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Low Chill

Deciduous Fruit Trees

and their Bloom Dates

I have tracked the dates that my low chill deciduous fruit trees started blooming for the last few years.  I found the information 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.  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 plants 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 the 500 to 1000 pounds or more of fruit produced 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 into 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

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Anna Apple

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Babcock Peach

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Magnolia Stellata (White)

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Ribes sanguinium (Pink)

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Royal Apricot

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Muscari Grape Hyacinth

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Clematis armandii

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Moorpark Apricot

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Belle de Portugal Rose

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Santa Rosa Plum

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August Pride Peach

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Akebia quinata

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Elephant Heart Plum

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Panamint Nectarine

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Saturn Peach

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Liz's Late Nectarine

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Golden Plum

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Plumcot

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Burgundy Plum

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Mariposa Plum

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Redbud

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Magnolia brozzonii

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Shinseki Asian Pear

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Chojuro Asian Pear

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Autumn Royal Apricot

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26-Mar

20th Century Asian Pear

27-Mar

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Winter Banana Apple

27-Mar

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Ginkgo biloba leaves

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Birch tree leaves

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23-Mar

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27-Mar

Japenese Maples

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Fuji Apple

27-Mar

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Pippin Apple (driveway)

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Gala Apple

17-Apr

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Pink Lady

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Braeburn Apple

22-Apr

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14-Apr

 

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