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Jd Gonzalez
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I work for a school district in Virginia and have a very avid groundskeeper that is always asking for plant donations. The plants he asks for must meet certain conditions: Perennials, must have attractive foliage or must have flowers. So, I found these lovely trees and shrubs that meet his requirements.

Starting last year, I donated 8 Hazelnuts, 2 Manchurrian apricots, 8 saskatoon serviceberry trees, 4 sugar sweet cherry trees (Prunus tomentosa 'Nanking'), and 8 dwarf flowering sand cherries (Prunus besseyi). Most are saplings at this time, and all have awesome changing foliage and stunning flowers, but the fruit and nuts it will provide in a few years are an extra bonus.

They are planted in a courtyard outside the school cafeteria and I make sure they are mulched and watered.
 
Bryant RedHawk
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Now that is indeed guerrilla food foresting. Great for the students too, just go grab a snack when things are ripe.
 
Jd Gonzalez
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A hazelnut in the forefront followed by several serviceberries, sugar sweet cherries and more hazelnuts.
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Jd Gonzalez
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Last guerrila planting before the cold hits. Manchurrian apricots, saskatoons, sand cherries, and hazelnuts.
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Manchurrian apricots, saskatoons and hazelnuts
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Jd Gonzalez
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Update: one of the sugar sweet cherries (Nanking) decided to bloom! A Precocious little seedling that's benefiting from a brick wall's solar gain effects.
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S Bengi
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I hope my plants don't leave out/bloom in zone 6b until next this time.
 
Jd Gonzalez
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Update: Nanking cherry is branching out. Saskatoons and more hazelnuts in the background. This Hazelnut is growing and a few nuts might be produced. Had some losses due to kids playing and trampling seedlings.
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Jd Gonzalez
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Here is an update on the food forest at it third year. We had some loses but also surprises.
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Guerrilla Food Forest update
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Jd Gonzalez
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Three year old hazelnuts. No inputs other than mulch.
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Jd Gonzalez
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What a difference a day makes.

My precocious Nanking Cherries got hit by snow and low temps.


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Jd Gonzalez
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Thank you for fixing the pics. I tried several ways to no avail.  JD
 
Jd Gonzalez
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Looks like the Hazelnuts will have a bountiful harvest this fall.
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Todd Parr
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Thanks for continuing to update this.  I'm really enjoying it.
 
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