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Persimmons and quinces are ripening at the moment and if you manage to beat the birds, they are two small very ornamental trees that deserve a position in any garden.

Not only do they have the added bonus of the fruit, the quince tree has lovely arching branches and soft pink flowers in spring. These flowers are closely followed by gorgeous soft light green foliage and large golden apple shaped fruit. They are a hardy small tree and will thrive readily in harsh conditions.

The persimmon fruits as the leaves are colouring to a bright burgundy making it a gorgeous sight with the vibrant orange fruit. The non-astringent varieties are perfect as they can be picked and eaten when crunchy. Bite into an astringent variety and your mouth will certainly know about it.

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