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Author: Allyson Levy, Scott Serrano


384 pages


3 total reviews

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The easy-to-use resource for growing healthy, resilient, low-maintenance trees, shrubs, vines, and other fruiting plants worldwide is perfect for farmers, gardeners, and landscapers at every scale.

Illustrated with more than 200 color photographs and covering 50 productive edible crops—from Arctic kiwi to jujube, medlar to heartnut.

Cold-Hardy Fruits and Nuts is a one-stop compendium of the most productive, edible fruit-and nut-bearing crops that push the boundaries of what can survive winters in cold-temperate growing regions. While most nurseries and guidebooks feature plants riddled with pest problems, veteran growers and founders of the Hortus Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Allyson Levy and Scott Serrano, focus on familiar and unfamiliar fruits that have few, if any, pest or disease problems and an overall higher level of resilience.

Inside Cold-Hardy Fruits and Nuts, you’ll find:

  •  Taste profiles for all fifty hardy fruits and nuts, with notes on harvesting and uses
  •  Plant descriptions and natural histories
  •  Recommended cultivars, both new and classic
  •  Propagation methods for increasing plants
  •  Nut profiles including almonds, chestnuts, walnuts, and pecans
  •  Fertilization needs and soil/site requirements
  •  And much more!

With beautiful and instructive color photographs throughout, the book is also full of concise, clearly written botanical and cultural information based on the authors’ years of growing experience. The fifty fruits and nuts featured to provide a nice balance of the familiar and the exotic: from almonds and pecans to more unexpected fruits like maypop and Himalayan chocolate berry. Cold-Hardy Fruits and Nuts gives adventurous gardeners all they need to get growing.

Experienced and novice gardeners interested in creating a sustainable landscape with a greater diversity of plant life and providing healthy foods will find this book invaluable.

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Daniel Michaud
Better than I expected

I am interested in starting a long term homestead in the northeast. This book does a great job of explaining options for fruit and nut trees and is helping me to make my plan. I recommend this for anybody wanting to have their own fruit and nut trees.

Don Abbott (the Snarky Gardener)
Attended their MEN Fair presentations

Bought this book at the Mother Earth News Fair 2023 in Erie PA. Allyson and Scott gave 2 wonderful presentations about cold hardy fruits. I immediately started ordering plants online for my Northeast Ohio plot the following week. The book is very well-written and the pictures are top quality. Highly recommended.

Kevin Rabe

Nice book