of the many varieties of cherry tomatoes? These may continue to produce well into the late fall.

For those of you who are apartment dwellers, many fruit trees are well adapted to growing in containers. Citrus, blueberry, kiwi, fig, pomegranate, and pineapple are especially well suited for containers. Be sure to add some herbs and colorful veggies like red chard, chili peppers, and cherry tomatoes for a show that’s sure to dazzle and bring good conversation to your patio. 

Edibles can easily be incorporated into your current landscape by inter-planting with existing ornamentals. Your yard will acquire a uniquely beautiful flair and offer you a healthy return on your labors well spent!

Fruitful Hedges come in all Sizes and Shapes

Tall Evergreen Screens:

  • Pineapple Guava
  • Loquat
  • Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Grapefruits

Deciduous Fruiting Hedges

  • Blueberry
  • Pomegranate
  • Goumi
  • Banana
  • Blackberry
  • Raspberry
  • Fig

Short Evergreen Screens:

  • Bay leaf
  • Rosemary
  • Kumquats
  • Limequats
  • Orangequats
  • Calamondin
  • Tea Camellia

Great Edible Groundcovers

  • Nasturtium, ·  Strawberry, ·  Squash & Pumpkins, ·  Peanuts, ·  Creeping Herbs oregano, thyme, mints


Spring Blooming Trees

  • Apple (White)
  • Peach (Pink)
  • Plum (White)
  • Pears (White)
  • Mayhaw (White)
  • Citrus (White)


Showy Summer Color

  • Pineapple Guava (Blooms)
  • Pomegranate (Blooms)
  • Apple (Fruit)
  • Pear (Fruit)
  • Plum (Fruit)
  • Mulberry (Fruit)
  • Blueberry(Fruit)
  • Blackberry (Fruit)

Winter Interest Trees

  • Fig
  • Weeping Persimmon
  • Weeping Mulberry
  • Jujube
  •  Citrus


Vines for Fences and Pergolas

  • Kiwi ·  Grapes ·  Boysenberry ·  Raspberry ·  Passion Vine Boysenberry ·  Snow Peas
  • Cucumbers ·  Pole Beans · 


Large Shade Trees

  • Chestnut
  • Pecan
  • Mulberry
  • Large Growing Persimmon
  • Jujube
  • Olives
  • Paw Paw
  • Pears
  • Jujube
  • Olives
  • Loquat

Outstanding Fall Color

  • Persimmon Leaves & Fruit)
  • Mulberry (Leaves)
  • Blueberries (Leaves)
  • Citrus (Fruit)
  • Papaya (Fruit)
  • Olives (Fruit)
  • Jujube (Fruit)
  • Kiwi (Fruit)
  • Paw Paw (Fruit)
  • Pomegranate (Fruit and Leaf)
  • Raspberry (Fruit and Leaf)

Fragrant Edibles

  • Citrus (Blooms)
  • Apples (Blooms)
  • Pears (Blooms)
  • Plums (Blooms)
  • Loquats (Blooms)
  • Mayhaw (Blooms)
  • Papaya (Blooms)
  • Peach (Blooms)
  • Rosemary (Leaves)
  • Mints (Leaves)
  • Lemon Verbena (Leaves)


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