Fruit-and-Nuts - Just Arrived

Have you noticed that there is a growing trend towards growing food in one’s own back yard? It is no longer the practice of only a few tree-hugging ‘greenies’ or permaculture practitioners, but has become a pretty mainstream, trendy and, lets face it, sensible thing to do. Apart from the sheer delight of plucking a ripe and juicy fruit specimen off the tree in your own backyard for instant gratification of the senses, the benefits of eating produce that has been grown with a modicum of control regarding the use of pesticides and herbicides is immeasurable.

 And the well-worn wail of “Id simply love to grow fruit trees but I have no space in my garden” does not cut it. With the help of the technique of Espalier and with so many new varieties being bred that can live hapily in tubs, there is no excuse. One gardener we know has a variety of fourteen different fruits growing in her 500sq meter section and she still has space for ornamentals, a pond, veggies and a small native forest – plus the house of course. 


Picture of Currant Laxton Red

A traditional old favourite. Strong upright growth habit and heavy yielding producing high-quality fruits in long bunches of medium-sized crimson berries. Laxton is the most Mildew resistant variety. Flowers are produced later than most redcurrants thereby avoiding late frosts. Self fertile. Deciduous

Fruit is produced on the previous year’s growth and older shoots. Cut back the main branches by one-half after planting. Create a framework of 8-10 branches. Each Winter from year 3 shorten main shoots by one-half. Apply a general fertiliser in Spring.


Colour: White
Habit: Rambling
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m

Currant Laxton Red

Current Stock Height: 30/40cm  ? 

Container: 2.4l  ? 


Picture of Currant Red Gloire de Versailles

Red currants are a great source of vitamin C. They are easy to grow and form attractive shrubs in the home landscape. The fruit can be picked fresh (if you beat the birds) or used for jams, jellies, juices and pies. Freezes well. Good heavy cropper. Ripe around December-January. Deciduous.

Red Currants differ from Black Currants in that they fruit on the older developed wood (branches) of the bush.
Suitable for warmer areas including Auckland/Northland


Colour: White / Green
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 1.8m

Currant Gloire de Versailles

Current Stock Height: 30/40cm  ? 

Container: 4.5l  ? 


Picture of Worcesterberry

A cross between a black currant and a gooseberry. Great for eating fresh or cooking. Forms a large bush with spines. The fruit is ripe when it goes almost black. Prefers well drained moist soil. Plant is sun to part shade. Frost hardy. Deciduous.


Habit: Compact
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 2m


Current Stock Height: 30/40cm  ? 

Container: 2.5l  ? 



Wairere Nursery
826 Gordonton Road, R D 1, Hamilton 3281 Ph: (07) 824 3430 Email:     Open 7 days 8:30am-5pm