Well-adapted to southeast and northeast gardens, ‘Ruby Queen’ Japanese plums extend the harvest season, maturing up to a month later than ‘Santa Rosa’ plums. Grow it alongside ‘Santa Rosa’ to ensure good pollination. It’s recommended for USDA zones 5 to 8.
Early-fruiting 'Pickering' (Mangifera indica hybrid) is a mango that you can grow in a container or the landscape. It grows vigorously and is less susceptible to diseases than some other mango varieties. Let the plants develop a strong trunk and branches before fruiting (this usually takes a couple of years). 'Pickering' mangos have a coconut-mango flavor without a lot of unwanted fiber.
Plant ‘Compass’ fruits to make into jams and jellies. The small, juicy fruits are a cross between cherries and plums. Hardy in zones 3 to 8, the trees bear in the second year after planting and mature at 3 to 8 feet high.
Grow ‘Triple Play’ apple trees in zones 4 to 7. You won’t need a pollinator, since it offers three varieties on one tree: ‘State Fair’, ‘Wealthy’, and 'Zestar!®'. Topping out at 12 to 15 feet tall, these trees spread 10 to 14 feet.
Cornelian cherry ‘Red Star’ produces aromatic fruits with a tart-sweet taste. The trees, once down jus ornamentals, are related to dogwoods, and have a shrub-like growth habit, reaching 8 to 10 feet high. Grow two varieties for cross-pollination, and you may harvest as much as 40 pounds of cherries per plant. ‘Red Star’ holds its good looks in fall, when the leaves turn yellow and crimson.
The miracle in this plant's common name refers to its mature, gumdrop-sized berries, which make sour foods taste sweet after you eat them. Synsepalum dulcificum, from tropical West Africa, is hardy to zone 10 and has a slow, shrubby growth habit. You'll want to hand pollinate for a good yield.
Crispy Asian pears taste like a cross between an apple and a pear. While cultivars are partially self-pollinating, you'll get more fruits if you plant two or more together. Use the pears for eating fresh or canning. The variety shown here, Pyrus 'Tawara Oriental', is hardy in USDA zones 4 to 7.
Use persimmon fruits (Diospyros virginiana), which are high in vitamin C, to make cookies, cakes, puddings and more. The trees grow 35 to 60 feet high and are hardy in zones 5 to Fragrant flowers open in spring.