Aronia is covered in the spring with large clusters of snowy white flowers followed in the fall by large, attractive, blue-black berries. The grand finale is the striking, fire engine red, fall foliage in October. Very nutritious and high in anthocyanins, Aronia berries are eaten fresh but are more commonly used to make tasty juice and preserves. The very dark blue juice is also a high quality, stable, natural food color.
Chinese Haw Known in China as Shan Zha, we saw this fruit for the first time in 1999 as we traveled through Northern China. Growing to be an attractive, small to medium size tree, Chinese Haw bears heavy crops of round, large, 1-1/2" diameter, dark red fruit. Ripening in September, this flavorful fruit is eaten fresh, dried, stewed, and made into candy. Chinese Haw has beautiful reddish foliage in the fall in addition to making a striking sight when it is covered with fruit.
Romeo Cherry (Prunus 'Romeo') (7-7-5.8) Z2, 6.5', moderate moisture, full sun, white flowers, dark red 4.0g fruits in late Aug-early Sept., very flavourful cherries with Brix of 22, productive, self-pollinating, good juicer. Can start producing at a younger age but is a little less Hardy. HAVE standard tree.
King of the North is a labrusca type grape that is winter hardy to -40F. It is very vigorous and productive and ripens early with high acidity, but can produce a somewhat fruity, rich, aromatic, Concord-style red wine. King of the North is an excellent seeded table grape for cold climates, and makes an excellent juice as well.
Breda Giant Medler- These small, self-fruitful trees grow about 8 to 10 feet tall. They have long, tropical-looking foliage, white flowers at the branch tips in spring and unusual 1 inch diameter round, brown fruits. They become soft and spicy with a cinnamon applesauce flavor. Fruits may be eaten raw or made into jelly. Begins bearing 2 to 3 years after planting.