Plants

Bittersweet Gardens
Favorite Plants

Persimmon – Diospiros virginiana – Did you know there are seedless American persimmons? Some noted cultivars of this native plant are: Evelyn, Yates and Szukis (pronounced Sue-kiss). These are larger than the wild species and have a better texture and flavor than the Oriental types.

SOURCE:
Nolin River Nursery
797 Port Wooden Rd
Upton, KY 42784
ph 502-369-8551

REFERENCE: NAFEX – North American Fruit Explorers

Pawpaws – The Forgotton Fruit© by Eddie Rhoades

Pawpaw – Asimina triloba – This small native tree is perfectly hardy and bears clusters of fruit that taste like banana custard. “Picking up pawpaws, put ’em in a basket, way down yonder in the pawpaw patch”. Don’t let this great heritage plant fall by the wayside. Lots of good cultivars: Sunflower, PA Golden, Blue Ridge, and Rebecca.

SOURCE:
J.H. Gordon Nursery
1385 Campbell Blvd
Amherst, NY 14228-1404851
ph 716-691-9371

REFERENCE: Kentucky State University Pawpaw Research Project


Bittersweet Gardens
Nice Plants

Kerria japonica
A shrub related to roses.
Has golden yellow double blooms in Spring.
Uncommon (pictured below)

Kerria japonica

Kerria japonica

 

Cercis chinensis
A smaller, bushy redbud absolutely
covered with a softer hue of flowers.
(pictured below)

Cercis chinensis

Cercis chinensis

 

Senna corymbosa
A Mediterranean plant with unique elliptical leaves.
About the size of a dogwood, it blooms prolifically
in late summer with bright yellow flowers.

 

Beautyberry – Callicarpa americana
A native small shrub with unbelievable iridescent clusters
of purple berries that many birds love.
Also have the more rare white form.
(pictured below)

Beautyberry - Callicarpa americana

Beautyberry – Callicarpa americana

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