Washington: Help me brainstorm - fruit trees, edibles, etc

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  1. niroha

    niroha Member

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    I live right in the middle of Seattle. This year (in a few months, even) I am hoping to really transform our back yard. We don't have a huge amount of space to play with. I am hoping to create a beautiful edible garden. Right now my brain is swimming around fruit trees.

    Needs to be small. Dwarfy. I'm interested in the usual and unusual. I am particularly interested in small trees that do well and bear fruit in containers (I know I know - they take work and special TLC in containers).

    Things I'm already thinking of -

    *Columnar apple trees (specifically maypole crabapple. I'm dreaming of making some jam!). It's my understanding these do well in containers?

    *Weeping Santa Rosa Plum Dwarf Tree - this one will go in the ground. I think the weeping habit will make it a very pretty addition.

    *kiwi vines on a trellis (male and female)

    *Negronne Fig - this one will also go in the ground

    There's some plants I already have that are established that I am keeping that don't bear fruit. Some hydrangeas, a large rose of sharon, some hebe bushes, etc.

    Inspire me! Usual and unusual. In the ground, in a container. Let's brain storm :)
     
  2. lorax

    lorax Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    Have you looked at Tree Tomato (Solanum betaceum)? Those are smallish trees with tasty fruits and excellent for containers. Also quite unusual looking plants, actually - great big glossy green leaves that start off red-purple.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Thanks for the suggestions and links! In my reading I found myself going to the rain tree nursery website which helped give me ideas in the unusual edibles section. I made an online list to keep track of my thoughts with a "will get" list and a "might get" list.

    If anyone has feedback, especially in the maybe section, or just more ideas, feel free to respond!
    http://www.niroha.com/2011/02/time-to-focus-on-edible-landscape.html
    I appreciate the feedback given. Thanks!
     

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