Fruit

Plum – Weeping Santa Rosa

Weeping Santa Rosa Plum – semi-dwarf. The Weeping Santa Rosa fruit similar to Santa Rosa, but ripens two weeks later. The Weeping Santa Rosa has beautiful weeping habit making this a remarkable landscape specimen. Also good for espalier as height can be kept to 6-8 feet. Low chill, self-fruitful. Estimated Chilling Requirement 200-400 hours below 45°F Note: In drought years, …

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Goji berry

Goji Berry plant

Goji is a sprawling shrub with long, flexible canes and clusters of small, grey-green leaves. The flowers are a brilliant royal purple and they appear in late spring/early summer along the length of the canes. They give way to juicy, bright red fruits that resemble small peppers. They grow sweeter as they mature on the plant. Goji plants continue to …

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Australian Finger Lime

australian finger limes

Australian Finger Limes ripen in fall or winter in California, and have a flavor reminiscent of true limes. The fruit is sometimes referred to as “citrus caviar” because the small round interior vesicles pop in your mouth with tart lime flavor. Chefs the world over are finding creative uses for Australian Finger Limes, which add unique texture and a special …

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Watermelon – Moon & Stars

The “Moon and Stars” melon is a century-old heirloom from Tennessee/Missouri.  It is a large-fruited melon whose dark-green rind is speckled with tiny yellow dots (the stars) surrounding one or more larger yellow spots (the moon). It is cool that the leaves have the same pattern. Another cool thing is that this is an heirloom melon, not a hybrid, so …

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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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Marionberry

marionberry fruit

The Marionberry is a bright, glossy blackberry with medium to large fruit, somewhat longer than wide. It is special to the area because it is named after the county in which it was developed, and 90% of the world’s Marionberries are grown near Salem. The Marionberry is a trailing vigorous grower, generally producing only a few long canes which grow …

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Cherry – Lapins

Lapins are frequently referred to as “self-fertile Bing”. I have not had much luck with this tree. It would get flowers but few fruit. I thought that maybe it was not a Lapins so I bought a Bing cherry tree to cross-pollinate. But, as advertised, the Lapins flowers about 2 weeks prior to the Bing. This means the Lapins flowers …

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Crane Melon

85 days. The famous California heirloom was introduced in 1920 by Oliver Crane whose family has been farming near Santa Rosa for six generations. Delicious Crenshaw type melons have pale orange flesh that is very sweet and fine flavored; green skinned rind with orange spots when ripe; fruit are 4 lbs. each.

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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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