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 (Plinia 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-skinned Mountain Pineapple
These are hardy enough to grow outdoors in warm spots in NZ. They yield moderate sized pinkish skinned 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! Not as good as the commercial pineapple species, but OK to eat, and just fine to look at as an ornamental.
Price: from $25, in PB12s
Ananas bracteatus var. 'Tricolor'
Variegated form of the Pink-skinned Mountain 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 produce plants for sale from my own fruit. Pineapples are not grown from seed (an impractically lengthy process for a nursery). I do not own a pineapple plantation in Hawaii, and most of my own relatively small number of plants are still young, and not producing fruit yet. This necessarily limits the number of plants that I can offer.
By March 2018 I had sold out of that summer's offering. In January 2019 I did send out plants to the older requests for plants at the start of a quite lengthy list of people in one of my computer folders wanting plants. I answer requests in sequence of being received. Now, read again, please the paragraph before this. I simply cannot generate lots of plants for you out of nothing. I am absolutely restricted by the number of fruit I can produce by my own plants. Nothing has changed, or will change as far as I can see, about that fact. I can put you on a waiting list, but only a few more people will get plants this summer. I wish I could produce more, but I can't at present.
Price: from $25 each (when available)
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.
Update:February 2018. I have plants of 'Canaria' back in stock, and also new plants of 'Bayes', 'Bronceada', and 'Burton's Favourite'.
I have not grown 'Bayes', but it is widely known, and grown, not just in NZ, and 'Burton's Favourite' is a good local selection. It's rather seedy by modern standards, but has excellent flavour to commend it. 'Bronceada' was about the best cherimoya we had access to back in the 1980s.
These mainstream cherimoyas (i.e. not including 'Rosie) are priced at a standard $48.
superb cool subtropical fruit. I aim to sell several excellent cultivars that I favour. Although not available now, I will from time to time have 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 [click on thumbnails] of the three cherimoya segments.
Another nice cultivar with very good flesh-to-seed ratio is called 'FE5'. 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.) One only available now; $75. Grafted plant.
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 late 2018(very small numbers only). Possibly more in very late spring or early summer at the end of December. I have to see how these small plants (new ones last year) come through winter. The flowers are not showy [see buds in photo]. Update on availability- It looks like there will be nothing big enough to sell till about November 2018. I will announce here as soon as I have some plants available again. These are NOT plants that grow quickly! Update on 25 Jan 2019: I have begun to work my way through a backlog of orders for them. Not sure yet if any will be left over. The plants are very small, but have now come through 2 winters in many cases.
Price: $20 each, or 3 for $55.
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). But remember, these are slow growers. One or two more may be available in late summer 2017-2018, depending on how they handle winter nights, and when they start flushing new leaves when warmth returns. Update: early November 2017. I have germinated lots of seeds. So, more plants should be available in future. Perhaps a year away in late 2018.
Price: depending on size, from $20 up (unavailable at present)
White Sapote or Ice Cream Fruit
So 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.
'Wiki Woo' and 'Mac's Golden', and also a few of 'Yellow', are the ones I settled on as my own choices. These are the three cultivars I brought north with me in 2011 to plant on a smaller property than I had before. We generally liked the mildly stronger taste of the yellow fleshed fruit.
2018 update: Good news! 'Mac's Golden' are available again. Furthermore, 'Wiki Woo' is now back in stock from late November 2018! These are fine casimiroas in my view. I've got over 30 years of experience with these plants, both growing and eating them with Rosemary Steele on South Kaipara Head, and selling them at weekend markets for years. 'Wiki Woo' was simply the best choice both Rosemary and I agreed. Remember, these pronouncements are matters of personal taste and experience. Others will differ.
Mac's Golden' is definitely currently available.
I also have a few each of some of the white fleshed fruits. People generally like these when they encounter them for the first time. Indeed, that's true generally for people encountering casimiroa fruit for the first time. as research in California indicated.
I do have some plants of ''Luke', 'Pike' and 'Te Puna Selection'. All three are perfectly good white fleshed casimiroas.
I like flavour. For that reason I prefer yellow fleshed selections to the white. Personal taste. Others really like white ones. Very smooth flesh to eat with a spoon.
Note: some casimiroa skins can be a little bitter; others are fully edible. Experiment!
You should also realize that these grow into trees, and are not small shrubs.
The photos are of inside part of a 'Wiki Woo' tree, and the close up indicates the relative evenness of the fruit size on this selection. It also can give a mild colour change on the skin when ripening.
Prices: 'Te Puna Selection', 'Luke', 'Pike', = $45 each.
'Wiki Woo' is $55; 'Mac's Golden' is also $55.
A classic Australian bush tucker tree, greatly ornamental/interesting looking, 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, as its new growth shows very clearly. 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.
From February 2018, now AVAILABLE AGAIN.
Price: from $20, when available, 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. [OUT OF STOCK]
Black Sapote; Chocolate Pudding Fruit
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. Here's the first flower at my Far North location, Summer 2016-17.
Price: $20 and more, by size.
Surinam Cherry; Brazilian Cherry
other names in the line 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. Up close, there is a nice perfume, as a visitor pointed out to me. Update: In autumn 2017 I found some fruit had set for the first time- see photo, taken when not fully ripe. Later: Unfortunately, no viable seeds set in these first fruit on the plant. So, at least in the meantime, these are Out of Stock.
Japanese Raisin Tree (also Chinese or Asian Raisin Tree, etc.)
This is very widely distributed in Asia, and has good tolerance of cold weather. It is not a "fruit" in the normal sense. We had them on South Kaipara Head, and they were good trees to grow. Frosts didn't bother them, and when they came back into full leaf in Spring, bees really went for their, to us, insignificant flowers. There is a tiny fruitlet, but it was the swelling on the end of each plant stem that we ate- i.e.the peduncle, that is brown in the photo. This is very definitely a curiosity, with the flavour of some kind of perfectly acceptable edible dried fruit. The edible parts are the basis for a traditional Chinese hangover remedy. They also can mitigate the impact of drinking too much and act to reduce the effect on your liver. Deciduous, to 10 metres, more upright than spreading.
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 pictures show fruiting in my plastic house in 2016. Flowering began two months before I'd expect to see anything here on outdoor plants. 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. Mostly the small plants in summer 2018-19 are $35 each. I also had a very limited number of bigger plants priced from $50 to $90.
Availability: I recommend growing them for another year under cover before attempting to plant outdoors if they are of smaller sizes.
In Spring-Summer of 2017-18 I sold out of small mango plants. I then accumulated a considerable back list of people wanting plants. Late in November 2018 I began to work through that list to see who wanted them still. I work through them in pretty much the order they were received.
When a mango flowers, and it is fairly happy, it looks as though it will have a huge number of fruits. The first photo to the left(click on it), taken in early-mid November 2017, gives an idea of this. The vast majority of them, perhaps all on this small part of the tree, will drop off. The survivors of the winnowing process are what may survive as edible fruits, and thus of seeds to start a new plant. That said, my experiences with harvesting the fruit in, roughly, late March 2018 and following weeks, have suggested to me that pruning this crop ought to improve the size of the remaining fruit. We shall see (this was written in late January 2019). It is the heaviest cropping of my mango plants under cover so far, and it was germinated by a friend from one of the excellent Far North Queensland varieties. As I write this addition to the mango entry, I am nearly out of smaller mango plants for sale, but I expect to have some more available by the end of March 2019.
Price: as indicated in the text above.
Not a fruit. But definitely produces edible products. On the shelves of your supermarket, amongst the spices, there will be "Allspice". This is actually the dry seed capsules of this species left after flowering. It is not a mix of various other spices. A couple who called in one day for a tour got so interested that one of them searched on line and found that the leaves are definitely used in cooking too. I'm not surprised, since they are so pungent, and I'd already experimented with the leaves myself a couple of times. A shrub, slow growing for me, and susceptible to frost. Probably could be grown in a container and brought indoors for winter, or held in a glasshouse, although I haven't tried it myself.
Update on 2 October 2017 They were put into fresh potting mix in bigger bags and fertilized. They've been available for sale from the start of December 2017.
Price: $20 and up, by size.
Plinia cauliflora (syn. Myrciaria cauliflora)
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.
Both photos were taken at the former Nestlebrae South. The current
owner was looking at my biggest plant that I left behind. It was a small
seedling in 1988 when I planted it. The photo is over 30 years later.
(The other photo is some years earlier than the flowering one.) They
flower directly on hard wood (stems and branchlets), not out amidst the
Late 2017 update: all plants for this summer were sold out. Next ones were available in late November 2018.
Price: From $40 to $100, or occasionally more, depending on size.
Plinia jaboticaba (syn. Myrciaria jaboticaba)
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.) Once it is some years old you can clearly distinguish this species from P. cauliflora, which is what is usually meant by the word "jaboticaba".
Price: (this plant is not currently available)
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! Latest news 2017: It has been fruited by Bernard King in suburban Auckland:and somebody else kindly sent me a picture of some of their spectacular crop. [thanks to Cam and Renee]) Even later update! One of the plants I left behind on South Kaipara Head set fruit for the first time in 2017 before Winter. Look closely at the picture...it's from the South Head location early April, and there are a number of small fruitlets on this view of the tree, and more out of the shot. The fruit take a year or 15 months to mature, so here's hoping!
Price: From about $25, when available. SOLD OUT NOW
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! These should be available next in October 2018 or later depending on growth.
Currently available, from April 2017... from a plant supplier, retailing around $25 each.
Price: Varies by size, from about $20.
(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. The picture with the broom and gumboot for scale, is in its second summer. In partial sun, and mildly fertilized regularly. It clearly responded well to my treatment. The 3rd picture shows flowers.
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] 2017 update: I haven't yet sourced new seeds.
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 my own seeds produced
here.These are now often available, and prices vary with size. Summer 2018/19...I should have small ones available. I'm writing this in October 2018, and they need a couple of months of growth before I put them on sale. Of the three or so warm climate plants with common names in English that include the word "apple" which I've tried to grow, this has the most apple-like texture in the flesh. And, there is a definite mild perfume of roses, or rose water, in the skin and the flesh. Refreshing!
Price: from $20 up
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. Can cook skins lightly with a little sugar to taste after discarding seeds.
Price: from $20, by size.
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- more plants on the way, late summer probably]
Price: $25 and up, by size.