There are more and new changes... we have all but dropped the "standard" berries. We still have Blueberries, some grapes, and some blackberries, but then other plants that also make an edible or semi-edible berry. Go learn more... Click here to go to the Berry Page.
But as far as Strawberries, Raspberries, (most) Grapes, (most) Blackberries, and what you normally would plant as "standard" berries... we just aren't growing very many these days. Things change, and in this business, change is like the seasons... Although we greatly enjoy all of the berries, they have become the low-bush on the production cycle...
The whole group of berry and berry-producing plants is interesting in a few ways. They can be used to produce berries, either for jams and preserves (along with general eating), but also in landscaping, and consider planting a hedge to support your local wildlife. Some people grow small quantities of berries to sell at the local markets. Ever see elderberries for sale? Sometimes in the market, you can find Aronia Berry juice, to note a less-common fruit.
There are some new and very exciting berry plants, and berry-like shrubs that need some attention, like Goji Berry, Goumi, Honeyberry, Seaberry, the Aronia of course, but there are others also... and we are getting into these big-time!
But what we do grow, consider planting a few unconventional berry bushes -
The Aronia Berry. This is a really interesting, and increasingly popular plant for making juice or just picking and enjoying. The berries of the Aronia are either Red or Black. Mix the two together for a very colorful and tasty design.
You're familiar with Elderberry wine? Elderberry plants are hardy across much of the country. And there is the Evergreen Huckleberry, a close relative of the Blueberry, which produces a sweet-treat. The American Cranberry Bush isn't really a "cranberry", its a species of Viburnum, but the tart berries can be used in cooking or making jam. The Cornelian Cherry Dogwood, Autumn Olive, the Black Cherry, Red Mulberry, and the Paw Paw are the other non-berry berry plants we have. These all make fruit that can be eaten, or at least used in some manner. And of course, all of these berry producing plants enhance wildlife, particularly the avians. These plants can play an important role in providing wildlife with a food source during the chilly winter months.
One of the most exciting berry-like plants is the Paw Paw tree! The Paw Paw is a sweet small banana-mango like custardy fruit that is growing in popularity. Want something really different for your yard, plant a Paw Paw!
And not every berry is on a bush... consider the Red Mulberry and its raspberry-like fruit. When you think about it, there are a number of berry-producing plants that can be planted in the yard or landscape design to add an interesting twist.
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