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Edible Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Britain (Temperate): U - Z

See map here for World temperate areas

CL. Climber     D. Deciduous     E. Evergreen
SH. Shrub       T. Tree


Type BOTANICAL NAME COMMON NAME EDIBLE PARTS NOTES
D.T. Ulmus glabra Wych Elm Leaves, immature fruits Most soils
  Dutch Elm Disease has destroyed most Elm trees in Britain. However the trees often survive as suckers and a few forms are more resistant to the disease. Other species mentioned as edible include U. japonica, U. parvifolia, U. procera and U. pumila
E.T. Umbellularia californica California Laurel Seed, leaves - a condiment Dislikes chalk. Prefers a moist soil
 
D.SH. Vaccinium corymbosum Blueberry Fruit Acid soils only
E.SH. Vaccinium macrocarpon Cranberry Fruit Moist or semi-boggy acid peaty soil
D.SH. Vaccinium myrtillus Bilberry Fruit Moist acid peaty soil. Best in an exposed position
E.SH. Vaccinium oxycoccus Small Cranberry Fruit Moist or semi-boggy acid peaty soil. Sunny position
D.SH. Vaccinium praestans Fruit Moist acid soil. Best in Scotland and northern Britain
  Vaccinium is a large genus, all the species bearing more or less edible fruits. Some of the nicer ones include V. angustifolium, V. ashei, V. atrococcum, V. caespitosum, V. canadense, V. deliciosum, V. floribundum, V. hirsutum, V. oldhamii, V ovatum, V. padifolium, V. parvifolium, V. scoparium and V. vacillans
D.SH. Viburnum edule   Fruit Dislikes poor soils
D.SH. Viburnum lantanoides Hobbleberry Fruit Woodlands. Rich soil
D.T. Viburnum prunifolium Stagberry Fruit Dislikes poor dry soils
  Other species include V. cassinoides, V. cotinifolium, V. dilatatum, V. erosum, V. farreri, V. grandiflorum, V. lentago, V nudum, V. opulus. V oulus americanum and V. sieboldii
D.SH. Vitex agnus-castus Chaste Tree Fruit - pepper substitute Mild areas. Warm position
D.CL. Vitis vinifera Grape Leaves, tendrils, sap, fruit, oil from seed Sunny, warm position
  Many other species are also edible though fruiting is problematic in Britain. They include V. aestivalis, V. cordifolia, V. davidii, V. riparia, V. rotundifolia and V. rupestris
 
E.T. Weinmannia racemosa   Fruit Mild areas only. Light rich soil
 
D.T. Xanthoceras sorbifolium   Leaves, flowers, fruit Warm sunny position
 
E.SH. Yucca filamentosa Spoonleaf Yucca Fruit Sunny position. Well-drained soil. Dislikes peaty or chalky soils
E.SH. Yucca glauca Soapweed Fruit, flower stalks, flowers Sunny position. Well-drained soil. Dislikes peaty or chalky soils
E.SH. Yucca gloriosa   Root Sunny position. Well-drained soil. Dislikes peaty or chalky soils
E.SH. Yucca baccata Spanish Bayonet Fruit, seed, flowers and stalks Mild areas. Sunny position. Well-drained soil
  Other species include Y. angustissima, Y. harrimaniae and Y. whipplei
 
D.SH. Zanthoxylum piperitum Pepper Tree Young leaves, seed and bark - a spice  
  Other species include Z. alatum, Z. americanum, Z. planispinum, Z. schinifolium and Z. simulans
D.T. Ziziphus zizyphus Jujube Fruit Mild areas only. Most soils

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