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Suggestions for Unusual Fruit to grow in Wisconsin?

Does anyone have any suggestions from Unusual/different fruit to grow in the Oshkosh Wisconsin area? (Note: I have no room in the house for a tree) It would need to thrive in our zone 4/5 climate outdoors or be an annual that I could grown in the garden)
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Are you looking for fresh-eating fruits or are you also considering sweetened preserves kind of fruits as well?

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If you are very patient to wait some years to get fruit, paw-paw is a great native fruit and definitely not something you find in the grocery stores.

It is dioecious, separate male and female trees. So you need at least two trees. But since I've not seen any one selling separately labelled male and female trees, three would be better. And will take probably four years before it produces fruit.

But meets your criteria, native, cold hardy and unusual!
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honeyberry. fruiting, cold-hardy honeysuckle bushes. fruit earlier than blueberries...

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Thanks for responses... I appreciate them.

As far as the question - Fresh eating ... Mostly. I'm not much of Jam/Jelly eater but I do like to bake.

4 types of appled
2 types of pears
2 types of cherries
1 Peach (are they really self fertile?)
2 types of plums
Raspberries (Yellow, Red, & Black)
Strawberries
& Ruhbarb
Oh and Blueberries (planted last year and I'm not sure those made through the winter yet - not sure I will replace again if they did not.)
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Re: Suggestions for Unusual Fruit to grow in Wisconsin?

I grew several unusual fruits in New Mexico and then moved to a fruitless property in North Eastern Missouri a few years ago. We are far south of you in Oshkosh but I think the climate is similar. I have a nectarine, apples, pears, and for exotics I have pawpaws, a Saturn “donutâ€

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How about some wild edibles?

Viburnum edule [url=https://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=VIED]ONLY grows in coldest regions[/url] but is touted as the best tasting viburnum species.

Also, though not a fruit per ce, but fruit of the forest -- what about mushrooms? [url=https://www.fieldforest.net/store/index.php?main_page=page&id=7&chapter=0&zenid=b1b9ab8d1d25c6e9cfbd24e375f520b5]This supplier[/url] is based in Wisconsin and provides excellent customer support.

Again not a fruit, and maybe not practical in terms of "growing" but if I lived a little bit further north and had the room, I would definitely include Sugar Maple trees in my list of must-haves. :wink:

Have you tried [url=https://www.sln.potsdam.ny.us/]St. Lawrence Nurseries[/url]?

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For acidic soil loving 'heath-high' fruit.

Bear berry
Upland blueberry
Cranberry (NOT highbush)

for head high bushs
Beach plum
Quince ***
Honeyberry

***I think you may want to search up a recipe for Membrillo and make some first, before you buy quince. I really like membrillo, but not everybody does.

Tall trees
Pecan
Butternut
Hickory
Chestnut

These are lumbering big trees at maturity. Needs be planted 30 feet apart. Not for the average suburban yard.
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