Blackberries are a backyard crop many have not wanted to grow due to the difficulty you can have dealing with the thorns. You can actually enjoy the delicious taste of home grown thornless blackberry bush varieties. These do well in the south and may be trained upon a trellis. Thornless blackberries will also withstand a hard pruning to ensure that bushes grow full the following season. These pants are not invasive like the raspberry plants you can see taking over fields and along woodland edges but will behave and be easy to control in your backyard.
Vaccinium ashei Rabbiteye Blueberry. We carry several varieties of rabbiteye blueberry bush cultivars including ‘Pink Lemonade’. Blueberry bushes are a plant native to Georgia and will grow well here with relatively few problems. You should plant three Rabbiteye Blueberry bushes, each being a different cultivar, for good pollination and the best crop output. Rabbiteye Blueberry can be grown as a food crop or used to create an informal hedge. Rabbiteye Blueberry prefers some moisture so a damp area will work well! You just have to beat the birds to the berries when they ripen!
Ficus carica Fig ‘Celeste’. Fig trees are one of the easiest, most problem free home crop fruits you can grow in your yard. Not only is fig a beautiful tree, it produces food. The ‘Celeste’ fig variety is known as the “sugar fig” and produces a medium sized fruit that has light brown to purplish skin. Inner flesh is strawberry pink. ‘Celeste’ fig is considered among the best varieties for drying and preserves. A fig tree is also a best pick as a small ornamental tree and can be incorporated into a landscaping design. The foliage is large and deep green, and the overall tree form unique. Fig trees can grow 10′ – 30′ and should be planted in a sunny location.
Asimina triloba Paw Paw tree. This native tree produces edible, tropical like fruit with a delicious flavor which is somewhat like banana or mango with a hint of vanilla. Paw Paw is naturally an understory tree so will do well in partial shade but will produce the most fruit in a sunny location. Not only is paw paw good for a sustainable landscape, it is a desirable ornamental tree as well. The large, bright green foliage is unusual and attractive. In fall it will change to bright yellow and really light up a yard. The leaves are the sole food source for the Zebra Swallowtail Caterpillar which will bring this gorgeous butterfly to your yard.
Persimmon ‘Fuyu’ 15′ – 20′. A great backyard tree for both its beauty and ability to produce a crop of edible fruit. The ‘Fuyu’ persimmon variety produces medium to large orange fruit which will keep well for several weeks. Noted for its non-astringent fruit, vigorous upright growth habit, good yield, and ease of training, ‘Fuyu’ is the most wildly plated cultivar in Japan. ‘Fuyu’ persimmon is heat tolerant and does well in our Georgia climate. For ornamental value, a ‘Fuyu’ persimmon tree has dramatic fall color in shades of orange, yellow and red.
Persimmon Weeping ‘Magic Fountain’
Diospyros virginiana Weeping Persimmon ‘Magic Fountain’. A dramatic selection of our native persimmon tree known for upright, rapid growth habit and graceful sweeping branches. ‘Magic Fountain’ Weeping Persimmon has a narrow width of 5′ to 7′ making it a good choice for narrow spaces in a garden, as a walkway plant or as a focal point specimen tree. Weeping Persimmon is planted primarily as an ornamental however it may produce fruit in fall.
Thornless Raspberry is an easy to grow backyard food crop. It will bear a prolific volume of berries for homemade jams, jelly or as a fresh snack. Ours is not the invasive raspberry type which you see growing along the road sides but can be kept within an area with an annual pruning. To keep thornless raspberry from growing leggy, simply cut it back in the early spring or fall.
FallGold Raspberry – A unique gold raspberry that has a delicious, sweet flavor just like red varieties. The fruit may be used in preserves or pies. FallGold is self fertile and can produce two crops each season. First there is a late summer to early fall crop, then another harvest follows on the same canes. The golden red berries brighten a landscape and look great in dishes for cooking.
Amelanchier arborea Serviceberry ‘Autumn Brilliance’, ‘Robin Hill’, ‘Princess Diana’ 15′ – 20′. Downy serviceberry is an attractive ornamental tree for a home landscape but also produces small, edible blueberry like fruit which may be used in jelly or jam. Delicate white flowers in spring will later ripen to blue colored fruit which you can pick and eat, you’ll just have to beat the birds to it! Serviceberry fall color is stunning in shades of red, yellow and orange.