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Unusual hardy fruit for your garden

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Columnar Apple Malini Topmodel. Picture; Lubera
Columnar Apple Malini Topmodel. Picture; Lubera

Ornamental and productive plants from Lubera

If you want to grow fruit that’s a little bit out of the ordinary or suitable for the smaller, urban garden, Lubera’s always a good place to start.

The Swiss firm has a huge range of varieties and they’re very hardy. Here’s a rundown of the best of this year’s introductions:

Apple Malini Topmodel

This columnar apple variety is related to Mannequin, a class of higher-growing columnar varieties, growing to a height of about three metres after seven-eight years. It’s grafted onto the fertile rootstock M26. One-year-old tree in a 5-litre pot £29.40

Blackberry Navaho The Big Easy

This successor to the original Navaho has a strong and upright habit and large leaves and flowers, which make this variety really stand out. On a bamboo stake in a 3-litre container £14.90.

Dwarf raspberry Lowberry Goodasgold. Picture; Lubera
Dwarf raspberry Lowberry Goodasgold. Picture; Lubera

Dwarf Raspberry Lowberry Goodasgold

Part of the Lowberry range, Goodasgold’s ripe golden fruit shines out. An early autumn raspberry, it bears fruit on this year’s canes and starts to ripen before almost all other varieties, usually in the third or fourth week of July, harvesting until the middle to end of September. A strong plant in a 1.3-litre pot £9.90.

American Kaki Fruit Prairie Dawn

This breakthrough in Persimmon breeding shows no astringency, it is fully sweet, aromatic and better than any Japanese Kaki. One-year-old grafted plant in a 5-litre pot £46.40.

Early Pointilla Fruithunters Cherrific

This early Pointilla (Elaeagnus fruit varieties), unlike its late autumn-ripening cousins, matures together with the earliest shrub berries starting in mid-June. Cherrific most closely resembles a small sour cherry with a very long stem – sweet, sour, fruity and juicy. A strong bush in a 5-litre pot £23.40

Gooseberry Madame Sanssouci

Easycrisp Madame Sanssouci is not only equipped with one of the best resistance against mildew but also beautiful shiny, leathery leaves and almost no thorns. A strong bush in a 5-litre pot £16.90.

Blueberry Yelloberry. Picture; Lubera
Blueberry Yelloberry. Picture; Lubera

Blueberry Yelloberry

This variety has bright yellow leaves and blue fruits. The warm yellow foliage mixed with red sprinkles makes a stunning productive ornamental plant. It’s ideal for containers and for small gardens. A strong plant in a 5-litre pot £19.40.

Gooseberry Crispa Greenling

Like the other new Crispa varieties, it bears large to very large fruits. Greenling is sweet and juicy, non-hairy and its resistance to scab is also better than the older, green varieties. A strong bush in a 5-litre pot £16.90.

Walnut Dwarf Karlik. Picture; Lubera
Walnut Dwarf Karlik. Picture; Lubera

Compact Walnut Dwarf Karlik

This walnut tree has a very compact growing habit – a 20-year-old Dwarf Karlik reaches only 180cm and can be grown in containers. For more on this plant, click here. One-year-old grafted plant in a 5-litre pot £55.40.

For more details, visit www.lubera.com.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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