Other Exotic Fruit Plants for Sale
All our exotic fruit plants below are listed alphabetically by their botanical (Latin) name. For those not familiar with the proper names, some popular species are to be found under the words in brackets in this list:
- Casimiroas (Casimiroa edulis)
- Cherimoyas (Annona cherimola)
- Guavas (Psidium guajava)
- Jaboticabas (Myrciaria cauliflora)
- Pineapples (Ananas)
- White Sapotes (Casimiroa)
For availability and other details:
further -- you can email me by clicking here. I used to sell many more types of fruiting plants than this, but in 2011 I downsized, and moved to a new property, where I sell some fruit plants, and hibiscus, mostly.
Pink-fleshed Mountain Pineapple
These are hardy enough to grow outdoors in warm spots in NZ. They yield moderate sized pinkish fleshed fruit which are fully edible and can be quite pleasant when fully ripe, albeit not at the level of the best commercial fruit. The leaves are edged with sharp protusions, so don't plant them where, as they spread out with time a metre or so, they'll be something you have to take care around when walking on paths. The first year we fruited them at South Kaipara Head we were eating about a fruit a week for several months. Our young children were still eating their share at the end of this time- and children can be picky, so this tells you something about their edibility if you are worried on this score!
Price: from $20, in PB12s
Ananas bracteatus var. 'Tricolor'
Variegated form of the Pink-fleshed Pineapple
An even more spectacular form of this species. Eat these when the fruit turns yellow, and you can smell (Yum! Yum!) that they are ripe. The fruit will be somewhat smaller than the commercial fruit species, but still OK to try eating. Outdoors in warm and protected spots in northern New Zealand or indoors under plastic. About two years to fruiting, depending on growing conditions. Photographed under plastic at my place.
Price: from $25 each.
This is the species for commercial pineapples. Will fruit in a very protected spot (e.g. worth trying at the foot of a north facing brick or concrete block base), or very definitely in a plastic house, conservatory, or glasshouse. This was my third fruit after moving to the Far North. Eating quality can be absolutely excellent!
I sold my stock of pineapples over Summer of 2015-2016. As at the time of writing (July 2016) I do not have plants for sale. I am hoping to be able to offer a few plants, strictly limited in number, in Spring 2016. I produce plants for sale from my own fruit. This necessarily limits the number of plants that I can offer. Mid October is my tentative release date, but that could be altered to a later date, depending on growth rates.
Price: from $20 each
Sometimes at South Head I offered these hybrids. My two eldest (and differently sourced) atemoyas were coming into very heavy flowering as we went into 2014. By the end of January fruitlets were beginning to form, and 6 fruit were still being held in early September 2014 on one plant. The largest is in the photo. In its final form, here is the largest atemoya of the crop in 2014-15 cut open, and contrasted with a cherimoya slice on the right. More fruit held on the tree in the next summer (2015-16), but the seeds did not germinate for me. Definitely a different flavour from that of cherimoya. Unavailable till further notice.
superb cool subtropical fruit. I aim to sell several excellent cultivars. I will not have the range that I used to have at Nestlebrae when we were at South Kaipara Head, and I have lost access to the collection I had there. However, I brought north with me small trees of our favorites. Thus, I will from time to time some plants to sell of 'White', a lovely sweet and smooth fleshed cultivar. We thought it was a truly excellent fruit to eat. "Too sweet! Too sweet" an Asian customer once said to me. My mind was going "Huh?? Wha'???". A single customer, despite the old saying, is definitely capable of being quite wrong, by most people's standards. 'White' is at top left in the photo of the three cherimoya segments.
Another nice cultivar with very good flesh-to-seed ratio called 'FE5' has sold out. It is the one without seeds showing at the bottom left of the plate. I am still assessing how well 'Rosie' will fruit here, but a couple of plants will occasionally be available. It comes from the seeds of what was described as "a pink-fleshed Californian cherimoya". I wonder about that. Our fruits at South Head were definitely red tinged, and the flavour was distinctly different. I wonder if it might be an interspecies cross, perhaps of something such as the Purple Sugar Apple with cherimoya. I'm just guessing. But the fruit were never big, and I will be watching with interest when it fruits here as pollinators are near it. And it is less robust than other cherimoyas in its growth habit. Which is why I began to think that it might be a hybrid of cherimoya with a smaller, but related, fruit. (This one is really only for experimenters at this time.) December 2015: one only available now; $75. Grafted plants.
Currently....I have a handful of 'Canaria' and a very few 'Burton's Favourite' available. The latter is a Kiwi selection. Quite seedy by modern standards, but definitely with good flavour. 'Canaria' has quite a good reputation, but I haven't eaten it yet. Will be planting one of these trees myself to check it out!
It's tropical, but tolerates the subtropics, and has enormous fruit. Some selections can even go over 50kg per fruit at times! However don't expect that size on any varieties offered here. I've seen several flowering outdoors in northern NZ. They begin with male flowers, and that's the stage I've seen young trees at. A very warm location, or indoors, and it's worth experimenting with. Some selections will accept very vigorous pruning to hold the tree down in size. Sold out
Price: unavailable now
North American Pawpaw
of the three best native fruits of the USA which have all attracted
advocates of their commercial potential. A distant cherimoya relative,
extremely cold hardy, but wanting a warm summer. I did have small
seedlings from our good fruit. Superb flavour and aroma. I'm hopeful of having small plants available again in spring of 2016 (very small numbers only). Possibly more in very late spring or early summer at the end of December.
Price: $15 each, or 3 for $40.
decorative when sliced thru (hence the name), and often rather sour to
eat, although there are sweeter selections with pleasant, mild flavours. Has been fruited by several
persons in NZ (the first two photos are in July 2015, midwinter, at Wharepuke in Kerikeri; local mandarins for scale). A couple of small ones are available again from about late November 2016 as young plants. But remember, these are slow growers. A handful more may be available in autumn 2017.
Price: depending on size, from $20 up
White Sapote or Ice Cream Fruit
close to being a commercial fruit, with its smooth, light flesh. Before I moved in 2011 we
had over 20 varieties growing, and often had several of them in stock.
They fruit (variably) late March to early July. Definitely back in stock again!...'Wiki Woo' and 'Mac's Golden', and also a few of 'Yellow' are the ones I've settled on as my own choices. These are the three cultivars I brought north with me in 2011. There were some 'Mac's Golden' available earlier in 2015, but they are all sold now. I have still a few 'Te Puna Selection' plants (a commercially available selection in NZ with white flesh, mild flavour, and growing not as large as some varieties). March 2016 update. I have a few plants of 'Te Puna Selection', 'Luke' and 'Suebelle'. All three are perfectly acceptable white fleshed casimiroas.
Price: My best selections, as available, grafted trees @ $45 each. Same price for 'Te Puna Selection' and the others which are commercially available.
classic Australian bush tucker tree, greatly ornamental, striking when
in fruit (which are very sour), and it makes a gloriously good 'plum' jam. Robin Booth at Wharepuke in Kerikeri once told me he thought it was the best jam of that type he'd ever eaten. More succinctly, a friend of Rosemary's called it "orgasmic". You decide!
Of course it's not a plum in our usual sense. But European settlers often named fruits that were new to them after what they had grown up with and that reminded them of what they'd known.
Price: from $20, depending on size and age.
A dull light brown colour on the ripe skin which, when peeled or squeezed, opens up to reveal a fruit very like its relative the Litchi/Lychee. The flesh is a bit drier than with Litchi, and has a flavour that is a bit different too. It will stand light frosts to about -2C once established, if it has to. It is not fully tropical, and does need a mild winter to do well plus a lengthy period of warmth. I fruited a seedling in my former location on South Kaipara Head. The photo is of a tree in the Far North at Lake Ngatu.
Surinam Cherry; Brazilian Cherry
The other names above will tell you where it comes from. A small fruit, on a shrubby small tree, which is resistant to mild frosts once established. Eat when fully ripe. The little fruit will be deep red, or black, depending on selection, and will easily fall into the hand at that point. One source says to avoid eating the seeds, but I never personally noticed any bad effects while I lived on South Kaipara Head. The birds didn't hesitate either! The foliage is bronze at first, even reddish in cooler weather, and deep glossy green otherwise. It's an attractive shrub.
Price: $28 to $35
Black Sapote; Chocolate Pudding Fruit
This subtropical fruit is like a grey-green skinned, dark brown fleshed, astringent persimmon. The leaves are beautifully shiny mid-green. It has been fruited in NZ. Ours flowered at Nestlebrae South, but didn't seem to want to set fruit. Seedlings only available. Out of stock now.
Price: $20 and more, by size.
The warmest parts of New Zealand are marginal for mango trees. However, they will grow slowly, and have been fruited in a number of locations. You will need a particularly warm and sheltered place if you are going to plant them outdoors. You will also need to get lucky with the weather. Mine outdoors on another property used to flower in December, or close to it. Everywhere that mangos are grown around the world moisture in the flowers leads to disease, and no fruit will develop properly. This is obviously a problem in our climate.
Under cover, however, you can control the watering so that the plant doesn't get wet on the foliage and flowers. The picture shows flowering in my plastic house in November 2014, and it began two months before I'd expect to see anything here on outdoor plants. The plant growth shows a flush of new leaves outdoors. The fruit was indoors north of Kaitaia.
In 2016 I had fruit for the first time on two different trees indoors. Their parentage was different, and both produced fruit worth eating.
Price: from $25 and up, depending on size.
Availability: I recommend growing them for another year under cover before attempting to plant outdoors if they are of smaller sizes. I am currently out of them, but expect to have some more big enough to sell in late Spring/early Summer 2016.
black, grape-like Brazilian fruit on a slowly growing tree. Good
seasons in NZ give at least 3 crops (6 weeks from flowers to edible
fruit!). OK to minus 4 degrees Celsius, or even more, once
established.Please realize that they are very slow growing & young
plants are still small. Available again now. And one day, there'll be plants in NZ like this one on the right.
Price: From $20 to $35, depending on size. Even bigger ones will be available later.
rare in NZ! Larger in both leaf and fruit size than the rather better
known species to which this one is closely related. Only a few left.
Small plants. (Sold out early 2012: maybe one day again.)
Price: (this plant is not currently available)
Very rarely offered in NZ! A big tree in Guatemala-Panama, but very slow growing outdoors in NZ. The leaves are tough, and it pushes new growth regularly, even in winter. Our experiences shows that it's more frost tolerant than overseas literature suggests -- it's from higher altitudes than the favored Cuban Mamey Sapote, a close relative. I'm sure that this will grow, and eventually flower, widely in northern NZ if we persevere with the species. Our biggest one at Nestlebrae South often attracted attention from more botanically aware visitors, or just people intrigued by the nice copper-toned, mid-green leaves. I was sometimes asked if it was some sort of loquat. Moreover, it began flowering in 2006, and flowered each year since then. But, as is reputed about its performance in California, it didn't want to set fruit. I am intrigued by it, and I have started again with a couple of small plants when I moved north. Time will tell!
Price: From about $25, when available.
seedlings are sourced from good fruiting trees in NZ or the USA. A
small tree with simple, often attractive, leathery leaves, white flowers, and
very handsome flaking bark patterns. The photo is of some fruit on a
tree I grew from seed that came from a good tree in Puerto Rico. They're
of good size, but with some winter damage on them- the photo was taken
in October, and the fruit were a bit underripe. One is sliced open to
show the pink colour of the interior). In time I will have plants from seed gathered from a tree I inherited when I moved to Nestlebrae North. I think it is the best tasting tropical guava that I've had in NZ!
Price: Varies by size, from about $15.
(allegedly syn. Annona reticulata)
yellow skinned, soft fleshed tropical fruit can produce excellent
fruit, although with seedlings there is a lot of variability in that
respect. They are
related to cherimoyas, but rather distantly, and require a very warm
aspect without chilling winds and frost exposure. Low temperature damage will probably start at about +3C. Or try growing them under cover. I've fruited a couple of trees under plastic. However, they didn't ripen properly.
(Note: MAF says they are the same thing as Annona reticulata, the Bullock's Heart or true Custard Apple. They are wrong about this, but we are offering them as above to meet MAF's legally enforceable listing of what is permitted in NZ.)
Price: enquire as to availability, but from about $20. If mine produce viable seed, then I will eventually have plants for sale again- but not now (as of 2016).
The Spanish name means "little orange". It's a small fruit, and, yes, orange coloured when ripe. It's a small plant, too, good for a semi shady spot. The leaves can be extremely ornamental with clearly purplish veins and even hairs. There are smooth forms, but this is the normal prickly version, so it needs a little care.
Price: $15 to $25
Java Plum; Jambolan; and a host of other local names
Native to the Indian subcontinent, and very widely spread now in S.E. Asia, and to some extent in South America, better fruit are eaten out of hand, and more astringent ones used for jams, tarts, and sauces, amongst many other uses, including medicinal ones. In its proper climate it grows into a large tree. NZ is not the right climate, and I had doubted its viability here. However, I have now seen a small tree looking quite happy, frost free, and near Coopers Beach in the Far North. Two only available (the third one I'll be trialling myself). [now sold out completely...December 2015]
Syzygium jambos (syn. Eugenia jambos)
tropical with lovely reddish new growth and striking white bottlebrush
flowers. the 4-5cm fruits are crisp and slightly moist. They're often
candied in the East Indies and Malaysia. From our own seeds produced
here.These are sometimes available, and prices vary with size.
Vasconcellea cundinamarcensis (syn. Carica pubescens)
cold hardy than tropical papayas; and an ornamental subtropical
too.People in NZ normally eat the soft seeds and juices from the seed
cavity. Most don't realize that it's fine to eat the skins after a few
minutes cooking in a very little water, and a bit of sugar to taste.
Makes a fine topping for vanilla ice cream, or plain yoghurt. [out of stock]
Price: PB18 $18
Vasconcellea goudotiana (syn. Carica goudotiana)
No common name
highland tropical America. Red-orange-yellow fruits, a bit smaller than a mountain
pawpaw (papaya), and much more red coloration in the leaf stems and
leaves. Ornamental, even without fruit.
Price: PB12 $18
Vasconcellea heilbornii 'Babaco'
somewhat cool tolerant member of the papaya family with a
mild-flavored, subacid large fruit. In fruit, an amazing sight for the
subtropical garden.[out of stock]
Price: PB18 $18