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ABYSSINIAN BANANA (Musa Ensete) PB 5 60cm 13.00 NZD
An ornamental banana with huge leaves and prominent midribs. Magnificent (H 4-5m). The leaves make excellent food baskets or plates. The plant adds a lot of atmosphere to the orchard and can be very useful in helping to create the environment subtropicals need. Excellent biomass producer. Produces masses of bananas suitable for stock food. Grows best in rich soil with plenty of moisture.
 
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ALLSPICE (pimenta dioica) PB5 40cm 15.00 NZD
This is the plant that produces the berries that are dried to produce allspice. You can also use the fresh leaves for the same purpose. The tree is more in the tropical range but will grow and produce in a frost free environment, or can be grown indoors. It is dioecious [male or female] so if you want the berries you will need to plant at least 3 to have a fair chance of getting both sexes. But if you only want the leaves, then one plant will do. Plant in full sun in well drained soil and water regularly. Mildly frost tolerant when established.
 
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AMERICAN PAWPAW ((Asimina triloba) ) PB 10 40cm 18.00 NZD
This so-called pawpaw is actually not a pawpaw at all. It is related to the cherimoya, and is a great choice if you want that tropical taste but live in an area that is too cold for most subtropical fruits. It is hardy to -25 degrees, but fruits well even here in the north. A medium-sized tree that prefers full sun but will also grow in part shade,it should start fruiting 4-6 years after planting. Fruit are smallish[approx 10cm long], sweet and reminiscent of a cross between a banana and a mango - delicious and plentiful. Like cherimoya, they contain quite a lot of seeds. The trees can reach 5-7m. You will need two for pollination.
 
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ARROWROOT (Canna edulis) PB5 60cm 12.00 NZD
The vegetable comes from the swollen root of this plant. It can be steamed and eaten as a vegetable or used for thickening sauces and stews. An ideal form of starch for gluten allergy sufferers, the flour can replace wheat flour in recipes. Makes a good barrier plant and provides biomass for compost.
 
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ATEMOYA (Annona atemoya) PB 10 50cm 35.00 NZD
This is a cross between the cherimoya and the sugar apple. The fruit is sweeter than cherimoya with a more complex flavour, and the texture is a little denser. The tree is bushier, but not particularly tall [so far anyway!] They grow easily here in the north, but are probably a little less cold tolerant than the cherimoya.
 
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BANANA
It is not difficult to grow your own bananas (free from chemicals!) so give it a go. They fruit well when given some shelter from wind, plenty of nutrients (gross feeders) and water. When the bananas are ripe cut out the whole palm and chop it up with the spade and leave around the base of suckers for compost. The plants will send out more shoots so they are continuous. They must be thinned each year to 3 or 4 suckers around each main palm. The number of bananas in our bunches is related to the circumference of the banana palm at the ground. If you look after your plants they will be large and have a strong thick base. Except for the dwarf varieties, they will grow to 3-4m tall.
 
 

BANANA Ladyfinger type PB6.5 60cm 20.00 NZD
Not sure which of the many ladyfinger type of bananas these are, but they are a good fruiting banana with large bunches of tasty fruit.
 
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BANANA Misi Luki PB6.5 60cm 20.00 NZD
A Ladyfinger variety which crops really well in New Zealand. The most productive of the varieties we have planted here at the nursery. It is reputed to be a little more cold tolerant. The bananas are short and fat and of very good flavour. The most common commercial variety grown here. The photo is of a bunch growing in a plantation in Matakana.
 
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BAY TREE (laurus nobilis) PB3 30cm 12.00 NZD
The leaves of this handsome, hardy little tree are used to flavour soups and stews. The tree is easily grown in open ground or pots. It prefers a sunny site in fertile, well-drained soil. In cold climates it is best grown against a wall.
 
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BIRD OF PARADISE (strelitzia regina) PB5 30cm 15.00 NZD
Brilliant spiky orange flowers above blue/green foliage. The plant forms a clump over time and can bear many blooms at one time. It grows best in full sun, in rich loamy soil. Fertilise with plenty of organic matter before flowering. Good drainage is essential, but don't let it dry out.Frost tender.
 
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BLACKBERRY - THORNLESS (rubus fruiticosus) PB 3 50cm 12.00 NZD
An excellent disease resistant variety that will bear lots of large sweet berries in autumn. Hardy and easy to grow, they are cold and wind tolerant, and will grow in most soils. For best results, train along a fence or trellis, and prune after fruiting. They fruit on second year wood, so cut out old branches once they are done.
 
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BRAZILIAN CHERRY (eugenia brasiliensis) PB5 30cm 15.00 NZD
This is a handsome medium sized tree that can be grown as a shrub. It bears small dark red fruit with an excellent sweet cherry flavour, and continues fruiting for 5 months. The plants are grown from seed gathered from a fruiting tree in Auckland and should start bearing after 4 years. They like year-round water, and can be grown in sun or in shade. They will survive temperatures as low as -3C but do not like conditions that remain cool for long. Also known as grumichama, and previously known as eugenia dombeyi.
 
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BRAZILIAN GRAPE ([myrciaria cauliflora, jaboticaba cauliflora]) PB 5 30cm 20.00 NZD
Sweet juicy fruit borne directly on the trunk makes this attractive shrub a great feature in any garden. These plants are from fast-bearing hybrid seeds and have been known to start fruiting in 3 or 4 years from planting. The fruit is similar to a red grape, but larger and even more delicious. The trees, which are slow growing, will eventually reach 3-5m, but take at least 15 years to get there. They are easily grown in areas that have light or no frost, and will tolerate dry conditions and poor soils, though they will do better for some fertiliser and regular water. They do not like to be waterlogged. They can bear several crops a year and are best eaten fresh, though they also make good jam and wine.
 
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BRUGMANSIA (Angel's Trumpet) PB5 60cm
Hardy and easy to grow, these lovely trumpet-shaped flowers look great dotted in amongst the subtropical foliage for a splash of colour, exotic look, and perfume.
 
 

BRUGMANSIA - Double White PB5 50cm 15.00 NZD
Once known as the Loo Plant ; because of the heavy perfume it was often planted next to the long drop! This one has double petals and an extra strong perfume.
 
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BRUGMANSIA - Orange PB5 50cm 15.00 NZD
Beautiful flowers with a delicate orange tinge.
 
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BRUGMANSIA - Pink PB 5 50cm 15.00 NZD
 
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BRUGMANSIA - Yellow PB5 50cm 15.00 NZD
 
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CAPULI CHERRY (prunus capulin) PB3 40cm 12.00 NZD
The Capuli cherry is a very hardy, very fast-growing tree that produces masses of good-tasting cherries. Excellent for shelter or as a canopy tree. It isn't fussy about conditions and will produce huge crops without requiring a cold period. Virtually evergreen, it will lose its leaves and replace them immediately.
 
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CARDOMOM -False cardomom (Alpinia nutans) PB3 30cm 13.00 NZD
Also known as poor man's cardomom, this plant has highly aromatic leaves that smell just like the cardomom spice, and can be used instead. Like ginger, it will form large clumps up to 2 metres high, and is an excellent addition if you wish to create that tropical ambience in your garden.It gives off a wonderful spicy aroma if you brush the leaves. An easy care plant for a pot or in the conservatory.
 
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