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. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. Karmijn de Sonnaville apple: both sweet and tart

    Karmijn de Sonnaville apple: both sweet and tart
    Karmijn de Sonnaville apple Some people love the taste of sweet apples; others find sweet apples too bland and they prefer the taste of tart apples. However, the best tasting apples, according to taste-test panels, are apples that are both sweet and tart. The Karmijn de Sonnaville was rated as both the sweetest and the tartest of apples at the WSU Mt...
  6. Medlars: A delicious snack

    Medlars: A delicious snack
    In the winter, when all the fruit is long since picked and frosts have long since hit, attention can turn to the lowly Medlar. The Medlar fruit is roundish and often only 1 1/2 inches in diameter. They are brown and funny looking. After frosts they blett which means they soften. The pulp inside tastes like cinnamon applesauce if you can manage to eat it...
  7. 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) 1. Akane: Disease resistant and produces a good crop each year even when others fail. 2. Pristine: Disease resistant productive, beautiful yellow color early season. 3. Williams Pride: Scab resistant, Earliest good flavor very productive, long lived blooms, good pollenizer. Can get mildew in...
  8. Visit Raintree Nursery at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, Feb. 5-9

    Visit Raintree Nursery at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, Feb. 5-9
    Visit the Raintree Nursery booth at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in the Washington State Convention Center, booths 2344-8 in the North Hall, February 5-9. And, if you are there on Wednesday evening, Feb. 5, you can hear featured speaker Raintree Nursery owner Sam Benowitz at 7 p.m. in the Hood Room of the Washington State Convention Center. The topic of the...
  9. 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 and Pedro will have a lot of them for sale this coming summer and fall. Seascape...
  10. Q-1-8 Peach: sweet and flavorful

    Q-1-8 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. 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 maritime climates and climates with wet winters leaf curl is a big...

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