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Backyard Orchard Trees 2021
Circumstances permitting, the time to plant fruit trees is now. For many climate regions of the western U.S., January is the heart of the fall-to-spring orchard planting season. The sooner plants are in the ground the more time they will have to grow strong root systems and become established before the first potentially damaging heat spikes of late spring and early summer.
If you have a yard, whether you have fifty-plus or no fruit trees, there’s almost always room to plant one (or four!) new ones — all you need is a small sunny spot. Tree size can be controlled by summer pruning as described in Backyard Orchard Culture. If you are planting home fruit trees this year for the first time, you can look forward to picking and savoring perfectly tree-ripened fruit — perfectly meaning harvested to your liking for each variety with regard to texture, acidity/sweetness and flavor as the fruit advances from early to full ripeness.
Potted planting stock was shipped to many DWN retail nurseries in November: figs, grapes, blueberries, pomegranates, caneberries, and more. Bareroot shipping season began mid-December and continues into March. Retailer variety lists** and the VarietyFinder have been updated for the new season. Available rootstocks for each of the more than 450 DWN budded fruit and nut trees have also been updated (see Rootstocks, Dwarf and Semi-Dwarf Fruit Trees for additional info).
New this year are three miniatures (naturally dwarfed trees reaching only 5-7 ft.): Snow Babe Miniature White Peach, Sol Dorado Miniature Nectarine and Arctic Sprite Miniature White Nectarine* - all are self-fruitful, freestone, and yield super-flavorful fruit. See Three New Zaiger Miniatures for 2021 - and don’t miss the linked video!1:30PM
Last year’s introductions included two especially fine later-season varieties. Flavor Punch Pluerry™ Interspecific Plum* has earned rave reviews from tasters and has a prolonged harvest season. Octoberfest Peach* reaches exceptional flavor where the growing season is long enough; it’s a strong candidate for best-tasting peach of the very late season.
Refer to Selecting Varieties and Rootstocks for tips about choosing home orchard fruit trees. See also Fruit Variety Recommendations. For information about planting, see Planting Your Backyard Orchard. The list below provides an overview of the Dave Wilson Nursery collection.
**On a list of retailers (e.g. “Southern California”, linked from the Where to Buy page), click “list” in the far right column to see a retailer’s list of DWN varieties ordered.
Highlights, DWN home orchard varieties — a one-page overview/checklist
Favorites: most popular - the top sellers of each fruit type.
Specialty: selected notable varieties not as widely known or utilized as the top sellers, but having specific desirable qualities for a particular purpose, climate region or harvest period.
*Single asterisk (*) indicates patented or patent pending.
Favorites: Anna, Arkansas Black Spur, Braeburn, Dorsett Golden, Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Gravenstein, Honeycrisp, Pink Lady®, Red Delicious Bisbee Spur, Red Fuji
Specialty: Beverly Hills, Empire, Ghost*, Jonagold, Liberty, McIntosh, Mutsu, Red Gravenstein, Pink Pearl, Sierra Beauty, Sundowner®, Yellow Newton Pippin
Favorite: Spice Zee*!
Favorites: August Pride, Contender, Desert Gold, Elberta, Eva’s Pride, Fay Elberta, Flordaprince, Frost, Gleason Early Elberta, July Elberta, May Pride, Mid-Pride, O’Henry, Red Baron, Redhaven, Reliance, Santa Barbara, Suncrest
Specialty: Gold Dust, Halehaven, Kaweah, Rio Oso Gem, Veteran, August Pride
Potted Planting Stock
Blackberries & Hybrids
Favorites: Emerald, Jewel, Jubilee, Misty, O’Neal, Pink Lemonade, Sharpblue, Southmoon, Sunshine Blue
Compact Favorites: Jelly Bean®*, Peach Sorbet®* and Pink Icing®*
Specialty: Bluecrop, Blueray, Reveille
Favorites: Black Jack, Black Mission, Brown Turkey (Impr.), Kadota, Panache, Peter’s Honey, Violette de Bordeaux
Specialty: Celestial, Chicago Hardy, Desert King, Excel, Flanders, Janice Seed-less, Osborne Prolific, White Genoa
Goji Berry Gooseberries Hops
Favorite: Dwarf Everbearing