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CATALOG OF PLANTS


Fruits and Berries


 
Aronia
This native species is pest and disease resistant and tolerates a wide range of soil conditions. It does well in partial shade or full sun. Produces dark purple berries that ripen in late summer. The berries have very high levels of anthocyanims, flavonoids and antioxidants. Plants are winter hardy in NJ.

Uses: Makes an excellent juice, jelly and wine. Aronia berries can be eaten fresh off the bush when fully ripe (though they are somewhat tannic) or used in bread, muffins, pies, cookies and other baked goods. The juice can be used alone or in blends, to make  jams, jellies, syrup, wine and sauces.

Varieties:
Galicjanka
New variety from Poland said to be very productive and also ripens its fruit at the same time. About 6 feet tall.

Viking
Improved European variety growing 6-8 feet tall.

Prices:
1 quart containers - $7
1 gallon containers - $12
                
 

Blueberry
These hard-to-find blueberry cultivars have been chosen for the excellent quality of their fruit.

Uses: Can be eaten fresh or used in a variety of baked goods or other preparations.

Highbush Varieties: (Highbush blueberries are the usual type of blueberry found in commercial production.)
Elizabeth
Grows about 5-6 feet tall with a spreading habit. Produces large, exceptionally flavored fruit in mid-late season. Yield can be variable with fluctuating spring temperatures.
Herbert
Grows to about 6 feet tall with a spreading habit. Berries are large and soft so they don't transport well for commercial growers. Best for home use. The aromatic fruit has excellent flavor. Yield can be variable with fluctuating spring temperatures.
Nelson
Grows to about 6 feet tall and produces medium size fruit with excellent flavor late in the season.
Rubel
Selected from the wild in 1911. Very vigorous upright growth. Small/medium berries with excellent flavor and highest level of antioxidants of any blueberry cultivar. Yield can be variable with fluctuating spring temperatures.

Half-High varieties: (Half-high blueberries are crosses between highbush and lowbush (wild) plants. They are hardy in especially cold climates and they make excellent potted plants because of their limited size. The flavor of their fruit takes more after their wild lowbush heritage, so more of a wild blueberry taste.
Chippewa
Grows to 3-4 feet with upright growth. The medium-large fruit has excellent flavor and ripens mid-season.
Friendship
Grows to 3-4 feet. The small-medium size fruit has excellent flavor and ripens mid-late season. Outstanding for ornamental use. One of the last varieties to lose its leaves in the fall.

Price: Please contact Pitspone Farm for prices and availability.

Currant
Currants do best in moist, well-drained soil. Full sun is best, but they will also thrive in partial shade. Plants are winter hardy in NJ.

[Black currants can only be grown in NJ with prior approval from the NJ  Dept. of Agriculture, due to their association with the White Pine Blister Rust. There are also restrictions to growing red currants in the following NJ locations: Sussex County – Montague, Sandyston, Walpack and Vernon Twps., Passaic County – West Milford and Wanaque Twps. And Ringwood Borough, Morris County – Jefferson Twp.]

Uses: Can be eaten fresh, but usually used to make jellies, sauces and wine.

Red Lake
Mid-season fruiting of medium size berries with excellent flavor. Upright growth and and good disease resistance.
Rovada
Late-season fruiting of large berries with excellent flavor. Upright growth and good disease resistance.

Price:
unrooted cuttings - $1 (early spring only)
1 gallon containers - $12
3 gallon containers - $20

Elderberry
Elderberries grow best in moist, fertile and well-drained soil, but will tolerate a wide range of soil conditions. The plants are generally free of pests and disease, though birds will feast on the ripe fruit. Plants should be spaced 6-10 feet apart. They are winter hardy in NJ.

Uses: The berries make excellent jelly, juice and wine. The flowers can be lightly battered and fried as fritters and they can also be used in tea. The flowers are fragrant and elderberries are a good landscape plant for attracting wildlife. The raw fruit has low levels of toxic alkaloids and shouldn’t be eaten. Cooking destroys the alkaloids and improves the flavor of the berries.

Varieties:
Sambucus Canadensis (American elderberry)
Adams
Eight-ten foot shrub with large berries that ripen in late summer. Best production achieved with York for cross pollination. Winter hardy.
York
Eight-ten foot shrub with large berries that ripen in late summer. Best production achieved with York for cross pollination. Winter hardy.
Sambucus nigra (European elderberry)
Samdal
New high-yielding Danish variety.
Sampo
New high-yielding Danish variety

Price:
unrooted cuttings - $2 (early spring only)
1 gallon containers - $10
3 gallon containers - $20



Fig
Figs do best in a sunny location with well-drained soil. They are seldom bothered by pests or disease and will produce fruit in late summer or early fall. They need to be protected from the cold during the winter – either by wrapping, burying branches, growing in a protected area or growing in a large pot and bringing it into an unheated garage during the winter.

Uses: Figs are best enjoyed fresh, but they also make excellent jam and can be used in cooking.

Varieties:
Brown Turkey
Sweet medium size fruit with dark skin and red flesh. Does well in the ground (with protection) or container.
Italian Honey Fig
Sweet medium size fruit with a greenish to golden skin and an ivory to cream colored flesh. Does well in the ground (with protection) or container.

Price: Please contact Pitspone Farm for prices and availability.

Gooseberry
Gooseberries have similar growing requirements to currants. They are very diverse in their characteristics. They differ in size, color, shape and texture. They are winter hardy in NJ

Uses: Gooseberries make excellent jam and fillings for tarts. They can also be used in cooking. When fully ripe they can be eaten fresh.
This is a typical size for one of my gooseberry plants
This is a typical size gooseberry plant for sale. A plant this size will generally be in a 3-gallon container.

Varieties:
Black Velvet
Produces small-medium dark red (almost black) fruit with very good flavor. The upright growing plants are very productive, disease resistant and vigorous and can attain a height of six feet. 
Captivator
Moderately vigorous plants producing medium size greenish red/red fruit. Plants have less spines than most other cultivars.
Hinnomaki Red
Heavy production of medium size red fruit with excellent flavor – tangy outer skin with sweet flesh. Good disease resistance. Growth is more spreading than upright. Up to about four feet tall and wide.
Invicta
Heavy production of large green berries with excellent flavor. Good disease resistance.
Jeanne
Heavy production of large dark red berries with excellent flavor. Ripens later in the season so extends the harvest season. Good disease resistance and minimal thorns.
Tixia
Good production of large red fruit with excellent flavor. Good disease resistance. Young shoots are almost thornless. Older branches have some thorns but not as many as Black Velvet, Hinnomaki Red or Invicta.

Price:
unrooted cuttings - $1 (early spring only)
1 gallon containers - $12 (Tixia - $14)
3 gallon containers - $20 (Tixia - $22)

Jostaberry
Jostaberries are a hybrid of black currant and gooseberry.
Varieties:
Josta
Thornless and very vigorous plants produce medium size dark purple fruit. Disease and pest resistant.
Orus 8

Heavy production of small/medium black berries with excellent flavor. Plant is very vigorous and thorny. 

Price:
1 gallon containers - $12
3 gallon containers - $20

Strawberry (Alpine)
Alpine strawberries are perennials that produce small berries with intense frangrance and flavor. The plants grow up to about 18 inches high and wide. They do not produce runners. They can be grown in containers or in the ground. They will overwinter in our area with the help of some winter protection such as mulch or a light covering. Plants have either red or white fruit.

Uses: The fruit is best eaten fresh. The small size of the berries precludes their use in preparations such as jam. The leaves can also be used as a component of herbal tea.

Prices:
1 quart containers - $5
1 gallon containers - $12