There’s nothing like picking and eating fresh, tree-ripened fruit. Here’s the perfect event
to make that dream come true.
The Winters Friends of the Library(WFoL) is holding its annual Fruit Tree Sale (rain or shine) on Saturday, March 3rd from 9 a.m. till sold out, at the parking lot on Railroad Avenue between Baker and Edwards Streets.
Current WFoL members can enter the sale at 8:30.
Not a member and wish you were? A membership table will be set up at the entrance so you can join on the spot.
Featured this year are bare-root fruit and nut trees grown by two premier nurseries from the region. Sierra Gold Nurseries of Yuba City has donated bare-root fruit and nut trees, which will be on sale for $10 each.
Four Winds Growers of Winters will not be able to donate citrus trees as they have in the past due to insect regulations. However they will donate olive, fig, and pomegranate trees as well as blueberry bushes.
There is a limit of 10 trees per customer.
Master Gardeners and pruners will be on hand to explain techniques for pruning and planting the trees.
Proceeds from the sale of these trees will be used to improve library collections and programs.For additional information call Margaret Bailey at (541) 829-1332.
WINTERS FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY
2018 TREE DESCRIPTIONS
All bare root trees have been generously donated by Sierra Gold Nurseries, Yuba City.
Limit 10 trees per customer for each purchase.
AZTEC FUJI on EMLA 9 (potted): Outstanding and consistent red blush coloring. Sweet, juicy flavor of traditional Fuji. Tree is healthy and vigorous; Harvest late season with standard Fuji.
Rootstock: EMLA 9 (M.9) most widely planted dwarf apple rootstock. Free of known viruses, high yield efficiency, but poor anchorage due to brittle roots; requires full tree support. Susceptible to fire blight and woolly apple aphid; fairly resistant to crown and root rots.
BING ON GISELA 5: Fruit is very large, dark mahogany to black attractive; one of the best fresh market varieties as well as commercial canning. Flesh very solid, reddish-purple, flavor of the highest quality, firm and juicy. REQUIRES A POLLINATOR.
Rootstock: Gisela 5 is very precocious with good winter hardiness. Must have good fertile soils and supplemental irrigation. Well suited for backyard orchards and density plantings. Anchorage is adequate.
BROOKS ON PERFORMER MAHALEB: Large uniform dark red fruit. Flesh is firm and crisp with variable shades of red and pink. Stone is nearly free. Flavor is superior and is sweet, rich, well-balanced and exceptional for early season maturity.
Rootstock: Performer Mahaleb, a clonal selection thought to be more tolerant of phytophthora (root, crown, or collar rot often occurring on trees 3-8 years old grown on Malling-Merton 104) than seedling; possibly slightly more dwarfing.
RAINIER ON GISELA 6: Large, yellow fruit with a red blush similar to Royal Ann. Firm, clear to light yellow flesh. Fine-textured and distinct flavor. Vigorous, upright spreading tree, early bearing, very productive, ripens mid-season.
Rootstock: Gisela 6 is a semi-dwarf rootstock. Very precocious and productive; good virus resistance and no suckering problems. Well anchored, but may require support.
SWEETHEART ON MAZZARD: Large, bright red fruits mature 4 weeks after Bing. Self-fertile variety that bears annually. Requires pruning to prevent size problems.
Rootstock: MAZZARD: Excellent anchorage. Many shallow roots may become injured by deep cultivation and drought. Sandy loam to loam. More tolerant of heavy soils. Makes a very large tree; cold hardy. Has root suckers.
ROSS ON KRYMSK 86: (Late) Regular, highly productive bearer of large, uniform fruit. Yellow skin with a red blush and moderately firm, non-melting light orange-yellow flesh.
Rootstock: KRYMSK 86 is a peach/plum hybrid. Tolerant to wet and heavy soils. Cold hardy and high PH tolerance. Precocious. Increases fruit size and yield with strong root system. Performs well on replant sites.
FLAMIN’ FURY PF 20-007 ON LOVELL CE:
SUNCREST ON LOVELL CERTIFIED: Large, round freestone, attractive that colors to about 80% bright red blush over yellow background. Flesh is yellow and exceptionally firm with good texture and flavor. Vigorous, self-fruitful, productive tree has a good hardiness record.
ELBERTA ON LOVELL CERTIFIED: Typically used for canning. Large fruit size. Skin is yellow with crimson blush; yellow flesh. Juicy, firm texture. High quality. Great for desserts, canning, freezing, and jam. Vigorous, compact, self-fruitful tree. Excellent pollinizer. Ripens late July to early August.
GIANT BABCOCK ON LOVELL CERTIFIED: (White medium size fruit with a red blush, with almost fuzzless skin and white flesh. Tender, very juicy and sweet, semi-freestone flesh turns red around the pit with good quality, aromatic flavor. Mild with low acid. Ripens 2 weeks before Elberta.
CORALSTAR ON LOVELL CERTIFIED: Large, beautiful freestone peach with 80% coral red fruit that matures with Loring. Flesh is firm and clear with wonderful flavor. Hold well on the tree and in the cooler. Does not brown when cut. Ripens with multiple pickings over a long period and will produce heavy tonnage per acre. Hardy and resistant to bacterial spot.
Rootstock: LOVELL CERTIFIED has good anchorage and vigor. Prefers well drained loam soil. Sensitive to wet feet or heavy soils.
BARTLETT PEAR ON OHXF-97: Leading pear for canning and fresh market sales. Large, golden yellow fruit with a slight blush. Smooth, juicy, tender white flesh. Partially self-fruitful.
Rootstock: OHXF-97 has good anchorage and vigor. Induced early heavy production. Resistant to pear decline and fireblight. Superior rootstock for vigorous pear trees. Hardy and resilient to cold.
GOLDEN RUSSET BOSC ON OHXF-87: Beautiful pear that has a very smooth russeted finish. Fruit quality and tree characteristics are the same as a regular Bosc pear. Recommended for best cross pollination with Bartlett. Fruit is long and symmetrical with a uniform, golden russet overlaying yellowish-white flesh. Matures about the same time as Anjou. Trees are large, vigorous and require cross pollination.
COLUMBIA RED D’ANJOU PEAR ON OHXF-87: this sport of the commercially important D’Anjou is similar to its parent in shape, flesh-coloring, texture and flavor; however the fruit’s skin has a deep red surface color.
Rootstock: OHXF-87 Semi-vigorous. Considered a semi-dwarf. Tolerant to blight and decline.
BLACK SPLENDOR ON MYRO 29-C: Clingstone. Ripens early June. Medium to large size fruit. Skin is blue/black; flesh is red to dark red. Productive.
Rootstock: MYRO 29-C tends to be intermediate depth, good vigor. Medium to heavy soil. Wide range of soil and moisture types. Susceptible to bacterial canker.
FRENCH PRUNE ON MYROBALAN CERT: Premium variety. Fruit is medium-sized, egg-shaped. Skin is dark red to purplish; flesh is sweet flavored, smooth, non-porous and golden yellow. The pit is small, smooth, flat and long-oval. Harvest maturity is mid-season.
Rootstock: Myrobalan provides exceptional anchorage and good vigor. Light to heavy soils. Wide range of adaptability. Susceptible to prune brownline.