Monday, June 22, 2020

Mulberry cv. Black Prince

The tree is large, with the fruits ripening mid to late June in Sacramento Valley. The fruits are up to 2 inches long, fat, very dark with the lighter middle core. They are sweet with some acid, and nicely flavored. The fruit holds well for a mulberry and may have a good shelf life (when I get enough to keep them on a shelf).

The cultivar should be frost resistant, but this needs to be evaluated better in the US.  It grows as far North as Lithuania and Southern Finland.

I am planning to make this accession more available in the US. Occasionally we have small trees available for purchase at

Avocado fruitlets in June

Young avocado fruitlets as seen on June 19, 2020 in Davis and Vacaville.


Brazos Belle

Guatemalan seedling UCD




Royal Wright

Second Red

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Midseason Apricots

The tasting evaluation and photo from June 17, 2020

Lasgerdi Mashhad, Cot-N-Candy, and Monique are white apricots.  

Bonny Royal - Sweet with some acid, juicy, strong apricot flavor, very productive.  The fruits are available from Andy's Orchard in Morgan Hill.

Deinocot - Soft, strong apricot flavor, productive.  The scionwood is occasionally available at the CRFG winter exchanges.

Lasgerdi Mashhad - Very sweet, structured and juicy with peachy - flowery flavor. The trees are available from the Arboreum Company

Ram Rock - Not fully ripened yet. Classic apricot flavor, juicy and soft. The scionwood is occasionally available at the CRFG winter exchanges.

Golden Sweet - Firm, not really sweet and not ready yet. The scionwood is occasionally available at the CRFG winter exchanges.

Cot-N-Candy - soft, very sweet with rose flavor. The trees are available at most retail nurseries.

Moniqui - sweet, rich apricot flavor, very juicy, soft and fruity. The trees are available from the Arboreum Company

All ripe cultivars were good and enjoyable to eat. Just Ram Rock and Golden Sweet need to be evaluated at a later date.  My favorite from here is Lasgerdi Mashhad.

Lasgerdi Mashhad (the white ones) and Golden Sweet



Another apricot to note here is my recent graft from one of the apricot trees at the Jack London Historic Park in Glen Ellen.  It is JL-7 in my records, fruited first time for me this season. Very nice white sweet with some acid, good apricoty flavor. I picked this fruit on June 10.
JL-7 apricot

Check our sales site if we have the scions available

Eugenia itaguahiensis or Dwarf Grumichama

My dwarf grumichama has finally fruited in June of 2020.  The seed was collected in the fall of 2015 and germinated in early 2016.  The plant grows like a shrub with multiple stems. It overwintered fine in Davis in a 15 gallon potting bag by the Southern wall. I was calling this specimen Eugenia brasiliensis until recently, when I learned that this is the dwarf grumichama, Eugenia itaguahiensis.

The plant bloomed the first time in 2019, but no fruit were made that year.  This year, I learned that this plant requires a lot of moisture to hold the fruit.  I placed the pot in the large container, and I was filling it with an inch of water every day. This helped to bring the plant to producing a good amount of fruit. The fruits are not dropping from plant when they are ripe. They need to be pulled from the plant when fully black.  The flavor is pretty nice, fruity, sweet, but I don't like the skin that is a bit tough for me.  My son and husband do not notice the skin at all. Somehow the fruit reminds them a blueberry. The fruit has a few large seeds usually. All the pictures are from this year.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Early apricots

A week or so ago I had a few fruits of Katy apricot from a new graft.  I'll wait for another year and let the grafts to mature before reviewing it. 

My Flavor Delight Aprium tree I have for 15 years, and it is a very reliable and abundant producer.  White Knockout and Twocot apricots are the recent additions.  Below in the picture, left to right are White Knockout, Flavor Delight, and Twocot. The picture and the tasting are from June 4, 2020.

All these are excellent apricots.  Flavor Delight is an aprium, but really tastes just as an apricot. White Knockout and Twocot are white apricots.

White Knockout is very sweet with mild acidity, juicy with nice crunchy texture and smooth skin.
Flavor Delight is sweet, juicy with melting soft texture, velvety skin. Highly productive tree.
Twocot is very sweet, melting but structured and chewy texture, small wonderful fruits.


White Knockout is a patented cultivar, and the trees are available from the Burchell nursery The fruits, when in season might be available from Andy's Orchard store in Morgan Hill, CA.  Most likely, there are other orchards that grow this outstanding apricot too.
Flavor Delight trees are common in nurseries.  We usually have the scions at the CRFG winter exchanges. I'm not sure if the fruits are grown commercially.  They might be too soft for the large scale picking and packing.
Twocot is a patented cultivar, and the trees are available from Stark Bro's. Andy's Orchard produces the fruits that can be found at their store in Morgan Hill, CA.

Check our sales site if we have the Flavor Delight scions available

Frost tolerance of Himalayan Mulberries

 The past winter of 2023-2024 was the second test for my Himalayan mulberries frost tolerance. I have five two-years old trees of four culti...