The best way to ensure that your home or community orchard survives and thrives is to carefully select your fruit trees so that they will grow well in challenging urban conditions. Up until recently, it’s been been hard to find disease-resistant varieties of trees and trees that are properly pruned for urban conditions. We at Growing for Green are working to find good sources of fruit trees for urban purposes. In the meantime, we have selected a variety of trees that will cross-pollinate and provide us with fruit throughout the growing season but if you are looking to buy a fruit tree, sign up for an online workshop on selecting a fruit tree for your yard to find the perfect tree for you.
We have roughly 14 fruit trees in Ben Nobleman Park. Often we have to remove a tree if it’s diseased (ie., if it has canker or black knot in the trunk area) so the numbers go up and down as we remove and replace trees. Here are the varieties we currently have.
Prunus avium ‘Lapins’ / Lapins Sweet Cherry – (red) – self fertile -ripens late July – good for eating (planted spring 2009)
Prunus avium ‘Sandra Rose’ / Sandra Rose Cherry – (dark red) – self fertile – late season – good for eating (planted spring 2009)
Prunus avium ‘Tehranavee Cherry’ / Tehranavee Cherry – self fertile – good for eating, canning (planted summer 2011, removed due to disease in 2016) to be replaced with Montmorency Sour Cherry in 2017)
Cherry Shrub Valentine (planted spring 2015)
Prunus salacina ‘Early Golden’ – (yellow) cross pollinating – ripens early season (mid July) – good for eating (planted spring 2009)
We had two other plum trees that had to be removed due to black knot in their trunks.
Toka plum to be planted in 2017 as a replacement.
Nijisseiki (planted spring 2015)
Shinseiki -(planted spring 2015) this tree was broken down (vandalized? Or an accident?) just weeks after planting. It will be replaced.
Goldbar Apricot – cross pollinating (planted spring 2010) Removed due to disease in 2016. To be replaced in 2017 by Morepark Apricot.
Puget Gold Apricot (x2) – self pollinating (planted spring 2010)
Liberty – Disease resistant (planted spring 2010)
Smoothee Gold (planted spring 2010)
Golden Supreme (planted spring 2012)
Pristine (planted spring 2012)
Freedom (Planted spring 2012)
Golden Russet (Planted spring 2014)
Wealthy (Planted spring 2014)