The first plant delivery

A sure sign of spring is usually the first deliveries of plants for the woodland garden. First up this year is four packages from the German nursery "Erzgebirgische Wildobstzucht Jörg Müller" (www.wildobstschnecke.de), who have an exciting range of mainly woody perennial edible plants.

The first plant delivery from Germany waiting to be unpacked.
The first plant delivery from Germany waiting to be unpacked.

The table below shows the new additions to the growing collection in the forest garden that came with your order. In addition to the eight hazel resorts we already test grow under our growing conditions, there have been four new varieties: The purple, a variety with purple leaves, Eckige Barceloner a big fruity variety that I know nothing about, Rote Lambert, a variety with green leaves and red envelopes around the nuts and Nottingham frühe, a hardy, but not particularly rikbärande Species.

Botanical nameSwedish nameSort
Amelanchier alnifoliaSaskatoonberryMartin
Aronia melanocarpaAdonijahViking
Corylus avellanaHasselThe purple
Corylus avellana x maximaHasselEckige Barceloner
Rote Lambert
Nottinghams Frühe
Elaeagnus umbellataKorean silver shrubsTurdus
Gaultheria shallonVaktelbär
Mespilus germanicaMispel
Ribes nigrumBlackcurrantsTitania
Ribes rubrumRed currantsJunifer
Ribes uva-crispaGooseberriesRexrot
Rubus parvifloraNutkahallon
Shepherdia argenteaBisonbär
Sorbus "Dodong"Ullungrönn
Sorbus aucupariaRonnEdulis
Sorbus x arnoldianaGarden RowanGolden Wonder
Vaccinium vitis-idaeaLingonberryHarvest Dream

Another exciting addition is korean silver bush (Elaeagnus umbellata) which is a nitrogen-fixing shrub that produces tasty berries surkörsbärslikande. Bisonbär (Shepherdia argentea) belong to the same genus as silver bush and is extremely hardy. The berries are edible, but opinions differ as to how good they are. In a few years we will know!

Bisonbär (Sheperdia argentea) is a nitrogen-fixing shrub with edible berries.
Bisonbär (Sheperdia argentea) is a nitrogen-fixing shrub with edible berries.

Although the three sötrönnarna it will be exciting to follow. Unlike the in Sweden common rowan berries are those trees are not only edible but even enjoyable and lacks bitterness characterizing their wild relatives. I tasted the sötrönn in Denmark last year and was very pleasantly surprised. To plant loquat (Mespilus germanica) i odlingszon 4 is more of a gamble, but it will get the perfect habitat and then maybe you can get fruit eventually. I databasen Plants for A Future describes the fruit's flavor as "absolutely delicious" and like a tropical fruit, but I can not say I felt the same delight when I tasted the fruit for the first time last year.

Mispel (Mespilus germanica) is not really hardy in cultivation zone 4 and has already wiped out and looks to soon like flower.
Mispel (Mespilus germanica) is not really hardy in cultivation zone 4 and has already wiped out and looks to soon like flower.

A further really exciting growth in this delivery is vaktelbär (Gaultheria shallon) which is an evergreen shrub that is related to blueberries. Plant spreads quickly and helps keep weeds away by their dense root system and by the ground shades properly. It readily forms small shrubbery, but can be kept under control by mowing or pruning, and is therefore rarely invasive. The berries have a good, blueberry-like flavor.

Vaktelbär (Gaultheria shallon) is a relative of the blueberry with great potential.
Vaktelbär (Gaultheria shallon) is a relative of the blueberry with great potential.

 

5 thoughts on “The first plant delivery”

  • Hi!
    Is really curious how you went about in your order, have been looking for some time after salal bush (Gaultheria shallon ) but not found so very happy for the German side you have linked the post! The only problem is that I do not understand a thing German…. You know, nowhere else you can get hold of these shrubs?
    MvH Daniela

  • Hi!
    Super fun that you try many new things. How has it gone with you Loquat and Silver Bush?
    Have you dared you in Mulberry?

    • Hi!
      Mispelbusken has bloomed nicely and now has eleven fruits at once. They are small, but looks set to reach maturity after all. Silver Busk Arna cultivar 'Turdus’ are full of berries, while the other varieties do not bloom this year. The berries of Turdus should mature in late September.
      The Diversity Garden in Stjärnsund, a few km from here were planted last year, a mulberry tree of the variety Mulle actually gave fruit in years. We planted both white mulberries and Tatar mulberry (Morus alba var. Tatar) Putt at Myra in years, another exciting experiment.
      /Philipp

  • Awesome that they have received fruit. I have tested planted Mulle and Tartar mulberry in Orsa in the summer.
    I was going to test the Silver Bush next year and possibly even Loquat. How have you planted Medlar Mulberry?

    / Hakan

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