RETAIL NURSERY VARIETY LIST
Albuquerque Water Gardens & Nursery
1800 Candelaria NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Plant varieties ordered from Dave Wilson Nursery for 2020:
Fuji Apple Introduction from Japan that quickly became California's favorite apple. Sweet, very crisp and flavorful, excellent keeper. Dull reddish orange skin, sometimes russeted. Ripe mid-September. Excellent pollenizer for other apple varieties. Low chilling requirement - less than 500 hours. Self-fruitful. USDA Zones 6-9.
Moorpark Apricot Long-time favorite of apricot fanciers for its exceptionally rich flavor and aroma. Reliable producer. Used fresh and for canning. 600 hours. Self-fruitful. USDA Zones 6-9.
20th Century Asian Pear Juicy, sweet, mild flavored fruit is crisp like an apple. Early to mid-August in Central CA. Keeps well. Easy to grow, heavy bearing small tree. 300-400 hours. Self-fruitful or pollenized. by Shinseiki, Bartlett, or other.
Bing Cherry Large, firm, juicy, sweet, nearly black when ripe. Superb flavor, the No. 1 cherry. Midseason. Large vigorous tree. Pollenized by Black Tart, Van, Rainier and Lapins. Also Stella in colder climates. 700 hours. USDA Zones 5-9.
Craig's Crimson Cherry Taste test winner. Self-fruitful, natural semi-dwarf sweet cherry. Dark red to nearly black, medium to large size, wonderful spicy flavor, very firm texture. Mature tree size about 2/3 of standard (smaller when budded onto Colt or Mahaleb rootstock). Harvest begins early. 500-600 hours. USDA Zones 5-9. (Zaiger)
Royal Rainier Cherry Large yellow cherry with slightly more red blush than Rainier. Excellent flavor, taste test winner. Ripens early, about 3-5 days ahead of Rainier. Chill requirement 500 hours. Pollenized by Bing, Black Tartarian and Lapins. USDA Zones 5-9. (Zaiger)
Black Mission Fig The industry standard. Purplish-black skin, strawberry-colored flesh, rich flavor. Heavy bearing, long-lived, large tree. Coast or inland. Two crops per year. Fresh/dry/can. 100 hours. Self-fruitful. USDA Zones 7-9.
Contorted Jujube Interesting ornamental form: twisted, contorted branching. Round-shaped edible fruits similar to Li. Fruits reddish-brown when ripe, eaten firm and crunchy or room-dried to date-like chewy sweetness. Prolonged harvest beginning early fall. Attractive, easy-to-grow tree: hardy, drought resistant, virtually pest and disease free. Requires long, hot summer. Very low chilling requirement. Partly self-fruitful or pollenized by Lang.
Li Jujube Round shaped fruits are larger than Lang. Reddish brown, dry and wrinkled, sweet and chewy (like dates) when fully ripe in early Fall. Attractive, easy to grow tree: hardy, drought resistant, virtually pest and disease free. Requires long, hot summer. Very low chilling requirement. Self-fruitful. USDA Zones 5-10.
Garden Delight Miniature Nectarine Large yellow freestone is sweet, delicious, refreshing. Mid-August in Central CA. Heavy bearing 5-6 ft. tree, easily covered to protect from frost. 500 hours or less. Self-fruitful. (Zaiger)
Babcock White Peach Long-time favorite white-fleshed freestone. Sweet and juicy, aromatic, low in acid. High scoring in taste tests. Ripens mid-July in Central CA. Widely adapted (low chill requirement, yet not early blooming). 250-300 hours. Self-fruitful.
Bonanza Miniature Peach Popular yellow freestone. Large fruit is sweet, low in acid, with a mild, refreshing flavor. Mid to late June in Central CA, earlier in low desert climates. 5-6 ft. tree. Chilling requirement very low, 250 hours or less. Self-fruitful.
Elberta Peach Famous yellow freestone. Classic, rich peach flavor: high scoring in taste tests. Use fresh, canned or cooked. Ripe late July/early August in Central CA, up to 3-4 weeks later in colder climates. 600 hours. Self-fruitful.
Eldorado Miniature Peach Well-known Jackson & Perkins variety. Exceptionally high quality, richly flavored fruit. Yellow freestone, attractive red blushed skin. Harvest early to mid-June. 4-5 ft. tree. 400 hours or less. Self-fruitful.
Wonderful Pomegranate, tree form Large, purple-red fruit with delicious, tangy flavor. Best quality in hot inland climate. Gaudy red orange bloom, ornamental foliage. Long-lived, any soil. 150 hours. Self-fruitful.
Concord (Eastern) Grape Versatile, long-time favorite American grape. Blue-black berry with rich, distinctive flavor, used for table, juice, jelly and wine. 100 hours. Self-fruitful. Cane prune.
Flame Seedless Grape Medium-sized, light red. Crisp, sweet, excellent flavor. For fresh use or raisins. Needs hot summer. Ripens before Thompson. Vigorous. 100 hours. Self-fruitful. Cane or spur prune.
Mt. Fuji Flowering Cherry Prunus serrulata 'Mt. Fuji' Early, semi-double white, aging to purplish-pink. Horizontal habit, 20 ft. high.
Snow Fountains Weeping Flowering Cherry Prunus 'Snow Fountains' Semi-double pure white flowers, graceful weeping growth habit. Small tree, to 12-15 ft. high and as wide. Finely branched tree is easily pruned for size and shape. Golden yellow to orange fall color. Hardy to cold and heat. Requires good drainage.
Weeping Flowering Cherry Prunus subhirtella 'Pendula' Prunus subhirtella. Showy double pink flowers. Tree grows to 12-18 ft. Graceful weeping limbs nearly reach the ground. Requires good drainage. Cold hardy. Not tolerant of desert heat.
Snowdrift Flowering Crabapple Late, long-lasting, single white flowers. Glossy green leaves, small fruit. Dense, rounded form to 20 ft. high.
Spring Snow Flowering Crabapple Does not bear fruit, good choice for patio or courtyard. Profuse, single, pure white fragrant blooms. Dense canopy, bright green foliage. Tolerates hot summers. 20-25 ft. high by 18-22 ft. wide.
Peppermint Flowering Peach Prunus persica 'Peppermint' Naturally-occurring, artistic assortment of red, white, pink and variegated double flowers. Very showy and unusual. Fast growth to 20 ft. high by 20 ft. wide.
Aristocrat® Flowering Pear Pyrus calleryana 'Aristocrat' Showy snow-white blossoms in spring. Attractive glossy foliage turns purplish-red in fall. Fast growing. Pyramidal shape to 40 ft. or more (narrower than Bradford). (Pat. No. 3193)
Thundercloud Flowering Plum Prunus cerasifera 'Thundercloud' Abundant, light pink to white flowers, dark purple leaves. Sometimes has small fruits suitable for jam/jelly. Rounded shape to 20 ft. high by 20 ft. wide.
Pink Lady Flowering Quince Chaenomeles x superba 'Pink Lady'. Striking pink flowers. Compact shrub grows to 4-6'. USDA zones 5-8.
Super Red™ Flowering Quince Spectacular, large, bright red flowers in late winter/early spring. Cut branches placed in water will bloom indoors. Upright growth to 8 by 6-8 ft. wide. Prune after bloom season. Sunset Zones 1-21.
Common Lilac Syringa vulgaris Large showy clusters of pink to purplish-blue flowers, wonderful fragrance. Full sun (light shade in hottest areas), alkaline soil. Grows to 20 by 20 ft. Best in Sunset zones 1-12. Less dependable in zones 14-16, 18-22. USDA zones 5-9.
Charles Joly Lilac (French Hybrid) Dark purplish-red, double flowers. Full flowering and true color reached in 2-3 years. Plants bloom best after cold winters. Full sun (light shade in hottest areas), prefers alkaline soil, average water. 10-15 ft. bush.
Ellen Wilmott Lilac (French Hybrid) Double white flowers. Full flowering and true color reached in 2-3 years. Plants bloom best after cold winters. Full sun (light shade in hottest areas), prefers alkaline soil, average water. 10-15 ft. bush.
My Favorite Lilac (French Hybrid) Dark purple double flowers. Full flowering and true color reached in 2-3 years. Plants bloom best after cold winters. Full sun (light shade in hottest areas), prefers alkaline soil, average water. 10-15 ft. bush.
Sensation Lilac (French Hybrid) Single flowers, dark red edged with white. Full flowering and true color reached in 2-3 years. Plants bloom best after cold winters. Full sun (light shade in hottest areas), prefers alkaline soil, average water. 10-15 ft. bush.
Double Purple Wisteria Deciduous, fast-growing vine. Bears full double purple flowers like little pompons. Full sun, little summer watering when well established.
Issai Perfect Wisteria Extremely long clusters of light violet flowers to 3 ft. in length.
Longissima Alba Wisteria Deciduous, fast-growing, woody, long-lived vine. Bears huge clusters (to 30) of white flowers in spring. Full sun, little summer water when established.
Pink Wisteria (Rosea floribunda) Long cascading flowers, pale lavender to pink.
Autumn Purple® Ash Fraxinus americana 'Junginger' Seedless variety of white ash, holds mahogany-red leaves late in the fall. Zone 4.
Modesto Ash Fraxinus velutina glabra 'Modesto' Beautiful deciduous shade tree for arid climates - blight caused by anthracnose fungus may be a problem elsewhere. Vigorous, to 50 by 30 ft. wide. Spectacular yellow fall color. Sunset Zones 3-24.
Pink Dawn Chitalpa Chitalpa tashkentensis 'Pink Dawn' Chilopsis linearis x Catalpa bignonioides. Very fast-growing, relatively small single or multi-trunked tree, reaches approximately 20 by 20 ft. Very drought tolerant. Large clusters of trumpet-shaped flowers in summer are pale purplish-pink with pale yellow throat. Long, narrow, attractive, glossy green leaves. Hybridized in Russia. Adapted to Southern California and low desert climates of the Southwestern U.S.
Bubba Desert Willow Chilopsis linearis 'Bubba' Grows to 30 ft. with large, fragrant, dark burgundy flowers. Slender glossy green foliage in the summer season. Heat and drought tolerant, low maintenance. Hardy to -10 degrees, zone 6.
Burgundy Desert Willow Chilopsis linearis 'Burgundy' Small tree grows moderately fast to 20 ft. Long narrow leaves, distinctive crooked trunks with shaggy bark. Open growing, casts light shade. Attractive, large, trumpet-shaped, fragrant, reddish-purple flowers attract hummingbirds. Long flowering season, spring to fall. Sunset Zones 11-13, 18-21.
Golden Rain Tree Koelreuteria paniculata Slowly reaches 30 by 30 ft. Open habit, gives light shade. Compound leaves, yellow flower clusters, ornamental seed pods. Tolerates heat, wind, drought, cold, alkaline soil. Sunset Zones 2-21.
Paul's Scarlet Hawthorn Crataegus laevigata 'Paul's Scarlet' The showiest hawthorn. Profuse, double, scarlet flowers. Toothed, lobed leaves. Thorny branches. Grows to 20-25 by 15-20 ft. Tends toward rank growth if given too much water. Sunset Zones 1-11, 14-17.
Washington Hawthorn Crataegus phaenopyrum Glossy green foliage, large clusters of small white flowers late spring/early summer. Red and orange fall color. Showy, bright red fruit in fall and winter. Less susceptible to fire blight than other hawthorns. Open growth habit to 25 by 20 ft. wide. Sunset Zones 1-11, 14-17.
Shademaster® Honeylocust Gleditsia triacanthos inermis 'Shademaster' Very fast-growing, deciduous. Tolerates heat, cold, wind, drought, alkaline soil. Distinctive small leaflets, long seed pods. 50-60 ft. Sunset Zones 1-16, 18-20.
Purple Robe Locust Robinia pseudoacacia 'Purple Robe' Shapely deciduous tree to 40 ft. Tolerates heat/cold/poor soil/drought. Small leaflets, reddish new growth. Large, purplish pink showy flowers, prolonged bloom. Deep watering recommended. Alternate scientific name Robinia x ambigua 'Purple Robe'. All zones.
Wilson Mimosa Albizia julibrissin 'Wilson' Rapid growth to 35 ft. high by 50 ft. wide. Fernlike branches, pink pompon flowers. Tolerates hot summer, desert conditions. Drought tolerant, but best with ample water. Selection 'Ernest Wilson': pink and white flowers, more winter hardy than the species. Sunset Zones 2-23.
Shumard Oak Quercus shumardii Closely resembles Scarlet Oak. Open growth habit, grows moderately fast in good soil to 60 ft. or more. Deeply cut lobed leaves. Yellow and red fall colors. Tolerant of acidic and poorly drained soils. Sunset Zones 4-9,12, 14-17.
Forest Pansy Redbud Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Striking scarlet-colored new foliage turning maroon then green as the leaves mature. Highly valued as a landscape accent. Swelling buds break pinkish-red along the bare branches, similar to Eastern redbud. Moderate grower to 20 ft. with a spreading habit. Sunset Zones 1-3, 7-20.
Oklahoma Redbud Cercis canadensis 'Oklahoma' Spectacular purplish-red flower clusters in early spring (after flowering plums, before flowering crabapples). Attractive tree with round-shaped canopy and glossy, heart-shaped leaves. Tolerates hot summers. Largest of the redbuds, to 30-35 ft. Sunset Zones 1-3, 7-20.
Royal Purple Smoke Tree, bush form Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' Purple foliage, rich purple "smoke": hazy-appearing clusters of fuzzy, purple flower stalks. Multi-trunked shrub or small tree to 20 by 20 ft. Likes cold, needs good drainage, resists oak root fungus. All zones.