The idea of an edible forrest was first conceived in the fall of 2015. The edible forrest or edible forrest trail will be designed to teach someone what plants you could or could not eat if you were stranded in the wild of Alabama. It is also designed to teach someone plants they could use to feed wildlife, plants used for erosion control, and plants that could be used for medicinal purposes.
The following are a brief list and description of a few of the plants to be highlighted by the trail.
Darrow’s Blueberry: Small shrub with little roundish flowers and whiteish pink fruits.
Raspberry: Small green plant producing edible red fruits.
Mayhaw: Small tree producing edible, bright red, cherry-like fruits.
Common pawpaw: Large-leafed tree with low hanging branches produce large green edible fruits.
Plants for Wildlife
Sweet Box: Small green shrub with white flowers that produces small bright-red fruit.
Chokeberry: Small low-hanging shrub producing edible black berry-like fruits.
Serviceberry: Small shrub with white flowers producing fruits in range of blues/purples.
Ficus(Fig Tree): Large, wide tree producing edible yellow fruits called figs.
Florida anise: broad-leafed evergreen shrub that produces white and pink flowers.
Nandina domestica: broad-leafed evergreen shrub with cane-like stems.
Camellia sinensis: Small tree/evergreen shrub with deep green leaves and small white hairs.
Passion Flower: Large blue or purple flowering plant with white-green bulbous fruit.
Crabapple Tree: Small tree producing miniature looking apples in shades of red, yellow and green.
Bee's Nest (future)
Bees are a big part of any type of garden whether it be fruits, veggies or just plain flowers. Bees help with the pollination of basically all plants on earth and the goal of the Bee's Nest is to bring in some plants that are helpful in keeping bees around. Hopefully in starting a Bee's Nest the UM Garden can ensure the polination of all its plants and help raise the population of bees in the surrounding area.
Here are some of the plants they plan to bring in for the Bee's: