Fruit Garden – For School

Q: I’m in charge of planning a fruit tree garden for elementary school students. Can you give me some ideas on fruits that will ripen before the end of May or after August?

A: Not many fruit ripen in late spring. Try serviceberry, Amelanchier x grandiflora‘ Autumn Brilliance’, which may have a few sweet fruit before school lets out for summer.

In fall, apples are first to come to mind. Elisa Ford at Johnson Nursery┬áin Ellijay recommends ‘Freedom’, ‘Liberty’ and ‘Arkansas Black’ for their disease resistance and late ripening.

You might also try a ‘Fuyu’ Asian persimmon. The fruit is as large as a fist and does not have the astringency common to American persimmons.

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