Sam Benowitz

Raintree Nursery founder Sam Benowitz has been providing home gardeners and professional landscapers with the finest fruit cultivars in the world since 1973.

  1. Seascape: large, everbearing strawberry

    Seascape: large, everbearing strawberry
    The Seascape strawberry is no longer under-appreciated at Raintree Nursery. The Raintree Inventory Manager Tina Cline's hand is pictured on our spring cover surrounded by delicious and as you can see very large Seascape everbearing strawberries.  The berries were grown by Raintree's own Pedro Velasco. Seascape bears for many months starting in July. The berries are very large and flavorful and...
  2. Consider the lowly lingonberry

    Consider the lowly lingonberry
    Lingonberry — also called cowberry, foxberry, mountain cranberry, csejka berry, red whortleberry, lowbush cranberry, mountain bilberry, and partridgeberry. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Lingonberries are great edible ornamentals. You would want to plant them as a beautiful in all seasons evergreen groundcover even if they didn't produce lots of wonderful tasty red berries. We offer many productive varieties. Our most popular...
  3. Try Our Pluerry's. These plum x cherry crosses are delicious.

    Try Our Pluerry's. These plum x cherry crosses are delicious.
    A delicious fruit that we enjoy eating each summer here at Raintree Nursery is the Pluerry which is the name for a plum crosses with a cherry. The one we planted first that is farthest along in its bearing is the variety Sweet Treat. It is a cross of a Japanese Plum and Sweet Cherry. It is pollinated by another...
  4. Sam Benowitz's Top 12 Apples

    Sam Benowitz's Top 12 Apples
    Apples are an all-American success story-each of us eats more than 19 pounds of them annually.(Photo credit: Wikipedia) I've chosen the following apples because they are reliable producers for us here at Raintree Nursery and most are disease resistant.  I've added the variety Karmijn for its outstanding complex flavor even though it is not as disease resistant as the...
  5. Imperial Epineuse Plum is worthy of its name

    Imperial Epineuse Plum is worthy of its name
    Imperial Epineuse There are many European prune plums that produce well and have good flavor. They are called prune plums or prunes because they dry well however they are delicious eaten fresh or used in cooking. The Imperial Epineuse which was developed in France about 1870 excels in flavor. It works in USDA Zones 5-9. It is delicious eaten...
  6. Dayton apple: early ripening, summer dessert apple

    Dayton apple: early ripening, summer dessert apple
    Dayton apple. This is a really good year for apple production here at Raintree Nursery and the early ripening apples are abundant. William's Pride and Pristine are already ripe and have been collected. The apple that is ripe now at Raintree is the Dayton. It is another of the scab and mildew resistant varieties. The large, round fruits are...
  7. Prune d' Ente: best tasting fruit in America?

    Prune d' Ente: best tasting fruit in America?
    Prune d'Ente The Prune d' Ente could be the best tasting fruit in America. We acquired this wonderful variety from our friend Andy Mariani.  In France it is called French Prune #777.  This is because the French have tried hundreds of times to perfect the flavor of their prune plums and they consider the #777 to be the best in flavor...
  8. Q-1-8 Salish Summer Peach: sweet and flavorful

    Q-1-8 Salish Summer Peach: sweet and flavorful
    The Q-1-8 Peach is a leaf curl resistant peach. It was tested for years at the Washington State University Mt. Vernon Station. Dr. Bob Norton and Carol Norton have recently named it Salish summer. It is self fertile and has white flesh and very good flavor.  The Q-18 is one of several leaf curl resistant peaches offered by Raintree Nursery. In...
  9. Methley Plum

    Methley Plum
    Here is a message from me, Sam Benowitz, founder of Raintree Nursery. On a regular basis, I will share my thoughts. After 40 years of growing and tasting many fruits, it always puzzles me why some that I know are really the easiest to grow are not selected by more people. I think people are asking the wrong question. The...
  10. Cornus Mas: an edible dogwood

    Cornus Mas: an edible dogwood
    Redstone Cornus Mas (D568) These edible dogwoods — Cornus Mas (also known as Cornelian Cherry) have a big seed and delicious pungently flavored flesh. We offer both red and yellow fruited varieties and they both make wonderful jelly. They are ripe now at the Raintree Nursery. The trees are perfect for a yard growing about 10 to 12 feet tall. They have...

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