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Uncommon fruits suit Washington’s climate

WSU Extension offers free online guide.

September 15, 2023

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Kiwifruit.Oregon State University

The latest free, online guide from WSU Extension helps home growers and gardeners in the coastal regions of the state get to know uncommon and delicious fruits like kiwi, fig, and sea buckthorn.

With its mild maritime climate, western Washington has long been a productive region for many tree and small fruit crops. Lately, interest has increased for some of the less common tree and small-fruit crops. Some of these hail from other continents, others are native plants with an obscure history.

To help bridge information gaps, a trial of these uncommon crops was carried out at WSU’s Northwestern Washington Research & Extension Center in Mount Vernon, Wash.

This new guide contains information on kiwi and kiwiberry, chokeberry, pawpaw, Cornelian cherry, quince, persimmon, fig, sea buckthorn, honeyberry, medlar, mulberry, currants and gooseberries, jostaberry, elderberry, mountain ash, and shipova.

Authors are Jacky King, research assistant at NWREC; Carol Miles, horticulture professor and director at NWREC; and Lisa Wasko DeVetter, associate professor of small fruit horticulture.

Find more new and revised guides online at the WSU Extension Publications bookstore.

Source: Washington State University

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