Maqui berry

Aristotelia chilensis

Available now free to a good home (minimum 3…they are either male or female, you need both for fruit and 3 is better than 2!)

6 month old seedlings 40-50cm.  A native plant of the Valdivian temperate rainforests in South America. Edible fruit are small purple-black berries. Fast growing for us, reaching 170cm in the second year. These beautiful evergreen trees are dioecious: both a male and female tree are needed for fruiting. Best to plant a grove or hedgerow of three or more to increase the chances of pollination. Most suited to a sunny/dappled forest edge system with protection from cold winds.


Late summer / early autumn


Left to right: Egremont russet, Liberty, Tydeman’s late orange, Belle de Boskoop. Habitate heritage fruits nursery ( have just released their 2016 catalogue, be in quick to order these varieties plus many more, all suited to our southern climate.


‘Liberty’ apple


‘Merton russet’ apple espalier


Lettuce, Egyptian walking onions and oregano


‘Blackboy’ peach and blackcurrants


Home base for chickens: under a large Hoheria tree that provides wind and rain shelter, shade, leaf litter; an open air covered roost (obscured right); constant access to deep litter/compost piles; bucket and tray for dry foods; water tray (left) raised on block to limit scratched in debris; additional evergreen shrub shelter foreground right (Elaeagnus x ebbingei). All positioned mid-garden to allow multiple easily fenced rotations.


Double grafted pear: ‘Conference’ right, Wanaka pear (Winter Nellis?) left


Fast growing grove of Aristotelia chilensis (Maqui berry)


‘Albany surprise’ grape


Purple sprouting broccoli, curly kale and a newly planted border of Welsh bunching onions and chicory


Aristotelia chilensis (Maqui berry) seedlings


Aronia melanocarpa (black chokeberry)


Early summer

Bergamot, fava (tic) beans, Liberty apple

Bergamot, fava beans (tic), Liberty apple

Gevuina avellana nut seedlings

Gevuina avellana nut tree seedlings

Asparagus 'Sweet purple'

Asparagus ‘Sweet purple’

Asparagus seeding

Asparagus seeding


‘Moorpark’ apricot, lemon balm

Front entrance. Poroporo, Marion berry, 'Discovery' apple

Front entrance. Poroporo, Marion berry, ‘Discovery’ apple

Lemon verbena, Elaeagnus, burdock

Lemon verbena, Elaeagnus, burdock

Araucaria araucana (monkey puzzle) nut seedlings

Araucaria araucana (monkey puzzle) nut tree seedlings

Aristotelia chilensis (Maqui berry) seedlings.

Aristotelia chilensis (Maqui berry) seedlings.


Red clover and redcurrant underneath apricot tree


Peas drying out after climbing a young Hoheria.

Peas drying out after climbing a young Hoheria.

'Tydeman's late orange' apple

‘Tydeman’s late orange’ apple

Gaultheria shallon (salal berry) seedings

Gaultheria shallon (salal berry) seedings

Elaeagnus, burdock

Elaeagnus, burdock, Hoheria

Tydeman's late orange' apple

Tydeman’s late orange’ apple


‘William’s bon Cretian’ pear


This trellis for blackberry and boysenberry doubles as a chicken fence extension and wind screen


Barley cover crop for future feijoa mulch


Grapes almost bridging over front entrance


‘Liberty’ apple with white clover and herb groundcover


Tamarillo coming up quickly beneath Poroporo (fruit, mulch and potential frost protection for Tamarillo), Haskap berries and pear