Fruit Producing Bushes or Shrubs?

erikhaberstrohFebruary 6, 2012

I am on the hunt for fruit producing bushes or shrubs, such as blueberries. I have more than enough garden boxes for vegetables, fruit trees for fruit, but I have an open area that my wife wants to be planted with bushes, etc. We thought about doing a California native plant garden to bring in bees for pollination, but some fruiting plants sound even better.

We are on the coast in San Diego, so our chill hours are minimal.

I already have a blueberry patch, and don't want to build any supports, e.g. trellis, arbor, etc.

Any ideas?

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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Pineapple guava is pretty and tasty.
Renee

    Bookmark   February 6, 2012 at 11:04PM
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catkim(San Diego 10/24)

I've seen dwarf pomegranates growing in my neighborhood, they are attractive, decorative plants. They are about 4 to 5 ft tall, no idea if they would get too large for you.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2012 at 11:43AM
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musaboru(Inland Calif.)

I've seen Kumquats grown as hedges. Those fruits also hang on for a very long time. I would suggest Meiwa Kumquat(or even better, a seedless variety if you can find it at your local nursery).

Barbados Cherry might also work; just keep it trimmed down.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2012 at 9:34PM
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applenut_gw

Southern Highbush blueberries will do fine for you; Sharpblue, Misty, Oneal, Sunshine Blue all will fruit fine. However you must dig a hole for them and throw out the dirt you dug, and instead plant them in 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 miniature bark, 1/3 compost, with a big handful of soil sulphur and ammonium sulphate. Mulch them and put them on timed drip irrigation. They really like partial shade on the east and west side of the house also.

Applenut

    Bookmark   February 7, 2012 at 11:02PM
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fruithack

You can do a 6' hedge thing with Loquats if you prune them aggressively. Pretty much a foolproof plant with very tasty fruit.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2012 at 3:31PM
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socal23(USDA10/Sunset23)

If you are looking for something less common but well adapted to a dry subtropical climate, I suggest Kei apple, Strawberry Guava - I particularly like Lemon Strawberry Guava or jujube.

Ryan

    Bookmark   February 17, 2012 at 8:44PM
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sautesmom

Natal Plums--yum yum!
I LOVE Natal Plums when they get really ripe--kind of a cross between raspberries and plums in flavor.

Carla in Sac

    Bookmark   February 17, 2012 at 11:22PM
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