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:
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.
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
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 in a plastic house, conservatory, or glasshouse. Sold
out currently. Eventually available again in the future. Here's my second fruit now I'm in the Far North. It's small size can be directly related to the difficult life it had for many months in potting mix in a pot. That fact didn't put me off eating it, however!
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 soured, atemoya trees were moving into flower. Unavailable till further notice.
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 possibly 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' may be available at the end of 2012.
Price: $45.00, but unavailable till later in 2013.
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. A couple of plants may be surplus to my own experimental planting, and this will be known by Xmas 2012.
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. But not available till further notice. Possibly here by early 2013.
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.
These seedlings come from good parents. Has been fruited by several
persons in NZ.
Price: $20 (available again in late 2013 possibly)
White Sapote or Ice Cream Fruit
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. ('Yellow' is out of stock currently-October 2012. There are a few 'Mac's Golden' available, and one or two 'White' should be ready by early 2013.)
Price: My best selections, grafted trees @ $45each
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.
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. Available now: a few at $32 .
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 some time in the future- probably very late 2012
Price: From $20, depending on size.
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.
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, 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.
(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. 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)
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)
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'
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