My List of Fruit Trees

Hello!  It’s great to see you again, well I meant “cyber-ly speaking” that is (is “cyber-ly” even a word?).  Hubby and I were running around on the other side of town most of Saturday, and it was definitely raining.  When we returned home, there were signs that it had rained on the North end of town, as well.  If our trees could leap out of the ground and do a “jigged-y jig”, they would have.  They looked so “refreshed”.

Speaking of my fruit trees, okay everyone – it’s reveal time.  In my last post, I shared with you more information on how I designed my fruit tree orchard (both the front yard and back yard).  As part of my post, I shared with you my final tree spacing and placement plan.  Today, I would like to fill you in on what trees I planted this past February (2011).

My Fruit Tree List
Front Yard Orchard

Front Yard Orchard

Here it is… my front yard orchard.  I’ve listed the names of the fruit trees on the photo itself.  For more information on these trees, please read on.

Most of these trees were purchased bare root (unless noted otherwise)

Almond, All-In-One – Nemaguard Peach Rootstock
Semi-Dwarf
At time of purchase tree was approximately 1/2″ in diameter
Self-Fruitful
Requires about 500 Chill Hours
Planted 2/3/11

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Apple, Dorsett Golden – M-111 Rootstock
At time of purchase tree was approximately 1/2″ in diameter
Self-Fruitful
Requires about 100 Chill Hours
Planted 2/14/11

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Apple, Pink Lady (Cripps Pink) – M-7 Rootstock
Purchased two trees
At time of purchase trees were approximately 1/4″ in diameter
Self-Fruitful
Requires about 400-500 Chill Hours
Planted 2/17/11 – first tree
Planted 2/18/11 – second tree

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Asian Pear, Chojuro – OhxF333 Rootstock
At time of purchase tree was approximately 1/2″ in diameter
Pollinated by Hosui, Shinko, or other pear
Requires about 450 Chill Hours
Planted 2/18/11

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Asian Pear, Hosui– Betulaefolia Rootstock
It was challenging to locate the recommended rootstock (OhxF333) so we chose this one instead; this rootstock has been noted to be very vigorous, tolerates wet soil, dry soil, alkaline soil. Resists pear decline. More winter hardy.  Our tree is performing beautifully so far in our weather and soil.

At time of purchase tree was approximately 1/2″ in diameter
Pollinated by Chojuro , Shinko, Bartlett or 20th Century
Requires about 450 Chill Hours
Planted 2/13/11

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Fig, Black Mission – its own rootstock (potted)
At time of purchase tree was approximately 1/4″ in diameter
Self-Fruitful
Requires about 100 Chill Hours
Planted 2/12/11

Now, here is my back yard orchard…

Back Yard Orchard

Most of these trees were purchased bare root (unless noted otherwise)

Apricot, Blenheim (Royal) – Nemaguard  Peach Rootstock
At time of purchase tree was approximately 1/2″ in diameter
Self-Fruitful
Requires about 500 Chill Hours
Planted 2/7/11

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Flavor Delight Aprium® Interspecific – Nemaguard Peach Rootstock
(this is a complex hybrid of apricot and plum – it resembles an apricot and the sugar content is much higher than standard apricots and plums)  We heard such great things about this tree – we had to have one!

At time of purchase tree was approximately 1/4″ in diameter
Self-Fruitful
Requires less than 300 Chill Hours
Planted 2/6/11

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Nectarine, Artic Star – Nemaguard Peach Rootstock
At time of purchase tree was approximately 1/4″ in diameter
Self-Fruitful
Requires about 300 Chill Hours
Planted 2/8/11

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Peach, Donut (Stark Saturn), White – Nemaguard Peach Rootstock
At time of purchase tree was approximately 1/4″ in diameter
Self-Fruitful
Requires about 400-500 Chill Hours
Planted 2/9/11

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Peach, Multi-Grafted Tree – Nemaguard Peach Rootstock
Grafted tree includes:
Desert Gold (about 1/2″ in diameter; Requires about 200 Chill Hours – Early)
May Pride (about 1.25″ in diameter; Requires about 175-200 Chill Hours – Early)
Mid-Pride (about 1.25″ in diameter; Requires about 250 Chill Hours – Mid)
Eva’s Pride (about 1″ in diameter; Requires about 100-200 Chill Hours – Mid)

Planted 2/15/11

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Plum, Weeping Santa Rosa – Myro 29C Rootstock
Semi-Dwarf
At time of purchase tree was approximately 1/2″ in diameter
Self-Fruitful
Requires about 400 Chill Hours
Planted 2/6/11

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Pluot, Flavor King – Myro 29C Plum Rootstock
(This tree is interspecific and is a complex hybrid of apricot and plum; it resembles a plum with smooth skin and the sugar content is much higher than standard plums and apricots) We heard such great things about the Pluots and their fruit, so we bought two different kinds!  And for fun, we also planted the two Pluots in the same hole about 18″ apart  (i.e., high density planting!)

At time of purchase tree was approximately 1/2″ in diameter
Pollinated by Flavor Supreme, Santa Rosa Plum or Late Santa Rosa Plum
Requires about 400 Chill Hours
Planted 2/21/11

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Pluot, Flavor Queen – Myro 29C Plum Rootstock
(This tree is interspecific and is a complex hybrid of apricot and plum; it resembles a plum with smooth skin and the sugar content is much higher than standard plums and apricots)

At time of purchase tree was approximately 1/4″ in diameter
Pollinated by Flavor King, and Santa Rosa Plum
Requires about 400 Chill Hours
Planted 2/21/11

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Pomegranate, Eversweet – its own rootstock
We need to replace this tree.  After planting, this was the only tree that refused to “leaf out” and died a short time later
At time of purchase tree was approximately 1/2″ in diameter
Self-Fruitful
Requires about 150 Chill Hours
Planted 2/20/11

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Pomegranate, Wonderful – its own rootstock (potted)
At time of purchase tree was less than 1/4″ in diameter
Self-Fruitful
Requires about 150 Chill Hours
Planted 2/21/11

Future Trees

This fall we plan on purchasing a couple of low-chill varieties of Sweet Cherries –  Royal Lee (200-300 Chill Hours) and Minnie Royal (200-300 Chill Hours).  From what I heard, the UNCE Orchard was planning on testing a few low-chill varieties, but with recent lay-offs, this may have changed.  I’ll have to check on this and let you know.

As I mentioned earlier, we will also be replacing our Eversweet Pomegranate.

Chill Hours – What is this?

From Dave Wilson’s website they describe chill hours as: 
A variety of tree with a low chill requirement is generally defined as one needing:

  • 500 hours or less of accumulated cold below 45 degrees F. between mid November and early February.
  • “low chill” variety is considered to be one that needs less than 300 hours per season.

Check out their link for a better description.

Well, it’s time to sign-off. 

God Bless

The Artistic Desert Gardener

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3 responses to “My List of Fruit Trees

  1. Ted

    Wow what a great orchard you have there. It must have been a lot of work.

    The peach in the photo only shows 3 varieties.

    • Thank you Ted. Won’t kid you… it was work to get all of our trees planted, but I’m expecting the rewards to be great! Good eye re: the photo. The multi-peach actually has 4 varieties. At the time I took the photo, the 4th variety was significantly smaller than the others and it was very slow to leaf out, I felt it might not make it… so I left it out. Well, I’m glad to report, the little guy proved me wrong. The 4th variety is doing awesome and giving the others a run for their money. I’ll have to fix the photo. 🙂

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