Fruit Trees

Worlds Biggest Finger Lime


 

The Jali Red grafted Finger lime could be the world's biggest finger lime variety. Daleys Fruit Tree Nursery is home to where the finger limes came from and we think this variety is the biggest.

Topiary for Melaleuca Claret Tops - Like Mountains

Melaleuca Claret Tops - Using Topiary to create the Scenic Rim Mountain range


What are you looking at in this photo?


These trees are actually tiny



Answer: Our staff member Pauline took this photo at a traffic island in Beaudesert QLD. The trees are actually tiny and they used Topiary to shape Melaleuca Claret Tops to represent the Massive mountains of the Scenic Rim.

We are impressed at your creativity Beaudesert QLD Australia.

Starling White Guava Fruit Tree with few seeds (Less than normal)

 

Starling White Guava Fruit Tree


Some people don't like guavas because of their hard seeds. This variety is the starling white guava fruit tree and if you were to grow just this guava and your neighbours nearby didn't have a guava then you should get even fewer seeds forming than in this picture. This is due to no cross pollination. We have lots of guavas growing at Daleys and in this photo there isn't as many seeds as the usual white guava varieties. So we would expect some of our customers in the above scenario to produce guavas with far less seeds than us when growing the starling white guava. Taste is still very sweet and the fruits grow quite large with white flesh and green skin that goes more yellow and fragrant and soft when ripening. They do like warmer climates and could be kept small in a pot. Which makes them easier to protect with netting.

Birds will take the whole crop (Fruit Netting)


 

A little bit of preparation with Fruit Tree exclusion netting can protect your crop of grapes or many other fruit's ripening in your backyard. We demonstrate how to do this with our Pink Iona Grape vine.

Suitable fruit tree exclusion nets could be the.

Brown Turkey Fig Trees

Brown Turkey Figs just picked

Buying a Fig brown turkey fruit tree variety will get you hooked on Figs. Yes you
need to pick them at the perfect time but when you do you will nod
your head and say "WOW"

They can be grown in Arid, Temperate and Subtropical climates and as
they lose their leaves in Winter they can handle frosts down to -2
degrees.

Yes to growing and fruiting in pots and you only need one to set fruit.

A full sun position is recommended and make sure when planting you
mound up your planting size height 50-80cm for good drainage.

They don't need much water except when the fruit is growing in early
summer. BUT heavy rain just as they ripening can cause the fruit to
split open ruining your crop.

In the ground it will grow 2-5m but in a pot with root restriction
they should stay under 2m.

Adventurous Ideas: Espalier them :) Dry them, Make Jams.

 

Lemon Myrtle (Edible Leaves) WOW Factor

Lemon Myrtle in Kyogle NSW Australia in 2020


10/10 choice for a a specimen tree (Wow Factor) as shown in this photo in the main street of Kyogle NSW taken by our Daleys staff member Bianca this year. The lemon myrtle occurs naturally throughout coastal Qld rainforests. It is a spectacular ornamental tree due to both its appearance and the superb fragrance of its flowers and leaves. The leaves and flowers are used in sweet and savoury dishes or as a refreshing tea. However as boiling or baking often reduces the flavour. The leaves are best added to the recipe at the end of the cooking process and either left to steam with the lid on or made into a sauce or dressing. It is usually the older and fully hardened-off leaves that are harvested for use. Enthusiasts describe the distilled oil from this tree as 'more lemony than lemon' and its used extensively to scent confectionery, perfumes, aromatherapy oil and food flavourings.
* Botanical Name: Backhousia citriadora
* Can be grown further south as the climate is Subtropical, Warm Temperate.
* Height in the ground 2-5m
* Self Pollinating ( only need 1 tree )
* Yes it can handle frosts but protect them when young.
* Keeps it's leaves even in Winter ( Evergreen )
* Yes to growing in pots
* Only requires moderate watering.
* You can harvest it all throughout the year.
* Full & Part sun positions are ok.
* Negatives: is susceptible to Myrtle Rust
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Boat Shaped Pods with seeds the size of Peanuts

We like to describe The Peanut Tree (Sterculia quadrifida) like this "boat-shaped pods that ripen throughout summer. They split open to display a beautiful, bright red interior that contains shiny, black, peanut-sized seeds which have a delicious, nutty flavour. It is a fast growing highly ornamental rainforest tree. Indigenous Australians ate the nuts both raw and roasted and used the fibrous bark to make nets." Looking at this picture our staff member Bianca took of their tree at home I think we got the description just right. Great for Subtropics and grows 10m+ (large) in ground. It requires only moderate watering once established. The botanical name is Sterculia quadrifida. In winter it can look a bit shabby because it is "partly deciduous" Lots of reports of people growing them as a bonsai in a pot who were blown away when it fruited in the pot with these boat shaped pods. 



Grafted Apricot Bentley Fruit Trees


 The Apricot Bentley Grafted Fruit Trees are self pollinating meaning that you only need to plant one in your backyard to get these delicious fruit trees. They are golden inside and filled with flavour.

Callistemons

 


 

 

Over the fence, down the road, out the back, in the park, on the corner…

Callistemons - they can be spotted everywhere, all over Australia. You would be hard pressed to take a walk, ride or drive anywhere and not see one. They are having their moment in the sun right now, as they bloom and blossom through their many shades of red, rose, purple and orange. They can also be found with gorgeous white bottle-shaped brushes and this is another famous name for the humble Callistemon - the Bottlebrush. 

 

What’s in a name? Well, this name comes from two Greek words, ‘callis’ meaning beautiful and ‘stemon’ meaning stamens, the most striking part of the blossoms. In fact, the part we might associate being the most beautiful part of a flower - the petals - is completely missing  from the Bottlebrush. But, nevertheless, it is certainly true that their blossoms are spectacular.  Plant scientists now think the genus is very similar to Melaleuca and some of our beloved Callistemons may some day be reclassified as Melaleuca. Our experience of them won’t change - an explosion of colour and birdlife in spring. 

 

Callistemons make fabulous garden specimens. They are hardy shrubs or small trees with spectacular flowers -  nectar-feeding birds, insects, gliders and people love them. Most can tolerate wet soils for a while, having evolved in swampy areas, like the Callistemon citrinus; or along creek and river banks like the Callistemon viminalis. And then they can strive on through the toughest droughts. These two types are  commonly grown and are the parents of most of our colourful cultivars today. Originally mostly red, they are now a rainbow of white, cream, yellow, orange,  pink, red and purple. They hybridise readily.

 

Cultivars that come from the parent C. citrinus are generally more shrub than tree and have broad leaves. ‘Little John’, ‘Cherry Time’, ‘Hannah Ray’, ‘White Anzac’, 'Burgundy' are cultivars of this type. They tolerate wet, alkaline and acid soils; drought and frost 

 

Cultivars that come from C. viminalis are a little taller if let go, but look great when pruned into a hedge. Their branches hang to the ground, giving it its common name of Weeping Bottlebrush. ‘Ricks Red’, ‘Captain Cook’, ‘Wildfire’ are named cultivars. C. viminalis can be frost tender when young, but can grow at a good pace and get above the frosts in a year or two. 

 

Callistemon polandii - Gold Tipped Bottlebrush is more shrub than tree, and Callistemon salignus - Willow Bottlebrush is more tree than shrub. 

 

No need to load these plants up with fertiliser - they didn’t evolve with rich soils so  you can let them do their thing on their own. 

 

Another great, practical thing about the bottlebrush is its tenacious roots. They can be planted to stabilise steep banks, or eroding creeksides where they will hang on through flooding. This makes them invaluable pioneer  trees  in a regeneration planting. 

 

Some readers might remember several years ago the Kyogle Pool gardeners hard pruned a row of Callistemon viminalis that grew along the fenceline along the Summerland Way. They had been quite tall, upwards of 5 metres and more, but after that prune they have been a lovely dense hedge, looking fresh every year.  

 

A must for any garden.