Plant List for Tillellan

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This list has been kept for about ten years now. I am moving it to its current, more easily accessible position, so I can review it given that I anticipate a mass planting occurring at some point this year during Winter or into early Spring.

I guess now, looking over it again after quite a break, that it is more of a wish list. I have a better understanding of the plants and trees that will thrive in the sand here. Maybe a little optimistic of what might be possible once we get the sand turned into a reliable soil.

Food Forest Plants

Babaco ✓ New plants being propagated currently from older plants.
Thornless Youngberry (Mainly as a forage crop for the kids)
Thornless Blackberry (Same as above)
Youngberry (plenty of thorns but a good producer)
Fig (Green) D
Fig (Striped) D Outstanding year this year (March 2020) after regular watering.
Mulberry (M. macroura ‘Shatoot’) D – smaller growing mulberry tree with long white fruit. It is said to be the best mulberry for home gardens as it is a small tree which does not produce fruit that stains. It is native to India, Pakistan, southern China and Sri Lanka. This variety was purchased last year and has supplied two very modest crops since then. A lovely apricot flavour to the fruit. Listed to go into the chook yard!
Cherimoya ✓
Capulin Cherry  – Prunus salicifolia ✓ We had a small crop. Very unusual tasting fruit. I have since grown other  trees from the seeds.
Jelly PalmButia capitate ✓ Two planted in our front garden. They have put on good since being planted in the ground.
Cavendish Banana ✓ Grown, repotted, moved houses with us a few times. I have now planted them into large container gardens and over the summer they have grown rapidly feeding on wooden pallet off-cuts, copious quantities of cardboard, some guinea pig and rabbit manures, some sheep manure and lots and lots of mulch. They get regular feedings of urine also.

Lady Finger Banana
Passionfruit – Black
Passionfruit – Banana
Choko – Green
Choko –  White
Grape – Dark
Grape – White. Growing nicely on the trellis after being planted last winter in 2019.
Grape – Sultana
Grapes – Currant (rescued cuttings, variety still to be confirmed.

Concord Grapes
Loquat ✓

Lower storey Food Forest

Hazelnut –  Double graft of Butler & Halls Giant

Comfrey ✓
Lemongrass  ✓ Some very new stalks planted recently that showed good root growth after sitting in a glass of water. March 2020

Fruit Trees for Swales
Apricot  D (Grown from seed from a local tree, produces small but tasty fruits)
Lemon – Eureka – on my wishlist
Apple – Golden Blush – on the wishlist.
Persimmon – Fuyu ✓
Tahitian Lime – to replace the current one we have
Blood Orange – on the wishlist.
Washington Navel Orange – on the wishlist

Lemonade Lemon

Finger Lime

Cara Cara Navel (Diggers)

Lanes Late Navel (Diggers)

Imperial Mandarin

Pioneer Plants
Tagetes marigolds ✓
Nasturtium ✓

Salad Burnet
Mints – various in pots

Insect Attractors & Bee Pasturage
Buddleja – trimmed to produce a profusion of flowers as butterfly feeder ✓ We have a mauve and a yellow. Perhaps a deep purple if the plants have pulled through summer.
Milkweed – interplanted amongst other plants to attract butterflies and nurture caterpillars esp. Monarch
Bronze Fennel

Giant Russian Sunflowers, Japanese Millet and Sorghum have also intrigued us from time to time.

D – Deciduous



6 thoughts on “Plant List for Tillellan

  1. You certainly have some oddities there. Well, they are oddities by my standards. The only roseapple that I have ever met is Syzygium paniculatum grown as a hedge rather than for fruit. your mulberry sounds like mine, although I do not know the cultivar. I like it because the fruit is within reach, rather than up for the birds. (Those that used to be grown in the Santa Clara Valley were only there to keep birds distracted from the fruit ripening in the orchards.) I totally dig cherimoya, but it needs to be hand pollinated here where there are no natural pollinators for them. Jelly palm was something that I wanted to grow because they do so well as ornamentals, but I do not think of them as reliable producers of fruit. I think of the little bit of fruit that they produce as a mere bonus. How many pounds of fruit does each tree produce? I will likely grow it anyway, but fruit (several year from now) would be nice. What is a lemonade lemon? Is that ‘Meyer’?


    1. HI again Tony, Jelly Palms do quite well here. Decent crops so long as they are bagged and protected from animals. I have two cherimoyas and they will remain a mystery until they mature. I have had them in pots over the years and am keen to plant them out. It remains to be seen how well they do. The Lemonade Lemons we get here are different to the Meyer Lemon. We had one growing in the original garden here but alas it was removed during the pre-renovation clean up. I will have to find out a little more and let you know. From memory they are like a mix between and orange and a lemon. J

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      1. Oh, yes; that is what a ‘Meyer’ lemon is – a hybrid of an orange and a lemon. It is the only of such a hybrid that is commonly available here, and was the most popular cultivar of all the citrus I used to grow. I have not worked with others. (We grew forty cultivars of citrus, but only four were lemons.) I will need to take more notice of the jelly palms when I am in Los Angeles. I doubt anyone harvests the fruit. It would be interesting to know how productive they are though. Of course, there are many species that are productive there that are not so productive here.


      2. Wow, I had never heard of such a cultivar! It seems to be similar to the ‘Meyer’, although the ‘Meyer’ is a hybrid with a common sweet orange rather than a Mandarin orange. That is really compelling. Many years ago, we considered introducing a ‘sweet lemon’ into production, but the fruit was too unpopular. It was completely lemon, without hybridization, but acidless. Well, without acid or the flavor of another citrus, a sweet lemon does not have so much going for it. Lemonade fruit has both flavor and tartness!


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