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Plant species in the blockhill forest garden

Over the years we have introduced a large number of useful and practical plant species. Much of the information relating to these plants was obtained from pfaf.org


Australian Indigo

Australian Indigo

Botanical name  Indigofera australis
Family  Fabaceae
Details  Tolerates light frost
Flowers  Pink, Purple
Diameter  2.00
Height (m)  2
Evergreen  
Drought tolerance  
Nitrogen fixer  
Perennial  
Shade / Sun  Sunny, Light shade
Soil type  Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Poor soil
Sunflower

Sunflower

Botanical name  Helianthus annuus
Details  This easy to grow plant will produce a single large yellow flower 1 to 2 meters above the ground.
  • Plant climbing beans amongst the sunflowers when they are a meter high, the beans will climb the stem
  • The seeds ripen in April and can be fed directly to chickens or left for birds
  • Can get blown over by strong wind
Edible  
Seeds / nuts / tubers  
Tags    annual  flowers  bees  birds 
Price  $3.9030 seeds
Colour  Yellow
Elaeagnus pungens

Elaeagnus pungens

Common name  Elaeagnus, Thorny olive, Thorny Elaeagnus, Oleaster, Silverberry, Silverthorn, Pungent Elaeagnus
Botanical name  Elaeagnus pungens
Family  Elaeagnaceae
Details  Found on sunny slopes, road sides and thickets in lowlands, usually below 1000 metres and especially by the sea
Origin -
E. Asia - China, Japan.
Diameter  4.00
Height (m)  4
Drought tolerance  
Edible  
Evergreen  
Fruit / berries  
Nitrogen fixer  
Perennial  
Shade / Sun  Full shade to full sun
Soil type  Most
Wind tolerance  Maritime exposure
Elaeagnus x ebbingei

Elaeagnus x ebbingei

Botanical name  Elaeagnus x ebbingei
Family  Elaeagnaceae
Details  Fast-growing, wind, cold & salt tolerant. Dense evergreen dark-green shrub with glossy leaves.
Highly-scented white flowers in autumn followed by orange-red edible fruit mid spring (Early October at blockhill).
Fruiting after 4 years
Nitrogen fixer.
Flowers  White
Diameter  5.00
Height (m)  5
Drought tolerance  
Edible  
Evergreen  
Fruit / berries  
Nitrogen fixer  
Perennial  
Shade / Sun  Full shade to full sun
Soil type  Most
Wind tolerance  Maritime exposure
Tags    berries  spring 

Horopito

Common name  mountain horopito or pepper tree
Family  Winteraceae
Diameter  1.00
Height (m)  8
Edible  
Frost sensitive  
Perennial  
Shade / Sun  Full sun - part shade
Oregano

Oregano

Botanical name  Origanum vulgare
Details  Hardy and easy to grow, this popular culinary herb is also loved by bees and is a good ground cover in the forest garden. Once you have this plant you can easily multiply by dividing up larger plants.
Flowers  purple
Drought tolerance  
Edible  
Tags    herb  perennial 
Price  $3.903 rooted cuttings
Out of stock
Perennial multiplying leeks

Perennial multiplying leeks

Common name  Perennial leeks, Multiplier leeks, Perpetual leeks
Details  Easy to grow leek or spring onion substitute that will, once well established and managed, supply a constant supply of fresh leeks. Plants develop new baby leeks around the base. Just pull out the largest, central leek to eat and leave the rest to develop or replant space out the young ones if required.
Edible  
Perennial  
Tags    vegetable  perennial 
Price  $5.9010 small leeks
Out of stock
Comfrey

Comfrey

Botanical name  Symphytum officinale
Family  Boraginaceae
Details  Fantastic companion plant for forest gardens. Chop and drop through spring and summer to nourish adjacent trees and improve soil quality.
Diameter  1.00
Height (m)  0.5
Perennial  
Shade / Sun  Full sun - part shade
Price  $5.903 root pieces
Out of stock
French Sorrel

French Sorrel

Botanical name  Rumex scutatus
Common name  French sorrel, buckler sorrel, shield-leaf sorrel
Details  As a culinary herb, it is used mainly in salads. The flavour of French sorrel is slightly bitter or tangy, spiced with a hint of lemon; the sharp flavour is due to oxalic acid.[4] French sorrel is hardy in most regions, tolerating frost, full sun and short dry spells.[5] It grows quickly to a clump up to 1 metre in diameter, with long leaves up to 10 centimetres in width.
Diameter  1.00
Edible  
Perennial  
Foxglove

Foxglove

Botanical name  Digitalis purpurea
Tags    biennial  flower  bees 
Price  $3.90half teaspoon (hundreds of seeds)
Family  Plantaginaceae
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Laburnum

Laburnum

Common name  Golden chain or golden rain tree
Family  Fabaceae
Details  Yellow pea-flowers in pendulous leafless racemes 10–40 cm (4–15.5 in) long in spring, which makes them very popular garden trees.

All parts of the plant are poisonous, although mortality is very rare. Symptoms of laburnum poisoning may include intense sleepiness, vomiting, convulsive movements, coma, slight frothing at the mouth and unequally dilated pupils.
Flowers  Yellow
Diameter  6.00
Height (m)  6
Drought tolerance  
Nitrogen fixer  
Perennial  
Shade / Sun  Full sun / part shade
Soil type  Most
Wind tolerance  Good
Tags    perennial  tree  legume  hardy 
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Kowhai

Kowhai

Botanical name  Sophora tetraptera
Details  Small leguminous tree with attractive fern-like foliage. Tangled juvenile stage leads to a stately adult tree.
Flowers profusely from September - November. Nectar is very attractive to birds, but can be toxic to honey bees.
Semi-deciduous. Hardy to cold and wind.
New Zealand native
Flowers  Yellow
Diameter  3.00
Height (m)  8
Drought tolerance  
Evergreen  
Nitrogen fixer  
Shade / Sun  Full sun - part shade
Wind tolerance  High
American cranberry bush

American cranberry bush

Common name  American cranberry bush
Botanical name  Viburnum trilobum
Family  Adoxaceae
Details  N. America. Broadly columnar, deciduous. White flowers in spring - scarlet edible fruits in autumn. Leaves red in autumn. Prefers moist and wet sites.
Fruit - raw or cooked. Juicy but acid, the taste is best after a frost. The fruits are rich in vitamin C, they are an excellent substitute for cranberries and are used in preserves, jams etc. The fruit is about 8mm in diameter and contains a single large seed.
Flowers  White
Date  August 12, 2013
Height (m)  3.0
Fruit / berries  
Jugulone tolerance  
Shade / Sun  Semi shade, Full sun
Soil type  Moist
Asimina triloba

Asimina triloba

Common name  American Pawpaw
Botanical name  Asimina triloba
Family  Annonaceae
Details  Native to north america, cold hardy fruit producer
Flowers  Maroon
Height (m)  4.5
Edible  
Fruit / berries  
Jugulone tolerance  
Perennial  
Shade / Sun  Shade - part shade
Soil type  Moist free draining
Wind tolerance  Low

Staghorn sumac

Botanical name  Rhus typhina
Family  Anacardiaceae
Details  Staghorn sumac is an ornamental plant which provides interest throughout the year; though its vigorous, suckering habit makes it unsuitable for smaller gardens. It can grow under a wide array of conditions, but is most often found in dry and poor soil on which other plants cannot survive.

Usually found in upland sites on rich soils, but it is also found in gravel and sandy nutrient-poor soils. It grows by streams and swamps, along roadsides, railway embankments and edges of woods
Diameter  6.00
Height (m)  5
Drought tolerance  
Jugulone tolerance  
Black locust

Black locust

Common name  Black locust
Botanical name  Robinia pseudoacacia
Family  Fabaceae or Leguminosae
Details  Fast growing thorny tree with ground durable timber.
All parts of the plant (except the flowers) and especially the bark, should be considered to be toxic. The toxins are destroyed by heat.
Flowers  White
Diameter  15.00
Height (m)  25
Drought tolerance  
Jugulone tolerance  
Nitrogen fixer  
Seeds / nuts / tubers  
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Wind tolerance  Moderate
Fennel

Fennel

Botanical name  Foeniculum vulgare
Details  Super easy to grow requiring no care or attention. Grown as part of our food forest conversion process for transitioning from grass.
  • Produces a lot of biomass in a season.
  • Deep root system for soil stabilisation and building via organic mater injection.
  • Flowers loved by beneficial insects.
  • Seeds harden in autumn and can be used for tea or left to feed the birds and self seed.
Edible  
Perennial  
Seeds / nuts / tubers  
Price  $3.90100 seeds
Only 5 in stock Order
Apple Rose

Apple Rose

Common name  Ramanas Rose, Apple Rose
Botanical name  Rosa rugosa
Family  Rosaceae
Details  A vigorous, perpetual-flowering shrub rose with single, wonderfully fragrant flowers, followed by orange-red, fruits high in vitamin C. Useful for hedges. Thorns straight, not hooked.
Flowers  June, July, August, September
Date  July 17, 2013
Diameter  2.00
Height (m)  2
Edible  
Evergreen  
Fruit / berries  
Perennial  
Babaco

Babaco

Common name  Babaco, Mountain Papaya, Champagne Fruit
Botanical name  Carica x heilbornii
Details  Grown under plastic. Produces large, yellow fruit pentagonal in cross-section. Easily propagated from stem cuttings.
Variety  Pentagona
Flowers  Small white
Diameter  1.00
Height (m)  2
Edible  
Evergreen  
Frost sensitive  
Fruit / berries  
Perennial  
Shade / Sun  Full sun - part shade
Soil type  Rich, free draining
Wind tolerance  Low (large leaves)
Tags    exotic  sub-tropical  fruit 
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Tree onion

Tree onion

Common name  Topsetting onions, walking onions, or Egyptian onion
Botanical name  Allium × proliferum
Details  

While similar to common 'regular' onions, the Egyption walking tree onion produces a cluster of bulbs, both under the ground as well as at various locations up the stem. Rather than reproducing via seed, this plant can be cultivated simply by planting the small bulblets that form in the air.

At the end of the plan's life, if not harvested, the stems with aerial bulblets fall over, touching the ground and eventually taking root and forming new plants. This is how the onion 'walks'.

Starting plants from a bulb hundreds of times bigger than the actual seed gives it a much stronger start in life, allowing it to grow in more competitive situations, even allowing it to push up through quite thick mulch.

The edible part of the onion, the bulbs from under the ground, are much like shallots, being stronger in flavour and more elongated in shape compared to the more conventional onions most people are familiar with.

Edible  
Perennial  

Italian Alder

Common name  Italian Alder
Botanical name  Alnus Cordata
Family  Betulaceae
Details  Fast, deep-rooted, nitrogen-fixing tree.  Moderate drought tolerance.  Trims well, excellent shelter for native under-story. Popular for horticultural shelterbelts and soil conservation on hill country. Roots penetrate deeply and so do not spread sideways into valuable crops.
Deciduous. Holds leaves from September to June.  Cold hardy after first season.
Space at 1.5-4m centres for shelter.
Date  July 06, 2010
Height (m)  25
Drought tolerance  
Nitrogen fixer  
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Wind tolerance  Moderate

Titoki

Common name  Titoki (Maori), New Zealand oak
Botanical name  Alectryon excelsus
Family  Sapindaceae
Details  A shiny-leaved tree native to New Zealand, where it occurs in coastal and lowland forests. It is found throughout most of the North Island and from Banks Peninsula to central Westland in the South Island.

The colourful seed is initially contained in a hairy woody capsule which splits revealing bright red and black unpalatable fruit (the black portion being the seed).

Likely to grow anywhere from lowland forest areas and exposed coastal area sites along with sandy plains.[2] In sandy plains, Alectryon excelsus is often paired with Beilschmiedia tawa (tawa).

This tree likes to grow in the places that have a lot of water such as wetlands.[3] Titoki tree gravitates towards moist soil which contains many nutrients for growth along with fertile alluvial and sandy soils.[2] The location characteristics best suited for this tree are as followed: ‘fertile, well-drained soils along riverbanks and associated terraces'.[6] The plant can grow in conditions from semi-shade to full sun.[4]
Flowers  purple small
Diameter  1.00
Height (m)  9
Evergreen  
Frost sensitive  
Perennial  
Shade / Sun  Part sun - full shade
Soil type  Free draining
European hazelnut

European hazelnut

Botanical name  Corylus avellana
Family  Betulaceae
Details  Broadly columnar, deciduous. Very edible hazel nuts in March with yellow autumn leaves in April. Make great windbreaks yielding nuts, small poles and rods. Coppice readily.
Wind pollinated (not self fertile)
Frost hardy
Diameter  3.00
Height (m)  5
Jugulone tolerance  
Seeds / nuts / tubers  
Soil type  Most (prefers moist)
Wind tolerance  High
Tags    nuts 
June Berry, Western Service Berry, Saskatoon

June Berry, Western Service Berry, Saskatoon

Common name  June Berry, Western Service Berry
Botanical name  Amelanchier alnifolia
Details  A medium-sized shrub laden in spring with masses of ragged white flowers followed by black berries.
Family  Rosaceae
Colour  White Cream
Flowers  April
Date  July 01, 2013
Height (m)  4
Edible  
Fruit / berries  
Perennial  
Shade / Sun  Part shade
Globe Artichoke

Globe Artichoke

Botanical name  Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus
Details  The globe artichoke is a variety of a species of large thistle cultivated as a food. The edible matter is buds that form within the flower heads before the flowers come into bloom.
Edible  
Perennial  
Tags    perennial  shrub  vegetable 
Price  $3.9020 seeds
Out of stock
Sweet Chestnut

Sweet Chestnut

Variety  Hybrid
Botanical name  Castanea Sativa/Crenata
Family  Fagaceae
Details  Chestnuts are very hardy deciduous trees of great beauty, highly productive and require little maintenance. Chestnuts should only be planted in free draining soils as they do not like wet feet. They thrive in warm sheltered sunny spots, in organically rich, moisture retentive but good draining soils. Chestnut 1005 has medium to large nuts of great quality and flavour (very sweet). It crops heavily and early in the season and is self fertile. Growth habit is compact, bushy (for a Chestnut).
SPANISH JAPANESE HYBRID
Height (m)  6 - 10m
Edible  
Seeds / nuts / tubers  
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Common name  Sweet Chestnut
Psoralea Pinnata

Psoralea Pinnata

Common name  fountain bush, penwortel, blue broom, Albany broom, African scurf pea, taylorina, blue psoralea, Dally pine
Botanical name  Psoralea Pinnata
Family  Fabaceae
Details  Native to South Africa. Looking a little like rosemary.
Flowers October to December extremely attractive to bees.
Flowering is followed by the production of small pods, each of these contain a single dark brown seed.
Establishes in Gumlands, dry shrubland, coastline, estuaries, bush tracks, forest margins, and fernland, especially in warmer areas.
Will even persist under pines and wattles. It would seem that it can successfully compete with established trees in difficult wet areas.
Flowers  blue, white, pale purple
Height (m)  1.5 - 4
Drought tolerance  
Evergreen  
Nitrogen fixer  
Perennial  
Shade / Sun  Full sun to part shade
Soil type  Prefers damp
Wind tolerance  Good
Tags    legume  nitrogen  succession 
Citrus

Citrus

Details  A family of tropical to subtropical fruiting trees and shrubs
Flowers  White
Edible  
Evergreen  
Frost sensitive  
Perennial  
Shade / Sun  Part sun - full shade
Soil type  Light to heavy well drained
Thornless Honey Locust

Thornless Honey Locust

Botanical name  Gleditsia triacanthos f.inermis
Family  Thornless Honey Locust
Details  A very elegant spreading tree with bright green fern-like leaves. Excellent shade and autumn colour tree. Fixes nitrogen and the edible seed pods are valued for stock fodder. Thrives in the heat and dry. Thornless. Deciduous. Hardy.
Diameter  11.00
Height (m)  20
Drought tolerance  
Nitrogen fixer  
Perennial  
Jujube

Jujube

Common name  Jujube, Red date, Chinese date, Korean date, Indian date
Botanical name  Ziziphus jujuba
Family  Rhamnaceae
Details  Fast growing hardy tree, self fertile. Tolerates dry conditions
Minimal maintenance once established

Height (m)  10
Drought tolerance  
Edible  
Fruit / berries  
Perennial  
Shade / Sun  No Shade
Soil type  Light to heavy well drained
Red cherry / strawberry guava

Red cherry / strawberry guava

Common name  Red cherry / strawberry guava
Botanical name  Psidium cattleianum
Height (m)  6
Edible  
Evergreen  
Fruit / berries  
Perennial  
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Chinese haw

Chinese haw

Common name  Chinese haw
Botanical name  Crataegus pinnatifida
Family  Rosaceae
Details  Broadly spreading, deciduous. Thorns not numerous. Leaves glossy and yellow in the autumn. Grown widely in China for its edible red fruits.
Height (m)  5.0
Date  August 07, 2013
Edible  
Fruit / berries  
Perennial  
Shade / Sun  Semi shade, Full sun
Soil type  Moist, Wet
Feijoa

Feijoa

Common name  feijoa, pineapple guava
Botanical name  Acca sellowiana
Family  Myrtaceae
Diameter  4.00
Height (m)  4
Flowers  Pink
Drought tolerance  
Edible  
Evergreen  
Fruit / berries  
Perennial  
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Tags    hedge  autumn  fruit 
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Pear (Pyrus communis)

Pear (Pyrus communis)

Common name  Pear
Botanical name  Pyrus communis
Family  Rosaceae
Height (m)  13
Flowers  White
Edible  
Fruit / berries  
Shade / Sun  Full sun - part shade
Soil type  Free draining
Wind tolerance  Moderate
Anemanthele lessoniana / oryzopsis rigida

Anemanthele lessoniana / oryzopsis rigida

Common name  goassamer grass, or New Zealand wind grass or pheasant's tail grass
Botanical name  Anemanthele lessoniana
Details  

Graceful grass tolerates moist or dry soils. A monotypic genus of grass indigenous to New Zealand. Thrives in both sun and shade. The grasses glossy green foliage turns to a coppery colour in the auntumn and sometimes stays through into winter depending on the dryness of the soil. Freely self-seeds and grows in 1 metre by 1 metre clumps with red airy flower stems appearing in spring. Further plants can be propagated by division in the middle of spring and the start of summer.

Diameter  1.00
Height (m)  1
Drought tolerance  
Perennial  
Shade / Sun  Sun - shade
Soil type  Most
Purple Coral Pea Shrub

Purple Coral Pea Shrub

Common name  Purple Coral Pea Shrub
Botanical name  Hardenbergia violacea
Family  Fabaceae
Height (m)  2
Flowers  Purple
Drought tolerance  
Evergreen  
Nitrogen fixer  
Perennial  
Shade / Sun  Full sun - part shade
Soil type  Light
False Indigo

False Indigo

Common name  desert false indigo, false indigo-bush, and bastard indigobush
Botanical name  Amorpha fruticosa
Family  Fabaceae or Leguminosae
Details  Found wild in most of the contiguous United States, southeastern Canada, and northern Mexico and introduced to Europe. Asia and other continents. It is often cultivated as an ornamental plant. It has minor edible use and some additional uses including: Bedding; Dye; Insecticide; Oil; Repellent; Shelterbelt; and Soil stabilization.
Height (m)  5-6
Flowers  Purple
Drought tolerance  
Frost sensitive  
Nitrogen fixer  
Perennial  
Shade / Sun  Part sun - full shade
Soil type  Light, well drained
Wind tolerance  Tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure
Soap nut

Soap nut

Common name  Indian soap berry, washnut
Botanical name  Sapindus mukorossi
Family  Sapindaceae
Details  Grows in the lower foothills and midhills of the Himalayans to altitudes of 1200 meters. The soapnut contains the compound saponin, which has natural cleansing properties, and can be used as a cleanser for hair, skin, and clothing. Saponins are also useful as insecticides, such as for removing head lice
Height (m)  20
Frost sensitive  
Seeds / nuts / tubers  
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Soil type  most well-drained soil, nutritionally poor
Flame vine

Flame vine

Common name  Orange trumpetvine
Botanical name  Pyrostegia venusta
Details  Endemic to Brazil, but nowadays a well-known garden species. Stunning climber produces massive of brilliant orange flame blooms in winter till early spring. For best results train up a trellis, pergola or wall. Protect from frost when young.
Diameter  4.00
Height (m)  4
Flowers  Orange
Evergreen  
Frost sensitive  
Perennial  
Shade / Sun  Full sun to part shade
Soil type  Free-draining soil rich in organic matter
Tree medick

Tree medick

Common name  moon trefoil, shrub medick, alfalfa arborea, and tree medick
Botanical name  Medicago arborea
Family  Fabaceae
Details  Scrub and rocky hillsides in Europe - Mediterranean. Suited to Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;
Root nodules observed on young seedlings when planting out
Diameter  2.00
Height (m)  2
Flowers  Yellow
Evergreen  
Frost sensitive  
Nitrogen fixer  
Perennial  
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Soil type  Most
Wind tolerance  Maritime
Virgilia divaricata

Virgilia divaricata

Common name  blossom tree, amaqua tree
Botanical name  Virgilia divaricata
Family  Fabaceae
Details  Small to medium-sized trees, with a bushy, rounded to broadly conical growth habit with branches growing close to the ground. They are very fast-growing when young, attaining up to 1.3 m in a year, and reaching their full height in only a few years.
Diameter  3.00
Height (m)  8
Flowers  Pink
Drought tolerance  
Evergreen  
Nitrogen fixer  
Perennial  
Shade / Sun  Full sun - part shade
Wind tolerance  Maritime

Bougainvillea

Evergreen  
Perennial  
Bay Tree

Bay Tree

Common name  Bay Tree, Sweet bay, Grecian Laurel, True Laurel
Botanical name  Laurus nobilis
Details  Leaves used dry or fresh as season for soups, stews etc.
Diameter  10.00
Height (m)  12
Flowers  Yellow
Edible  
Evergreen  
Perennial  
Shade / Sun  Full sun - part shade
Soil type  Most
Wind tolerance  Tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure

Acacia

Common name  wattle, mimosa
Family  Fabaceae
Details  A large genus of fast growing, evergreen, nitrogen fixing plants ranging in size from shrubs to canopy trees.
Main uses include firewood, timber, shelter and support
Flowers  Yellow
Evergreen  
Nitrogen fixer  
Perennial  
Cornelian Cherry

Cornelian Cherry

Botanical name  Cornus mas
Family  Cornaceae
Details  Fruit - raw, dried or used in preserves. Juicy, with a nice acid flavour. The fully ripe fruit has a somewhat plum-like flavour and texture and is very nice eating, but the unripe fruit is rather astringent.
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Hedge;
Diameter  4.00
Height (m)  5
Flowers  Yellow
Edible  
Fruit / berries  
Perennial  
Shade / Sun  Sun to part shade
Soil type  Most types, prefers moist site
Wind tolerance  Strong winds
Jerusalem Artichoke

Jerusalem Artichoke

Common name  sunroot, sunchoke, earth apple
Botanical name  Helianthus tuberosus
Family  Asteraceae or Compositae
Details  Easy to grow, highly productive plant that needs little care or watering. Produces tall leafy stems above ground that can act as living support for climbing beans.
Masses of knobbly, edible tubers form below ground and can be harvested in late autumn - early winter when tops die off.
Eaten by pigs and chickens
Diameter  0.60
Height (m)  2.4
Flowers  Yellow
Edible  
Perennial  
Seeds / nuts / tubers  
Soil type  Most
Wind tolerance  Good
Chinese dogwood

Chinese dogwood

Common name  Chinese dogwood
Botanical name  Cornus kousa chinensis
Family  Cornaceae
Details  Small, deciduous tree with pink edible fruits 4-5cm in diameter ripening in autumn.
Harvest     
Height (m)  6.0
Flowers  Cream
Date  August 05, 2013
Edible  
Fruit / berries  
Perennial  
Shade / Sun  Semi shade, Full sun
Soil type  Moist
Wind tolerance  poor
Guava - Cherry Yellow Cherry

Guava - Cherry Yellow Cherry

Botanical name  Psidium cattleyanum
Family  Myrtaceae
Details  

Fruit about 2.5cm round turning golden yellow when fully ripe. April - July. Aromatic, juicy with small edible seeds

Small tree from 2-4 metres. Can be moderately vigorous. Spreading habit. Prune for size or shape late autumn or early spring. Fruits on new seasons growth (reddish-bronze colour) prune before spring growth starts.

Self-fertile, pollinated by insects and birds.

Can tolerate costal conditions and some shade.
Harvest     
Height (m)  2 - 4
Flowers  white
Edible  
Evergreen  
Frost sensitive  
Fruit / berries  
Perennial  
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Soil type  free-draining rich in organic matter
Pyrus x bretschneideri

Pyrus x bretschneideri

Common name  Ya Pear
Botanical name  Pyrus bretschneideri
Family  Rosaceae
Details  Very juicy, white to light yellow pears
Habitats Slopes, dry cold regions at elevations of 100 - 2000 metres
Range E. Asia - N. China.
Diameter  5.00
Height (m)  7
Flowers  White
Drought tolerance  
Edible  
Fruit / berries  
Shade / Sun  Full sun - part shade
Soil type  Most
Olive

Olive

Botanical name  Olea europaea
Details  Attractive fast growing tree. Clusters of white fluffy flowers in spring followed by fruit in autumn. Olives grow in most soils providing plenty of moisture during growing season and drainage. Fruit eaten by Kereru.
Harvest     
Diameter  3.00
Height (m)  4
Flowers  white
Drought tolerance  
Edible  
Evergreen  
Fruit / berries  
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Soil type  Most
Wind tolerance  Moderate
Nashi

Nashi

Common name  Asian pear, Chinese pear, Korean pear, Japanese pear, Taiwanese pear, sand pear
Details  A crisp, juicy and refreshing type of pear from Asia but grown in New Zealand since 1982.
Edible  
Family  Rosaceae
Flowers  Whitre
Botanical name  Pyrus pyrifolia
Peruvian Pepper

Peruvian Pepper

Common name  California Peppertree, Peruvian peppertree
Botanical name  Schinus molle
Family  Anacardiaceae
Height (m)  8
Diameter  8.00
Seeds / nuts / tubers  
Evergreen  
Edible  
Perennial  
Soil type  Most
Japanese Chinquapin

Japanese Chinquapin

Botanical name  Castanopsis cuspidata
Height (m)  25
Diameter  10.00
Seeds / nuts / tubers  
Evergreen  
Edible  
Perennial  
Date  August 01, 2015
Shade / Sun  Semi shade
Soil type  Most
Tags    nuts  evergreen 
Kiwifruit

Kiwifruit

Details  This vigorous climbing vine is doing well, growing on deer fence netting wrapped around big black plastic water tank. Male and female are plated north-east and north-west face of the tank.
Common name  Kiwifruit, Chinese Gooseberry
Botanical name  Actinidia deliciosa
Family  Actinidiaceae
Edible  
Fruit / berries  
Frost sensitive  
Perennial  
Date  September 01, 2012
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Blood Navel Orange

Blood Navel Orange

Details  A mid season, low acid and virtually seedless blood navel orange. Raspberry-coloured flesh is sweet to taste, with subtle cherry undertones and extremely juicy.
Date  November 26, 2014
Common name  Cara Cara
Edible  
Evergreen  
Flowers  white
Frost sensitive  
Fruit / berries  
Botanical name  Citrus sinensis
Variety  Cara Cara
Earth Gems

Earth Gems

Details  Ulluco is one of the most widely grown and economically important root crops in the Andean region of South America, second only to the potato. The major appeal of ulluco is its crisp texture which, like the jicama, remains even when cooked. Because of its high water content, ulluco is not suitable for frying or baking, but it can be cooked in many other ways like the potato.
Botanical name  Ulluco
Family  Basellaceae
Height (m)  0.3
Seeds / nuts / tubers  
Edible  
Frost sensitive  
Perennial  
Drought tolerance  
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Soil type  Most
Arbutus unedo

Arbutus unedo

Common name  Strawberry tree
Botanical name  Arbutus unedo
Family  Ericaceae
Height (m)  9
Diameter  8.00
Evergreen  
Edible  
Fruit / berries  
Perennial  
Wind tolerance  Maritime exposure
Shade / Sun  Full to part sun
Soil type  Dry to moist
Elaeagnus multiflora

Elaeagnus multiflora

Details  All round great plant for most locations and food forest installations
Common name  Goumi, Cherry silverberry
Botanical name  Elaeagnus multiflora
Family  Elaeagnaceae
Height (m)  3
Diameter  2.00
Edible  
Fruit / berries  
Perennial  
Nitrogen fixer  
Drought tolerance  
Jugulone tolerance  
Shade / Sun  Full to part sun
Soil type  Most
Kakabeak

Kakabeak

Details  Grows in open, sunny, steep sites, often on rocky outcrops, slips, the bases of cliffs or edges of lakes and streams. It is a relatively short-lived plant, sometimes lasting 15-20 years.
Botanical name  Clianthus
Family  Fabaceae
Height (m)  2
Diameter  1.50
Evergreen  
Frost sensitive  
Perennial  
Nitrogen fixer  
Shade / Sun  Sun
Flowers  Red
Turkey Tail Mushroom

Turkey Tail Mushroom

Details  Turkey Tail Mushrooms have been used for hundreds of years in Asia, Europe, and by the indigenous peoples in North America for immunity and other benefits. This colourful, super-abundant mushroom grows on dead trees, logs, branches, and stumps.
Botanical name  Trametes versicolor
Family  Polyporaceae
Edible  
Shade / Sun  Shade
Pecan

Pecan

Details  North American nut tree growing to 50 meters. Prefers sunny stream sides
Common name  Pecan
Botanical name  Carya illinoinensis
Family  Juglandaceae
Height (m)  50
Seeds / nuts / tubers  
Edible  
Perennial  
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Soil type  Moist
Judas Tree

Judas Tree

Details  Hardy to -15C
Common name  Judas Tree, Redbud
Botanical name  Cercis siliquastrum
Family  Leguminosae
Height (m)  12
Diameter  10.00
Seeds / nuts / tubers  
Perennial  
Nitrogen fixer  
Drought tolerance  
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Soil type  Most
Flowers  Pink
Chinese licorice

Chinese licorice

Common name  Gan Cao, Chinese licorice
Botanical name  Glycyrrhiza uralensis
Family  Fabaceae or Leguminosae
Height (m)  0.4
Diameter  0.60
Seeds / nuts / tubers  
Edible  
Perennial  
Nitrogen fixer  
Shade / Sun  Full sun - part shade
Maximillian Sunflower

Maximillian Sunflower

Common name  Maximillian Sunflower / Daisy
Botanical name  Helianthus maximilianii
Height (m)  2.4
Seeds / nuts / tubers  
Perennial  
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Soil type  Most
Flowers  Yellow
Butterfly weed

Butterfly weed

Details  A species of milkweed native to eastern North America. It is a perennial plant growing to 0.3–1 metre tall, with clustered orange or yellow flowers from early summer to early autumn.
Common name  Pleurisy Root, Butterfly milkweed, Rolfs' milkweed, Indian Paintbrush
Botanical name  Asclepias tuberosa
Family  Asclepiadaceae
Height (m)  0.3–1
Diameter  0.50
Perennial  
Shade / Sun  Full sun - part shade
Flowers  Orange
Tags    butterfly 
Creeping Raspberry

Creeping Raspberry

Details  A native of Taiwan, this spectacular, fast-growing, evergreen groundcover is from the same family as Strawberries and Raspberries.
Common name  Creeping Raspberry
Botanical name  Rubus hayata-koidzumii
Height (m)  0.3
Evergreen  
Edible  
Fruit / berries  
Perennial  
Drought tolerance  
Shade / Sun  Full sun - part shade
Soil type  Most
Alpine Strawberry

Alpine Strawberry

Common name  Alpine Strawberry
Botanical name  Fragaria vesca 'Semperflorens'
Height (m)  0.3
Diameter  0.30
Evergreen  
Edible  
Fruit / berries  
Perennial  
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Soil type  Moist free draining
Flowers  White
Male Bamboo

Male Bamboo

Details  A tropical to subtropical clumping species native to Southeast Asia. This bamboo is extensively used as a raw material in paper mills and has edible shoots.
Common name  Male Bamboo, Solid Bamboo or Calcutta Bamboo
Botanical name  Dendrocalamus strictus
Height (m)  8-20
Edible  
Perennial  
Drought tolerance  
Moso / Chinese timber Bamboo

Moso / Chinese timber Bamboo

Details  Cold hardy bamboo with large diameter stems
Botanical name  Phyllostachys edulis
Height (m)  28
Edible  
Perennial  
Elderberry

Elderberry

Details  Fast growing multi stemmed small tree with flat clusters of small white flowers in late spring.
Common name  Elderberry - European Elder
Botanical name  Sambucus nigra
Family  Caprifoliaceae
Height (m)  6
Diameter  6.00
Edible  
Fruit / berries  
Wind tolerance  Low
Shade / Sun  Full sun - Shade
Soil type  Most
Flowers  White
Empress tree

Empress tree

Details  This truly spectacular tree produces large, pale mauve "foxglove" flowers on naked branches in early spring, the large, dinner-plate-sized, soft furry leaves appearing later. If cut to the ground in spring, enormous leaves develop on the shoots sprouting from the soil.
Common name  empress tree, princess tree, foxglove tree, or kiri
Botanical name  Paulownia tomentosa
Family  Scrophulariaceae
Height (m)  3.0
Perennial  
Date  July 23, 2013
Rhubarb

Rhubarb

Details  The stems of this easy to grow perennial can be used as a fruit or vegetable.
Botanical name  Rheum rhabarbarum
Family  Polygonaceae
Height (m)  0.5
Diameter  1.00
Edible  
Perennial  
Shade / Sun  Full sun, Partial shade
Chinese water chestnuts

Chinese water chestnuts

Details  The water chestnut is actually not a nut at all, but an aquatic vegetable that grows in marshes, underwater in the mud.
Common name  Chinese water chestnuts
Botanical name  Eleocharis dulcis
Family  Cyperaceae
Height (m)  1
Seeds / nuts / tubers  
Edible  
Frost sensitive  
Perennial  
Soil type  Submerged in water
Vietnamese coriander

Vietnamese coriander

Details  Leaves are used in Southeast Asian cooking. A perennial plant that grows best in tropical and subtropical zones in warm and damp conditions. In advantageous conditions, it can grow up to 15–30 cm
Common name  Vietnamese coriander, Vietnamese mint, Vietnamese cilantro, Cambodian mint
Botanical name  Persicaria odorata
Family  Polygonaceae
Height (m)  0.3
Diameter  1.00
Evergreen  
Edible  
Frost sensitive  
Perennial  
Soil type  Moist
Pineapple sage

Pineapple sage

Details  Tubular red flowers and an attractive scent to the leaves that is similar to pineapple. It produces numerous erect leafy stems and flowers in the late autumn. Native to highland temperate forest in central Mexico. In cultivation, Pineapple sage grows to 1.2m tall, with the roots extending underground to form a large clump.
Common name  Pineapple sage, tangerine sage
Botanical name  Salvia elegans
Height (m)  1.5
Diameter  1.00
Edible  
Frost sensitive  
Perennial  
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Soil type  Moist
Flowers  Red
Small Leaved Lime, Littleleaf linden

Small Leaved Lime, Littleleaf linden

Details  Young leaves make an excellent salad or sandwich filling. Coppice or pollard trees to maintain a manageable size
Botanical name  Tilia cordata
Height (m)  30
Diameter  12.00
Edible  
Perennial  
Wind tolerance  Tolerate exposure
Carbon Equivalent  1.00
Evergreen laburnum

Evergreen laburnum

Details  This Himalayan shrub is evergreen in mild sheltered sites, semi-evergreen elsewhere, losing its leaves in hard frost but soon recovering again in spring. The growth is upright and flexible, allowing plants to be trained on warm walls where they are sheltered and flower more profusely. The blooms are large and bright yellow, like those of laburnum but in short upright clusters. Although good drainage is important, make sure plants are watered in summer to prevent sudden die-back.
Botanical name  Piptanthus nepalensis
Height (m)  2.5
Diameter  2.00
Evergreen  
Perennial  
Nitrogen fixer  
Shade / Sun  Full sun, Partial shade
Flowers  Yellow
Golden Rain Tree

Golden Rain Tree

Details  China and Korea. Broadly spreading, deciduous. Long pinnate leaves, yellow and orange in autumn. Small yellow flowers in large panicles followed by papery triangular capsules. Both make a good display. Suit hot dry sites.
Common name  Golden Rain Tree
Botanical name  Koelreuteria paniculata
Height (m)  5-10
Diameter  3.00
Edible  
Fruit / berries  
Perennial  
Wind tolerance  Good
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Soil type  Most
Flowers  Yellow

Chinese Yellow Wood

Details  Broadly spreading, deciduous. New growth silvery blue-grey, very hardy. Creamy white pea-like flowers in dense erect clusters. A legume, fixes nitrogen from the air. Rare in NZ
Common name  Chinese Yellow Wood
Botanical name  Maackia Amurensis
Height (m)  6
Diameter  6.00
Nitrogen fixer  
Date  July 10, 2010
Wind tolerance  Low
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Silk tree

Silk tree

Details  Broadly spreading, deciduous. Often flat topped,late into leaf. Dark pink flowers on top of the leaves in January. The small leaflets of the compound leaves quickly disintegrate after leaf fall. Drought & heat tolerant.
Common name  Silk tree, Persian silk tree, pink silk tree
Botanical name  Albizia julibrissin rosea
Height (m)  10
Diameter  12.00
Seeds / nuts / tubers  
Nitrogen fixer  
Drought tolerance  
Date  July 02, 2012
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Soil type  Most
Flowers  Pink
Tree Lucerne, Tagasaste

Tree Lucerne, Tagasaste

Details  A wide spreading, tall, deciduous shrub. Vigorous growth, leaves and white flowers in spring eaten by native pigeons (krereru). Foliage can be cut for grazing stock in droughts and for use as mulch material. Fixes nitrogen. Can be killed by severe frosts.
Common name  Tree Lucerne, Tagasaste
Botanical name  Chamaecytisus Palmensis
Family  Fabaceae
Height (m)  4
Diameter  3.00
Seeds / nuts / tubers  
Evergreen  
Frost sensitive  
Perennial  
Nitrogen fixer  
Drought tolerance  
Date  July 04, 2012
Wind tolerance  High
Shade / Sun  Full sun - part shade
Soil type  Most
Flowers  White
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Goji berry

Goji berry

Details  One of the so called super fruits because of all the good minerals and vitamins it contains.
Common name  Goji, Box Thorn, Matrimony vine
Botanical name  Lycium barbarum
Family  Solanaceae
Height (m)  2.5
Diameter  4.00
Edible  
Fruit / berries  
Perennial  
Wind tolerance  Tolerate maritime exposure
Shade / Sun  Full sun - part shade
Soil type  Moist free draining
Teasel

Teasel

Common name  Teasel, Fuller's teasel
Botanical name  Dipsacus fullonum
Family  Dipsacaceae
Height (m)  1.8
Diameter  1.00
Wind tolerance  Moderate
Shade / Sun  Full sun - part shade
Soil type  Most
Carbon Equivalent  1.00
Chaenomeles japonica

Chaenomeles japonica

Common name  Dwarf Quince, Maule's quince, Japanese Flowering Quince
Botanical name  Chaenomeles japonica
Family  Rosaceae
Height (m)  1
Diameter  2.00
Edible  
Fruit / berries  
Perennial  
Wind tolerance  Moderate
Shade / Sun  Full sun - part shade
Soil type  Most
Flowers  Pink
New Jersey Tea

New Jersey Tea

Details  Deciduous shrub growing in dry woods and on gravelly banks, often on sandstone or limestone bluffs
Common name  New Jersey Tea, Wild Snowball
Botanical name  Ceanothus americanus
Family  Rhamnaceae
Height (m)  1.2
Diameter  1.00
Perennial  
Nitrogen fixer  
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Soil type  Most
Flowers  White
Liquorice

Liquorice

Common name  Liquorice, Cultivated licorice
Botanical name  Glycyrrhiza glabra
Family  Fabaceae or Leguminosae
Height (m)  1.2
Diameter  1.00
Edible  
Perennial  
Nitrogen fixer  
Wind tolerance  Moderate
Shade / Sun  Full sun - part shade
Black Chokeberry

Black Chokeberry

Details  Aronia is a genus of deciduous shrubs, the chokeberries, in the family Rosaceae, native to eastern North America and most commonly found in wet woods and swamps.
Common name  Black Chokeberry, Black Berried Aronia
Botanical name  Aronia melanocarpa
Family  Rosaceae
Height (m)  2.5
Diameter  3.00
Edible  
Fruit / berries  
Perennial  
Shade / Sun  Full sun - part shade
Fig

Fig

Details  Medium rate growth, self fertile.
Common name  Fig
Botanical name  Ficus carica
Family  Moraceae
Height (m)  6
Edible  
Fruit / berries  
Drought tolerance  
Shade / Sun  No Shade
Soil type  Dry, Rocky
Japanese Raisin Tree

Japanese Raisin Tree

Details  A deciduous Tree growing to 10 m by 7 m. It is hardy to zone (UK) 6 and is not frost tender.
Common name  Japanese Raisin Tree
Botanical name  Hovenia dulcis
Family  Rhamnaceae
Height (m)  10
Edible  
Perennial  
Date  July 14, 2013
Flowers  June, July
Sea berry

Sea berry

Details  Nitrogen fixing small tree with thorns producing copious small berries born directly on branches. High in vitimins. Hardy, wind and drought tolerant.
Common name  Sea Buckthorn, Seaberry
Botanical name  Hippophae rhamnoides
Family  Elaeagnaceae
Height (m)  6
Edible  
Fruit / berries  
Perennial  
Nitrogen fixer  
Drought tolerance  
Wind tolerance  High
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Soil type  Most
Green Tea

Green Tea

Details  The leaves are infused in hot water and used as the drink that is commonly known as tea. It is widely drunk in many areas of the world. Green tea is made from the steamed and dried leaves.
Botanical name  Camellia Sinensis
Family  Theaceae
Height (m)  2
Evergreen  
Perennial  
Date  June 29, 2013
Tags    Tea 
Colour  White
Crimson clover

Crimson clover

Details  Multipurpose nitrogen fixing legume and beneficial insect plant. Sow late summer for rapid bulky upright growth. It goes dormant in the cold of winter before resuming growth in spring up to 1m high and sporting a striking crimson bloom in early summer. Chop and dig in prior to flowering or leave for a valuable nectar rich food supply for bees and beneficial insects.
Common name  Crimson clover
Botanical name  Trifolium incarnatum
Height (m)  1
Nitrogen fixer  
Shade / Sun  Full sun - part shade
Soil type  Most
Flowers  Red
Senna multiglandulosa

Senna multiglandulosa

Details  Senna multiglandulosa is a species of flowering plant in the legume family known by several common names, including glandular senna, downy senna, and buttercup bush. It is native to Mexico, Guatemala, and western parts of South America, but it is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant and in some areas of the world has become naturalized in the wild. In some places it is considered a weed, for example, in New Zealand and New South Wales.[1] This is a hairy or woolly shrub which can grow to six meters in height, becoming treelike. The leaves are each made up of several pairs of thick, hairy, oval-shaped leaflets each measuring up to about 4 centimeters long. The leaves are studded with visible resin glands between the leaflets. The inflorescence is a raceme of several flowers, each with five golden yellow petals measuring 1 to 2 centimeters long. The flower has seven fertile stamens with large anthers and three sterile staminodes. The fruit is a legume pod, flattened or inflated and coated in hairs, reaching up to 12 centimeters long and filled with beanlike seeds.
Common name  Cassia, glandular senna, downy senna, buttercup bush
Botanical name  Senna multiglandulosa
Family  Fabaceae
Height (m)  4
Seeds / nuts / tubers  
Evergreen  
Frost sensitive  
Perennial  
Nitrogen fixer  
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Flowers  Yellow
Phacelia

Phacelia

Details  Quick growing manure crop or as a sanctuary for predator insects to feed and plan their assaults from. Dig or plough in anytime. Sow from September through to April at a rate of 30g per 10m2 or 1kg per 300m2.
Common name  Phacelia
Botanical name  Phacelia tanacetifolia
Height (m)  1
Date  July 08, 2013
Tags    bees 
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Soil type  Most
Flowers  Purple
Coprosma

Coprosma

Details  A genus of flowering plants in the Rubiaceae family. It is found in New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Borneo, Java, New Guinea, islands of the Pacific Ocean to Australia and the Juan Fernández Islands.

The name Coprosma means "smelling like dung" and refers to the smell (methanethiol) given out by the crushed leaves of a few species.

Many species are small shrubs with tiny evergreen leaves, but a few are small trees and have much larger leaves. The flowers have insignificant petals and are wind-pollinated, with long anthers and stigmas. Natural hybrids are common. The fruit is a non-poisonous juicy berry, most often bright orange (but can be dark red or even light blue), containing two small seeds. The orange fruit of the larger species were eaten by Māori children, and are also popular with birds. It is said that coffee can be made from the seeds, Coprosma being related to the coffee plants. A notable feature (also found in other genera of Rubiaceae) is that the leaves contain hollows in the axils of the veins; in these, and on the leaf stipules, nitrogen-fixing bacteria grow. In addition the hollows, or domatia, encourage certain kinds of mites to take up residence, which feed on and reduce parasitic fungi which attack the leaf.

Recommended as chicken forrage by Bill Mollison
Height (m)  0.5 - 3
Evergreen  
Edible  
Fruit / berries  
Perennial  
Drought tolerance  
Wind tolerance  High
Shade / Sun  Sun
Soil type  Most
Siberian Pea Shrub

Siberian Pea Shrub

Details  A genus of shrubs mostly native to Central Asia, some inhabiting dry, half-desert regions with hot summers and bitterly cold winters. They include some of the toughest and most accommodating of all plants, some able to survive temperatures down to -40°C. (A diversion for quiz addicts: this is the one point in the Centigrade and Fahrenheit scales of temperature where they are numerically the same.) As with many plants of such origin, they are often armed with an interesting variety of spines, some making useful impenetrable barriers. One of the toughest of all plants with clusters of yellow pea-flowers in May.
Common name  Siberian Pea Shrub
Botanical name  Caragana arborescens
Family  Leguminosae/Fabaceae
Height (m)  4
Seeds / nuts / tubers  
Evergreen  
Edible  
Perennial  
Nitrogen fixer  
Drought tolerance  
Date  July 07, 2013
Wind tolerance  High
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Soil type  Most
Flowers  Yellow
Asiatic sweetleaf/Sapphire berry

Asiatic sweetleaf/Sapphire berry

Details  China & Japan. Wide spreading deciduous shrub. Panicles of creamy white fragrant flowers in mid summer. Bright blue berries remain after leaf fall, best display where two or more are planted. Fruit - cooked. Used in jams, jellies and sauce
Common name  Asiatic sweetleaf/Sapphire berry
Botanical name  Symplocos paniculata
Family  Symplocaceae
Height (m)  3.0
Edible  
Fruit / berries  
Perennial  
Date  August 11, 2013
Wind tolerance  Good
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Soil type  Moist
Flowers  White
Colour  Purple
Foamflower

Foamflower

Common name  Foamflower, Heartleaf foamflower, Clumping Foamflower
Botanical name  Tiarella cordifolia
Family  Saxifragaceae
Height (m)  0.2
Evergreen  
Perennial  
Date  October 19, 2014
Shade / Sun  Part shade
Soil type  Most
Flowers  White
Yellow Loosestrife

Yellow Loosestrife

Details  Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Pond; Bog Garden.
An astringent herb, yellow loosestrife is principally used to treat gastro-intestinal conditions such as diarrhoea and dysentery, to stop internal and external bleeding and to cleanse wounds
Common name  Yellow Loosestrife, Garden yellow loosestrife
Botanical name  Lysimachia vulgaris
Family  Primulaceae
Height (m)  1.2
Perennial  
Date  October 19, 2014
Shade / Sun  Shade - part shade
Soil type  Most
Flowers  Yellow
Ajuga

Ajuga

Details  Ajuga reptans is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.3m by 0.6m at a slow rate. It is hardy to zone (UK) 6 and is not frost tender. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees, The plant is self-fertile. It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Common name  Bugle, Common Bugelweed, Bugleweed, Carpet Bugleweed, Carpetweed, Carpet Bugle
Botanical name  Ajuga reptans
Family  Lamiaceae
Height (m)  0.3
Evergreen  
Perennial  
Date  October 17, 2014
Shade / Sun  Sun - Full shade
Soil type  Most
Flowers  Purple
Cape broom

Cape broom

Botanical name  Genista monspessulana
Height (m)  3
Seeds / nuts / tubers  
Evergreen  
Perennial  
Nitrogen fixer  
Drought tolerance  
Wind tolerance  Good
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Soil type  Most
Flowers  Yellow
Good king henry

Good king henry

Details  This is a small perennial herbaceous vegetable that was once well known in England and central/southern Europe. While it has naturalized in the U.S., it is a rather uncommon food there. Good King Henry is in the same family as spinach, and its leaves are used in much the same way; however, its shoots are eaten like asparagus, flower buds like broccoli, and the seeds are an edible grain. Add its ability to grow in the shade, and this is a great plant to add to your Edible Forest Garden or other Permaculture plantings.
Botanical name  Chenopodium bonus-henricus
Evergreen  
Edible  
Perennial  
Date  October 04, 2014
Italian Stone pine

Italian Stone pine

Details  Broadly conical when young, develops a broadly arched umbrella shaped evergreen crown. Cones globose, ripen in 3rd year. Large seeds edible. Suited to dry and coastal conditions. Tolerates heat & cold.
Common name  Italian Stone pine
Botanical name  Pinus Pinea
Height (m)  20
Seeds / nuts / tubers  
Evergreen  
Edible  
Drought tolerance  
Date  July 11, 2010
Wind tolerance  Moderate
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Soil type  Dry
Walnut

Walnut

Details  Moderately fast growing nut tree producing large edible nuts in a two part shell. Trees excrete jugulone that inhibits plant growth of most other species.
Common name  Walnut, English walnut, Persian Walnut,
Botanical name  Juglans regia
Family  Juglandaceae
Height (m)  20
Seeds / nuts / tubers  
Wind tolerance  Moderate
Shade / Sun  Full sun - part shade
Plum

Plum

Details  Fruit ripen early in the season. Loved by birds including native wood pigeon.
Common name  Plum
Botanical name  Prunus domestica
Family  Rosaceae
Height (m)  12
Edible  
Wind tolerance  Moderate
Shade / Sun  Full sun - part shade
Soil type  Most
Flowers  Pink, White
Blueberry

Blueberry

Details  Grows in swamps, low wet woods, pine barrens and dry uplands.
Common name  Blueberry
Botanical name  Vaccinium corymbosum
Family  Ericaceae
Height (m)  2
Evergreen  
Edible  
Fruit / berries  
Perennial  
Wind tolerance  Low
Shade / Sun  Full sun - part shade
Soil type  Acid
Black Mulberry

Black Mulberry

Details  The edible fruit is dark purple, almost black, when ripe, 2–3 centimetres long
Common name  Mulberry
Botanical name  Morus nigra
Family  Moraceae
Height (m)  12
Edible  
Fruit / berries  
Wind tolerance  Low
Shade / Sun  Full sun - part shade
Soil type  Sandy to Clay
Arizonica

Arizonica

Details  Moderate growth rate. Creates attractive shelter.
Common name  Arizona cypress
Botanical name  Cupressus arizonica
Family  Cupressaceae
Height (m)  20
Seeds / nuts / tubers  
Evergreen  
Perennial  
Wind tolerance  Moderate
Shade / Sun  Full sun - part shade
Colour  Blue grey
Akeake

Akeake

Details  A smallish, relatively fast growing New Zealand native that stands wind and dry
Botanical name  Dodonea viscosa
Height (m)  7
Evergreen  
Drought tolerance  
Wind tolerance  High
Shade / Sun  Full sun - part shade
Soil type  Most
Peach

Peach

Common name  Peach
Botanical name  Prunus persica
Family  Rosaceae
Height (m)  4
Edible  
Fruit / berries  
Perennial  
Wind tolerance  Moderate
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Soil type  Most
Flowers  Pink
Sweet Cherry

Sweet Cherry

Details  Loved by bees and birds
Common name  Sweet Cherry
Botanical name  Prunus avium
Family  Rosaceae
Height (m)  18
Edible  
Fruit / berries  
Perennial  
Wind tolerance  Moderate
Shade / Sun  Full sun - part shade
Soil type  Free draining
Flowers  White
Chinese Persimmon

Chinese Persimmon

Details  This is a splendid, large shrub with large, shining green leaves that turn a glorious orange or plum-purple colour in autumn. The edible fruits, Persimmons, are produced here most reasonable summers.
Common name  Chinese Persimmon
Botanical name  Diospyros kaki
Family  Ebenaceae
Edible  
Perennial  
Date  July 10, 2013
Asparagus

Asparagus

Details  Young shoots - raw or cooked. Considered a gourmet food, the shoots are harvested in the spring. They are normally boiled or steamed and used as a vegetable. Male plants produce the best shoots.

Do not over-harvest the plant because this would weaken it in the following year.
The shoots are a good source of protein and dietary fibre. Roasted seeds are a coffee substitute
Common name  Asparagus
Botanical name  Asparagus officinalis
Family  Asparagaceae
Height (m)  1-2
Edible  
Frost sensitive  
Shade / Sun  Full sun - part shade
Soil type  Free draining
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Apricot

Apricot

Common name  Apricot
Botanical name  Prunus armeniaca
Family  Rosaceae
Height (m)  9
Edible  
Fruit / berries  
Perennial  
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Soil type  Most
Flowers  White
Blue lupin

Blue lupin

Details  Grows well in most locations where it improves soil with organic matter and nitrogen. Bees enjoy the flowers.

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Plants for a future
Common name  Blue lupin
Botanical name  Lupinus angustifolius
Family  Leguminosae
Height (m)  1
Nitrogen fixer  
Tags    Bees 
Flowers  Blue
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Mountain Paw Paw

Mountain Paw Paw

Common name  Mountain pawpaw / papaya
Botanical name  Carica pubescens
Family  Annonaceae
Edible  
Osage Orange

Osage Orange

Details  A thorny tree with hard orange coloured dense wood. Good fuel wood.
Botanical name  Maclura pomifera
Grape

Grape

Botanical name  Vitis vinifera
Edible  
Fruit / berries  
Perennial  
Drought tolerance  
Shade / Sun  Full sun - part shade
New Zealand Flax

New Zealand Flax

Details  Useful to tying materials. Loved by bell birds and other nectar feeders.
Botanical name  Phormium tenax
Height (m)  2-4
Evergreen  
Wind tolerance  High
Shade / Sun  Full sun - Shade
Soil type  Most
Flowers  Orange
Cabbage Tree

Cabbage Tree

Details  An attractive palm native to New Zealand. Long stiff leaves
Botanical name  Cordyline australis
Height (m)  15
Wind tolerance  High
Shade / Sun  Full sun - part shade
Soil type  Most
Flowers  White
Apple

Apple

Botanical name  Malus domestica
Family  Rosaceae
Edible  
Fruit / berries  
Shade / Sun  Full sun - part shade
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Almond

Almond

Botanical name  Prunus dulcis
Family  Rosaceae
Seeds / nuts / tubers  
Edible  
Shade / Sun  Full sun
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Hardy kiwi, Tara Vine

Hardy kiwi, Tara Vine

Botanical name  Actinidia arguta
Edible  
Fruit / berries  
Perennial  
Shade / Sun  Full sun - part shade
Earthnut Pea

Earthnut Pea

Botanical name  Lathyrus tuberosus
Family  Leguminosae
Seeds / nuts / tubers  
Edible  
Perennial  
Nitrogen fixer  
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Colour  Pink

Liquorice

Details  hardy to about -15°c
Common name  Liquorice
Botanical name  Glycyrrhiza glabra
Family  Leguminosae/Fabaceae
Height (m)  0.5
Seeds / nuts / tubers  
Edible  
Perennial  
Nitrogen fixer  
Date  July 03, 2013
Shade / Sun  Sun, part shade
Soil type  Sandy to Loamy
Colour  Purple/Lavender
Black tomato

Black tomato

Details  A stunning jet black tomato. Originally developed by the Oregon State University from crossing the commercial tomato with the black species Solanum peruvianum. They trusted one man with the seeds for propagation but this guy released the un-finalised version all over the world.  Breeders who got hold of the seeds started using it to improve the taste but keeping the black skin. This version is from about ten generations down the line to make the taste better.
Common name  Cesar's 'Truly Black'
Botanical name  Solanum lycopersicum
Height (m)  1
Edible  
Fruit / berries  
Frost sensitive  
Date  February 02, 2014
Wind tolerance  Low
Flowers  Yellow
spring vetchling or spring pea

spring vetchling or spring pea

Details  Very valuable spring colour is produced by one of the most lovely dwarf perennial peas, with masses of violet blue pea flowers in April and May. Some L. vernus var. albus (white) are also included in here.
Botanical name  Lathyrus vernus
Family  Leguminosae
Height (m)  0.2
Perennial  
Nitrogen fixer  
Date  July 22, 2013
Flowers  Pink
Oleaster, Russian Olive

Oleaster, Russian Olive

Details  Wind-resistant, quick-growing, deciduous shrub with silvery foliage and fragrant flowers, followed by edible, ornamental fruits.
Common name  Oleaster, Russian Olive
Botanical name  Elaeagnus angustifolia
Family  Elaeagnaceae
Height (m)  7
Edible  
Fruit / berries  
Perennial  
Nitrogen fixer  
Date  July 11, 2013
Wind tolerance  High
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Flowers  Yellow
Thai Ginger

Thai Ginger

Details  The rhizomes are used in various Asian cuisines. In its raw form, galangals have a stronger taste than common ginger.
Botanical name  Galangal
Height (m)  1
Edible  
Frost sensitive  
Perennial  
Loquat, Japanese Medlar

Loquat, Japanese Medlar

Details  In this country normally seen as a rather splendid shrub with large, leathery, toothed leaves, up to 12 ins. long, dark glossy green above and woolly below. The beautiful and fragrant, yellowish-white flowers are borne in late summer or early autumn and, very occasionally, followed by edible, pear-shaped fruits. Well worth growing for its noble foliage. Needs a sheltered position. Seeds are despatched from cold storage and should be sown IMMEDIATELY ON RECEIPT.
Common name  Loquat, Japanese Medlar
Botanical name  Eriobotrya japonica
Variety  Seedling
Family  Rosaceae
Height (m)  3-4
Evergreen  
Edible  
Fruit / berries  
Perennial  
Date  July 12, 2013
Shade / Sun  Sun, part shade
Flowers  August, September
Carob

Carob

Details  A species of flowering evergreen shrub or tree in the pea family. It is widely cultivated for its edible pods, and as an ornamental tree in gardens. The ripe, dried pod is often ground to carob powder which is used as a substitute for cocoa powder.
Botanical name  Ceratonia siliqua
Family  Fabaceae
Height (m)  15
Seeds / nuts / tubers  
Evergreen  
Perennial  
Nitrogen fixer  
Radium Weed

Radium Weed

Details  Also know as petty spurge, cancer weed, or milkweed. Native to most of Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia, where it typically grows in cultivated arable land, gardens, and other disturbed land.
Botanical name  Euphorbia peplus
Family  Euphorbiaceae

Silver wattle

Details  Fast growing, copices readily, good firewood
Common name  Silver wattle
Botanical name  Acacia Dealbata
Family  Fabaceae
Height (m)  25
Evergreen  
Nitrogen fixer  
Drought tolerance  
Date  July 01, 2010
Wind tolerance  High
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Soil type  Dry

Shining gum

Common name  Shining gum
Date  July 08, 2012
Details  Mountains of Victoria. Broadly conical when young, grows rapidly, cold hardy, best in regular rainfall at higher altitude. Unthrifty by age 20 at low altitude in warmer districts, but yields a lot of firewood.
Evergreen  
Height (m)  45
Botanical name  Eucalyptus nitens

Flowering ash

Common name  Flowering ash
Date  July 09, 2012
Details  Manna ash - from south Europe and southwest Asia. Broadly spreading, deciduous. Conspicuous clusters of small fragrant white flowers. Very drought tolerant and used as a street tree.
Drought tolerance  
Height (m)  7
Botanical name  Fraxinus ornus

Hybrid witch hazel

Common name  Hybrid witch hazel
Date  July 10, 2012
Details  Broadly spreading, deciduous. Leaves vary from dull purple, green to red in autumn. Small spidery yellow, orange or red flowers over winter. Screening, lovely plants.
Height (m)  2
Botanical name  Hamamelis x intermedia

South African tree heath

Common name  South African tree heath
Date  July 07, 2012
Details  South Africa. Upright shrub, evergreen with abundantly flowering ascending branches. Small purplish-pink flowers cover the bush in winter. Hardy to our -9C winter frosts
Height (m)  2
Botanical name  Erica canaliculata

Broad-leaved hickory

Common name  Broad-leaved hickory
Date  July 01, 2012
Details  Coastal ranges of NSW. Erect small evergreen tree, straight trunk and light branching, timber tough and durable. Phyllodes like A. melanoxylon, creamy flowers in spring. Grows in moist gullies and exposed rocky slopes.
Evergreen  
Height (m)  10
Botanical name  Acacia falciformis

Japanese white birch

Common name  Japanese white birch
Date  July 03, 2012
Details  Narrowly weeping, deciduous. Bark pure white and retained to ground level longer than B. pendula. Leaves larger than B. pendula. Not affected by rust and has bright yellow autumn colour.
Height (m)  20
Botanical name  Betula platyphylla v japonica

Winter Sweet

Common name  Winter Sweet
Date  July 05, 2012
Details  China. Broadly spreading, deciduous. Pale, waxy, yellow, sweetly scented flowers produced in winter on the bare branches. Succeeds in any well drained soil. Excellent on calcium rich soils.
Height (m)  2
Botanical name  Chimonanthus praecox

Green flowered hellebore

Common name  Green flowered hellebore
Date  July 11, 2012
Details  Apple green mass of flowers May to September contrasts with the grey-green foliage. Likes the sun and well drained soil.
Height (m)  0.5
Botanical name  Helleborus x sternii

NZ Toothed Lancewood

Common name  NZ Toothed Lancewood
Date  July 17, 2012
Details  Bushy topped with short stout branches as an adult tree, evergreen. Lance-like juvenile form with downward pointing stiff sawtooth leaves.
Evergreen  
Height (m)  6
Botanical name  Pseudopanax ferox

Fraqgrant epaulette tree

Common name  Fraqgrant epaulette tree
Date  July 18, 2012
Botanical name  Pterostyrax hispida

Chinese sweet box

Common name  Chinese sweet box
Date  July 20, 2012
Details  Compact small evergreen shrub with sweetly scented flowers in winter followed by black berries. Leaves elliptic, reponds well to clipping. Grows well in heavy shade, frost hardy. 7cm tubes.
Evergreen  
Height (m)  1
Botanical name  Sarcococca confusa

Photinia reb robin

Common name  Photinia reb robin
Date  July 16, 2012
Details  Broadly spreading evergreen shrub. Clips well into a neat hedge, the new shoots attractive red against dark green older leaves.
Evergreen  
Height (m)  3
Botanical name  Photinia x fraseri

Kobus magnolia

Common name  Kobus magnolia
Date  July 14, 2012
Details  Broadly conical to spreading, deciduous. White strap-like petals before the leaves in spring. Beautiful street planting in Vancouver, Canada. Cold hardy
Height (m)  10
Botanical name  Magnolia kobus

Golden rain tree

Common name  Golden rain tree
Date  July 12, 2012
Details  Broadly spreading, deciduous. Long pinnate leaves, yellow and orange in autumn. Small yellow flowers in large panicles followed by papery triangular capsules. Both make a good display. Suit hot dry sites.
Height (m)  7
Botanical name  Koelreuteria paniculata

NZ Bronze Flax

Common name  NZ Bronze Flax
Date  July 15, 2012
Details  Broadly spreading, evergreen. Broad drooping or stiffly erect bronze to purple blades. Erect flower stalks attract tuis and bellbirds.
Evergreen  
Height (m)  2
Botanical name  Phormium purpureum
Wind tolerance  High

Red Alder

Common name  Red Alder
Date  July 07, 2010
Details  Broadly conical deciduous. Vigorous growth on hillsides as well as streamsides. Produces good hardwood timber for furniture and panelling. Planted for shelter. Red winter buds identify this alder.
Family  Betulaceae
Height (m)  25
Botanical name  Alnus Rubra
Nitrogen fixer  
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Soil type  Moist
Wind tolerance  Moderate

Shantung Maple

Common name  Shantung Maple
Date  July 05, 2010
Family  Aceraceae
Height (m)  15
Botanical name  Acer Truncatum
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Wind tolerance  Low

Japanese maple

Common name  Japanese maple
Date  July 03, 2010
Details  Broadly spreading, deciduous. The small leaved, small seeded Japanese maple which comes true from seed. In autumn the colours change to orange and red, a magnificent sight. Shelter from strong winds, but remarkably drought tolerant.
Drought tolerance  
Family  Aceraceae
Height (m)  12
Botanical name  Acer Palmatum
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Wind tolerance  Low

Shagbark hickory

Common name  Shagbark hickory
Date  July 08, 2010
Details  Broadly columnar, deciduous. Straight trunk and lightly branched. Bark peels in vertical plates with age. Orange autumn colour, prized timber, nuts sweet and edible. Plant small, tap root must develop before height growth commences.
Edible  
Height (m)  25
Botanical name  Carya Ovata
Seeds / nuts / tubers  
Shade / Sun  Full sun

Himalayan cedar

Common name  Himalayan cedar
Date  July 09, 2010
Details  Broadly conical, evergreen. Drought and exposure tolerant. Popular dry country shelter tree. Mulch to smother grass for best results. Branch ends droop. Valuable aromatic timber, heartwood with resin.
Drought tolerance  
Evergreen  
Height (m)  30
Botanical name  Cedrus Deodara
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Soil type  Dry
Wind tolerance  Moderate

Sugar maple

Common name  Sugar maple
Date  July 04, 2010
Details  Broadly columnar, deciduous. Appears to need fertile soils for good growth. Also known as rock maple. Spring sap is processed into maple syrup in USA and now in NZ. Orange is the predominant autumn colour, quite spectacular. Cold hardy.
Family  Aceraceae
Height (m)  25
Botanical name  Acer Saccharum
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Soil type  Fertile
Wind tolerance  Low

Fullmoon maple

Common name  Fullmoon maple
Date  July 02, 2010
Details  Northern Japan in mountain forests. Broadly spreading, deciduous. Purple-red flowers before the leaves. Orange-red autumn colours
Family  Aceraceae
Height (m)  3
Botanical name  Acer Japonicum
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Wind tolerance  Low

Butternut

Details  E Nth America. Broadly spreading, deciduous. Fruits in clusters of 3-5. Shell is deeply sculptured and the nut sweet and very oily. Large compound leaves. Sugar is made from the sap. Green fruit husks produce a yellow orange dye.
Common name  Butternut
Botanical name  Juglans cinerea
Family  Juglandaceae
Height (m)  25.0
Seeds / nuts / tubers  
Edible  
Date  August 08, 2013
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Pear - Red Bartlett

Pear - Red Bartlett

Details  Red skin early fruiting, melting flesh. Double grafted with Louis bon Jersey
Common name  Pear
Botanical name  Pyrus
Family  Rosaceae
Edible  
Fruit / berries  
Date  September 01, 2012
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Soil type  Most
Flowers  white

Chinese wisteria

Details  Vigorous climber, twining anti-clockwise, deciduous. Will climb into a tree and can be trained on a pagola or fence. Fragrant mauve flowers in long racemes before the leaves.
Common name  Chinese wisteria
Botanical name  Wisteria sinensis
Family  Fabaceae or Leguminosae
Height (m)  7.0
Perennial  
Nitrogen fixer  
Date  August 13, 2013
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Soil type  Moist
Flowers  Purple
Chilean guava, NZ cranberry, strawberry myrtle

Chilean guava, NZ cranberry, strawberry myrtle

Details  Upright abundantly branched evergreen shrub. 2-3cm glossy dark green leaves, flowers pinkish-white. Fruits dark purple then blue-black, juicy, fragrant, good flavour
Common name  Chilean guava, NZ cranberry, strawberry myrtle
Botanical name  Myrtus ugni / Ugni molinae
Family  Myrtaceae
Height (m)  1.7
Edible  
Fruit / berries  
Date  August 09, 2013
Wind tolerance  High
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Soil type  Well drained, Moist
Flowers  pink, white

Wildflowers of the British Isles

Common name  Wildflowers of the British Isles
Date  July 04, 2013
Details  Contains annual wild flowers that are now rare or declining in the wild, this is a delightful Special Cornfield Mixture, containing such lovely items as Cornflower, Night-flowering Catchfly, Corn Cockle and, no cornfield would be complete without it, the Common Poppy! It is intended to be used to cover just a small patch in an average English garden. General comment: Germination of any wild flower is often slow and unpredictable and, due to the losses that can be expected from direct outdoor sowings, the best way of achieving a "naturalised" area is to sow individual pots of wild flowers with some suitable protection. After germination and hardening off, the young plants can then be planted in their final positions where they are to flower where they will then hopefully naturalise themselves and encourage other wildlife.
Botanical name  Wild Flower 5 - Cornfield Special Mixture
Perennial  

Chinese Julian hackberry

Common name  Chinese Julian hackberry
Date  August 02, 2013
Details  Broadly columnar, deciduous. Branch ends tend to droop. Prefers fertile soil. Used in street plantings. Related to Ulmus, the elm family - the leaves are similar. Fruit are rounded berry-like orange-red to purple and edible. Rare in NZ. Juglone Tolerant
Family  Ulmaceae
Height (m)  23.0
Jugulone tolerance  
Botanical name  Celtis sinensis
Shade / Sun  Full sun

Bladder Senna

Colour  Yellow/Orange
Common name  Bladder Senna
Date  July 08, 2013
Details  Easily grown shrub with bright yellow flowers produced throughout the summer, followed by large, inflated seed pods.
Family  Leguminosae/Fabaceae
Flowers  June, July, August
Botanical name  Colutea arborescens
Nitrogen fixer  
Perennial  

California mountain mahogany

Common name  California mountain mahogany
Date  August 03, 2013
Details  Broadly spreading deciduous shrub or small tree. Birch-like leaves, creamy white flowers in spring, followed by seeds with long curly feathery tails. Seed from Central Otago, coping with weather extremes. Fixes nitrogen on its roots.
Family  Rosaceae
Height (m)  4.0
Botanical name  Cercocarpus betuloides
Nitrogen fixer  
Shade / Sun  Full sun

Quince - Orokonui

Details  Small, yellow skin. Tree semi - Vigorous.
Common name  Quince - Orokonui
Botanical name  Cydonia oblonga
Family  Rosaceae
Height (m)  4.0
Edible  
Date  August 06, 2013
Soil type  Moist

Marlborough weeping broom

Common name  Marlborough weeping broom
Date  August 04, 2013
Details  Eastern Marlborough high on Seaward Kaikoura Range. Tall shrub with upright branches, topped by a canopy of weeping grey leafless branchlets. In December large hanging clusters of 10mm mauve flowers. Fixes nitrogen.
Height (m)  4.0
Botanical name  Chordospartium stevensonii
Nitrogen fixer  

Gunnera

Colour  Red/Maroon
Common name  Gunnera
Date  July 02, 2013
Details  With little doubt, this must be the most majestic herbaceous plant hardy in the British Isles - like a giant Rhubarb, the leaves can grow to over 6 ft. across and be supported on stout, prickly stalks up to 8 ft. long. Although the individual reddish flowers are minute, they are borne in their countless thousands in club-shaped spikes, which can themselves be 6 ft. or so tall. They are particularly happy in moist ground. Labour-saving - half a dozen of these in your garden and you wouldn't have to lift a finger for most of the year! Hardy throughout the British Isles. 10 ft.
Family  Haloragidaceae
Botanical name  Gunnera manicata
Perennial  

Sweet Bay Tree, Bay Laurel, Bay Leaf

Common name  Sweet Bay Tree, Bay Laurel, Bay Leaf
Date  July 15, 2013
Details  This is the true "Laurel" of the ancients now grown for its aromatic foliage - used in cooking - and, as it stands clipping well, for formal use outside hotel entrances and the like. Good hedging plant and hardy throughout the British Isles.
Family  Lauraceae
Botanical name  Laurus nobilis
Perennial  

Pink tree broom

Common name  Pink tree broom
Date  August 10, 2013
Details  Broadly spreading, evergreen. Leafless pendulous dark green flattened stems. Attractive pink flowers around Christmas. Loved by small native bees. Small seed pods quickly form. Tolerates dry windy conditions. Fixes nitrogen.
Height (m)  4.0
Botanical name  Notospartium glabrescens
Nitrogen fixer  
Colour  Purple/Lavender
Date  July 06, 2013
Details  One of the finest of ornamental berry plants is this neat, medium-sized shrub from China. With long, narrow leaves that turn deep rose-purple in autumn, it bears in summer clusters of numerous small, lilac flowers. These are followed by the berries - a mass of small coloured beads in shades of lilac, violet and rich purple that persist way into winter. Hardy throughout the British Isles.
Family  Verbenaceae
Flowers  June, July, August
Botanical name  Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii
Perennial  
White Alyssum

White Alyssum

Common name  White Alyssum
Date  July 09, 2013
Botanical name  Lobularia maritima benthamii
Red Kidney Vetch

Red Kidney Vetch

Common name  Red Kidney Vetch
Date  July 19, 2013
Details  Superb crimson "pea" flowers appear from early spring until late summer, on radiating stems decked with hairy lanceolate leaves. A beautiful and bright plant which can be impressive on a hot bank where little else will survive.
Family  Papilionaceae
Height (m)  0.1
Botanical name  ANTHYLLIS VULNERARIA COCCINEA
Perennial  
TEXAS LILAC

TEXAS LILAC

Common name  TEXAS LILAC
Date  July 24, 2013
Details  Strong branches bear fragrant leaves, almost exactly identical to those of cannabis plants, and terminate in most attractive clusters of fragrant blue-mauve flowers. Vitex agnus-castus, also called Chaste Tree, Chasteberry, Abraham's Balm or Monk's Pepper, it was once used to flavour stews in monasteries, (not recommended for honeymooners). It is a native of the Mediterranean region and may be hardy in Devon, although needing shelter elsewhere. It is one of the few temperate-zone species of Vitex, which is generally a genus of tropical and sub-tropical flowering plants.
Family  Verbenaceae
Height (m)  3.0
Botanical name  VITEX AGNUS CASTUS
Perennial  
Parsnip

Parsnip

Details  Parsnips are grown for their fleshy, edible cream-colored taproots.
Common name  Parsnip
Botanical name  Pastinaca sativa
Variety  Hollow crown?
Family  Apiaceae
Seeds / nuts / tubers  
Edible  
Plantain

Plantain

Details  A deep rooted pasture herb
(Sowing Rates: Mixed: 500 grams to 1.5 kgs per ha)
Common name  Plantain
Botanical name  Plantago major
Variety  Endurance
Family  Plantaginaceae
Date  August 08, 2013
Demand white clover

Demand white clover

Details  Dense stoloniferous and persistence clover type with good winter hardiness and improved winter, spring production. Small- Medium Leafed
Common name  White Clover
Botanical name  Trifolium repens
Variety  Demand
Family  Fabaceae
Nitrogen fixer  
Date  August 08, 2013
Colour  White
Icon "Semi Winter Active" Lucerne

Icon "Semi Winter Active" Lucerne

Common name  Icon Lucerne
Botanical name  Medicago sativa
Variety  Icon
Family  Fabaceae
Evergreen  
Nitrogen fixer  
Date  August 08, 2013
Oranges

Oranges

Details  Somehow we are able to grow oranges out doors without cover. There is good wind protection in place and I have been mulching and fertilising regularly with seaweed and pig manure. The tree looks a lot better and the fruit has improved dramatically as a result.
Evergreen  
Edible  
Flowers  
Frost sensitive  
Fruit / berries  
Height (m)  1
Tags    orange  citrus 
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NameDrought toleranceEdibleEvergreenForest layerFrost sensitiveFruit / berriesJugulone toleranceNitrogen fixerPerennialPropigation methodSeeds / nuts / tubers 
Australian Indigo
yesnoyesshrubnononoyesyesno
Sunflower
noyesnonononononosow directyes
Elaeagnus pungens
yesyesyesshrubnoyesnoyesyesno
Elaeagnus x ebbingei
yesyesyesshrubnoyesnoyesyesno
Horopito
noyesnolow-treeyesnononoyesno
Oregano
yesyesnoground covernononononotransplantno
Out of stock
Perennial multiplying leeks
noyesnononononoyesno
Out of stock
Comfrey
nononorhizospherenonononoyesdivisionno
Out of stock
French Sorrel
noyesnoherbaceousnonononoyesno
Foxglove
nononoherbaceousnononononono
Only 4 in stock Order
Laburnum
yesnonolow-treenononoyesyessow pot / trayno
Buy
Kowhai
yesnoyescanopynononoyesnosow pot / trayno
American cranberry bush
nononoshrubnoyesyesnonono
Asimina triloba
noyesnolow-treenoyesyesnoyessow pot / trayno
Staghorn sumac
yesnonolow-treenonoyesnonosow pot / trayno
Black locust
yesnonocanopynonoyesyesnosow pot / trayyes
Fennel
noyesnoherbaceousnonononoyesyes
Only 5 in stock Order
Apple Rose
noyesyesshrubnoyesnonoyesno
Babaco
noyesyeslow-treeyesyesnonoyescuttingno
Tree onion
noyesnorhizospherenonononoyesno
Italian Alder
yesnononononoyesnono
Titoki
nonoyeslow-treeyesnononoyesno
European hazelnut
nononolow-treenonoyesnonosow pot / trayyes
June Berry, Western Service Berry, Saskatoon
noyesnoshrubnoyesnonoyesno
Globe Artichoke
noyesnoherbaceousnonononoyesno
Out of stock
Sweet Chestnut
noyesnocanopynononononograftyes
Psoralea Pinnata
yesnoyeslow-treenononoyesyessow pot / trayno
Citrus
noyesyeslow-treeyesnononoyesno
Thornless Honey Locust
yesnonocanopynononoyesyessow pot / trayno
Jujube
yesyesnolow-treenoyesnonoyesno
Red cherry / strawberry guava
noyesyesshrubnoyesnonoyesno
Chinese haw
noyesnolow-treenoyesnonoyesno
Feijoa
yesyesyesshrubnoyesnonoyesgraftno
Pear (Pyrus communis)
noyesnolow-treenoyesnononograftno
Anemanthele lessoniana / oryzopsis rigida
yesnonoherbaceousnonononoyesdivisionno
Purple Coral Pea Shrub
yesnoyesverticalnononoyesyescuttingno
False Indigo
yesnonolow-treeyesnonoyesyesno
Soap nut
nononocanopyyesnonononoyes
Flame vine
nonoyesverticalyesnononoyesno
Tree medick
nonoyesshrubyesnonoyesyessow pot / trayno
Virgilia divaricata
yesnoyesnononoyesyessow pot / trayno
Bougainvillea
nonoyesverticalnonononoyesno
Bay Tree
noyesyeslow-treenonononoyesno
Acacia
nonoyesnononoyesyessow pot / trayno
Cornelian Cherry
noyesnolow-treenoyesnonoyesno
Jerusalem Artichoke
noyesnorhizospherenonononoyestubersyes
Chinese dogwood
noyesnolow-treenoyesnonoyesno
Guava - Cherry Yellow Cherry
noyesyeslow-treeyesyesnonoyesno
Pyrus x bretschneideri
yesyesnocanopynoyesnononono
Olive
yesyesyeslow-treenoyesnononono
Nashi
noyesnolow-treenononononono
Peruvian Pepper
noyesyeslow-treenonononoyessow pot / trayyes
Japanese Chinquapin
noyesyescanopynonononoyesyes
Kiwifruit
noyesnoverticalyesyesnonoyesno
Blood Navel Orange
noyesyeslow-treeyesyesnononono
Earth Gems
yesyesnorhizosphereyesnononoyestubersyes
Arbutus unedo
noyesyeslow-treenoyesnonoyesno
Elaeagnus multiflora
yesyesnolow-treenoyesyesyesyessow pot / trayno
Kakabeak
nonoyesshrubyesnonoyesyessow pot / trayno
Turkey Tail Mushroom
noyesnonononononono
Pecan
noyesnocanopynonononoyesyes
Judas Tree
yesnonolow-treenononoyesyessow pot / trayyes
Chinese licorice
noyesnorhizospherenononoyesyesyes
Maximillian Sunflower
nononoherbaceousnonononoyessow pot / trayyes
Butterfly weed
nononoherbaceousnonononoyessow pot / trayno
Creeping Raspberry
yesyesyesground covernoyesnonoyesdivisionno
Alpine Strawberry
noyesyesground covernoyesnonoyessow pot / trayno
Male Bamboo
yesyesnorhizospherenonononoyesdivisionno
Moso / Chinese timber Bamboo
noyesnoverticalnonononoyesdivisionno
Elderberry
noyesnolow-treenoyesnononono
Empress tree
nononocanopynonononoyessow pot / trayno
Rhubarb
noyesnoherbaceousnonononoyesdivisionno
Chinese water chestnuts
noyesnorhizosphereyesnononoyestubersyes
Vietnamese coriander
noyesyesherbaceousyesnononoyesno
Pineapple sage
noyesnoshrubyesnononoyescuttingno
Small Leaved Lime, Littleleaf linden
noyesnocanopynonononoyesno
Evergreen laburnum
nonoyesshrubnononoyesyesno
Golden Rain Tree
noyesnolow-treenoyesnonoyessow pot / trayno
Chinese Yellow Wood
nononolow-treenononoyesnono
Silk tree
yesnonolow-treenononoyesnosow pot / trayyes
Tree Lucerne, Tagasaste
yesnoyeslow-treeyesnonoyesyessow pot / trayyes
Goji berry
noyesnoshrubnoyesnonoyessow pot / trayno
Teasel
nononoherbaceousnononononosow directno
Chaenomeles japonica
noyesnoshrubnoyesnonoyessow pot / trayno
New Jersey Tea
nononoherbaceousnononoyesyessow pot / trayno
Liquorice
noyesnoherbaceousnononoyesyessow pot / trayno
Black Chokeberry
noyesnoshrubnoyesnonoyessow pot / trayno
Fig
yesyesnolow-treenoyesnononono
Japanese Raisin Tree
noyesnolow-treenonononoyesno
Sea berry
yesyesnolow-treenoyesnoyesyessow pot / trayno
Green Tea
nonoyesshrubnonononoyesno
Crimson clover
nononoherbaceousnononoyesnosow directno
Senna multiglandulosa
nonoyeslow-treeyesnonoyesyessow pot / trayyes
Phacelia
nononoherbaceousnononononosow directno
Coprosma
yesyesyesshrubnoyesnonoyessow pot / trayno
Siberian Pea Shrub
yesyesyesshrubnononoyesyessow pot / trayyes
Asiatic sweetleaf/Sapphire berry
noyesnolow-treenoyesnonoyesno
Foamflower
nonoyesground covernonononoyesno
Yellow Loosestrife
nononoherbaceousnonononoyesno
Ajuga
nonoyesground covernonononoyesno
Cape broom
yesnoyesshrubnononoyesyessow directyes
Good king henry
noyesyesherbaceousnonononoyesdivisionno
Italian Stone pine
yesyesyesnononononoyes
Walnut
nononocanopynononononosow pot / trayyes
Plum
noyesnolow-treenononononono
Blueberry
noyesyesshrubnoyesnonoyescuttingno
Black Mulberry
noyesnolow-treenoyesnononono
Arizonica
nonoyescanopynonononoyesyes
Akeake
yesnoyeslow-treenononononono
Peach
noyesnolow-treenoyesnonoyessow pot / trayno
Sweet Cherry
noyesnocanopynoyesnonoyessow pot / trayno
Chinese Persimmon
noyesnononononoyesno
Asparagus
noyesnoherbaceousyesnonononodivisionno
Apricot
noyesnolow-treenoyesnonoyesgraftno
Blue lupin
nononoherbaceousnononoyesnosow directno
Mountain Paw Paw
noyesnolow-treenononononono
Osage Orange
nononocanopynononononosow pot / trayno
Grape
yesyesnoverticalnoyesnonoyescuttingno
New Zealand Flax
nonoyesshrubnononononodivisionno
Cabbage Tree
nononolow-treenononononono
Apple
noyesnolow-treenoyesnononograftno
Almond
noyesnolow-treenononononograftyes
Hardy kiwi, Tara Vine
noyesnoverticalnoyesnonoyesno
Earthnut Pea
noyesnoground covernononoyesyessow pot / trayyes
Liquorice
noyesnorhizospherenononoyesyessow pot / trayyes
Black tomato
noyesnoherbaceousyesyesnononosow directno
spring vetchling or spring pea
nononoherbaceousnononoyesyessow pot / trayno
Oleaster, Russian Olive
noyesnolow-treenoyesnoyesyessow pot / trayno
Thai Ginger
noyesnorhizosphereyesnononoyesdivisionno
Loquat, Japanese Medlar
noyesyeslow-treenoyesnonoyessow pot / trayno
Carob
nonoyescanopynononoyesyessow pot / trayyes
Radium Weed
nononoherbaceousnononononono
Silver wattle
yesnoyesnononoyesnono
Shining gum
nonoyesnononononono
Flowering ash
yesnononononononono
Hybrid witch hazel
nononoshrubnononononono
South African tree heath
nononoshrubnononononono
Broad-leaved hickory
nonoyesnononononono
Japanese white birch
nonononononononono
Winter Sweet
nonononononononono
Green flowered hellebore
nononoground covernononononono
NZ Toothed Lancewood
nonoyescanopynononononono
Fraqgrant epaulette tree
nonononononononono
Chinese sweet box
nonoyesnononononono
Photinia reb robin
nonoyeslow-treenononononono
Kobus magnolia
nonononononononono
Golden rain tree
nonononononononono
NZ Bronze Flax
nonoyesshrubnononononono
Red Alder
nononocanopynononoyesnono
Shantung Maple
nononocanopynononononono
Japanese maple
yesnonocanopynononononono
Shagbark hickory
noyesnocanopynononononoyes
Himalayan cedar
yesnoyescanopynononononono
Sugar maple
nononocanopynononononono
Fullmoon maple
nononocanopynononononono
Butternut
noyesnocanopynononononoyes
Pear - Red Bartlett
noyesnolow-treenoyesnononono
Chinese wisteria
nonononononoyesyesno
Chilean guava, NZ cranberry, strawberry myrtle
noyesnoshrubnoyesnononono
Wildflowers of the British Isles
nononomixednonononoyesno
Chinese Julian hackberry
nononolarge treenonoyesnonono
Bladder Senna
nononoshrubnononoyesyesno
California mountain mahogany
nononoshrubnononoyesnono
Quince - Orokonui
noyesnonononononono
Marlborough weeping broom
nononoshrubnononoyesnono
Gunnera
nononononononoyesno
Sweet Bay Tree, Bay Laurel, Bay Leaf
nononotree, shrub, hedgingnonononoyesno
Pink tree broom
nononoshrubnononoyesnono

nononoshrubnonononoyesno
White Alyssum
nonononononononono
Red Kidney Vetch
nononoground covernonononoyesno
TEXAS LILAC
nononotreenonononoyesno
Parsnip
noyesnorhizospherenononononosow directyes
Plantain
nononoherbaceousnononononosow directno
Demand white clover
nononoground covernononoyesnosow directno
Icon "Semi Winter Active" Lucerne
nonoyesground covernononoyesnosow directno
Oranges
noyesyesshrubyesyesnononono