FRUIT TREES IN THE HI-DESERT

Here’s a bit of info on the fruit trees that are doing well for us.

We buy online from Bay Laurel Nursery: baylaurelnursery.com

They are fantastic. We order in fall and they ship bare root trees in February.

I usually buy things with the following characteristics that seem to matter a lot in the desert:

–low chill hours (because our winters don’t get that cold)
–early ripening (so the fruit doesn’t have to make through our long, hot summer)
–self-fruitful (i.e. self-pollinating so you only have to buy one)

Here’s a complete list of what we’re growing that’s sourced from Bay Laurel Nursery, with descriptions taken from the Bay Laurel website. Arctic Star Nectarine and a Blenheim (Royal) Apricot are doing particularly well after only a few years in the ground

Eva’s Pride Peach – Standard
Delicious, very low chill yellow freestone peach is medium to
large, firm, with sweet flavor. Ripens late June/early July, midway
between May Pride and Mid-Pride. 1-200 hrs. Self-fruitful.

Arctic Star Nectarine – Standard
Earliest to ripen of the white fleshed nectarines. Low in acid,
super sweet with no tartness. Semi-freestone, snow white flesh with
beautiful dark red skin. Rave reviews in trial tastings. Ripens mid to
late June. Low chill, only 300 hours. Self-fruitful.

Babcock (!) Peach – Standard
Longtime favorite white fleshed, freestone peach. Sweet and juicy,
aromatic, subacid. Ripens mid July. Widely adapted: low chilling
requirement, yet not early blooming. 250-300 hrs. Self-fruitful.

All-In-One Genetic Semi-Dwarf Almond on Nemaguard
No. 1 almond for home orchards. Heavy crops of soft shelled nuts with
sweet, flavorful kernels. Hot summer required to ripen; ripens late
September to early October. Fifteen foot tree, very winter and frost
hardy, probably to zone 5, but with better results in zones 8 to 9.
3-400 hrs. Self-fruitful.

Blenheim (Royal) Apricot – Standard
All-purpose freestone, sweet, aromatic, flavorful. Long-time no. 1
apricot in California. Early bloom. Late June/early July harvest. 400
hours or less. Self-fruitful.

Burgundy Plum – Standard
Sweet, juicy and pleasing mild flavored plum with maroon skin and
flesh, small pit and little or no tartness. High taste test scores.
Very productive. Tree has narrow, upright habit. Prolonged harvest,
late July to mid August. 300 hrs. Self-fruitful.

Royal Rosa Apricot on Myrobalan
Extremely vigorous and more disease tolerant than other apricots.
Bears young and heavily. Sweet, low acid, fine-flavored fruit ripens
very early, in late May. Pollenizer for Flavorella plumcot. 500 hours.
Self-fruitful.

Arctic Star Nectarine on Citation
Earliest to ripen of the white fleshed nectarines. Low in acid, super
sweet with no tartness. Semi-freestone, snow white flesh with
beautiful dark red skin. Rave reviews in trial tastings. Ripens mid to
late June. Low chill, only 300 hours. Self-fruitful.

May Pride Peach on Citation
Very early ripening peach for warm winter climates with delicious,
sweet, tangy, yellow semi-freestone fruit. Ripens in late May/early
June; very large for such an early peach. Large, showy pink blossoms.
150-200 hrs. Self-fruitful.

Pakistan King Mulberry
Large maroon to black fruit is 3 1/2 to 5″ long and very sweet with a
raspberry-like flavor. Multi-month long fruiting season. Cold hardy to
USDA zone 9, maybe 7 when mature. Frost sensitive when young. Sweating
is recommended in dry, cold or windy climates to encourage bud break. Self-fruitful.

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About Stephanie Smith

Stephanie Smith trained as an architect and is also a developer, entrepreneur, and orchardist. She designs greenhouses, outhouses, yurts, tipis, tent cities, campsites and homesteading products under the mantra "Lighten Up!" Her 'Cul-de-sac Commune' project is a new model for resource sharing in the city, the suburbs and beyond. Read her full bio
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One Response to FRUIT TREES IN THE HI-DESERT

  1. Katherine England says:

    Thanks Stephanie for this great list. We have been debating fruit trees.

    Sent from my iPhone

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