Burgundy red - Introduced in 1986 by the University of Minnesota. Excellent fresh or for preserves, soft and sweet. Bears fruit the second season after planting. Fruit is of large size and named after Professor W. H. Alderman. Very attractive and valued as an ornamental. 'Superior', 'Toka' or 'Compass' make good pollinators. MNRC.
Fruit is of good size and eating quality. The sweet, semi-freestone juicy flesh is excellent for fresh eating, sauces and baking. Ripens mid-August. This dwarf tree will bear fruit in 2-3 years. Self-fruitful, needs no pollinator.
Originated as a chance seedling in Berkshire, England. Large size, golden yellow, wonderful quality. Buttery, juicy, highly flavored fruit. Excellent for eating fresh or canning. Vigorous grower and bears young. 'Bosc' is a good pollinator for 'Bartlett'.
BlackIce™ is a cross between a cherry plum and a conventional Japanese dessert plum resulting in large fruit with superior winter hardiness and an early ripening date. Fruit size and yield is comparable to popular conventional cultivars, however, the ripening date is 2-4 weeks earlier. Has been shown to be hardy and produce fruit in USDA zone 3b. Naturally compact growth habit makes it easy to manage. Use 'La Crescent', 'Waneta' or American Plum for pollination.
This European plum is purplish blue and slightly larger than Damson. A freestone plum with greenish yellow flesh and sweet flavor. Excellent for sauce and jam. A self fruitful variety that ripens in mid September. From the Cornell Research Station in New York.
Honeyberry's taste has been compared to blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and black currants. You can eat them fresh, bake into pies or make into jams or jellies. Borealis an excellent source of antioxidants and Vitamin C. Needs Tundra for fruit set.
An old time French variety with large, high quality, russeted fruit. The tender, juicy, yellowish flesh has a smooth texture and the fruit is good for fresh use and canning. Fruit matures in early October in southern Iowa. Vigorous grower. 'Bartlett' is a good pollinator for 'Bosc'.
University of MN, 1946. Originated in 1946 as an open-pollinated seedling of 'Malinda'. Pleasant nut-like flavor. Large crabapple (2" diameter). Outstanding flavor and good texture for fresh eating. Medium storage life. Hardy.
Perfect for any backyard or for full orchard, honeyberries are tasty fresh, on ice cream, baked into pies or made into jams or jellies. The flavor is reminicent of blueberries, blackberries, raspberries or black currents. Excellent source of antioxidants and Vitamin C. Pollinator for Borealis, Tundra or Indigo Gem for fruit set.
('McIntosh' x 'Longfield') University of MN, 1943. A red blush mutation of 'Fireside' apple. Similar to 'Fireside' except that it has more intense red color. Hardy, heavy bearer. Large size. Excellent for eating or cooking. Distinctive flavor. Fruit keeps well until April or May. Unsuitable pollinator for 'Fireside'.
A freestone peach with bright yellow flesh. Matches 'Reliance' in cold-hardiness and tolerance of spring frosts. Sweet, extra-juicy fruit is an absolute delight for fresh eating, canning, baking, and freezing. Self-pollinating. 'Contender' ripens mid-to late August.
('Ben Davis' x 'McIntosh') New York, 1915. An older, well-known variety. Medium-sized and bright red with a sprightly tropical flavor. White flesh holds its color well after being cut. Excellent for eating and cooking.
An improved seedling of 'Ure' pear selected for its improved vigor, chlorosis resistance and iron-clad cold hardiness. Abundant white flowers in spring produce yellow fruits on average 10 days earlier than 'Ure'. The foliage is an attractive, glossy green. Use 'Ure' for pollination. Selected by Dr. Wilbert Ronald at Jeffries Nurseries Ltd. in Canada.
('McIntosh' & 'Delicious' Red) New York, 1966. Attractive, medium sized fruit with red blushed skin. Sweet flavor and firm texture. Very good fresh eating apple. Medium storage life. Blooms midseason and is an excellent pollen source for other varieties. Resistant to mildew and fire blight. Prone to biennial bearing.
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