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)
  • Guavas (Psidium)
  • Jaboticabas (Myrciaria cauliflora)
  • Pineapples (Ananas)
  • White Sapotes (Casimiroa)

For availability and other details:

please enquire further -- you can email me by clicking here. I used to sell many more types of fruiting plants than this, but now that I have downsized, and moved to a new property, it will take time to build up stocks of plants for sale.



Ananas bracteatus

Pink-fleshed 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. 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 comosus

Pineapple

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. Sold out currently. Eventually available again in the future, after I've built up numbers for my own purposes. Here's my third fruit now I'm in the Far North.


Annona atemoya

Atemoya

Sometimes at South Head I offered these hybrids of cherimoya and sugar apple grafted onto cherimoya rootstock. Far North update: as 2013 started my two, differently sourced, atemoya trees were moving into producing a few flowers. They did not set any fruit, but were coming into very heavy flowering as we went into 2014. By the end of January fruitlets were beginning to form. Unavailable till further notice.

Price: 


Annona cherimola

Cherimoya

A superb cool subtropical fruit. I aim to sell in the future 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 have brought north with me small trees of our favorites. Thus, I will have some plants to sell in 2014 of 'White', a lovely sweet and smooth fleshed cultivar. Another nice cultivar with very good flesh-to-seed ratio called 'FE5' will also be available in later 2014. I am still assessing how well 'Rosie' will fruit here, but a couple of plants should be available in about November 2014.


Price: $45.00, but unavailable till later in 2014.


Artocarpus heterophyllus

Jakfruit

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. A very warm location, or indoors, and it's worth experimenting with. Many selections will accept vigorous pruning to hold the tree down in size. Sold out now in early 2014; fresh seed of several of the desirable varieties that stand heavy pruning did not arrive as ordered in 2013. I expect delivery in 2014 now, and plants should be available from about December 2014, or later.

Price:   unavailable now


Asimina triloba

North American Pawpaw

One 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. But not available till further notice. Possibly here by early 2013.

Price: $15 each, or 3 for $40.


Averrhoa carambola

Star Fruit

Very decorative when sliced thru (hence the name), and often rather sour to eat, although there are sweeter selections with pleasant, mild flavours. These seedlings come from good parents. Has been fruited by several persons in NZ.

Price: $20 (available again in late 2013 possibly)


Casimiroa edulis

White Sapote or Ice Cream Fruit

So close to being a commercial fruit, with its smooth, light flesh. 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. I don't have access to my former collection, so these are the three cultivars I brought north with me in 2011. There are some 'Mac's Golden' available, and a Yellow as from January 2014.

Price: My best selections, grafted trees @ $45each


Davidsonia jerseyana

Davidson's Plum

A classic Australian bush tucker tree, greatly ornamental, striking when in fruit (which are very sour), and it makes a glorious 'plum' jam.


Price: from $15, depending on size and age.


Diospyros digyna

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.

Price: priced by size, from about $15 upwards to about $25. Available now.


Myrciaria cauliflora

Jaboticaba

Excellent 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. Note: I've sold out of ones big enough (but still very small!) to sell. Available again now.

Price: From $15 to $40, depending on size.


Myrciaria jaboticaba

Large-leafed Jaboticaba

Very 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: PB6.5 $20.


Pouteria viridis

Green Sapote

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.


Psidium guajava

Tropical Guava

Our seedlings are sourced from good fruiting trees in NZ or the USA. A small tree with simple, 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 two trees I inherited when I moved to Nestlebrae North. One of them is the best tasting tropical guava that I've had in NZ!

Price: Varies by size, from about $15.


Rollinia deliciosa

(allegedly syn. Annona reticulata)

This yellow skinned, soft fleshed tropical fruit can produce excellent fruit, although with seedlings there is a lot of variability in that respect. I will have young plants trees available from late 2012. 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.

(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


Syzygium jambos (syn. Eugenia jambos)

Rose Apple

Evergreen 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.


Vasconcella cundinamarcensis (syn. Carica pubescens)

Mountain Pawpaw

More 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


Vasconcella goudotiana (syn. Carica goudotiana)

No common name

From highland tropical America. Orange fruits, a bit smaller than a mountain pawpaw (papaya), and much more red colouration in the leaf stems and leaves.

Price: PB12 $18


Vasconcella heilbornii 'Babaco'

Babaco

A 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




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