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Fruit Trees

Sold bare root till the buds break in spring (March?), then we'll pot them up in soil.

San Francisco's mild climate is challenging for fruit trees. We selected low chill, early ripening varieties for best success.

Low chill: San Francisco gets about 200 to 300 hours of below 45F nights. Early harvest because we have limited warm summer days, so early ripening is our best bet. Microclimates can make a huge difference, though.

Root Stock: these are all grafted onto particular rootstocks, mostly semi-dwarfing rootstocks so the trees don't get too big. We will be adding more information about the type of soils and disease resistance for each rootstock, which is pretty important but complicated.

Pruning: For backyard fruit trees, it's easiest to grow them as a shrub rather than a tall tree which requires a ladder to maintain and harvest. Urban gardens can work best with an espalier; pruned to a short flat plane. You may want to grow them tall to keep useful walking space below the canopy. Talk to us about pruning for your situation. For the shrub style, early pruning needs to be severe.

Some varieties have particular pollination needs, companions and timing. It's good to have a mix of overlapping bloom and harvest times. Ideally you want a small crop (hard pruned) of fruit over a long season. Choose the rootstock for your soil and the chill hours for your zone.

More research on apples



Anna Apple on M7
Estimated Chilling Requirement
    200 hours below 45F
USDA Plant Hardiness Zones
    5 - 10
Pollination
    Self-fruitful or pollenized by Dorsett Golden or Einshemer.
Bloom Season within fruit type(see note)
    very early
Harvest Season within fruit type
    very early
Harvest Dates
    June 30 to July 25
    (approximate for Hickman, CA)




Beverly Hills Apple
Estimated Chilling Requirement
    300 hours below 45F
USDA Plant Hardiness Zones
    5 - 10
Pollination
    Self-fruitful.
Harvest Season within fruit type
    very late
Harvest Dates
    July 10 to July 25
    (approximate for Hickman, CA)




Pink Lady Apple on M7
Estimated Chilling Requirement
    300-400 hours below 45F
USDA Plant Hardiness Zones
    6 - 9
Pollination
    Self-fruitful.
Bloom Season within fruit type(see note)
    midseason
Harvest Season within fruit type
    very late
Harvest Dates
    October 15 to November 10
    (approximate for Hickman, CA)




Espalier Dorsett Golden Apple
Estimated Chilling Requirement
    100 hours below 45F
USDA Plant Hardiness Zones
    5 - 10
Pollination
    Self-fruitful.
Bloom Season within fruit type(see note)
    very early
Harvest Season within fruit type
    very early
Harvest Dates
    June 25 to July 10
    (approximate for Hickman, CA)




Espalier Fuji Apple on M7
Estimated Chilling Requirement
    less than 500 hours below 45F
USDA Plant Hardiness Zones
    6 - 9
Pollination
    Self-fruitful.
Bloom Season within fruit type(see note)
    midseason
Harvest Season within fruit type
    late midseason
Harvest Dates
    September 20 to October 7
    (approximate for Hickman, CA)




Shinseiki Asian Pear on Calleryana
Estimated Chilling Requirement
    250-300 hours below 45F
USDA Plant Hardiness Zones
    5 - 10
Pollination
    Self-fruitful.
Bloom Season within fruit type(see note)
    midseason
Harvest Season within fruit type
    early
Harvest Dates
    July 25 to August 10
    (approximate for Hickman, CA)




Flavor Delight Aprium on Citation
Estimated Chilling Requirement
    less than 300 hours below 45F
USDA Plant Hardiness Zones
    6 - 10
Pollination
    Self-fruitful, but largest crops when pollenized by another apricot.
Bloom Season within fruit type(see note)
    very early
Harvest Season within fruit type
    early
Harvest Dates
    June 3 to June 17
    (approximate for Hickman, CA)




Katy Apricot on Citation
Estimated Chilling Requirement
    200-300 hours below 45F
USDA Plant Hardiness Zones
    7 - 10
Pollination
    Self-fruitful.
Bloom Season within fruit type(see note)
    very early
Harvest Season within fruit type
    early
Harvest Dates
    May 25 to June 5
    (approximate for Hickman, CA)




Minnie Royal Cherry on Newroot-1
Estimated Chilling Requirement
    200-300 or fewer hours below 45F
USDA Plant Hardiness Zones
    6 - 10
Pollination
    Pollenized by Royal Lee.
Bloom Season within fruit type(see note)
    early
Harvest Season within fruit type
    early
Harvest Dates
    May 10 to May 23
    (approximate for Hickman, CA)




Spice Zee Nectaplum on Lovell
Estimated Chilling Requirement
    200-300 hours below 45F
USDA Plant Hardiness Zones
    6 - 10
Pollination
    Self-fruitful.
Bloom Season within fruit type(see note)
    early midseason
Harvest Season within fruit type
    Harvest Dates
    July 16 to August 7
    (approximate for Hickman, CA)




Snow Queen Nectarine on Citation
Estimated Chilling Requirement
    250-300 hours below 45F
USDA Plant Hardiness Zones
    8 - 10
Pollination
    Self-fruitful.
Bloom Season within fruit type(see note)
    late midseason
Harvest Season within fruit type
    early midseason
Harvest Dates
    June 18 to July 1
    (approximate for Hickman, CA)




Stark Saturn Donut Peach on Citation
Estimated Chilling Requirement
    200-300 hours below 45F
USDA Plant Hardiness Zones
    5 - 10
Pollination
    Self-fruitful.
Bloom Season within fruit type(see note)
    late midseason
Harvest Season within fruit type
    early midseason
Harvest Dates
    June 25 to July 10
    (approximate for Hickman, CA)




Red Baron Peach on Citation
Estimated Chilling Requirement
    250-300 hours below 45F
USDA Plant Hardiness Zones
    7 - 10
Pollination
    Self-fruitful.
Bloom Season within fruit type(see note)
    early midseason
Harvest Season within fruit type
    midseason
Harvest Dates
    July 18 to August 1
    (approximate for Hickman, CA)




Arctic Star Nectarine on Citation
Estimated Chilling Requirement
    300 hours below 45F
USDA Plant Hardiness Zones
    7 - 10
Pollination
    Self-fruitful.
Bloom Season within fruit type(see note)
    early
Harvest Season within fruit type
    early
Harvest Dates
    June 8 to June 25
    (approximate for Hickman, CA)




Flavor Grenade Pluot on Myro 29C
Estimated Chilling Requirement
    200-300 hours below 45F
USDA Plant Hardiness Zones
    6 - 10
Pollination
    Pollenized by Flavor King Pluot, Dapple Dandy Pluot, Emerald Drop Pluot or Santa Rosa plum.
Bloom Season within fruit type(see note)
    midseason
Harvest Season within fruit type
    late
Harvest Dates
    August 30 to October 2
    (approximate for Hickman, CA)




Santa Rosa Plum on Citation
Estimated Chilling Requirement
    300 hours below 45F
USDA Plant Hardiness Zones
    5 - 10
Pollination
    Self-fruitful.
Bloom Season within fruit type(see note)
    midseason
Harvest Season within fruit type
    early
Harvest Dates
    June 25 to July 5
    (approximate for Hickman, CA)




Comice Pear on OHxF333
Estimated Chilling Requirement
    600 hours below 45F
USDA Plant Hardiness Zones
    5 - 9
Pollination
    Self-fruitful in most climates of Western U.S. or plant with Bartlett.
Bloom Season within fruit type(see note)
    late midseason
Harvest Season within fruit type
    late
Harvest Dates
    September 15 to October 5




Dorsett Golden Apple Espaliers



Goji Berry

Chinese super-food related to tomatoes.



Buddha's Hand Citron , Citrus
Very unusual fingered fruit with a rich fragrance. We've seen them set fruit near Dolores Park. Use the rind in recipies calling for zest or to perfume a room.



Buddha's Hand Citron



Eureka Lemon , Citrus
Common grocery store lemon. Fruits year round, performs reasonably well in cool climates.



Improved Meyer Lemon , Citrus
Good performer in cool climates. Thin skin, sweet flavor.



Improved Meyer Lemon 25 gallon dwarf



Bearss Lime , Citrus
Performs better than other limes in cool climates and is the common grocery store lime. Give it a warm spot. Main crop in late winter through spring.



Yuzu Lime , Citrus
Popular in Japanese cooking with golf ball sized bumpy skinned, unique flavor and powerful aroma. Use the rind and the juice in cooking. Frost hardy from Tibet.



Owari Satsuma Mandarin , Citrus
Easier than oranges in a cool climate. Fruits early fall to December.



Trovita Naval Orange , Citrus
Best orange for cooler climates. Borderline in sunny SF neighborhoods but worth trying in a warm protected spot.



Washington Navel Orange , Citrus
Borderline in sunny SF neighborhoods but worth trying in a warm protected spot.



Fig White Genoa
Golden Gate Gardening says: 'Yellow-green skin, yellow amber flesh. Good fresh or dried. Very sweet. Good for cooler regions. Modest breba, good main crop.'



Kashmir Pomegranite
150-200 hours chill, needs some summer heat, rich complex flavor good for cooking, juicing, sour. Self fruitful.



Robertson Navel Orange , Citrus 15 gal standard (lolipop).



Bergamot



Bergamot



Fig Excel
Medium-sized, yellow fruit with amber pulp. Sweet rich flavor. Resistant to splitting even under adverse conditions. Superb, all purpose fig. 100 hours chill below 45 F.



Tarocco Blood Orange , Citrus Largest fruit among Blood oranges. Excellent tasting flesh is spotted red; orange skin. Vigorous open growth character. Borderline in sunny SF neighborhoods but worth trying in a warm protected spot.











Mexicola Avocado Slightly smaller version of the Mexicola Grande. Cold Hardy to 18F! High quality fruit with thin shiny black skin. Fruit Size 4 - 8 oz . Ripens August to October (our warm season). A-Type varieties have flowers that open as females on the first morning that then close that afternoon. The next afternoon the flowers open again but this time they are male. They shed pollen for a few hours and then the flower closes again, this time for good. more info

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