Cherries

I have bought my two cherry trees in East Bay nursery in spring 2016. They have spent a year ina temporary place in the garden and were transplanted to their permanent place in spring (February) 2017. They seem to be ok with my heavy clay soil and partially shaded position (shaded by the house) and grew vigorously in 2017. As all trees in my garden, they are irrigated through drip irrigation with a mixture of rainfall water and greywater.

the two varieties are: Royal Lee Cherry

We have harvested few fruits of Royal Lee Cherry in summer 2017 and they were delicious! Hope to get more in 2018 ūüôā

Minnie Royal Cherry

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Spicy Zee Nectaplum

An interspecific hybrid of nectarine, peach, and plum. Planted in February 2016, transplanted in February 2017. Citation hybrid rootstock. The growth quite vigorous in 2016 (about 8 fruits). Summer pruning was done in 2016. Root system quite extensive during transplanting. Wonderful dark red foliage.

More info: http://www.davewilson.com/product-information/product/spice-zee-nectaplum-interspecific-nectarine

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Stone fruits

Last year I have got 7 stone fruit trees:

  • ‘Katy’ apricot [Dave Wilson Nursery] on ‘Citation’ hybrid¬†rootstock
  • peach (multi-graft – 4 in 1)¬†on ‘Nemaguard Peach’ rootstock
  • Spice Zee Nectaplum Interspecific [Dave Wilson Nursery]¬†on ‘Citation’ hybrid¬†rootstock
  • pluot¬†(multi-graft – 4 in 1)¬†on ‘Citation’ hybrid¬†rootstock
  • sugar¬†prune¬†[Dave Wilson Nursery]¬†on ‘Citation’ hybrid¬†rootstock
  • 2 trees of cherries

I have planted them (mid-February 2016) pretty close to each other (4 ft) as I plan to form kind of a hedgerow. However,¬†later I have decided to me the hedgerow bit closer to the house – transplanting (immediately¬†followed by pruning) happened on February 12, 2017. Sugar prune was¬†simple to move – it’s root system didn’t grow very much. But other four trees were really hard and although we tried our best, some major roots had to be significantly cut and got a bit damaged.

Surprisingly, cherries were less complicated (maybe because the soil in the place where they were planted was quite shallow).

Apricot started to flower just a few days later, as well as one of the peach grafts. I have sprayed all trees with copper on February 18th (to prevent leaf curl).

Cate Macadamia

Macadamia in East Bay? Well, maybe! Macadamia nuts that we all adore are from Macadamia intregrifolia  and Macadamia tetraphylla Рtropical tree originated from Australia. The plant I am trying is  a hybrid between the two species, called Cate Macadamia (Macadamia Cate). It is supposedly self-fertile (does not require another macadamia tree to pollinate and produce fruit). I have planted the tree at the end of March, when it was just after flush of new leaves. Second flush started around the beggining of July.

So far, there are no problems with pests, except some caterpillars on the new leaves.

Loquat alias nispero

Subtropical decorative tree (Eriobotrya japonica) can be found in many gardens around the East Bay, but from what I have observed Рmost trees are possibly seedlings as their fruits are rather small. Many people do not harvest them РI know of several large trees that are only harvested by squirrels.  Loquat tree can grow up to 14 to 16 ft tall if not trained. In East Bay area it can be planted in a spot with full sun whole day. The wind can damage leaves which are otherwise very decorative. Loquat, especially young trees, may be damaged by temperatures bellow 32F. To produce big juicy fruit and abundant growth in the area, the irrigation in summer is necessary.

Loquat is one of the first fruits to be harvested in the spring, some varieties actually even in the autumn. Tastes maybe between apricot and apple, but of course depends on the specific variety.

For some strange reason, loquat is not commonly found in the nurseries around the Bay area. Somebody told me that maybe they are not so easy to graft, but I am not sure whether that is the right reason.

I finally got a tip that God’s Little Acre nursery in San Jose might have several varieties I decided to make a trip there. Tip was right – they had three varieties:

  • Champaign (white-fleshed)
  • Gold Nugget (orange-fleshed)
  • Big Jim (orange-fleshed)

[More information about loquat and varieties is available here: https://www.crfg.org/pubs/ff/loquat.html]

I have opted for Gold Nugget variety.

Only a few weeks later I have discovered that Berkeley horticultural nursery also offers several varieties of loquat.