I placed my first fruit tree orders today. Here’s what I’m planning to add:
Emerald beaut plum
Williams pride apple
China Pearl peach
Au Rubrum plum
2 Ochlockonee Blueberry bushes
4 misc. types of blackberries
Sunflower paw paw
Shenandoah paw paw
Black mission fig
What are you planning to add to your orchard in the fall / spring?
I am nearly maxed in my yard, but have some things wanting for family and a friend. For next season I want to get:
Wynoochee Early for a sister,
Court Pendu Rose for myself, to replace another small vigor tree and provide a late bloomer to set seed for Médaille d’Or,
Catshead (AKA Hog Snout) for a friend - who wants the AKA name in his orchard list!
I am casting about for someone to collaborate in creating a cider orchard. If that comes through this winter, the list will expand considerably.
Halford appears to be working well for me. It is known to be adaptable to heavy clay (what I have). I have Blushingstar on it. It flowered the first year after transplant, and tried to set fruit, but the April freeze zapped the buds. The tree has a stout trunk and low angled branches. It takes to pruning well, and is my best-shaped martini glass of a peach tree.
In the video John Clark compares White Diamond to White County. I never did like the taste of White County (although my wife really liked the peach). It was very low acid, and had too much perfume for me. The perfume was so strong, it almost seemed like it tasted/smelled like it was a fragrance made in a factory.
White County was also a complete loser here from a commercial perspective. It was very large, but also had a very large percentage of split pits (probably approaching 50%). Plus it was terrible for bac. spot. Lastly, in very hot KS weather the peaches would brown internally on the tree. It was a very high browning peach anyway, but the fruit would actually brown before you cut them open, in very hot weather.
I hope White Diamond doesn’t have all the baggage White County had.
I’ve planted another release from the AR program - White River - but haven’t fruited it yet.
Thanks Mark. White Diamond is supposed to taste similar to White County but have more disease resistance like White River. Weird to hear about the perfume thing.
Here are my notes on WD gathered from various sources:
White Diamond peach of Arkansas ordered on Halford from CVN. Late white low-acid melting freestone peach from Arkansas. Said to be similar in taste to the praised White County. Grandchild of Loring. Supposed to have strong resistance to bac spot & brown rot. Unknown cold hardiness. Parent White River is known to have supreme disease resistance & brix slightly higher than Redhaven. One grower says White River survived a few winters in Z6 Kansas, but flowered early and buds got froze out one year. The following year, it collapsed under heavy fruit load. Thin if set is heavy. Should survive cold winters but buds may get froze out in years with late frosts. Estimated ripening Sept 2- 18.
Yup, but I didn’t get any this year. Some of my peaches were hit by the hard frost in the first week of April. Most of the rest were devoured by critters. I think Carolina Gold is the only one I got more than 1-2 fruits from. I don’t remember any reaching maturity on the White River.
From my 2015 harvest, it is a pretty red on the inside:
@BobVance, I clicked on that link and noticed the fruit of White River looked pretty spotty. I hope it’s not bac. spot It’s always a bit hard for me to tell bac. spot from scab without looking at the leaves. Have you noticed any shothole on the leaves on your tree?
My tree is still pretty young, and young trees typically don’t show bac. spot on the leaves.
I just ordered a replacement for an Arctic Glo Nectarine that died and am going to try Splash Pluot and Cot-N-Candy Aprium from Peaceful Valley.
When visiting San Francisco recently,I tasted some dried C-N-C and they were very good.
I may also get a Rabbiteye Blueberry,Brightwell. Brady