Most Apple, Pear, sweet Cherry and Japanese Plum varieties require cross-pollination from a compatible variety. Bees, working hard to pollinate the abundance of flowers at Hill Country Natives.
Mexican Plums. The other critical factor in fruiting success is pollination. Since Hill Country Natives is focused on an area notorious for its shallow, rocky soil, we have chosen not to grow Pecans, which demand deeper soil to grow well.
Mexican plums ripening through many beautiful colors. This makes them easier to harvest and provides a visual screen.
Plum, Methley. Golden Ball Lead Tree, laden with seed. Similarly, the Hill Country weather is too variable, and often too cold, to be hospitable to most Citrus. The spring Artichoke seed heads standing guard. The first Asian Persimmon fruit in the forest garden.
Dwarf Pomegranite trees. All the birds come by to enjoy the shower.
Here you see nitrogen fixing trees and a variety of edible perennials growing on the fence separating us from our neighbors property.
Thornless Blackberries growing on a trellis in the forest garden. Our first home grown Granny Smith Apple.
The maypop, passionflower creates a nice visual screen, gorgeous flowers and edible fruit with very little maintenance. A great deal of additional information about fruit and nut trees for Texas is available here. More pollination information is available here.
Vines can add many benefits to your landscape. We will be pursuing some varieties of Citrus that offer promise in our area. Forest Garden, Mid summer 2013. Cross-pollination is not essential for Figs, Peaches, Apricots, European Plums and Nectarines, but will often produce more fruit.
Our food forest. Ripe Elderberries. Bay Laurel.