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Native Shrubs


Fruit: Feijoa sellowiana  Pineapple Guava, fruit   
Super-tasty fruits which are not viable for shipping to supermarkets - just for your back yard.

Pineapple Guavas are an ideal fruit tree for the Bay Area. Originally from the scrublands of Paraguay, Uruguay, northern Argentina and southern Brazil, these non-tropical, evergreen trees are drought tolerant (though they need water to set fruit) and virtually disease and pest free. They feature large, showy flowers with edible petals; dense, dark green foliage; plus delicious fruit to boot. The aromatic fruit is ripe when it falls to the ground. Fruiting season, depending on cultivar, is from late September to early December.

Pineapple guavas will grow to about 15 feet tall x 15 wide, but can be kept at any height or width by pruning. For a thick hedge, plant about 10ft.-15ft apart. Their dense foliage is ideal for screening out the view of your neighbors.

These seedlings were grown from fruit of 9 cultivars that I found to be the best tasting out of a selection of over 25 cultivars that were developed by our West Coast expert, Mark Albert in Ukiah. Mark has been selecting trees for Northern California that have superior tasting fruit for about 40 years.

The seedlings are from:

Albert’s Pride, early fruiting, late September
– October

Albert's Supreme, late fruiting, November
–early December

Red Beard

Clara North

Moore, parent of Pride and Supreme


Lake Mendocino Drive

Lake Mendocino Drive South

T3 Elongated

-Paul Borchardt - California Rare Fruit Growers 
(6)  1 gal   14.00 
(1)  15 gal   135.00 

Exotic Edible Species


fruit: Cherry 'Royal Lee'  Royal Lee Cherry   
Cherries are marginal in SF but this is your best bet. Can grow in containers. On Newroot-1. Needs another cherry (best is Minnie Royal) to cross-pollinate.
Estimated Chilling Requirement
200-300 or fewer hours below 45�F
USDA Plant Hardiness Zones
6 - 10
Pollenized by Royal Lee.
Bloom Season within fruit type(see note)
Harvest Season within fruit type
Harvest Dates
May 10 to May 23
(approximate for Hickman, CA)
(1)  7 gal   85.00 

fruit: citrus, Blood Orange, 'Tarocco'  Tarocco Blood Orange, fruit   
Largest fruit among Blood oranges. Excellent tasting flesh is spotted red; orange skin. Vigorous open growth character. Borderline in sunny SF neighborhoods but worth trying in a warm protected spot. 
(1)  15 gal   137.00 

fruit: citrus, Lemon, Improved Meyer  Improved Meyer Lemon, fruit   
Good performer in cool climates. Thin skin, sweet flavor. SF favorite. 
(1)  5 gal   45.00 

fruit: Fig 'Violeta de Bordeux'  Violeta de Bordeux Fig, fruit   
(1)  5 gal   45.00 

fruit: Fig ‘White Marseilles’  White Marseilles Fig, fruit   
Thomas Jefferson introduced this variety from Southern France, praising the delicious flavor. Bears fruit in late July with yellow flesh & yellow white skin. Hardy in zones 6-9 Grows as a uniquely formed rosette like multi-branched shrub. 
(1)  5 gal   40.00 
(1)  1 gal   14.00 

fruit: Opuntia cacanapa 'Ellisiana'  Spineless Prickly Pear, fruit   
(1)  1 gal   15.00 
(11)  1/2 gal   7.00 

Fruit: Pineapple Tomatillo  Pineapple Tomatillo, fruit   
(4)  4" pot   8.00 

fruit: Pomegranate 'Wonderful'  Wonderful Pomegranate, fruit   
150 chill hours, best for juicing rather than eating but seeds are soft and easy to chew. The most popular commercial Pomegranate in California. 
(2)  5 gal   46.00 

fruit: Solanum   Tamarillo   
(1)  2 gal   25.00 

Exotic Edible Species continued...


fruit: Solanum muricatum  Pepino   
South American shrub, related to tomatoes with striped yellow fruit sometimes called sweet cucumber or melon cucumber because of the taste. 
(12)  1 gal   8.00 

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