This is our selection of plants that can stand some cold. Some will only resist to cool weather and light frost, but some others will take hard frost in colder climates. They are all very different but they deserve to be tried because all these tropical-looking plants have non tropical requirements. They will surely thrive outdoors in coastal Mediterranean climates or in a mildly heated greenhouse where frost does not occur.
Widespread Spanish cultivar of Almond, with superior frost-resistance. It was selected in a cold area by Zaragoza by the priest who wanted to find an almond tree able to grow well in the area. Desmayo means Fainting and this is because the branches of the tree are exceptionally weeping, a bit like a willow. This doubtlessly helped the tree to resist frost.
Saturn peaches are smaller and flatter than a regular peach. Their skin is yellow and red, and they are usually less fuzzy than ordinary peaches. Their flesh is also a lot firmer, sweeter and more fragrant than a regular peach. The inside of the peach is pale in appearance.
1,5-3 m shrub, suitable for pot culture. Glossy leaves and round, ornamental flavourful fruits, often used in sorbets or sauces and drinks. Very rich in Vitamin C.Resistant to short frosts down to -5°C.
This dwarf guava was originally brought from Reunion Island. It is a super dwarf guava with miniature leaves and small, good fruits. It is more a conversation peace than a real fruit tree, but it a nice choice for the fruit collector. It is possibly in the species Psidium guava.
Beautiful large Puya with grey-white leaves with few spines, up to 1 m tall, forming clusters with age It bears showy inflorescences, 2 m tall, with blue-black flowers from purple-pink bracts. It is known from a few restricted location at high altitude in the provinces of Tucuman and Catamarca, in northwestern Argentina.
The Soap Tree, Soapberry or 'jaboncillo' is is a tree native to the Americas and some Pacific Islands. The fruit occur in large pyramidal clusters at the ends of branches and it is very soapy. You can actually wash your hands by simply rubbing the fruits! It is very easy to grow, also in pots, and can easily take short, light frost so it is suitable for...
Groundcover to shrubby bamboo, with bold, glossy foliage always in perfect shape. This variegated bamboo will form a spreading clump of thin canes with white and green striped leaves. It is a strong grower. Ideal for contained areas in Asian inspired gardens.
Native to Southern Eruope from about 200 to 2800 m, it has neat stolinferous rosettes with a red hue, and ciliate ("Hairy") leaf margins. It naturally grows in rocky outcrops and cliffs, but it became well known in ancient times since it was typically found on roofs, hence the name "tectorum", meaning "of the roofs"
It is a slow, dwarf ornamental palm that can fit in any garden, and it also takes some good frost to about -10 C. Serenoas are now in high demand because of their fruits, which are now used worldwide to treat prostate disorders.
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