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GUAVA Giant red (psidium giganteum) PB5 30cm 15.00 NZD
Similar to the red guava, but with much larger fruit that is reputed to grow to the size of golf balls. Ours haven't made it to that size yet, but are very big and prolific. The trees have larger, more rounded leaves and make very good hedging.
 
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GUAVA Subtropical (Psidium guajava) PB3 60cm 15.00 NZD
5 Subtropical (Psidium guajava) PB3: These are the large South African guavas, some are pink and some are yellow, and all are delicious. They can be eaten fresh but are best stewed or preserved. Like many other subtropical fruits, they ripen in winter, so need warmth then to be sweet. Plant in full sun in a warm spot and they will do really well.
 
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GUAVA Thai (psidium guajava) PB5 40cm 15.00 NZD
Another variety of the tropical guava. Produces big round guavas that have pinky white flesh. They are usually eaten when still crunchy and slightly under-ripe and can be dipped in sugar and chili powder. The plant grows well here in the north, but I can’t find any information on its frost hardiness. Best grown in a warm sheltered spot and fertilised well. 3m
 
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GUAVA White (psidium guajava) PB5 40cm 15.00 NZD
Another variety of the tropical guava, and probably the nicest of the lot. The tree produces big sweet juicy guavas that melt in your mouth. Easily grown in a warm sheltered spot. Fertilise well. 3m
 
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INGA BEAN (Inga Edulis) PB5 40cm 15.00 NZD
A highly ornamental tree with huge bean pods up to 15 cm, containing candyfloss-like edible pulp. Leguminous tree. Ripens June-July. Will bear three years from seed. Beautiful white pohutukawa like flowers in January and February. The children will love the candyfloss!! – quite a novelty.
 
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JABOTICABA
See under BRAZILIAN GRAPE
 
 

KEI APPLE (Dovyalis caffra) 15.00 NZD
This plant makes a great ‘living boundary’ planted 1 metre apart in a hedge. It forms a dense shrub up to 3 metres high, branching from the ground with 5cm long thorns on thick strong branches and trunk. So the possums stay well away!! Also useful to plant under a window you want to be able to leave open without letting burglars in! It is hardy and will survive drought, wind, poor soils and light frosts. Originally from the Kei River area of South Africa. The male and female flowers appear on separate trees so you will need to plant at least 3 to be likely to have one of each. Fruits in 3 years. The fruit are 2-5 cm in diameter with thin yellow skin and yellow melting juicy aromatic pulp. They also make great jam. You can find a recipe for this on the recipe page.
 
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LIME
See entry under 'Citrus'
 
 

LUCUMA (Lucuma obovata) PB5 40cm 20.00 NZD
An attractive small tree with dark green leaves reaching a height of 3-4 metres in 10 years. The green skinned fruits grow to the size of an orange. The bright yellow flesh is firm and pleasantly cinnamon flavoured. Most often the pulp is made into a dessert, mashed with cream and honey and lemon juice. It can be dried and milled into a nutritious flour that stores well. The trees are extremely productive.
 
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MAQUI BERRY (Aristotelia chilensis) PB5 60cm 18.00 NZD
Maqui berry or Chilean wineberry has recently been named as a 'superfood'. It is very high in antioxidants and anthocyanins. The berries have been used as a traditional food in its native Chile for a very long time. The tree is fast growing, to 4m high, and tolerant of frost and some wind. They prefer well drained soils and moderate to full sun. The plants are dioecious [male or female] and have been raised from seed, so you will need to plant at least 3 to have a good chance of getting both male and female.
 
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NARANJILLA (Solanum Quitoense) PB3 30cm 15.00 NZD
An extremely ornamental solanum, growing about 1.2m high with large purple spiny leaves, white flowers and golf-ball sized orange fruit with lime green centres. The fruit makes an exquisite summer drink when put in the blender (pulp of 1 fruit, 1 cup water, 1 tspn honey – strain out seeds if desired). Plant in a warm, very well drained spot. Visually dramatic in a semi-shaded area because of colour and growth habit.
 
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ORANGE BELLS (kohleria eriantha) PB 3 25cm 15.00 NZD
This wonderful shrub absolutely glows in the understorey of your subtropical garden. It flowers for months on end and everyone who sees it will comment on it. The photo doesn't do it justice! It does best in semi-shade and should be pruned when it eventually stops flowering. Mildly frost tolerant.
 
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PASSIONFRUIT (Passiflora) PB3 60cm
The pulp of passionfruit is delicious added to fruit salads or used to flavour yoghurt etc. Can be stored frozen, if you can resist the temptation to eat it at once! Feed well especially with potassium and magnesium spring and autumn. All fruit on new wood, so pruning in either spring or autumn is advisable.
 
 

PASSIONFRUIT Ligularis PB3 50cm 15.00 NZD
Also known as sweet granadilla. Large heart shaped soft leaves, new growth has purple tinged, pale green flowers. The fruit are bigger than the purple passionfruit, round with orange/brown skins. The pulp is more liquid than that of the others. The vine has a lush tropical appearance and is vigorous.
 
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PASSIONFRUIT Vanilla (Passiflora antioquiensis) PB3 60cm 15.00 NZD
A really special passionfruit, the ripe fruit are long with a yellow skin when ripe and a very sweet, rich aromatic pulp. My favourite. The vines have narrow dark green leaves and a reddish stem. Non-invasive. The flowers are being beautiful large tropical looking scarlet flowers growing to 10-12 cm across and with purple blue centres. Flowers appear Spring and Autumn.
 
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PAWPAW MOUNTAIN (Carica pubescens) PB3 30cm 15.00 NZD
The most common of the carica varieties in N.Z. it will begin fruiting in the first year, and is a prolific fruiter. Fruit are yellow, with delicious sweet aromatic pulp. Can be eaten cooked or raw. They all produce fruit and one plant is enough, but the fruit from the females is superior. They prefer shelter, but are otherwise quite tolerant of soil type and some cold.Spectacular tropical looking plant for landscape purposes, one of the hardier pawpaws, withstanding light frosts. 3m high by 1m wide.
 
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PAWPAW MOUNTAIN RED (carica pubescens) PB3 30cm 15.00 NZD
From Brazil, this has attractive red stems and small sweet red-fleshed fruit. Self fertile. Easily grown in a frost free position. An attractive addition to the subtropical jungle. Cutting grown. 3m h x 1m w
 
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PAWPAW RAINBOW VALLEY [large grade] PB 6.5 60cm 20.00 NZD
Same description as the medium grade Rainbow Valley pawpaw, but these are bigger plants. If you want your plant to fruit very quickly, these are the ones for you! Limited stock. Self fertile. 2m h x 1m w.
 
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PAWPAW RAINBOW VALLEY [med grade] PB3 30cm 18.00 NZD
Not just a pawpaw but a pawpaw/babaco cross, with larger fruit than the mountain pawpaw, and tastier fruit than either of its parents. The fruit can be eaten skin and all. It crops prolifically for nine months of the year. Self fertile. 2m h x 1m w.
 
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PEPINO (Solanum muricatum) PB3 30cm 15.00 NZD
Pepinos are a fast growing, low-lying, bushy member of the Solanum family. Best with something to lean on or climb up – banana palm, fence, babaco etc (getting the fruit off the ground stops the slaters getting them). A delicious mild flavoured melon type fruit ripening in early spring when there’s not much else and continuing through the summer. A good one for children, because they’re easy to grow and fruit quickly. They also make tasty dried fruit.
 
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