A Prunus Fruit Sampler

peachredhaven (300x299)Prunus persica ‘Redhaven’ – A good all-around peach for canning, freezing, making jams and fresh eating. This self-fertile freestone peach bears large yellow-skinned (and fleshed) fruit with a red blush and excellent flavour. It is very productive (which is why it’s grown commercially) but somewhat prone to peach leaf curl in coastal BC. Grows 10-15′ high depending on the rootstock. Z5.

plumshiro (300x295)Prunus salicina ‘Shiro’ – A prolific Japanese plum with large rounded fruits with juicy sweet flesh, ripening in early August. It is excellent for fresh eating (have a napkin handy) or canning. ‘Shiro’ does require cross-pollination from another Japanese plum such as ‘Santa Rosa’, ‘Burbank’, ‘Methley’ or ‘Redheart’. Grows 12-18′ high depending on the rootstock. Hardy to zone 5.

cherryblack (296x300)Prunus avium – The Mazzard or Bird Cherry is the parent of most cultivated sweet cherries but with smaller dark purple to black fruits. It is occasionally planted as an ornamental but is more frequently found as overgrown rootstock from a sweet cherry cultivar. It is self-fertile and has excellent cold hardiness. Much favoured by birds. Grows 35′ high by 25′ wide. Hardy to zone 3.

plumpeach (300x291)Prunus domestica ‘Peach Plum’ (syn. ‘Peach’) – A less common European plum with rounded (but slightly tapered) mid-sized fruit with yellow skin and a red blush (turns entirely red when left on the tree), resembling a peach. It is good for fresh eating or jellies. Partially self-fertile but crops better with cross pollination from another European plum. Grows 12-20′ high. Zone 5.

peachfrost (300x300)Prunus persica ‘Frost’ – A peach leaf curl resistant variety that can be grown out in the open in coastal BC. It bears mid-sized freestone fruits that are yellow with a light red blush and are good for canning, fresh eating or baking. ‘Frost’ is self-fertile and does not require a pollination partner in order to produce fruit. Grows 12-15′ high depending upon rootstock. Hardy to zone 5.

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