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Low Chill Deciduous Fruit Treees and their Bloom Dates

I have tracked the dates that my low chill deciduous fruit trees started blooming for the last several years. I found the results interesting on several levels. It is something to do on those rainy days. But more seriously, on a given year the trees bloom in a comparative succession.The actual dates vary by the season but not always in the same direction. The blooming order is at least somewhat in accordance with the fruiting order. I find trying to figure out those vagaries make the fruit orchard very intriguing. The differences are relative to exactly when the cold weather arrives and how long it lasts. A warm December and trees that are close to their bloom times can be blooming very early. But if it is followed by a cold January some of the later blooming deciduous fruit trees may still wait until their normal March blooming times. I have a few flowering plants that I use for markers to see where other gardens might match up as bloom timings vary significantly, earlier at the coast and to the South, and later in colder locations.

My goal is to have my home orchard to provide its bounty over as long a period as possible. Any given tree will produce fruit for 2-4 weeks, and who can possibly eat or even process the 500 to 1000 pounds or more of fruit produced by a healthy tree in such a short span? This is especially true if several trees ripen at the same time. If I plan well I can eat fresh fruit picked from my own trees almost all year long.

I have oranges and tangerines in the winter to carry me to the first peaches of the season in May. The next stretch of my early season is a little weak until the Royal apricots kick in with the Babcock peaches in late June. Then I am nearly buried in fruit until December when I am still eating Fuji apples, Persimmons and Asian Pears 'till the end. Dried and canned and frozen fruit fills in most of the blanks.

My plot of paradise is in Ojai, inland from Ventura and Santa Barbara. I have found room to stuff 40 different kinds of fruit trees onto my property. Somehow I will still find room for a few more. With my new trees I espalier them, form them into arches or sculpt them. Trees will bloom and fruit as much as 2-3 weeks earlier on our local coastline and earlier still down South towards San Diego. The season will be both compressed and shifted later in more northern and inland climes.

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Early Pride Peach 1-Feb 26-Jan 17-Jan 23-Jan 26-Jan
Anna Apple 18-Jan 10-Jan 25-Jan 1-Feb 10-Feb
Dorsett Golden Apple 21-Jan 15-Jan 1-Feb 3-Feb 2-Mar
Ventura Peach no data 3-Feb 12-Mar no data no data

Babcock Peach

10-Feb 3-Feb 13-Feb 25-Feb 19-Feb
Magnolia Stellata (White) 13-Feb 10-Feb 24-Feb 9-Feb 10-Feb
Magnolia Stellata (Pink) 13-Feb 6-Mar 13-Feb 14-Feb 8-Feb
Ribes sanguinium (Pink) no data no data 13-Feb 20-Mar no data
Royal Apricot 24-Feb 10-Feb 15-Feb 18-Feb 14-Feb
Muscari Grape Hyacinth no data no data 15-Feb 1-Mar 16-Feb
Clematis armandii no data no data 15-Feb 9-Feb 11-Feb
Moorpark Apricot 1-Mar 10-Feb 9-Mar 9-Mar no data
Belle de Portugal Rose no data no data 21-Feb 3-Mar 16-Feb
Santa Rosa Plum 17-Feb 14-Feb 13-Feb 1-Mar 14-Feb
August Pride Peach no data 3-Feb 21-Feb no data no data
Akebia quinata no data no data 25-Feb 1-Mar 18-Feb
Elephant Heart Plum 23-Mar 18-Feb 18-Mar 14-Mar 22-Mar
Panamint Nectarine 9-Mar 21-Feb 24-Feb 21-Mar 10-Mar
Saturn Peach no data no data no data no data 12-Mar
Liz's Late Nectarine no data no data no data no data 12-Mar
Golden Plum 3-Mar 22-Feb no data 1-Mar 19-Feb
Plumcot 3-Mar 22-Feb 1-Mar 1-Mar 18-Feb
Burgundy Plum no data no data 7-Mar 9-Mar 22-Mar
Mariposa Plum 24-Feb 24-Feb 24-Feb 20-Mar 12-Mar
Redbud no data no data 1-Mar 18-Feb 19-Feb
Magnolia brozzonii no data 4-Mar 16-Mar 28-Feb 13-Mar
Shinseki Asian Pear 16-Mar 10-Mar 21-Mar 17-Mar 26-Mar
Chojuro Asian Pear no data 10-Mar 22-Mar 21-Mar 22-Mar
Autumn Royal Apricot no data no data no data no data 26-Mar
20th Century Asian Pear 27-Mar 10-Mar 21-Mar 21-Mar 26-Mar
Winter Banana Apple 27-Mar 17-Mar 26-Mar no data 3-Apr
Ginkgo biloba leaves no data no data 21-Mar 17-Mar 21-Mar
Birch tree leaves no data no data 23-Mar no data 27-Mar
Japenese Maples no data no data 23-Mar 20-Mar 20-Mar
Fuji Apple 27-Mar no data 4-Apr no data 8-Apr
Pippin Apple (driveway) 13-Apr no data 14-Apr no data 14-Apr
Gala Apple 17-Apr no data 4-Apr no data 12-Apr
Pink Lady no data no data no data no data 12-Apr
Braeburn Apple 22-Apr no data 14-Apr no data 14-Apr

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