GROWING FRUIT TREES 2018-01-15T11:06:03+00:00

Project Description

Our Favorite trees to grow are the ones that are low maintenance and have surefire crops.

Blooms that appear after spring frosts, tolerance to extremes of temperature, drought tolerance, and pest and disease resistance are all features of these tough trees.

  • Jujube:  Jujubes are the toughest, most pest and disease free, drought tolerant, precocious and productive trees we have ever grown! The fruit is sweetness reminiscent of an apple but  without an acid component. It is crunchy, almost explosively. They have a lightweight spongy texture,  with low water content. We are growing five trees with four different cultivars.
  • American persimmon: Another late blooming species. The fruits are translucent pumpkin colored orbs up to one and a half inches diameter.  Trees reach 40 ft tall but the best way to harvest fruit is to let it fall onto a nice clean lawn. Fruits can be process in quantity and used in baking and desserts or eaten fresh the same day they fall.
  • European pears:  European pears that have been bred for fire blight resistance are a great way to go if you want hassle free fruit. The blossoms are cold hardy and the fruit can persist through freezing spring temperatures. The hard unripe fruit often crushes burrowing fruit pests before they get big enough to do any damage.  Varieties like Harrow Sweet make a good keeper pear.
  • Che: The cousin of the tough Osage orange, the Che tree shows much promise for growing in our region. Blooms late, and produces a mesmerizingly colorful red fruit by September. Watermelon/mulberry flavored fruits with a smooth juicy texture.
  • Autumn Olive: Though considered to be an invasive species in many parts of the country , autumn olive can produces an outstanding fruit great for processing and fresh eating. Choose selected cultivars such as Amber and Ruby for which we have had great success. These large bushes need adequate rainfall to produce high yields of fruit. Harvest is made simple by shaking fruit onto sheets. The plants nitrogen fixing buddies, actinorhyzal bacteria, make it a useful nurse plant or food forest component.

Here is the short list of good advice to get you started planting trees.

  • Evaluate potential planting sites for appropriate sunlight, drainage, soil, proximity to structures & walkways, and distance from other trees.
  • Select appropriate varieties, including ones with  disease resistance
  • Select rootstocks appropriate your specific location and desired mature tree size.
  • Plant trees during the dormant season but before or after frozen ground.
  • Plan in advance for water access so that trees can be irrigated until they are established.
  • Prevent damage to trees from herbivorous animals and careless humans.
  • Mulch trees with wood chips to retain soil moisture and outcompete grass.
  • Familiarize yourself with the basics of pruning  and tree hygiene.

Join Us

Join us for monthly Community Orchard Days March-November, or stop by anytime to pick the ripe fruit or just enjoy the parklike setting: 830 Garfield St. or access the Orchard from 13th and Oregon St.