Fruit

Pepino Dulce

Pepino Dulce produces fruit that are the size of a large goose egg with a cream-colored rind that usually has beautiful purple stripes. I will give you time to look up the size of a goose egg. It has a sweet, mild flesh that is somewhat melon-like. Used fresh in salads or cooked. Beautiful, glossy ornamental plants require a very long …

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Nectarine – Artic Jay

The Artic Jay Nectarine is a delicious white nectarine. When growing in a small space or a container, it is best to have a dwarf or ultra-dwarf rootstock. If you go with standard or semi-dwarf rootstock, the tree will suffer because its roots cannot spread enough. The biggest problem with nectarines is the dreaded “Peach Leaf Curl”. This plant is attractive to …

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Double Delight Nectarine

The Double Delight Nectarine is a delicious yellow nectarine. When growing in a small space or a container, it is best to have a dwarf or ultra-dwarf rootstock. If you go with standard or semi-dwarf rootstock, the tree will suffer because its roots cannot spread enough. The biggest problem with nectarines is the dreaded “Peach Leaf Curl”.

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Honey Dew Melon

Honey Dew Melon, Cucumis melo var. ?   Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info) Genus: Cucumis (KOO-koo-mis) (Info) Species: melo var. inodorus Cultivar: ?   Category: Vegetables Vines and Climbers   Height: 6-12 in. (15-30 cm)   Spacing: 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)   Sun Exposure: Full Sun   Bloom Color: Gold (Yellow-Orange)   Days to Maturity: Unknown – Tell us   Other …

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Christmas Plums

My plum tree has ripe fruit on Christmas 2014! The plum trees are supposed to flower once a year in March and bear fruit in June. The last two years the trees have also flowered in October. The cause: the last two years have been drought years and have been historically warm. The trees are expending energy growing fruit when …

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Loquat

loquat fruit

Our backyard neighbor had a mature loquat tree. It was about 12 feet tall and 9 feet wide. During the spring thousands of blossoms would flower. Hundreds of bees would swarm. My poor cherry tree flowered at the same time and scarcely a bee would move the 3 feet from the loquat tree to the cherry tree. The loquat fruits …

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Bearss Lime

Bearss limes are a wonderful variety for Sunnyvale that produces fruit in the late fall or early winter. You can grow it in the ground or in a container. If you grow in a container, you normally will select a dwarf rootstock. This variety can also be grown indoors. If growing in the ground, I recommend the semi-dwarf rootstock (because …

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Grapefruit – Oro Blanco

Grapefruit (Citrus x paradisi ‘Oro Blanco’). Productive. Hardy. Long-lived (my tree is over 40 years old). Can be grown in container or small ground area (mine is in a 24-inch trench).   Family: Rutaceae (roo-TAY-see-ee) (Info) Genus: Citrus (SIT-rus) (Info) Species: x paradisi (par-ih-DEE-see) (Info) Cultivar: Oro Blanco   Category: Edible Fruits and Nuts, Trees, Tropicals and Tender Perennials   …

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Orange – Washington Navel

washington navel oranges in december

The Washington Navel Orange is the go-to Sweet Orange.  It is famous for its winter fruits.  The seedless fruit is flavorful, juicy and peels easily.  They hold well on the tree, but will drop early in dry and hot climates. Source: Received as budwood from another Washington navel tree, Riverside, Calif., 1918.   Parentage/origins: Washington navel orange is also known …

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