(Mespilus germanica) Medlars are rare in the U.S. but have been grown in Europe for thousands of years. They grow into an attractive, small tree approximately 8-10 ft. in height. Blooming in late spring they usually avoid late season frosts. An attractive tree with dark green, tropical looking foliage that is accented by large flowers resembling single white roses. Productive at a young age, with fruit usually the year after planting.
The fruits are much too hard to eat immediately and require a process known as bletting. They can be taken from the tree and kept somewhere cool, and allowed to ripen for several weeks or can be left on until they look overripe. At this point they become soft, spicy and very rich, with a cinnamon-apple sauce flavor. A perfect understory tree for permaculture guilds, they are self-fertile so only one is required to get fruit.
Breda Giant - Sold out for 2020 From the Netherlands, Breda Giant's fruits resemble extremely large bronze rose hips, just under 2" in diameter. A relative of the pear, medlars are sometimes referred to as northern loquat because of their long green leaves with a leathery appearance. Breda Giant is self-fertile. Late blooming to miss spring freezing it has showy white flowers. The tree is long lived and dwarf to about 8’ 2'-3' grafted trees. $26.50
Royal is an old variety originating in the United Kingdom. It is smaller than most medlars, usually growing to about 6’ tall. Very ornamental and easy to grow, it is considered to be the best variety for fresh eating. Also good for cooking and preserves, it is one of the most productive varieties. Self-fertile with fruits in the 1 1/2 -2" range. 2' - 3' grafted trees $26.50 Sold out for 2020
(Morus spp.) The Mulberry is superb as a shade tree with their large heart-shaped leaves, but also produces an abundance of sweet and nutritious fruit. mulberries produce fruit that many people, birds, and other creatures find delicious . Pendulous seedless fruits are similar in size and shape to boysenberries and are clones of females so there is no pollen shed. Due to similar ripening times theyare often used to keep birds from getting valuable cherry crops. Great to plant around chicken coops for free feeding.
The Dwarf Everbearing mulberry is a compact growing, dwarf tree (can be kept under 6 feet!) that fruits through the summer. Great variety for edible container gardens and patios. Fruit is medium size, black with a rich, sweet, luscious flavor with just a little bit of tanginess. Pick and enjoy by the handful or you can juice them, use in baking or to make jams. Pruning will stimulate new growth which will then produce more fruit A cold hardy Morus alba variety that is often mistaken as Morus nigra. 1 gal size $14.95
Illinois Everbearing - (Morus alba x rubra) Very cold hardy withstanding -25f, Illinois Everbearing grows to 35 ft. but can be kept smaller with pruning. Very precocious, it often starts producing the first year after planting. They bear sweet, highly flavored fruit, 1-1/2 inches long x 1/2 inch wide that look like long blackberries. Unlike other varieties they ripen continuously from mid to late summer, which gives it the Everbearing name. The fruit is red and turns black when fully ripe and ready to eat. $26.50