Bella Gold Peacotum ® interspecific peach x apricot x plum
A new fruit type from Zaiger Hybrids. Slightly fuzzy skin, like that of an apricot, bright yellow with an attractive red blush. Tart skin gives way to mildly sweet amber flesh for a delightful eating experience, a mildly sweet flavor all its own. Naturally semi-dwarf tree. Known to be pollenized by Flavor Grenade Pluot® and Blenheim apricot. 500 hours. (Pat. No. 17826) (Zaiger)
Flavor Delight Aprium (apricot x plum)
Resembles an apricot but with a distinctive flavor and texture all its own. Pleasant, lingering aftertaste. Early June. Bigger crops if pollinated by any apricot. Pat.No. 7090 (Zaiger)
Wonderful new fruit from Zaiger Hybrids, early season harvest ripening 1 week later than Flavor Delight Aprium®. White Flesh is extra sweet and juicy, with a with a plumy aftertaste. Cot-N-Candy’s size is 2 to 2 1⁄2 inches on average.
Self-fruitful. (Patent Pending)
Katy Apricot Large, all-purpose flavorful freestone. Tree ripe fruit is subacid (not tart). A favorite apricot for warm-winter climates. Early harvest, 3-4 weeks before Blenheim (Royal). Estimated chill requirement: 200 to 300 hours. Self-fruitful. Pat. No. 4339. (Zaiger)
Blenheim (Royal)All-purpose freestone, sweet, aromatic, flavorful. Long-time No.1 apricot in California. Early bloom. Late June harvest in Central Calif. Estimated chill requirement: 400 hours or less. Self-fruitful.
Royal Rosa ApricotExtremely vigorous, more disease tolerant than other apricots. Bears young and heavy. Especially nice fruit: sweet, low acid, fine flavor. Very early harvest (late May in Central Calif.). Excellent backyard apricot. 500 hours. Self-fruitful. (Zaiger)
Also called “Chinese date.”
Pear-shaped fruits are reddish-brown, dry, wrinkled, sweet and chewy (like dates) when fully ripe in early fall. Attractive, easy-to-grow tree: hardy, drought-resistant, virtually pest and disease free. Requires long, hot summer. Pollenized by Li.
Also called “Chinese date”. Round-shaped fruits are larger than Lang. Reddish-brown, dry and wrinkled, sweet and chewy (like dates) when fully ripe in early fall. Attractive, easy-to-grow tree: hardy, drought-resistant, virtually pest and disease free. Requires long, hot summer. Partly self-fruitful, or pollenized by Lang.
Fashion: An exotic contorted form with delicate foliage that is dense enough to provide moderate wind reduction.
Function: Very hardy ornamental that gives a thorny barrier and produces a delightful, sweet fruit that can be eaten fresh and crunchy in the fall or dried like a date. Use Li Jujube as an angular shade or to block a view.
Pakistan Fruiting Mulberry
Long (3 inches), firm, red to black, sweet syncarpous (like a blackberry) fruit. Non-staining juice. Month-long early summer harvest. Fruit used fresh and for pies, jams and jellies. Large, vigorous, disease-resistant tree.
Feijoa Pineapple Guava
Hardy to 12 degrees and native to the tropics of Central and South America, the pineapple guava was exported in the late 19th century to Australia and New Zealand where it has been an important commercial crop for more than 100 years. The fruit is sold domestically and to foreign markets worldwide.
Pineapple guava is a beautiful, evergreen shrub or small tree (growing to 15 feet), which may also serve as a landscape accent or backdrop due to its silvery-blue foliage and cinnamon-colored “peely”-textured bark. The flowers, borne in May and June, are 1-1/2″ to 2 inches in diameter and striking crimson-pink on white. The thick waxy flower petals are edible, with a subtle flavor similar to a mild honeysuckle, making them perfect when used as a garnish or sprinkled on salads and desserts.
The fruit is ripe in the fall, from October to December. Oblong in shape, these fruits weigh from 1-1/2 to 6 ounces, depending on the cultivar. On the tree, the fruit is sometimes hard to spot, as it is the same silvery-blue color as the foliage, even when ripe. Harvest when the fruits begin to drop—don’t worry if they fall, they’ll be at peak flavor. In sunny locations, pick them up immediately, however, as ripe fruit on the ground is susceptible to sunburn. The flesh has the texture of a pear and tastes like a blend of pineapple, strawberry and banana.
Coffee Cake Persimmon: Coffeecake™ (Nishimura Wase)
Unique spicy-sweet flavor that instantly evokes images of cinnamon pastry, hot coffee and morning sunshine. Ripens about the same time as Chocolate and about three weeks to one month earlier than Fuyu. Coffeecake™ is non-astringent and can be eaten while still firm if it is has a pollinizer nearby. If there is not another type of persimmon to pollinate, it is astringent and must be eaten soft or after frost, freezing or drying. Hardy, attractive tree, practically free of pests and disease. Another persimmon variety required as a pollinizer to eat it crunchy like a Fuyu. Great fall color too!
Fuyu – Jiro (“Apple Persimmon”)
Medium size, flat shape, still hard when ripe, non-astringent. Cool or hot climate. Hardy, attractive tree, practically pest free. Fall harvest. Self-fruitful.
Large, deep orange-red, acorn-shaped. Hot summer required to mature the fruit. Sweet, flavorful, astringent til soft-ripe. Mature fruit can be frozen and thawed to ripen. Productive, ornamental. Self-fruitful.
Good for drying too, as seen here.
Extremely large fruit. Light yellow flesh, bright yellow skin. Attractive tree (or multi-stemmed shrub) has dark green foliage, very showy bloom. Tolerates wet soil. Self-fruitful.
Large, round, bright yellow fruits often exceed one pound. Flavorful, aromatic, excellent for cooking. Early harvest. Old variety, widely planted in Eastern U.S. Cold hardy, yet low chilling requirement: 300 hours. Self-fruitful.
Heavy crops of large, tart fruit used in baking, jams, and jellies. Profuse, ornamental bloom. Cold hardy, yet low chilling requirement 300 hours. Self-fruitful.
Spice Zee Nectaplum® (nectarine x plum)
The first Nectaplum® from Zaiger Hybrids. SpiceZee packs a pile of amazing fruit into an attractive tree for the home gardener. It is slightly acidic and loaded with sugar giving it a spicy sweet flavor. One can detect both Plum and Nectarine traits with ease. Along with great flavor, Spice Zee is a beautiful ornamental tree with a tremendous spring bloom followed by dark red leaf in the spring that matures to a rich green-red in late summer. This variety is self-fruitful and very productive. (Patent Pending)
Tri-Lite (Peach x Plum hybrid)
A popular and tasty variety. This white-fleshed peach/plum hybrid can be eaten firm. It has a mild, classic flavor with a wonderful plum aftertaste that makes this a unique treat. Early ripening in June. Superior quality canning clingstone.
20th Century (Nijisseiki “Apple Pear”)
Juicy, sweet, mild-flavored fruit is crisp like an apple. Early to mid-August in Central Calif. Keeps well. Easy to grow, heavy bearing small tree. Self-fruitful or pollenized by Shinseiki, Bartlett, or other pear or Asian pear
Hosui Asian Pear
Consistently rated the best-tasting Asian pear at fruit tastings. Large, juicy, sweet, flavorful, refreshing, crisp like an apple. Brownish-orange russeted skin. Harvest early to mid-August. Pollenized by Shinko, Chojuro, Bartlett, or 20th Century.
No.1 almond for home orchards. Heavy crops of soft-shell nuts with sweet, flavorful kernels. Hot summer required to ripen. 15 ft. tree, very winter & frost hardy. Self-fruitful. Pat. No. 4304. (Zaiger)
Kerman Female Pistachio
Long hot summers required to ripen. Plant from containers only, do not disturb root ball when handling. Very slow-growing to 20-30ft. Drought-resistant. Pollenized by Peters Male Pistachio.
Peters Male Pistachio
Pollenizer for Kerman. Does not bear fruit. One Peters pollenizes up to eleven females. Plant from containers only. Drought-resistant once established.
Contorted Filbert Corylus avellana “Contorta” (Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick)
Very unusual and distinctive small tree to 8-10 feet. Picturesquely twisted and gnarled branches, small leaves. Interesting container plant. Sunset Zones 1-9, 14-20.