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Java Almond(Sterculia foetida) see pod. The java almond is a tall, straight-trunked tree with stinky flowers, hence sometimes called the Skunk Tree. It’s widely distributed in warm climates from Australia to India to Ethiopia and everywhere in between.It produces bluish steel grey nuts in shells that form three- or four-leaf clover shapes as they dry out and become woody, crack open, and reveal the nuts/seeds. The nuts are the source of a cooking oil and may also be eaten raw. The...
Akebia trifoliata is a cold hardy climber with fragrant blooms and sweet purple fruit. It's native to Japan where it grows wild in the forest. In late spring, chocolate-pink blossoms bloom in clusters against delicate lacy foliage. In fall, fat lavender fruit appear. They're incredibly sweet, even more impressive than the flowers, and are usually made into jelly.Akebia is hardy in zones 5-8. It thrives in dappled sun or full shade (few vines bloom in the shade) and isn't fussy about soil, ...