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Hugging House Trees


A few trees of Metrosideros are planted within one foot of the house, and, a Ficus benjamina tree is also planted within one foot of the house on the right side just in from the arch-arbor.    Planting the trees practically right up against the house is a very daring strong-minded design sense.   This is a big deal, done in a high quality manner.  Mission Hills, 2021.

Tropical Pink fleshed Guava - Psidium guajava - 'South African Pink' cultivar available through La Verne Nursery

(Click underlned title for more info)  Excellent guava, nice balance of medium sweetness, medium low / low medium acidity and classic aroma, flavor, pink flesh, yellow skin, medium firm-soft texture.   This is a grafted plant, but growing this guava (and all guavas, basically) from seed is a fair bet for high quality fruit also.  Ripens late autumn to early spring.  Photo above and the pre-cut / whole guava photo immediately below, are both late March 2020.

Asian Pear Multi-graft bush-tree: Shinseiki, Nijisseiki, Hosui, Chojuro

(Click on underlined title to see more info and pictures)   Four Asian Pear varieties grafted onto this pear roostock, as shown in the photo (Pyrus calleryana is apparently the rootstock).

Mango 'Florigon' growing and fruiting great near the ocean, near the beach

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Florigon mango does great at my location in south OB, in sandy-ish garden soil.  Usually true from seed without grafting.   Basically no or minimal disease,  strong growth rate, nice upright trunk and upright rounded branching structure, more drought tolerant than Citrus, leaf burn potential is less or similar to Avocados in that regard.   Polyembryonic seed.

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