Tuesday on @ “Making It Grow,” Lori talked about her favorite native plants for local gardens. Her picks for trees are Amelanchier ‘Autumn Brilliance,’ a hybrid cross of two North American serviceberry species. It’s an elegant multi-trunked small tree or tall shrub. Its other name, “Juneberry,” describes its large, delicious (for humans and wildlife) blue berries that follow white spring blossoms. Look at that fall color too! Easy to grow and easy to love.
Lori’s second tree pick is the Paw Paw, which happens to produce the largest edible tree fruit native to the US. The large leaves give it a tropical look, turn beautiful yellow in fall and hang on a while. It’s in the custard apple family of plants, and fruits resemble fat green bananas. Fruit is creamy with a mix of tropical flavors. It is also the larval host plant for zebra swallowtail butterflies. Several cultivars are recommended for SC. Would one of these work in your landscape?