Dragon/Kiwi Fruit in Augusta

fuzzy kiwi, Actinidia chinensis

Q:I live near Augusta and am growing several different fruit plants. I’m looking to plant a fruit you don’t normally see in this area. I was thinking of Dragon Fruit plant or perhaps kiwi.

A: Dragon fruit is a type of cactus; I think it’s too cold for it where you live. Kiwi is a good choice but also consider serviceberry or mayhaw. If you really want something interesting, try medlar, loquat or jujube. The University of Georgia has a nice publication on unusual fruits and nuts here.

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