Magazine article Sunset

Have You Grown New Fruit Varieties?

Magazine article Sunset

Have You Grown New Fruit Varieties?

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If you grow new or compact varieties of deciduous fruit trees, we would like to hear from you.

Over the past 10 to 15 years, there has been an explosion in the diversity of fruit trees available. Now you can buy almost every type of fruit in dozens of varieties on dwarf or semi-dwarf root stock, plus many kinds of genetic dwarf or compact, spur-bearing varieties. There are entire new categories of fruit, such as plum-cots and cherry-plums, and low-chill varieties for mild-winter climates.

The question is, are these new varieties as good as or better than the old standards?

We're especially interested in your opinions on plum-cots, cherry-plums, and asian pears, and on genetic dwarf fruit trees, low-chill varieties, and dwarf and semi-dwarf trees.

For each fruit variety, please answer as many of the following questions as you can. If you grow too many kinds to describe, just list your favorites and flops, and tell why you like or don't like them.

1. Fruit variety. What kind is it? For example, 'Gordon' apple.

2. Tree age and size. What size trees is it; standard, semi-dwarf, dwarf, genetic dwarf? Give the rootstock if you know it. …

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