Test Your Knowledge - October

Gardenia fruit
Gardenia fruit
Karen Russ, HGIC

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This is the fruit of gardenia. Because of its resemblance to rose hips, it is often called a gardenia hip. The gardenia fruit is a fleshy, bright orange berry, 1 to 1½ inches long, with the ½ to 1 inch long remains of green flower sepals protruding from the top. Color develops in late October to November. Fruit is most likely to appear on single flowered gardenias such as ‘Daisy’. An old cultivar especially known for abundant fruit production is 'Rosedown Star'. It is often called the “Hip Gardenia.” Gardenia fruit are not edible.

For more information on gardenias, see HGIC 1065, Gardenia.

Karen Russ
HGIC Horticulture Specialist

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