“What’s everyone’s favorite variety of stone fruit, bramble, apple, pear, persimmon, kiwifruit, blueberry, etc for this region?”
Let’s see. Blueberries, I can grow any kind in my area, I’ve found. I’m still looking for my favorite for taste. I don’t like the rabbiteyes I have as much as the others. Sunshine Blue tastes very good and is the easiest to grow.
Bramble: Cherokee blackberry, definitely. And Caroline and Anne raspberries. The tayberries, loganberries, etc, hate the heat here and die for me.
Pears: Ayers! And Moonglow is good, too. That’s all I’ve fruited here so far.
Tart cherries and Canadian cherries all do great and taste great, but the birds are insane for them, lol. My sweets haven’t fruited yet.
Apricots: only Montrose is making enough due to frost in my orchard.
Redskin peach has been reliable and great. Elberta is actually just as reliable here. Hale Haven is more frost prone but definitely tasty. Springcrest is a tasty early peach but not particularly late blooming.
Bruce plum definitely is a reliable plum! Like crazy reliable. It’s tasty unless it doesn’t get our sun (I’m in the Piedmont).