Gardening

10 shrubs for a fruit hedge


It is customary to plant hedges with ornamental and evergreen shrubs. Why not choose edible essences for a gourmet fruit hedge?

All you have to do is reach out to collect fruit to eat fresh, in jams or desserts!

Raspberry bush

  • Variety: Rubus idaeus ‘Fall Gold’
  • Harvest period: July-August and October
  • Fruit: variety with large yellow fruits, soft and sweet
  • Interest: its bushy habit ideal as a hedge, formed by veined leaves of a tender green
  • Exhibition: half shade
  • Ground : rich, fresh, neutral to acidic
  • The little extra? This repeat variety offers a harvest at the end of August, then a second in October.
  • To read : planting and caring for raspberries

Gooseberry

  • Variety: Ribes rubrum ‘Blanka’
  • Harvest period: July August
  • Fruit: clusters composed of light and golden berries, juicy and fragrant
  • Interest: its palmate and aromatic foliage composing a bushy shrub 1.5m high
  • Exhibition: sun, partial shade (no scorching sun in the south)
  • Ground : fresh but drained
  • The little extra? Self-fertile and robust variety
  • To read : planting and caring for currants

Korean mulberry

  • Variety: Morus acidosa ‘Mulle’
  • Harvest period: July to September
  • Fruit: black fruits resembling large blackberries, with a sweet flavor
  • Interest: it reaches up to 4m high but supports pruning very well, this shrub offers glossy and ribbed leaves, turning yellow in the fall
  • Exhibition: Sun
  • Ground : drained and deep
  • The little extra? Very rustic and productive variety.

Goji

  • Variety: Lycium barbarum ‘Sweet Lifeberry’
  • Harvest period: August to October
  • Fruit: small elongated and slightly sweet red berries with exceptional nutritional properties
  • Interest: small purple honey-bearing and nectar-bearing flowers precede the fruits
  • Exhibition: Sun
  • Ground : ordinary, neutral to lime
  • The little extra? Its lanceolate green-gray foliage, spread over supple and drooping branches.
  • To read : planting and caring for Goji

Guava

  • Variety: Acca sellowiana ‘Coolidge’
  • Harvest period: October to November
  • Fruit: round and green fruits to taste halfway between pineapple and strawberry
  • Interest: its glossy, evergreen foliage with a silvery back and its bushy habit make it ideal as a hedge
  • Exhibition: sun and sheltered from the wind
  • Ground : rich, fresh but drained
  • The little extra? Its white, skirted flowers topped by a bouquet of red stamens.

Arbutus

  • Variety: Arbutus unedo
  • Harvest period: October to December
  • Fruit: round and red fruits with small spikes
  • Interest: its pretty dark green foliage, lacquered, lanceolate and persistent
  • Exhibition: Sun
  • Ground : drained, neutral to acid
  • The little extra? Beautiful flowering in white bells.
  • To read : planting and caring for the strawberry tree

Siberian honeysuckle

  • Variety: Lonicera kamtschatica ‘Duet’
  • Harvest period: may June
  • Fruit: elongated, blooming berries a bit like blueberries in appearance and tartness
  • Interest: bushy shrub 1m to 1.5m high, with green, rounded and downy leaves
  • Exhibition: sun, partial shade
  • Ground : cool, moist, neutral to acid
  • The little extra? Very hardy shrub
  • To read : planting and caring for honeysuckle

Hazel

  • Variety: Corylus avellana ‘Aurea’
  • Harvest period: February to April
  • Fruit: small white hazelnuts turning brown when ripe, we no longer present the greedy flavor of this fruit
  • Interest: its rounded and ribbed foliage, yellow for the youngest leaves, then turning green
  • Exhibition: sun, partial shade
  • Ground : ordinary, drained (but not dry)
  • The little extra? Its bushy habit forms a beautiful ball of 3m wingspan when ripe.
  • To read : planting and caring for the hazelnut tree

Blackcurrant

  • Variety: Ribes nigrum ‘Andega’
  • Harvest period: July August
  • Fruit: clusters of small round black berries, fragrant and tangy
  • Interest: it grows and sets fruit quickly, the first harvest takes place 1 year after planting
  • Exhibition: sun, partial shade
  • Ground : ordinary, deep, cool, clayey
  • The little extra? Productive and self-fertile variety.

Black elderberry

  • Variety: Sambucus nigra
  • Harvest period: June, August-September
  • Fruit: clusters of red and then black berries, edible only when cooked
  • Interest: its flowering in corymbs formed by a multitude of small white flowers
  • Exhibition: sun, partial shade
  • Ground : ordinary
  • The little extra? The flowers are nectar-bearing and honey-bearing, the berries are appreciated by birds which come to feed in the fruit hedge.
  • To read : planting and maintenance of elderberry

Video: Urban berry hedge (October 2020).