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.