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    Default Exotic shopping spree...

    I may have gone on an exotic tree-buying bender...
    I ordered myself a satsuma (not mandarin or clementine, an actual satsuma) last week, and I just ordered a yuzu and a persimmon.
    I've got my eye on two apricot trees, too, but they're not in stock yet.

    Wish me luck, I guess.

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    Loquats are nice too... Attractive tree as well.
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    They won't fruit in this country, though, as they bear their fruit over winter.
    All the ones I bought, on the other hand, should fruit, with proper care and a little luck.
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    I have a Persimmon - bought a couple of years ago. I think a few of us bought them on a special offer from Suttons..
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    My satsuma arrived two days ago.
    Bigger than I was expecting, and it even has four unripe fruit on it. It did have nine, but five of them clearly fell off in transit, and were sitting in the bottom of the box. I'm thinking of making a small jar of marmalade out of them.
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    Loquats do fruit here. I had four last year and it only took 24 years!

    Someone from the Ravens Court area of London brought us a carrier bag full.

    I've ordered a persimmon and a cornelian cherry from these people, their site is very interesting.
    http://www.agroforestry.co.uk/
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    Quote Originally Posted by DannyK View Post
    Loquats do fruit here. I had four last year and it only took 24 years!

    Someone from the Ravens Court area of London brought us a carrier bag full.
    Really? I guess in London they might. They bear their fruit over winter, though, and I had read that if they get even the slightest frost then they'll just shed all the fruit.
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    ^Interesting comment. In the last place I lived, we had frosts from time to time and considerable snow on a few occasions. There was a níspero tree growing wild and it seemed to do OK. Very popular with the wild boar. I assumed the trees were fairly hardy.

    But I've just looked up information online and seen that thought they're described as moderately cold resistant, they're grown commercially here mainly along the east coast and down south in Spain, where temperatures are more moderate, though frosts are not unknown on the east coast.

    One thing I did see is that people in places where frosts are frequent cover the tree after it has flowered (around November) to ensure that the flowers don't just drop off but do go on to form fruit.
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