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Flowering Fruit Ornamentals

Author: Lori A. Johnson
Issue: December, 2016, Page 126
All photos by Lori A. Johnson
ANNA APPLE
(Malus domestica ‘Anna’)


Type: Deciduous fruit tree

Blooms: White and pink; spring

Size: 20-30'H by 20-30'W

Soil: Well-drained

Light: Full sun

Water needs: Low to moderate

Maintenance: Low maintenance; prune in late winter to maintain desired shape and size.

Attracts: Bees, birds

Note: This variety is suitable for growing in the low desert and ripens around June. Although self-fruitful, it performs best when cross-pollinated with a second variety of apple tree.

Why we like it: Fragrant white blossoms with pink accents bloom in early spring. While decorative, ‘Anna’ also produces abundant crops of crisp, sweet greenish-yellow apples that are long-lasting and can be kept refrigerated for up to two months.


ROYAL ROSA APRICOT
(Prunus armeniaca ‘Royal Rosa’)


Type: Deciduous fruit tree

Blooms: White; early spring

Size: 12-18'H by 12-18'W

Soil: Well-drained

Light: Full sun

Water needs: Moderate

Maintenance: For optimal size and quality, fruit should be thinned to about 4-6 inches apart. Prune branches in summer after fruiting; fertilize before spring growth begins.

Attracts: Bees

Note: ‘Royal Rosa’ is self-fruitful and more disease-tolerant than many other apricots. With smaller trees, apricots are one of the first stone fruits to ripen in early- to-mid May.

Why we like it: White blossoms in early spring are followed by sweet, low-acid fruit that can be consumed fresh, dried for use in snacks such as trail mix or cooked for jams, jellies and chutneys.


RED BARON PEACH
(Prunus persica ‘Red Baron’)


Type: Deciduous fruit tree

Blooms: Reddish-coral; early spring

Size: 10-15'H by 10-15'W

Soil: Well-drained, sandy

Light: Full sun

Water needs: Moderate

Maintenance: Relatively low maintenance; prune branches annually and thin the crop if the tree produces more fruit than its branches can hold.

Attracts: Bees

Note: ‘Red Baron’ is well-suited for the low desert. This fast grower is self-fruitful and harvests in July or August.

Why we like it: This tree’s large double blossoms with beautiful deep reddish color make a great statement in a spring landscape. The tree also produces superior fruit: large yellow freestone peaches that are highly flavorful, juicy and firm.


SNOW QUEEN NECTARINE
(Prunus persica var. nucipersica ‘Snow Queen’)


Type: Deciduous fruit tree

Blooms: Pink; spring

Size: 12-20'H by 12-20'W

Soil: Well-drained

Light: Full sun

Water needs: Moderate

Maintenance: Water weekly, or more often in extreme heat. Prune in late winter to control size; fertilize before new spring growth begins.

Attracts: Bees

Note: ‘Snow Queen’ is ideal for the low desert, is self-fruitful and harvests in June. The best time to plant bare- root fruit trees is mid-to-late January. Container-grown nursery stock can be planted at any time of the year.

Why we like it: A burst of pink flowers in spring and colorful fall foliage make this tree a wonderful addition to the landscape. Medium-size freestone fruit are sweet and juicy, among the most delicious of any variety.


Other Favorites: Ein Shemer apple (Malus domestica ‘Ein Shemer’), Bonanza miniature peach (Prunus persica ‘Bonanza’), Desert Delight nectarine (P. persica var. nucipersica ‘Desert Delight’), Santa Rosa plum (P. salicina ‘Santa Rosa’)
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