Fruit Trees

Melbourne International Flower Show (MIFS) - Dwarf Fruit Trees with Don Burke

Think of 125 000 people who love their gardens at one venue and you have one of the top 5 flower festivals in the world happening in Melbourne this week. (2nd April 2008)

Now I understand that flowers look good and smell good but they do shrivel up and die. For those of us with only practical bones in our bodies we often wonder "is there more to flowers?"

So what would happen if you had a small "flower sized tree" that you can grow in a pot or small garden with rich coloured fragrant flowers but after they shrivel up something practical starts to happen. The flowers transform into fruit.

Don Burke knows what I am talking about and this year at the festival he is going to show off 25 Dwarf Fruit Trees from Daleys. So if you are there make sure you say hello.

Don Burke's Dwarf Fruit Trees from Daleys at the Festival.
Dwarf Peach tree - Beautiful spring flush of pink flowers
Dwarf Coffee Tree - Catui - Flowers profusely in summer with bright white frangipani smelling flowers. Often you can smell it from 5 meters away.
Acerola Cherry Tree - Dark Pink flowers 1cm in diameter
Dwarf Mulberry Tree black - The first sign of life after winter is the entire tree covering itself in white flowers. Majestic to say the least.
Blueberry - Sunshine blue - Translucent elongated flowers.
Dwarf Mango Tree - Irwin - Poignant big flower heads with tiny orange flowers that attract bees.
Dwarf Apple Tree - Pink Lady - Clusters of pink flowers
Dwarf Citrus - often year round flowering of white fragrant flowers.
Feijoa - Duffy & Apollo
Dwarf Mulberry Tree - Red Shahtoot
Dwarf Orange Tree - Cara Cara Blood orange
Cinnamon Tree
Dwarf Lemon Tree Meyer - The one Don has should have a few lemons on it.
Fig - Piconi
Fig - White adriatic
Finger lime
Dwarf Macadamia Tree
Dwarf Calamondin
Ceylon Hill Gooseberry
Dwarf Mandarin Tree - Emperor
Dwarf Apple Tree - Granny Smith
Pomegranate -Elcite
Hawaiin Guava - Pink Supreme
Miracle Fruit
Dwarf Avocado Tree - Wurtz
Dwarf Persimmon - Ichikikijiro

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Melbourne International Flower Show

Star Fruit - Carambola Kembangan Quick Flowering

Star Fruit Carambola Kembangan Correy Close PicHere is my 1 year old Carambola Kembangan. It is nicknamed the Star Fruit Tree because when you cut the fruit it looks like a star.star shaped fruit

Mine is a grafted variety which I am growing in a pot. I am amazed how quickly and prolifically it is flowering at the moment. It has tripled in size since I got it and is one of my best performers so far second to my panama berry.

It is twice the price of a seedling Carambola tree but life is too short for seedling fruit trees as they take much longer to fruit.

One thing about the leaves is that they always seem to be drooping. Some people make the mistake of thinking it is laking water but this is not the case and is their natural position.

I have eaten a few star fruits in my life and by far the best tasting ones were the well known varieties. They are far more juicy and the flavour is less watery and fibrous.

Another thing about star fruit is they really do crop well. They do come into Australian supermarkets on occasions but usually not for long and you really do pay for them.

Another benefit of getting a well known variety such as the Grafted Kary Star Fruit and my Kembangan Star Fruit is that you only need one. Some varieties of Star fruit will flower but not fruit due to needing another variety to cross pollinate with.
Star Fruit Carambola Kembangan



Star Fruit Carambola Kembangan Correy Distant Pic

More Information on the Star Fruit (Carambolas)
Buy Carambola Star Fruit - Mail Order to your door
A picture of them fruiting from Daleys Orchard - Amazing how well they crop
Forum: Star Fruit Discussion - Pollination Problems - Problems with flowering but not setting fruit for different varieties.
Plant Tag: Carambola or Star Fruit - Find out about cultural notes, soil types and ideal conditions.

Edible Landscapes Nursery - Northey Street City Farms

This Sunday I visited Northey Street City Farms Organic Market. There were lots of people there who packed the very shaded and cool carpark to buy fruit and vegetables.



What makes it different to all the other fruit and veg markets is that while you are there you can walk through the farm which produces some of the fruit you buy.

There are well developed fruit trees and booming vegetables gardens all grown using proven permaculture techniques. Most of the fruit trees and vegetables that you see growing you can then buy from Edible Landscapes Nursery which is also part of the markets.



The kids have plenty of breezy, shady places to play and the chicken pens keep them transfixed.

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Edible Landscapes Nursery