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FRUITFUL GARDENING

Fruit trees have been cultivated in home orchards for centuries. Today they are making a comeback as the values of freshly picked fruit is appreciated once more. With better usage of pesticides and baits for the control of fruit fly and other pests home grown fruit is a reality. This table represents the range of deciduous fruit trees available for planting now this late summer and autumn season. Some require cross –pollination to ensure good fruit set. Certain fruit types need extremely cold winter temperatures to produce fruit. The cold requirements are given for each fruit – high being extreme cold and low being warmer winter temperatures with little frost.

DECIDUOUS FRUIT TREE GUIDE

 

 

Fruit Tree Type
Image
Description of fruit
Ripening time
Climate preferences
Cross pollination
Apple ‘Early Red
One’
Dark red skin with creamy white
flesh
Late Feb
to March
High cold
requirement
Yes
Apple ‘Golden
Delicious’
Pale green to golden skin with
crisp white flesh
Feb to
March
High cold
requirement
Yes
Apple ‘Granny
Smith’
Green skin with white flesh – tart,
acidic, crispy
March to
April
Low cold
requirement
Yes
Apricot ‘Bulida’ Yellow skin with yellow flesh –

small

Late Nov Low cold
requirement
No
Apricot ‘Palsteyn’ Small yellow fruit with red blush
–flesh orange and tasty
Late Nov Medium cold
requirement
No
Apricot ‘Soldonne’ Orange- yellow skin with similar
coloured flesh – good flavour
Late Nov Low cold
requirement
No
Fig ‘White Genoa’ Green to yellow skin with pink
flesh – small to medium size
Jan Low cold
requirement
No
Nectarine
‘Flavortop’
Red skin with yellow firm flesh –
excellent flavour
Early Jan Medium cold
requirement
No
Nectarine ‘Mayglo’ Bright red skin with yellow flesh –

acidic flavour

Early Nov Low cold
requirement
No
Peach ‘Boland’
(freestone)
Green skin with red blush – juicy
white t green flesh
Mid Dec Low cold
requirement
No
Peach ‘De Wet’
(freestone)
Yellow skin with red blush –
yellow flesh – juicy
Late Oct Low cold
requirement
No
Peach ‘Kakamas’
(clingstone)
Yellow skin with firm yellow flesh
– good flavour
Mid Feb Medium cold
requirement
No
Peach ‘Oom Sarel’
(clingstone)
Yellow skin with yellow flesh –
sweet and juicy
Mid Dec Low cold
requirement
No
Peach ‘Prof
Malherbe’
(clingstone)
Yellow skin with firm yellow flesh
– good flavour
Late Dec Medium cold
requirement
No
Peach ‘San Pedro’
(clingstone)
Red skin with yellow background
– light yellow flesh – slightly acid
Early Nov Low cold
requirement
No
Pear ‘Early Bon Green to yellow skin with creamy Early Jan Low cold Yes
Pear ‘Forelle’ Green to yellow skin with red
blush – coarse white flesh sweet
Feb to
March
Low cold
requirement
Yes
Pear ‘Packhams
Triumph’
Large with green to yellow skin –
smooth white flesh slightly sweet
Mid Feb Medium cold
requirement
Medium cold
requirement
Plum ‘Harry
Pickstone’
Green to red skin with firm yellow
flesh – sweet
Early Jan Low cold
requirement
No
Plum ‘Methley’ Small fruit with green to red skin

and red flesh – juicy

Early Dec Low cold
requirement
No
Plum ‘Santa Rosa’ Red skin with orange to red flesh
– sweet but acidic around stone
Mid Dec Medium cold
requirement
No
Pomegranate
‘Wonderful’
Large purple-red fruit with
crimson juicy pulp
March
and April
Low cold
requirement
No