LCO Plant Tour View this virtual tour of the plants of Lawrence Community Orchard Li Jujubes, just starting to ripen in late august. Jujubes are the toughest, most pest and disease free, drought tolerant, precocious, and productive trees we have ever grown! The fruit has sweetness reminiscent of an apple but without an acid component. It is crunchy, almost explosively. They have a lightweight, low water content. We are growing five trees with four different cultivars. The oblong fruit of a Lang jujube. Jujube weighted down with fruit. Autumn olive, a large bush producing a tasty fruit up to a quarter inch diameter. This plant fixes nitrogen with the help of actinomyces bacteria. Superior cultivars such as this “Amber”autumn olive are the best way to go if you want high yields and non-astringent fruit. Autumn olive with yet to be ripe fruit. Paw Paw fruit. LCO trees are not yet of bearing age. Paw paw blossoms. Yellow blooms on Siberian pea shrub. Immature Siberian pea shrub pods. Evereste crab apple is a very disease resistant tree. Comfrey makes a great living mulch and fertizer. purple comfrey blooms. Figs in Kansas? Yes it can be done! This Asian pear cultivar, Olympic Giant, is a good choice because it is has greater resistance to fire blight than other Asian pears. It is also much more vigorous a grower than other Asian pears. Asian pear. Bronze fennel is a great herb and attracts lots of pollinating insects.f Here is a newly planted che tree. Che is also known by the names melon berry and Chinese mulberry. This plant is a close relative of mulberry and Osage orange, so closely related in fact, that it is grafted onto Osage orange as a non-suckering rootstock. Osage orange is a ubiquitous tree in eastern Kansas, it doesn’t take much to top work graft an existing hedge tree with che and make a productive fruit tree. Its a wonder why Che is not more common in Kansas with its tasty , mulberry/melon flavored fruits ripening every fall. At LCO we have planted 16 of these trees in a hedge. some volunteer cherry tomatos. Persimmon in Spring before leafing out. This tree is a clone of the well known persimmon in front of Strong Hall on the KU campus. tiny persimon blossoms. Goumi in Bloom Elderberry flowers forming. Bush Indigo brimming with pollen.