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  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. Do your homework now; Plan for your spring garden!

    Are you planning to put in an orchard next spring, or re-design your landscape with more edible plants? Robert Kouriks’ “Your Edible Landscape Naturally” will guide you through each step of the design process. A good starting point in landscape design is to make a drawing of your landscape, including the hard-scape (buildings, paths, other structures, or the drain field...
  8. Fall pest maintenance: Destroy infested fruits

    Spray copper on apples and pears affected by anthracnose or European (Nectria) cankers at 50% leaf-fall. Apply spray for bacterial canker to stone fruits. Control pear leaf blister mites with an oil spray combined with lime sulfur following fruit harvest. Reduce brown rot inoculum next spring by picking up and destroying all mummified or infected fruit this fall, along with...
  9. Planting in Warm Climates

    Those of you living in the southern U.S. may be regularly experiencing day time temperatures in the 70’s. If this is the only time you can acquire particular plants, follow the late planting instructions in the Raintree Nursery Owners Manual or the following to ensure success with your new plants, or pre-order plants to be shipped to you at your...
  10. 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...

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