Native Fruit Plants
We offer a number of native (indigenous) plants at Virginia Berry Farm. They make an ideal choice for inclusion in the garden for several reasons.
Native plants are adapted to local soil, rainfall and temperature conditions and have developed natural defenses to many insects and diseases. Once established native plants save time and money by eliminating or significantly reducing the need for fertilizers, pesticides, and water.
Wildlife species evolve with plants; therefore, they use native plant communities as their habitat. Using native plants helps preserve the balance and beauty of natural ecosystems and promotes biodiversity and stewardship of our natural heritage.
Couldn't we all use a little more natural beauty and balance in our lives?
American Cranberrybush Viburnum
American Cranberrybush Viburnum (Viburnum trilobum) is a large, attractive shrub that is often found in bogs in the wild. It is showy in spring, bearing larte 4-5 inch clusters of small white flowers. In late summer the fruits turn bright red and remain on the shrub throughout the winter or until harvested by birds. The foliage turns a bright red in fall. American Cranberrybush may be used in the landscape as a hedge (planted on 3 foot centers), privacy screen or specimen. The fruit is delicious made into a jam. Matures 8 to 10 feet high and wide. Zones 2-8.
Beautyberry has long slender, arching stems that bear small, pinkish lavender flowers in spring, followed by lilac-violet fruits beautifully set off by the bright green leaves.
American Beautyberry bears light lavender-pink flowers on new growth. Fruit is a light lavender.
Serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis) is extremely hardy, ranging from the Pacific coast to the prairies and found on rocky, dry slopes and well-drained thickets. This handsome shrub has outstanding blue-green foliage, delicate 2-inch flower clusters, and brilliant red and yellow fall color. The pea-sized purple fruits look and taste like a blueberry. They were important as a food source for the Native american tribes and were a basic ingredient in pemmican, the Native American dried food staple. Today the berries are used in pies and preserves. Matures 6 to 10 feet. Zones 3-8.
Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis) is a multi-stemmed shrub. In spring tiny, starpshaped, white flowers are arranged in showy sprays up to 10-inches across, nearly covering the plant. In summer it bears shiny, purple-black fruits used to make elderberry wine and, when cooked, made into pies and jams. The berries contain more vitamin C than any other herb except rose hips and black currants, a considerable amount of vitamins A and B, as well as flavonoids, very powerful antioxidants. Elderberry finishes the show with a colorful autumn display of yellow, orange, and red foliage. This is a wonderful plant for use in naturalized or wildlife gardens. Matures 5 to 12 feet. Zones 4-8.