Putting the Fruit Back in Fruit Trees

Getting the Fruit Back - Flowering Plum - article-top
This purple leaf plum was bred to eliminate fruit for a better ornamental variety with burgundy foliage and pink flowers.

In the hoity toity world of landscape architecture, small flowering trees known as “accents” are often fruit trees bred to enhance the flowers but eliminate the fruit. The Japanese flowering cherry is a famous example in Washington DC. The Bradford pear has become a favorite white accent for urban gardens. But times have changed and my clients are all clamoring to get the fruit back without sacrificing beautiful flowers.
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