Spring Order Book For Fruit Trees 2017
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Malus domestica ‘Gala’
Even though it’s often stored for months and then shipped halfway around the world before ever reaching the supermarket, Gala apple tree is one of America’s favorite varieties. So just imagine what a ripe, juicy, FRESH Gala apple will taste like when you pick it off your own tree! After you’ve grown your own Galas, you may not be able to go back the buy apples at the supermarket again. This sweet, fragrant apple is tops for packing in a lunch box, and it also cooks down into a delectable applesauce, making it a little easier for even the pickiest of eaters of the family to get their “apple a day.”
Malus domestica ‘Honeycrisp’
Even though it’s often the most expensive apple at the grocery store, the Honeycrisp Apple has achieved nearly cult status—it’s that good! This extra-juicy, super-sweet treat is the ultimate healthy, gulten-free snack and when you grow a tree at home, you’ll get to have your fill and not spend a fortune at the supermarket. Why are Honeycrisp so expensive? A major reason is because their skin is thin, and they bruise easily in shipping, but when you grow a Honeycrisp tree in your own backyard, you’ll only have to transport the fruit from the tree to the table. At most, you’ll be transporting them to your refrigerator, so that each juicy bite of this incomparable apple will become even more refreshing.
Golden Delicious Apple
Malus domestica ‘Golden Delicious’
If you love the smooth, sweet, mellow flavor of the Golden Delicious apple (a.k.a. Yellow Delicious apple), you’re not alone. This people-pleaser ranks near the top of the list of America’s favorite apples. Only Red Delicious outranks it, and that variety’s hold on the number one spot is slipping. But here the thing—if you have only eaten supermarket Golden Delicious apples, you probably don’t even realize how scrumptious this variety truly is! Golden Delicious apples destined for the mass market are usually picked unripe, stored for months, and shipped hundreds of miles away. A Golden Delicious apple picked fresh and perfectly ripe off your own tree, on the other hand, will be honey-sweet and bursting with flavor. You’ll be amazed the difference.
Malus domestica ‘Fuji’
Crisp, juicy, and super-sweet, the Fuji apple is a flavor favorite in Asia, and it has been climbing the popularity charts in the U.S. as well—giving Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, and Gala a run for their money. Having a Fuji Apple Tree in your backyard orchard will put this tasty treat right outside your door. This is snacking you can feel good about, too! Scientists continue to make new discoveries about the benefits of regular apple eating, from blood sugar regulation to cancer prevention. This mild variety is gentle on tender stomachs and has been known to help alleviate symptoms of acid reflux disease.
Malus domestica ‘Gravenstein’
Our Gravenstein Apple tree is a delightful heirloom Apple variety that is losing out to the demands of our modern industrial food system. Because Gravenstein apples have a short shelf life, commercial buyers don’t want to mess with them, opting instead for less flavorful varieties that ship and store well. If you taste a Gravenstein apple, though, you’ll understand why this cherished old variety has hung on in backyards and small family orchards for almost 350 years! It’s crisp, tart, and very juicy, with just a touch of honey flavor to mellow it out. The fruit is delicious right off the tree and also makes mouth-watering pies, tarts, cakes, crumbles, and applesauce.
3 in 1 Apple
Malus domestica ‘3 in 1’
Now here’s a conversation piece for your garden that’s not only fun but functional: our First Fruits™ 3-in-1 Apple tree will give you three different kinds of apples from one tree! This funky tree looks pretty much like any other Apple tree, but our growers have cleverly grafted three different varieties to it. This ingenious creation saves space, and many home growers find that one tree meets their apple needs anyway. Your tree may include any three of the following Apple varieties: Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Red McIntosh, Braeburn, Winesap, Jonathan, Melrose, Wealthy, Gravenstein, Yellow Transparent, Semi-Dwarf Yellow Transparent, Semi-Dwarf Fuji, or Semi-Dwarf Gala. We cannot guarantee which three varieties you’ll receive.
Malus domestica ‘Cortland’
The Cortland Apple is an heirloom apple that has been a favorite of many since the time your grandparents or even great-grandparents were kids. With a Cortland Apple Tree in your yard, you’ll be able to enjoy the taste of this sweet, juicy classic just like they did. In fact, the flavor is most intense right off the tree and declines somewhat in storage, so the way to truly appreciate this variety is to avoid store-bought apples and grow your own tree. Cortland apples that have been in storage for a while are still great for cooking and will make mouth-watering pies, strudels, cakes, jellies, and applesauce.
Golden Sentinel Apple
Malus domestica ‘Golden Sentinel’
The Golden Sentinel™ Columnar Apple is a revolutionary tree that gives you the freedom to enjoy flavorful homegrown apples no matter how limited your garden space may be. You can even grow it in a large pot on the patio. With virtually no side branches, Golden Sentinel™ Apple forms a svelte pole shape, making it easy to squeeze into any sunny nook in your landscape. Lovely white Apple blossoms in spring will kick off the growing season, followed by a generous crop of luscious, juicy yellow fruits that ripen in September and October. Plant Golden Sentinel™ in the vicinity of another Apple or Crabapple Tree, such as Scarlet Sentinel™,to ensure good pollination and fruit set.
Red Delicious Apple Espalier
Malus domestica ‘Red Delicious’
The Red Delicious is America’s apple, the classic lunch box treat. This deep red beauty has a sweet, mellow taste, with no trace of acidity like some other apples. In fact, its lack of acidity makes it a popular home remedy for acid reflux! We have trained the Red Delicious Apple Tree to grow flat in an espalier form, which will make for easy picking come harvest time (no ladder required). This Apple Tree Espalier will also add a striking sculptural element to your landscape. Red Delicious opens its pretty white flowers in mid-season and will need another variety of Apple or Crabapple nearby in order to set fruit, so include a friend for your tree if your neighbors don’t happen to have one.
Granny Smith Apple
Malus domestica ‘Granny Smith’
The refreshing tartness of a crisp Granny Smith apple from your own tree will add zing to your fall salads and make for bold and lively snacking out of hand. Of course, this classic cooking apple’s pucker power can be tamed with sugar—Granny Smith bakes up into mouth-watering pies, tarts, and turnovers. If you happen to live in an area with a very long growing season, you may even get the chance to taste a Granny Smith apple that has sweetened naturally (something you would never experience with store-bought apples). Given enough frost-free days, the fruit will begin to turn yellow, and the flavor will mellow.
Malus domestica ‘Empire’
Empire is an apple known for its deep purple-red color, crisp but juicy texture, sweet and somewhat pineappley flavor, and its ability to be knocked around in lunch box without bruising. Empire apples also store well in the refrigerator, though the flavor is better when fresh—and you don’t get any fresher than picked off your own tree! We are pleased to offer this quality, relatively easy-to-grow Apple tree as part of our First Fruits™ line of fruit trees. If you’ve never grown Apple trees before, Empire is a good beginner’s tree, especially if you live in the Northeastern U.S., where this tree does best.
Malus domestica ‘Braeburn’
Braeburn apples, which first appeared in the 1950s, were revolutionary in that they were the first supermarket apples that rivaled the richness of flavor of many of the heirloom varieties. No other mass produced apple at the time had achieved such a fine balance of sweet-tart appley goodness, and Braeburn today is still one of the finest tasting supermarket apples you can buy. But here’s the thing: Braeburn apples destined for the market are usually picked slightly underripe. You’ll probably never know the complex depth of flavor this variety is capable of until you try one right from the tree! Plant a Braeburn Apple Tree in your backyard today, and you’ll look forward to exquisite gourmet snacking each fall.
Scarlet Sentinel Apple
Malus domestica ‘Scarlet Sentinel’
The Scarlet Sentinel™ Columnar Apple Tree is an Apple Tree in skinny jeans! This sleek, modern take on the traditional fruit tree has a cool, compact, narrow-columnar shape that adds a distinctive vertical element to any landscape, while taking up hardly any room at all. It also produces beautiful white Apple blossoms in spring. Far from simply being eye candy, however, Scarlet Sentinel™ is practical as well. In September and October, the crisp, juicy, red-blushed apples will ripen and provide your family with plenty of healthy snacking. Plant Scarlet Sentinel™ near another Apple or Crabapple Tree for good fruit set—or better yet, pair it with our Golden Sentinel™ Columnar Apple Tree, and the dashing duo will pollinate each other.
Cox’s Orange Pippin Apple
Malus domestica ‘Cox’s Orange Pippin
A Tree for Life!
To many people with English roots, the Cox’s Orange Pippin apple is the gold standard of apples. This British favorite has a wonderfully complex sweet-tart flavor that apple aficionados on both sides of the pond go crazy for. When they can get their hands on them—and for Americans, growing your own tree may be the only way—those who try Cox’s Orange Pippin apples describe them as having a rich, almost spicy flavor with hints of mango and orange. This cherished heirloom selection will take you back to a time when flavor was King—not shipping or warehousing qualities!
Pyrus communis ‘Seckel’
A Tree For Life
Our Seckel Mini Pear Tree is a people pleaser. Gourmets will love the subtle notes of spice in this exquisite dessert pear and how they’re accented when the fruit is roasted, poached, or incorporated into an assortment of delightful dishes. Those committed to healthy eating will appreciate the generous helping of cholesterol-fighting fiber in each luscious fruit, not the to mention the nutrients and antioxidants packed within. Kids will adore the Seckel sugar rush—this super-sweet pear is known as the “sugar pear.” They’ll like its child-sized portions, too (this is the smallest of the commercially grown pears). Whatever your motivation, you and your family will eagerly look forward to Seckel season each year when you grow a tree of your own!.
Santa Rosa Weeping Japanese Plum
Prunus salicina ‘Weeping Santa Rosa’
A Tree For Life
Offering a cascade of fragrant, sparkling white blossoms in spring and a bonanza of burgundy-red plums in summer, the Santa Rosa Weeping Japanese Plum is a tree that will easily earn its keep in your landscape. The fruits of this much-loved tree have that classic sweet plummy taste, with just enough tartness to give them a little zing. In contrast to the original Santa Rosa Plum, this weeping version has branches that don’t grow upwards, but instead weep downwards, keeping the fruit at easy picking height. You’ll be gathering plums by the basketfuls for delectable crumbles, salsas, cobblers, and preserves—not to mention lots of healthy fresh snacking.
Magic Fountain™ Weeping Persimmon
Diospyros virginiana ‘JN5’ PP25689
A Tree For Life
With its distinctive blocky bark, graceful pendulous habit, large drooping leaves, and fantastic yellow fall color, the Magic Fountain™ Weeping Persimmon Tree will be a handsome addition to your landscape in all seasons. If wild Persimmon Trees grow near your home (they can be found from Connecticut to Florida and west to Kansas), you may get some fruit, too. Persimmon fruits are notorious for puckering you up when you eat them too early, but if you wait until they’re jelly-soft, they’re one of nature’s most delectable sugar rushes. The Persimmon Tree’s foliage also feeds the young of spectacular jade-green luna moths, which alone merits the inclusion of this wildlife-friendly accent tree in your garden.
‘Mutsu’The Mutsu apple from Japan may seem exotic, until you realize that one of its parents is our own all-American Golden Delicious, which lends its yellow color and much of its flavor to the fruit. Also known as Crispin, the Mutsu apple is a delightfully sweet, crunchy, and spicy dessert apple that makes for a refreshing snack straight from the tree. You’ll also find it superb in cider, sauce, muffins, cakes, and of course, apple pie. In Japan, this revered variety is nicknamed the “Million Dollar Apple,” and its flavor commands top dollar at the market. You’ll surely find that this tree will give you a sweet return on your investment!.
Asimina triloba ‘Pawpaw’
‘Mutsu’The Pawpaw Tree, with foot-long leaves that droop lazily from the branches, will give your garden a laid-back tropical vibe. Plant it where you’ll be able to appreciate its bold presencethroughout the growing season—especially in fall, when the foliage turns the color of ripe pineapple. If you plant more than one tree, you may also be rewarded with the gift of delectable fruits which have a tropical flair as well. About the size of a potato, the uncommon pawpaw fruit contains a sweet, creamy yellow flesh that’s often compared to banana custard in flavor. You’ll find it hard to believe that this dramatic tree doesn’t hail from some tropical paradise, but is actually native as far north as New York!
Stella Sweet Cherry
Prunus avium ‘Stella’
‘Mutsu’What if—instead of buying pricey supermarket cherries shipped in from hundreds of miles away—you could pick sweet cherries right off your own tree in the backyard? With a Stella Sweet Cherry Tree from Bower & Branch™, you and your family can enjoy the pleasure of flavorful home-grown cherries each summer. Stella’s succulent dark red fruits are good for baking into pies and cobblers, but they are even better for eating fresh. High in fiber, low in calories, and rich in antioxidants, these luscious sweet cherries are the kind of treat you can feel good about snacking on, too!
Malus domestica ‘Liberty’
‘Mutsu’The Liberty Apple Tree may not be well known, but when planning the backyard orchard, smart homeowners who do their research give this one top billing. Bred to be naturally resistant to many of the diseases that affect other Apple Trees, it’s a no-brainer for those who wish to garden organically and not spray toxic chemicals on food their family is going to eat. Oh, and the flavor? This is one satisfying apple! Liberty is a juicy, aromatic, tangy apple with vinous (wine-like) undertones. It’s delectable right off the tree when picked at the peak of ripeness, and it also makes a delightful pink-tinted applesauce when you leave in some of the rich red peels.
Prunus salicina ‘Methley’
‘Mutsu’The Methley Plum is a Japanese Plum Tree that will grace your garden with snowy white blossoms in spring, painting an elegant picture like you’d see in a fine Japanese print. The lovely flowers are just a bonus, however, as the real celebration comes in mid-summer, when the luscious, sweet, purple-red plums weigh down the branches. You and your family will have plenty of fresh, healthy snacking right off the tree, and Methley plums with their ruby-red flesh will also make jellies, tarts, and sorbets as beautiful as they are delicious. You’ll be eager to try new recipes each year, and your favorite ones will become annual rituals.
North Star Cherry
Prunus cerasus ‘North Star’
‘Mutsu’The North Star Cherry Tree never has an off season. This naturally petite Cherry Tree will beautify your landscape with snow-white Cherry blossoms in spring, orange foliage in autumn, and showy reddish brown bark on its bare limbs in winter. But it’s in summer when this little dynamo truly shines, providing you and your family with more juicy, dark red, tart cherries than you would think possible from its small frame. They can be eaten fresh if you like your fruits with a kick, but they’re better in pies and preserves. Unlike some other sour cherries, North Star cherries aren’t yellow on the inside, but are deep red all the way through, so the treats you make with them will look as delectable as they taste!
Malus domestica ‘McIntosh’
‘Mutsu’No, we’re not talking about the computer, although the Apple Macintosh was in fact named after the McIntosh apple. This glossy red apple has a juicy, bright white flesh that offers up the perfect balance of sweetness and tartness. It also has grape-like undertones, which you may not have realized if you’ve only ever had supermarket apples. You’ll be pleased to discover how much more flavorful fresh-picked, tree-ripened McIntosh apples are over those you buy at the store. This variety is ideal for fresh, healthy snacking, and it also cooks up into a delicious applesauce, pie, strudel, cobbler, or crumble as well.
Pyrus communis ‘Bartlett Pear’
‘Mutsu’Aromatic, sweet, and mellow, Bartlett pear is the classic pear that we all know and love. Unparalleled for fresh eating, it’s elegant with wine and cheese, refreshing in a salad, and perfectly satisfying all by itself. With our Mini Bartlett Pear Tree, now you can enjoy the simple pleasures of growing this luscious fruit at home. Each year, you and your family will look forward to late summer and feasting on fresh Bartlett pears to your hearts’ content. And because this is a miniaturized Pear Tree, it will never get out of control and become too much of a good thing. Bon appetit!
Prunus persica ‘Redhaven’
‘Mutsu’Peach cobbler, peach pie, juicy fresh peaches right off the tree—these are some of the things you and your family will look forward to every summer when you grow a Redhaven Peach Tree in your yard. If you can possibly hold off on eating them all fresh, this variety is also good for canning and freezing. Your Redhaven Peach Tree will not only deliver tasty treats in summer, but it will be a feast for the eyes throughout the year as well. In early spring, Redhaven will be the darling of your landscape when its pretty pink Peach blossoms unfurl, and in the fall, it will draw oohs and ahhs when the foliage turns luminous yellow.
Prunus persica ‘Reliance’
‘Mutsu’We’re all familiar with Georgia peaches, but New Hampshire peaches? The Reliance Peach Tree from New Hampshire makes it possible for backyard growers in cold climates to enjoy the pleasures of peach-growing just like their friends in the South. This mini tree will take up little room in your garden and doesn’t need another tree to pollinate it, making it perfect for homeowners who want to try fruit-growing, but don’t have a lot of space to devote to it. In late summer, you’ll harvest plenty of juicy, sweet, freestone Reliance peaches for pies, cobblers, and canning—not to mention fresh, healthy snacking. If you garden north of the Mason-Dixon Line, y’all need to check this tree out!
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