|Fruit: Feijoa sellowiana||Pineapple Guava, fruit|
| Super-tasty fruits which are not viable for shipping to supermarkets - just for your back yard.
Pineapple Guavas are an ideal fruit tree for the Bay Area. Originally from the scrublands of Paraguay, Uruguay, northern Argentina and southern Brazil, these non-tropical, evergreen trees are drought tolerant (though they need water to set fruit) and virtually disease and pest free. They feature large, showy flowers with edible petals; dense, dark green foliage; plus delicious fruit to boot. The aromatic fruit is ripe when it falls to the ground. Fruiting season, depending on cultivar, is from late September to early December.
Pineapple guavas will grow to about 15 feet tall x 15 wide, but can be kept at any height or width by pruning. For a thick hedge, plant about 10ft.-15ft apart. Their dense foliage is ideal for screening out the view of your neighbors.
These seedlings were grown from fruit of 9 cultivars that I found to be the best tasting out of a selection of over 25 cultivars that were developed by our West Coast expert, Mark Albert in Ukiah. Mark has been selecting trees for Northern California that have superior tasting fruit for about 40 years.
The seedlings are from:
Albert’s Pride, early fruiting, late September
Albert's Supreme, late fruiting, November
Moore, parent of Pride and Supreme
Lake Mendocino Drive
Lake Mendocino Drive South
-Paul Borchardt - California Rare Fruit Growers
|fruit: Cherry 'Royal Lee'||Royal Lee Cherry|
Cherries are marginal in SF but this is your best bet. Can grow in containers. On Newroot-1.
Needs another cherry (best is Minnie Royal) to cross-pollinate.
Estimated Chilling Requirement 200-300 or fewer hours below 45�F USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 6 - 10 Pollination Pollenized by Royal Lee. Bloom Season within fruit type(see note) early Harvest Season within fruit type early Harvest Dates May 10 to May 23 (approximate for Hickman, CA)
|fruit: citrus, Blood Orange, 'Tarocco'||Tarocco Blood Orange, fruit|
|Largest fruit among Blood oranges. Excellent tasting flesh is spotted red; orange skin. Vigorous open growth character. Borderline in sunny SF neighborhoods but worth trying in a warm protected spot.|
|fruit: citrus, Lemon, Improved Meyer||Improved Meyer Lemon, fruit|
|Good performer in cool climates. Thin skin, sweet flavor. SF favorite.|
|fruit: Fig 'Violeta de Bordeux'||Violeta de Bordeux Fig, fruit|
|fruit: Fig ‘White Marseilles’||White Marseilles Fig, fruit|
|Thomas Jefferson introduced this variety from Southern France, praising the delicious flavor. Bears fruit in late July with yellow flesh & yellow white skin. Hardy in zones 6-9 Grows as a uniquely formed rosette like multi-branched shrub.|
|Fruit: Fragaria vesca 'Reine des Vallees'||'Reine des Vallees' Wood Strawberry|
|Selected for prolific white flowers! A fast and easy groundcover for partial shade, the woodland strawberry gives wonderful white rose-flowers in the spring followed by a bounty of compact, tasty fruit. Soft velvety green leaves take on attractive shades of red when given less water and more sun.|
|fruit: Opuntia cacanapa 'Ellisiana'||Spineless Prickly Pear, fruit|
|Fruit: Pineapple Tomatillo||Pineapple Tomatillo, fruit|
|fruit: Pomegranate 'Wonderful'||Wonderful Pomegranate, fruit|
|150 chill hours, best for juicing rather than eating but seeds are soft and easy to chew. The most popular commercial Pomegranate in California.|
|fruit: Solanum muricatum||Pepino|
|South American shrub, related to tomatoes with striped yellow fruit sometimes called sweet cucumber or melon cucumber because of the taste.|