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Mo‘omomi Dunes, Moloka‘i
Although one of the smaller of the Hawaiian Islands, Moloka‘i incorporates a rural life style all but vanished from the larger islands and a quiet beauty of its own. Its nickname, The Friendly Isle, could not be more apt. Click here for a botanical tour of this uniquely beautiful island.
Other articles by Bruce include:
Dubautia — A Study in Diversity
Hawaiian Sandalwood - A Shameful History
Rare Delights of Hawaii
The Spanish chestnut (Castanea sativa) relative of the chinquapin is the source of the chestnuts that we roast over an open fire during the holidays. If you have the space, nut trees are really fun to grow and each can produce dozens (even hundreds!) of pounds of delicious and nutritious nuts each year.
Besides the Spanish chestnut, also consider:
Chinese chestnut (Castanea mollissima )
hickory (Carya ovata)
pecan (Carya illinoinensis)
walnut (Juglans nigra)
The pignut hickory and its kin, the shellbark hickory (C. laciniosa), are large forest trees that produce edible nuts that are also valuable sources of food for wildlife.
The European filbert or hazel nut (Corylus avellana) and its hybrids are the source of the delicious nuts that are used to make Nutella® spread. Gardeners may be more familiar with the variety 'contorta' that has corkscrew stems and is often planted as an ornamental specimen.