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Chestnut

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Castanea CHESTNUT Full sun Moderate water Chestnuts make wonderful, dense shade trees where there is space to accommodate them and where their litter and rank-smelling pollen won’t be too obtrusive. All have handsome dark to bright green foliage. Small, creamy white flowers in long (8–10-in.), slim catkins make quite a display…(Read More)

Butternut

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Butternut Full sun Moderate water   Butternut Native to eastern North America, butternut trees grow 50–60 ft. tall and 40–50 ft. wide. Butternut resembles black walnut (Juglans nigra), but the tree is smaller, leaves have fewer leaflets, and the flavorful nuts are elongated or oval instead of round…(Read More)

Apricot

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Apricot known botanically as Prunus armeniaca, this stone fruit originated in China. It can be grown throughout much of the West, with some limitations. Because apricot trees bloom early in the season, they will not fruit in regions with late frosts. In cool, humid coastal areas, tree and fruit are usually subject to brown rot…(Read More)

Pomegranate

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Pomegranate full sun moderate water   A native tree from Iran to the Himalayan region of northern India; naturalized throughout the Mediterranean. For flowering kinds, see Punica granatum. Naturally grows as a rounded plant to 15–20 ft. tall and broad, though it is often kept pruned to about 10 ft. high and wide. Showy…(Read More)

Pear (European)

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Pear (European) full sun moderate water   Most pears sold in markets and grown in gardens are varieties of Pyrus communis, a European species. The long-lived trees are pyramidal in form, with strongly vertical branching; they grow 30–40 ft. tall (sometimes taller), 15–25 ft. wide. Pears on dwarfing understocks make good small…(Read More)

Pear (Asian)

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Pear (Asian) full sun moderate water   These pears are descendants of two Asian species: Pyrus pyrifolia (P. serotina) and P. ussuriensis. Trees grow to 25–30 ft. tall and about half as wide, but they are easily kept to half that size with pruning. These are quite beautiful trees, and would likely be grown…(Read More)

Edible Fig

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EDIBLE FIG Full sun Moderate water Fast growth Originally native to western Asia, eastern Mediterranean, Ficus carica is grown for edible fruit; for ornamental relatives, see Ficus. Grows fairly fast to 15–30 ft. tall; generally low branched, spreading at least as wide as high. Where hard freezes (below 10– to 15–F/–12– to…(Read More)

Feijoa sellowiana

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Feijoa sellowiana full sun and moderate water South American native. Hardiest of so-called subtropical fruits. Normally a large multi-stemmed plant; reaches 18–25 ft. with equal spread if not pruned or killed back by frosts. Can take almost any amount of training or pruning (late spring is the best time) to shape as…(Read More)

Strawberry Tree

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Arbutus Strawberry Tree full or partial sun moderate or minimal water   Arbutus in general All have ornamental bark, clusters of little urn-shaped flowers, decorative edible fruit, and handsome foliage. Provide good drainage, especially if plant receives regular water. Thin growth of all types as needed. Arbutus unedo Slow to moderate growth to 8…(Read More)

Amelanchier

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Amelanchier Full or partial sun Moderate water Growth varies with Selection     Graceful, airy plants grow about twice as high as wide. Bloom in early spring, just before or during leafout, bearing drooping clusters of white or pinkish flowers that are showy but short lived. Fruits follow in summer; they are similar to blueberries…(Read More)

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