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I purchased a couple of Fourberry bushes earlier in the year and planted them in my garden. They have had a decent growth and a good amount of fruit and the flowers are pretty indeed (although I havent had the chance to see the bright red autumn foliage yet).
I waited patiently for the fruit to ripen nicely before starting to pick it. I was so diasppointed when I did though. They have a fairly long stalk on one end and a longer flower remnant on the other end. When trying to take them off they peel the ckin away already damaging the fruit. When trying the fruit it got worse. The skin of the fruit is horible and tough as hell (it's like eating leather) and the taste of the fruit is far from the sweet and juicy that it gets advertised as.
I am sincerely disappointed and the only reason I havent pulled the bushes out is simple curiosity and hope that things may improve as the plant matures.
what is fourberry?
I may be a bit of a stick in the mud, but I tend to think that if our gardening forebears didn't think they were worth eating, they probably aren't. The flowers and autumn foliage does look good, and I bet the birds will enjoy the berries - so good for a wildlife garden maybe?
Our gardening forebears were right Dove. The berries on these are tiny.
"Developed in Switzerland by a family fruit nursery that began as long ago as 1889, their Lubera brand specialises in new fruit varieties of all kinds. Their RedLove apple was launched last year."
I bought my dwarf apricot from them, but this is a German company, not Swiss, they just have a branch in Switzerland.
Dove, you are right, the only thing they're good for is wildlife gardening.
Sue, I did buy a couple of RedLove trees as well so I do sincerely hope that that experience turns out better than the fourberries.
Out of interest why did you chose to grow them?
I like blueberries and fruits of forest in general and this variety promised to combine a few of them. So I fell for the advertising "sweet words". lol
I was thinking of getting them too but I might give them a miss then. I'll stick to my blackberries I think. I've bought Cornus mas, Aronia Nero, Aronia Viking and Lonicera caeruleum Duet+ Ktch... (sp?) I like the idea of a more 'wild' fruit. I love Rowan berry jelly. Our ancestor gardeners had to work hard selecting for tastier and better fruit, sometimes 'tastier' gets lost in favour of 'better'. So I want to give the more 'wild' fruits a go. I don’t net my fruits so if the birds get them they get them, Che sera.
I recently just bought one, but it has just died. I am about to get a replacement from the nursery that I bought it from, but greenlove's experience has put me off.
I think I will rethink what to replace it with. I thought the flower, bush and fruit would contrast well with my Japanese wineberry plant.
Back to the drawing board!
My Fourberry has just started flowering. My plant came from a cutting I took from a friends plant last year, I hope it's not as bad as greenlove makes out. My wild Blackberry taken from a wild plant is showing well, it is one of those blackberries that have large, "bibbly bobble" fruit with a true blackberry flavor, my cultivated blackberries have a large fruit but with not a true blackberry flavor. I am also starting for the first time to grow the Black Raspberry and the canes are covered with flowers so I expect a bumper crop. My 150 Strawberry plants are also covered with flowers so again another bumper crop, as with the Blackcurrants. Looks like a good year for the fruit, just what I need to combat the alien inside of me. I have three box freezers and last year I filled two and a half of them and have still run out of berries, three full ones should see me through the year.
I remember having this shrub planted as an ornamental [contrast with Ribes sanguineum] when I worked for a Council Parks and cemeteries dept. The flowers had a lovely clove like scent and the leaves a good autumn colour. At that time there was no mention of it as an edible plant in the literature I read before choosing it, so it it is hardly likely to be that flavoursome.
It has a wonderful scent - clove-like and strong. That is enough to reason to get one, but leave the berries for the birds. And it has a gorgeous yellow flower.
The Nursery replaced the ailing plant, so I will wait to see what the flavour is like. If it is not that good then the flowers, scent and leaf colour will be sufficient. I am lucky to have a large wild life hedge in which, I have planted lots of fruit trees and berry bushes. At the end of the year I am going to recycle a marquee frame into a fruit cage, so will try a few more exotics then.
Now researching what specimens I can plant in an area that has canker that I cannot contain because of the roots of established trees. An interesting challenge I have ahead.
Trusting we all get a bumper harvest this year.