Chimärhagtorn, snowdrop and American pepper trees

Every spring, I think I now have collected the most edible going to grow in our climate, and every autumn, When I start looking through nurseries catalogs or talking to other plant geeks will be the brand new plants on my wish list. This year, it added many strange plants that should have a place in Putt Myra forest garden and the first three I present in this post.

Chimärhagtorn (Crataegomespilus dardarii)

This plant is known as a chimera of hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) and loquat (Mespilus germanica). This means that there are cells of both parents in different parts of the plant. It is, so to speak two genetically different individuals who have formed a common organism, where different parts of the parents taking on different tasks. A chimera is not the same as a hybrid, which is the junction between two species that form a genetic uniformity individual. The fruit of this hagtornsmispel can be either hawthorn or loquat, depending on the cell array which predominate in each shot. Hagtornsmispel should be resistant to cultivation zone IV, It thrives in sun to partial shade and bush becomes 2-4 m high. Chimeric Hawthorn grows in the botanical garden in Uppsala Here there is a brief description of the plant.

The nyplanterade chimärhagtornsbusken. What a thrill it will be to harvest the first fruits!
The nyplanterade chimärhagtornsbusken. What a thrill it will be to harvest the first fruits!

Snowdrop (Halesia carolina)

Snödroppsträdet is one of the trees that Martin Crawford shows in his films, and I have long wanted to try. The tree blooms beautifully and gets later in the season small star-shaped fruit that tastes a bit like peas. They can also be inserted in vinegar, little as the seed pods of radishes that are a delicacy in Germany. I saw a beautiful specimen of this shrub (which can be up to 6 m high and wide) near the castle in Örebro and my hope is that it will thrive in one of the better locations in my home garden. Snödroppsträdet prefers damp, slightly acidic soil in full sun to partial shade.

Snödroppsträdets fruit tastes like cucumber salad!

American pepper tree (Zanthoxylum americanum)

Another tree in Martin Crawford's woodland garden which aroused much ha-desire in me is his Sichuan pepper (Zanthoxylum schinifolium), whose real name is Korean pepper trees in Swedish. Imagine being able to be self-sufficient in pepper! At the Korean pepper tree is only hardy to -20 ° C and thus functions probably not so good in many parts of Sweden. However, there is a relative who has similar properties, but which in theory is significantly tougher, namely the American pepper tree (Zanthoxylum americanum) to be able to withstand temperatures to -35 ° C. I have for years been looking for the seeds of this plant, and last fall appeared suddenly seedlings www.wildobstschnecke.de. The tree will be approximately 4 m high and as wide and grows in both sun and semi-shade. It is provided with large tags and also spill by roots, so I will need to keep an eye on the plant so that it takes care of itself. It is the red berries that are used as a spice. If you want to get viable seeds requires both a he- and a female plant, but I have not learned yet how to distinguish between them.

The US pepper tree (Zanthoxylum americanum) produces fruit (if slightly) even in fairly deep shade.
The US pepper tree (Zanthoxylum americanum) produces fruit (if slightly) even in fairly deep shade.

Today the hit 2 on our year-long forest gardening course This in Stjärnsund and it is precisely pepper trees that participants will plant tomorrow. Before that, however, the ground prepared properly and the next post will be about the strategies that have worked for us.

7 thoughts on “Chimärhagtorn, snowdrop and American pepper trees”

  • Pepper Tree is after all created to grow in the shade under the trees, but it is in the US. Here in Sweden I would rather have planted it sunny, to provide extra warmth. For it is the biggest problem with shrubs and trees from the eastern US, they will miss the summer heat when grown in cold Sweden. If they do not get a sufficiently long and hot summer time they do not build up enough power to be fully winter hardy. But it varies from variety to variety and sometimes it is fine. Hope you post follow-up next year, it is very interesting to see how it goes.

  • Damn what a thrill! Hope it gets some decent winters to so they have time to establish themselves. Fingers crossed!
    Inger

  • Hi, har du fått några frukter på halesian? Jag har för första gången fått jättemycket men funderar på när man ska plocka och vad man ska göra med demde smakar inte särskilt gott råa och det är väldigt lite att äta, mest kärna faktiskt..
    Lite besviken med andra ord efter att ha väntar på frukt i nästan år 😉
    Har du några tips?

  • Hi, har du fått några frukter på halesian? Jag har för första gången fått jättemycket men funderar på när man ska plocka och vad man ska göra med demde smakar inte särskilt gott råa och det är väldigt lite att äta, mest kärna faktiskt..
    Lite besviken med andra ord efter att ha väntat på frukt i nästan fem år 😉
    Har du några tips?

    • Hi!
      Min halesia har tyvärr dött och jag har inte lyckats dra upp några nya från frö. Vilken odlingszon odlar du i? I tasted the fruit when I was at Alnarp last year and it did not taste super good direct. Then I thought that it could enhance the flavor by adding the. But now I have tried to learn more about the edibility of Halesia carolina and failed to find a single reliable reference that it really going to eat. No scientific studies have been conducted on it at all, so I'm about to lose interest a bit. But if you find something, feel free to tell me!
      /Philipp

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