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RETAIL NURSERY VARIETY LIST
M & D Trees
8625 E. Sweetwater Rd.
Kingman, AZ 86401
Plant varieties ordered from Dave Wilson Nursery for 2022:
Anna Apple Remarkable fruit for mild winter climates in So. Calif., So. Ariz. Heavy crops of sweet, crisp, flavorful apples even in low desert. Fresh/cooked. Keeps 2 months in refrigerator. 200 hours. Self-fruitful or pollenized by Dorsett Golden or Einshemer. USDA Zones 5-10.
Arkansas Black Spur Apple Large, late season. Dark red skin, high quality even where summer nights are warm. For dessert and cooking. Keeps many months. Chilling requirement 500-600 hours. Partly self-fruitful. USDA Zones 5-9.
Ashmead's Kernel Apple Widely regarded as one of the all-time best-flavored apples. Small to medium-sized fruit variable shape, often lop-sided. Greenish to golden brown russet skin with reddish highlights. Creamy yellow flesh is aromatic, crisp and sweet. Fruit picked early is somewhat sharp and acidic, but mellows after a few weeks off the tree. Ripens after Red Delicious, about with Golden Delicious. Keeps 3-4 months. Used for dessert, cider and sauce. Resistant to powdery mildew, somewhat resistant to apple scab. Winter hardy tree, begins bearing at young age. From England, discovered in the early 1700s. Estimated chilling requirement 800-1000 hours. Partly self-fruitful, biggest crops with cross-pollination.
Braeburn Apple New, from New Zealand. Superb late season fruit: very crisp and tangy, more flavorful than Granny Smith. Excellent keeper. Green with dark red blush. October-November harvest. 700 hours. Self-fruitful. USDA Zones 5-10.
Dorsett Golden Apple Outstanding sweet apple for warm winter areas. Firm, very flavorful, sweet like Golden Delicious. Productive throughout So.CA and Phoenix, AZ. Good early season sweet apple for Central CA. 100 hours. Self-fruitful. USDA Zones 5-10.
Empire Apple Sweet and juicy with sprightly flavor, a cross of McIntosh and Red Delicious. McIntosh-type apple for hot summer climates. Heavy bearing tree. Early fall harvest. Good pollenizer for Mutsu, Gravenstein, Winesap, Jonagold. 800 hours. Self-fruitful. USDA Zones 4-9.
Gala Apple Wonderful dessert apple from New Zealand. Crisp, nice blend of sweetness and tartness, rich flavor. Skin reddish orange over yellow. Early harvest, 2 - 3 weeks before Red Delicious. Good pollenizer for other varieties. Adapted to cold- and warm-winter climates. Chilling requirement less than 500 hours. Self-fruitful. USDA Zones 4-10.
Granny Smith Apple From New Zealand. Large, late, green, all-purpose. Crisp, tart, excellent keeper. Requires long summer. Thrives in hot climates. 400 hours. Prolonged bloom: good pollenizer for other apples. Self-fruitful. USDA Zones 6-9.
Honeycrisp Apple Winter hardy tree from the University of Minnesota. Fruit is crisp and juicy with an aromatic flavor. Striped red over yellow color. Stores well. Ripens mid-August. Pollenized by Gala, Granny Smith, Empire, McIntosh and Red Delicious. USDA Zones 3-8.
Jonagold Apple Superb flavor, a connoisseurs choice. A cross of Jonathan and Golden Delicious. Yellow with red-orange blush. Crisp, juicy, subacid, all-purpose. 700-800 hours. Pollenized by Fuji, Gala, Granny Smith or Red Delicious, but not Golden Delicious. Not a pollenizer for other varieties.
McIntosh Apple Round, bright to dark red over green, superb quality in cool climates. Crisp, aromatic, subacid & sweet. Dessert/cooking. Early harvest. 900 hours. Partly self-fruitful, or pollenized by Red Delicious, Gala, or other. USDA Zones 4-7.
Pettingill Apple Very low winter chilling requirement, about 100 hours. Chance seedling discovered near Long Beach, CA., introduced in 1949. Large fruit with red over green skin, ripening late September to mid-October in coastal Southern CA. climates. Crisp and juicy, with a balance of sugar and acid. Good keeper. Large, vigorous, productive tree. Self-fruitful. 300 hours. USDA Zones 6-11.
Pink Lady® Apple Hot climate apple from Western Australia. Very crisp, sweet tart, distinct flavor, good keeper. Skin reddish pink over green when ripe. White flesh resists browning. Harvest begins late October in Central CA, about three weeks after Fuji. Self-fruitful in many western U.S. climates; pollenizer recommended for best production. 300-400 hours. USDA Zones 6-9.
Red Fuji Apple Redder skinned bud sport of Fuji. Sweet, very crisp and flavorful, excellent keeper. Ripe September-October in Central CA. Excellent pollenizer for other apple varieties. Self-fruitful. USDA Zones 5-9.
Autumn Glo Apricot Late season apricot with tremendous flavor. Ripens in the first two weeks of August. Fruit is medium-sized with good color. One of the highest scoring apricot varieties to date at Dave Wilson Nursery fruit tastings. 500 hours or less. Self-fruitful. USDA Zones 7-9. (Zaiger)
Blenheim (Royal) Apricot All-purpose freestone. Sweet, aromatic, flavorful - the long-time No. 1 apricot in California. Early bloom. Late June harvest in Central CA. 400 hours or less. Self-fruitful. USDA Zones 7-8.
Brittany Gold Apricot This sweet apricot is a very consistent producer in the Dave Wilson test orchard, and has proven to perform in tough climates where no other apricots do. This large, firm fruit has an extremely long season for an apricot, hanging for two weeks or more at the end of July. Self-fruitful. Estimated chilling requirement 500-700 hours. U.S. Plant Pat. No. 13504 (Zaiger)
Chinese Apricot Cold hardy, frost hardy, sets heavy crops of small to medium size sweet fruit. Recommended for difficult climates prone to spring frosts. 700 hours. Self-fruitful. USDA Zones 4-7.
Gold Kist Apricot Excellent backyard apricot for warm winter climates. Freestone, very good quality. Heavy bearing. Early harvest, 3-4 weeks before Blenheim (Royal). 300 hours. Self-fruitful. USDA Zones 7-9. (Zaiger)
Harcot Apricot From Canada. Frost hardy late bloom. Resists brown rot and perennial canker. Medium to large fruit ripens early to mid-June in Central CA. Sweet, juicy, rich flavor one of the best. 700 hours. Self-fruitful.
Katy Apricot Large, all-purpose, flavorful freestone. Tree ripe fruit is subacid (not tart). A favorite apricot for warm-winter climates. Early harvest, 3-4 weeks before Blenheim (Royal). 200 to 300 hours. Self-fruitful. USDA Zones 7-9. (Zaiger)
Montrose Apricot Frost-resistant late bloom; vigorous, very hardy tree, a select seedling discovered at Montrose, Colorado. Large, sweet, yellow fruit with a red blush, edible pit. Ripens mid-July. Est. chill requirement 600 hours. Self-fruitful. USDA Zones 5-9.
Tropic Gold Apricot Reliable producer of medium-large yellow fruit with orange-red blush and exceptional flavor. Ripens late June. Discovered at Camarillo, CA. Low-chill, 350 hours or less. Self-fertile. USDA Zones 7-9.
Cot-N-Candy White Aprium® Interspecific Apricot Wonderful new fruit from Zaiger Hybrids. White flesh apricot-plum hybrid. Medium-sized with incredible flavor, very sweet and juicy. Ripens early- to mid-July. Self-fruitful. 400 hours or less. USDA Zones 7-10. (Pat. No. 17827) (Zaiger)
Bing Cherry Large, firm, juicy, sweet, nearly black when ripe. Superb flavor, the No. 1 cherry. Midseason. Large vigorous tree. Pollenized by Black Tart, Van, Rainier and Lapins. Also Stella in colder climates. 700 hours. USDA Zones 5-9.
Craig's Crimson Cherry Taste test winner. Self-fruitful, natural semi-dwarf sweet cherry. Dark red to nearly black, medium to large size, wonderful spicy flavor, very firm texture. Mature tree size about 2/3 of standard (smaller when budded onto Colt or Mahaleb rootstock). Harvest begins early. 500-600 hours. USDA Zones 5-9. (Zaiger)
Lambert Cherry Large, black, late harvest. Highest quality, rivaling Bing. Less susceptible to cracking due to later season. 800 hours. Pollenized by Van, Rainier, or Black Tartarian. USDA Zones 5-9.
Lapins Cherry Self-fruitful, dark red sweet cherry from Canada. Large, firm, good flavor. Similar to Van in color, Bing in shape. Sometimes sold as 'Self-fertile Bing.' Ripens 4 days after Bing. 400 hours or less. USDA Zones 5-9.
Royal Crimson Cherry The long-awaited low-chill self-fruitful sweet cherry from Zaiger Genetics, Royal Crimson is a consistent producer of large, tasty, crimson-red fruit. Harvest is early to mid May. This important new variety is also an excellent pollenizer for Minnie Royal and Royal Lee. Estimated chill requirement 200-300 hours. Patent applied for. (Zaiger)
Royal Rainier Cherry Large yellow cherry with slightly more red blush than Rainier. Excellent flavor, taste test winner. Ripens early, about 3-5 days ahead of Rainier. Chill requirement 500 hours. Pollenized by Bing, Black Tartarian and Lapins. USDA Zones 5-9. (Zaiger)
Stella Cherry Self-fruitful - no pollenizer needed. Large, nearly black, richly flavored sweet cherry similar to its parent, Lambert. Late harvest. 400 hours. Pollinates Bing, except in mild winter climates. USDA Zones 5-9.
Utah Giant Cherry The industry favorite sweet cherry in Utah. Larger, firmer, more flavorful than Bing or Lambert. Good canner. Does not double. 800 hours. Pollenizer required: Bing, Lambert, Rainier, Van. USDA Zones 5-9.
Van Cherry Very cold hardy, reliable, heavy bearing. Fine fruit similar to Bing, though usually smaller. 700 hours. Pollenizer required - interfruitful with all popular sweet cherries. USDA Zones 4-9.
Li Jujube Round shaped fruits are larger than Lang. Reddish brown, dry and wrinkled, sweet and chewy (like dates) when fully ripe in early Fall. Attractive, easy to grow tree: hardy, drought resistant, virtually pest and disease free. Requires long, hot summer. Very low chilling requirement. Self-fruitful. USDA Zones 5-10.
Black Beauty Mulberry (Morus nigra sp.) Large, shiny fruit similar to Persian, known for its flavor. Can be grown as a tree or large shrub. Ripens early summer. Attractive to birds. Self-fruitful. 200 hours or less. USDA Zones 7-10.
Spice Zee NectaPlum™ Interspecific Nectarine The first NectaPlum™ from Zaiger Genetics: a white-fleshed, nectarine-peach-plum hybrid. Skin is dark maroon at fruit set, and turns pale pink when ripe. Fully ripe fruit is unparalleled in flavor, and both nectarine and plum traits are easily detectable. Tree is quite ornamental. Tremendous purplish pink bloom in the spring, followed by a flourish of red leaves which mature into lush green in late summer. Self-fruitful. Very productive. 200-300 hours. High chill adaptable. (Pat. No. 13503) (Zaiger)
Arctic Queen White Nectarine Delicious, super-sweet white nectarine, very similar to Arctic Rose, but ripening 3-4 weeks later (early August in Central CA). Rich flavor and nice crunchy texture when firm ripe, extremely sweet when fully ripe. High-scoring in taste tests. 600-700 hours. Self-fruitful. (Zaiger)
Double Delight Nectarine Sensational fruit: consistently the best flavored yellow nectarine plus magnificent, double pink flowers. Dark red-skinned, freestone fruit is sweet, with unusually rich flavor. Very high scoring in taste tests. Heavy bearing tree. Harvest early to mid-July in Central CA. 300 hours. Self-fruitful. (Zaiger)
Flavortop Nectarine Large, firm, yellow freestone of excellent quality. One of the highest scoring nectarines in DWN fruit tastings. One of the very best! Ripe mid-July in Central CA, between Independence and Fantasia. Large showy blossoms. 650 hours. Self-fruitful.
Harko Nectarine One of the highest scoring nectarines in DWN fruit tastings. Cold hardy Canadian variety has showy, large, single pink blossoms. Ripens with Redhaven Peach in early July in Central CA. Tolerant of bacterial spot and brown rot. 800 hours. Self-fruitful.
Heavenly White - White Nectarine One of the highest-scoring fruits in Dave Wilson Nursery taste tests. Very large, firm, white-fleshed freestone. Superb acid/sugar balance and rich, complex flavor, a connoisseur's delight. Dull red and cream colored skin. Mid-July in Central CA. 650 hours. Self-fruitful. (Zaiger)
Arctic Supreme White Peach Two-time taste test winner. Large, white flesh, nearly freestone when fully ripe. Red over cream colored skin. Sweet and tangy, fine delicate flavor, firm texture. Peak quality reached a short while after picking. Harvest late July/early August in Central CA. 700 hours. Self-fruitful. (Zaiger)
Babcock White Peach Long-time favorite white-fleshed freestone. Sweet and juicy, aromatic, low in acid. High scoring in taste tests. Ripens mid-July in Central CA. Widely adapted (low chill requirement, yet not early blooming). 250-300 hours. Self-fruitful.
Elberta Peach Famous yellow freestone. Classic, rich peach flavor: high scoring in taste tests. Use fresh, canned or cooked. Ripe late July/early August in Central CA, up to 3-4 weeks later in colder climates. 600 hours. Self-fruitful.
Harken Peach From Canada, a sibling of Canadian Harmony peach. Red-skinned medium size yellow freestone is sweet and flavorful, with non-browning flesh. One of highest rated peaches for Western Washington. Dessert/cooking/freezing. 800 hours. Self-fruitful.
Indian Free White Peach The all-time highest rated peach at Dave Wilson Nursery fruit tastings. Large freestone, firm crimson and cream colored flesh. Tart until fully ripe, then highly aromatic with a rich, distinctive flavor. Highly resistant to peach leaf curl. Late season. 700 hours. Another nectarine or peach needed to pollenize.
Loring Peach Taste test winner. Superb large yellow freestone. Excellent flavor and texture, low acid. Harvests over 2-3 week period, mid to late July in Central CA. Requires little or no thinning. Excellent for home orchard. 750 hours. Self-fruitful.
Mid-Pride Peach Best yellow freestone for warm winter climates of So. Calif., Phoenix, Houston, S.F. Bay Area. Also recommended for Central CA for its exceptional flavor and dessert quality. Midseason. 250 hours. Self-fruitful. (Zaiger)
Redhaven Peach Long one of the world's most widely planted peaches. High quality yellow freestone. Ripens early July in Central CA. Frost hardy, excellent producer. Fresh/freeze. 800 hours. Self-fruitful.
Snow Beauty White Peach Taste test winner: one of the all-time highest-scoring varieties in blind fruit tastings at Dave Wilson Nursery. Low acid, high sugar, tantalizing flavor. Large, very firm, attractive red skin. Harvest early to mid-July in Central CA. Estimated chilling requirement 750-850 hours. Self-fruitful. (Pat. No. 10175) (Zaiger)
Snow King White Peach Large, red-skinned, very firm, subacid, white-fleshed freestone. Farmer's market favorite for its appearance, sweetness and flavor. Harvest late August in Central CA, 3-4 weeks after Elberta. Showy blossoms. 800 hours. Self-fruitful. (Zaiger)
Sugar May White Peach Sweetest peach of its season: mid-June, about one month before Babcock. Very juicy and sweet with fine flavor. High fruit tasting scores. Excellent choice for early season peach. Medium to large size, attractive red skin. Estimated chilling requirement 600-700 hours. Self-fruitful. (Zaiger)
Bartlett Pear World's most popular pear. Early midseason, high quality, tolerates hot summers. 500-600 hours. Self-fruitful in most climates of Western U.S. Elsewhere, pollenized by Bosc, D'Anjou, Winter Nelis.
Bosc Pear Long and narrow shape, brown skin. Superb quality, one of the best. Harvest late October. Use fresh or cooked. Susceptible to fire blight in warm, moist climates. 500-600 hours. Pollenized by Bartlett or other pear.
Fan-Stil® Pear Bell-shaped yellow fruit with red blush. Crisp, juicy white flesh. Consistent bearer. Shows fireblight resistance. Ripens Aug-Sept. Self-fruitful. Chill requirement 400 hours or less. USDA Zones 5-9.
Seckel Pear Connoisseurs' favorite. Sweet, flavorful, aromatic, spicy, perhaps the best dessert pear. Russeted brown skin. Resists fire blight. Does not cross-pollinate with Bartlett. 500 hours. Self-fruitful.
Warren Pear Excellent quality dessert pear, tree is highly resistant to fire blight. Medium to large, long-necked fruit with pale green skin, sometimes blushed red. Smooth flesh (no grit cells) is juicy and buttery with superb flavor. Good keeper. Cold hardy to -20 deg F. From Mississippi. 600 hours. Self-fruitful
Sweet Treat Pluerry™ Interspecific Plum Sweet Treat is the first of its kind, the Pluerry™: a new fruit type from the genius of Floyd Zaiger. This taste-test favorite is a complex interspecific hybrid, predominantly of plum and cherry, combining the sweetness of a cherry with that summer fresh plum zing. Much larger than a cherry, this precocious and prolific variety will hang on the tree for over a month, and the colorful fruit make Sweet Treat a true ornamental. Tested as 46MB583. Harvest late June through July. Estimated chilling requirement 450 hours. Pollenizer required: Burgundy or Santa Rosa plum, or Flavor King Pluot® recommended. Patent Pending (Zaiger)
Beauty Plum Sweet, flavorful plum, more widely adapted than Santa Rosa (more productive in cool, rainy climates). Red over yellow skin, amber flesh streaked red. Ripens June in Central CA, a week or more before Santa Rosa. 250 hours. Self-fruitful.
Burgundy Plum Maroon colored skin and semi-freestone flesh. Sweet, with little or no tartness and a very pleasing, mild flavor. High taste test scores. Prolonged harvest, mid-July to mid-August in Central CA. Very productive tree with narrow, upright habit. 300 hours. Self-fruitful.
Catalina Plum Large, black, favorite fresh market plum. Sweet and juicy but still firm when fully ripe, with very little tartness at skin and pit. Very high taste test scores, one of the best plums for fresh eating. Ripe late July in Central CA. Vigorous, productive tree. 300-400 hours. Self-fruitful.
Elephant Heart Plum Home orchard favorite: large, heart-shaped fruit with sweet, juicy, richly flavored, firm red flesh. Dark reddish-purple mottled skin. Long harvest season - September in Central CA. Hardy, heavy bearing tree. 500 hours or less. Pollenize with Beauty or Santa Rosa.
Emerald Beaut Plum One of the highest-rated plums in blind fruit tastings at DWN. Light green skin, greenish-yellow to orange freestone flesh. Harvest begins late August in Central CA. Ripe fruit continues to sweeten, becoming exceptionally sweet, but remaining crisp and crunchy. Ripe fruit holds on tree longer than any other stone fruit: two months or more! 600-700 hours. Pollenizer required: Beauty, Burgundy, Late Santa Rosa, Nubiana, Flavor King Pluot. (Pat. No. 9162) (Zaiger)
Laroda Plum Very high scores for flavor and overall appeal in Dave Wilson Nursery taste tests. Dark purple skinned fruit with juicy, richly-flavored red and amber flesh. Prolonged harvest: late July to late August in Central CA, 5-6 weeks after Santa Rosa. 400 hrs. Pollenizer required: Santa Rosa, Late Santa Rosa, Burgundy, Nubiana.
Santa Rosa Plum Most popular plum in California & Arizona. Juicy, tangy and flavorful. Reddish purple skin, amber flesh tinged red. Late June in Central CA. 300 hours. Self-fruitful.
Flavor King Pluot® Interspecific Plum Taste test winner. Unique plum-apricot hybrid with sensational bouquet and sweet, spicy flavor. Reddish-purple skin, crimson flesh. Harvest mid-August in Central CA. Naturally small tree. 400 hours or less. Pollenized by Flavor Supreme Pluot® or Dapple Dandy Pluot® and Santa Rosa or Late Santa Rosa plum. (Zaiger)
Splash Pluot® Interspecific Plum Small to medium-sized red-orange colored fruit, with very sweet orange flesh. Consistently among the highest scoring varieties at Dave Wilson formal fruit tastings. Round to heart-shaped fruit is excellent eaten fresh, dried or in desserts. Upright tree sets large crops once established. 400 hours or less. Pollenized by Santa Rosa plum or Flavor Grenade Pluot®. (Pat No. 14583) (Zaiger).
All-in-One Genetic Semi-Dwarf Almond No. 1 almond for home orchards. Heavy crops of soft shell nuts with sweet, flavorful kernels. Hot summer required to ripen. 15 ft. tree, very winter and frost hardy. 300-400 hrs. Self-fruitful. (Zaiger)
Butte Almond The most productive almond variety. Blooms and harvests just before Mission. Well-sealed, semi-hard shell, slightly smaller than Mission. Medium-sized, vigorous, spreading tree similar to Neplus. Originated from a cross of Texas Mission and Nonpareil. 500 hours. Pollenizer required: interfruitful with Mission, All-in-One, Nonpareil.
Mission Almond Late-blooming, productive tree. Hard-shell nut with short, plump kernel. Interfruitful with All-In-One, Nonpareil, Price, Carmel. 500 hours. Pollenizer required.
Ne Plus Almond Large soft-shelled nut. Long, broad, flat kernel. Spreading tree. Satisfactory pollenizer for Nonpareil in Northern California. 250 hours. Pollenizer required.
Nonpareil Almond No. 1 commercial almond, the standard of quality. Interfruitful with Price, Mission, All-In-One, Carmel. (Neplus in Northern California only.) 400 hours. Pollenizer required.
Price Almond Excellent pollenizer for Nonpareil as it blooms and harvests at the same time. Very similar nut. Small, heavy bearing tree. 400 hours. Pollenizer required.
Mahan Pecan Largest pecan. Thin shell, fine quality. Old variety, a parent of most of the newer varieties. Very late maturing, does best in low desert climates. 250 hours. Self-fruitful.
Mohawk Pecan Very large, thin-shelled nut, excellent quality. Earliest maturing, so more widely adapted than others. Attractive tree is vigorous, bears young and heavy. Good choice for home planting. 250 hours. Self-fruitful.
Pawnee Pecan Newer early harvest variety. Adapted to growing seasons too short for Mahan or Western Schley, such as the northern Central Valley in California. Medium to large, thin-shelled nut. 250 hours. Partly self-fruitful, or plant with Mohawk.
Tejas Pecan Medium size, thin shelled, fine flavor. Very vigorous, very precocious, heavy bearing. Densely foliated, attractive tree. Harvest early midseason. 250 hours. Self-fruitful.
Western Schley Pecan Easy to grow, hardy tree. Less fussy about soil and nutrition. Long, tapered, medium-sized, thin-shelled nuts. Fine quality, midseason. 250 hours. Self-fruitful
Ambassador Carpathian Walnut Cold hardy Carpathian hybrid for severe climates, from Idaho. 1 1/4 inch nuts, thin shell, well sealed. Plump, light-colored kernels, excellent flavor. Young trees set heavy crops. 600 hours. Self fruitful. (Rootstock: NCB walnut.)
Carmelo Walnut Late leafing and blooming, adapted to colder climate than Hartley or other popular English walnuts. Very large, well filled nut. 700 hours. Self-fruitful. (Rootstock: NCB walnut or Paradox.)
Franquette Walnut Last English walnut to leaf out, less susceptible to spring frost damage. Very large tree, excellent shade. Fair production of well sealed, thin-shelled, high quality nuts. Pollenizer for Hartley. 700 hours. Self-fruitful. (Rootstock: NCB walnut or Paradox.)
Hartley Walnut Long-time No. 1 walnut in California for its quality and dependability. Large, thin-shelled, well-sealed nut. Light-colored flavorful kernel. 700 hours. Self-fruitful. (Rootstock: NCB walnut or Paradox.)
Livermore Red Walnut The unique red kernal of Livermore Red has attracted quite a following among Farmers Market growers and specialty stores. The growth characteristics are similar to Chandler walnut. This U.C. Davis introduction is self-fruitful and requires 700 chill hours. (Rootstock: NCB walnut or Paradox.)
Pedro Walnut Very small tree, less than 2/3 the size of other varieties. Well-sealed nut, similar to Payne, has perhaps the finest-flavored kernel - winner of consumer taste tests. Widely adapted, excellent choice for home planting. 400 hours. Self fruitful. (Rootstock: NCB walnut or Paradox.)
Placentia Walnut Best of the Santa Barbara-types, selected in the early 1900s. Adapted to mild-winter coastal climates of Southern California. Medium-sized nuts with fairly well-sealed thin shells. Light-colored plump kernel, mild flavor. Est. chilling requirement: less than 300 hours. Self-fruitful. (Rootstock: NCB walnut or Paradox.)
Serr Walnut Preferred variety for marginal soil and hottest climates. Large nut, plump kernels of light color. Highly resistant to sunburn. Fast-growing, bears young and heavy. 600 hours. Self-fruitful or pollenize with Chico for largest crops. (Rootstock: NCB walnut or Paradox.)
Purple Pony Flowering Plum Prunus cerasifera 'Purple Pony' Showy purple foliage holds its color all season. Believed to be sterile. Height at full maturity 10-12 feet. Single pale pink flower. Hardy to USDA Zone 5.
Common Lilac Syringa vulgaris Large showy clusters of pink to purplish-blue flowers, wonderful fragrance. Full sun (light shade in hottest areas), alkaline soil. Grows to 20 by 20 ft. Best in Sunset zones 1-12. Less dependable in zones 14-16, 18-22. USDA zones 5-9.
My Favorite Lilac (French Hybrid) Dark purple double flowers. Full flowering and true color reached in 2-3 years. Plants bloom best after cold winters. Full sun (light shade in hottest areas), prefers alkaline soil, average water. 10-15 ft. bush.
Bonita™ Ash Fraxinus velutina 'Bonita' Fast growing shade tree. Broad canopy. Good performer in the desert Southwest. Long lasting yellow fall color. Size to 35 ft. x 35 ft. USDA zone 6.
Fan West™ Ash Fraxinus pennsylvanica lanceolata 'Fan West' Hybrid of Fraxinus pennsylvanica ("Green Ash") and Fr. Velutina ("Arizona Ash"). Height 30 ft., width 25 ft. Sterile (seedless) tree with rounded canopy. Golden fall foliage. Tolerates drought, wind and heat. May suffer damage with temperatures sustained below 10°. USDA zones 7-10.
Raywood Ash Fraxinus oxycarpa 'Raywoodi' Fast growing, tolerates heat, cold, alkaline soil. Compact, round-headed. Small, delicate leaves, lacy appearance. Purplish-red fall color. No seeds. 25-35 ft.
Quaking Aspen Populus tremuloides Very distinctive tree - light green round leaves flutter and shimmer in the slightest breeze. Fast growing to 40-60 ft. Smooth bark, light gray-green to almost white. Bright yellow fall color. Sunset Zones 1-7.
European White Birch Betula pendula (B. alba) Most popular deciduous tree in the West. 30-40 ft. high, with weeping side branches and delicate, lacy foliage. White bark. Does best with ample water and fertilizer. Sunset zones 1-11, 14-24. USDA zones 6-9.
Flamingo Box Elder Acer negundo 'Flamingo' Smaller, more desirable than the species. Maple-shaped canopy, sharply contrasting green and white variegated leaves tinged with pink - a striking accent tree for the landscape. Likes water, good lawn tree. Grows to 30 ft. or more. Sunset Zones 1-10, 12-24.
Pink Dawn Chitalpa Chitalpa tashkentensis 'Pink Dawn' Chilopsis linearis x Catalpa bignonioides. Very fast-growing, relatively small single or multi-trunked tree, reaches approximately 20 by 20 ft. Very drought tolerant. Large clusters of trumpet-shaped flowers in summer are pale purplish-pink with pale yellow throat. Long, narrow, attractive, glossy green leaves. Hybridized in Russia. Adapted to Southern California and low desert climates of the Southwestern U.S.
Western Cottonless (Cottonless) Populus fremontii Fast-growing to 60 ft. or more, by 30 ft. wide. Shimmering leaves are especially distinctive, ornamental. Widely adapted, including desert. Yellow fall color. Invasive roots. Sunset Zones 7-24.
Bubba Desert Willow Chilopsis linearis 'Bubba' Grows to 30 ft. with large, fragrant, dark burgundy flowers. Slender glossy green foliage in the summer season. Heat and drought tolerant, low maintenance. Hardy to -10 degrees, zone 6.
Burgundy Desert Willow Chilopsis linearis 'Burgundy' Small tree grows moderately fast to 20 ft. Long narrow leaves, distinctive crooked trunks with shaggy bark. Open growing, casts light shade. Attractive, large, trumpet-shaped, fragrant, reddish-purple flowers attract hummingbirds. Long flowering season, spring to fall. Sunset Zones 11-13, 18-21.
Burgundy Desert Willow, clump Chilopsis linearis 'Burgundy' Small tree grows moderately fast to 20 ft. Long narrow leaves, distinctive crooked trunks with shaggy bark. Open growing, casts light shade. Attractive, large, trumpet-shaped, fragrant, reddish-purple flowers attract hummingbirds. Long flowering season, spring to fall. Sunset Zones 11-13, 18-21. Clump form is a multi-stemmed tree.
Drake Evergreen Elm Ulmus parvifolia 'Drake' Deciduous in cold climates, evergreen elsewhere. Very fast growth to 50 ft. Long arching/weeping limbs, tree wider than tall. Virtually pest/disease-free. Sunset Zones 8-9, 12-24.
Chinese Fringe Tree Chionanthus retusus Magnificent in bloom. Moderate grower to 20 ft. Flowers in clusters to 4 inches in length.
Chinese Hackberry Celtis sinensis Deciduous shade tree, similar to elm, but smaller. Glossy, scallop-toothed, dark green leaves. Deep-rooted, tolerates heat, wind, drought, alkaline soil. 30-40 ft., spreading growth habit. Sunset zones 8-16,18-20. USDA zones 6-9.
Shademaster® Honeylocust Gleditsia triacanthos inermis 'Shademaster' Very fast-growing, deciduous. Tolerates heat, cold, wind, drought, alkaline soil. Distinctive small leaflets, long seed pods. 50-60 ft. Sunset Zones 1-16, 18-20.
Purple Robe Locust Robinia pseudoacacia 'Purple Robe' Shapely deciduous tree to 40 ft. Tolerates heat/cold/poor soil/drought. Small leaflets, reddish new growth. Large, purplish pink showy flowers, prolonged bloom. Deep watering recommended. Alternate scientific name Robinia x ambigua 'Purple Robe'. All zones.
Autumn Fantasy® Maple Acer x freemanii 'Autumn Fantasy' Hybrid of red maple and silver maple. Bright red fall color, even in warm climates. Fast-growing, strong-limbed, tolerates alkaline soil, drought. Sunset Zones 1-9, 14-24. USDA zones 5-9.
Wilson Mimosa Albizia julibrissin 'Wilson' Rapid growth to 35 ft. high by 50 ft. wide. Fernlike branches, pink pompon flowers. Tolerates hot summer, desert conditions. Drought tolerant, but best with ample water. Selection 'Ernest Wilson': pink and white flowers, more winter hardy than the species. Sunset Zones 2-23.
Kingan Fruitless Mulberry (Morus alba sp.) Drought tolerant, fast growing vase shaped shade tree. Fruitless. Glossy leaves. 30 to 40 feet. Up to 40 foot spread. Hardy to USDA Zone 6B.
Bur Oak Quercus macrocarpa Fast growing tree with large, stout branches and yellow fall color. Coarse textured bark. Very adaptable. Zone 3.
Regent® Pagoda Tree Styphnolobium japonicum (Sophora japonica) 'Regent' Very fast growing, large glossy leaves, virtually pest free. Uniform growth, reaching 50 by 45 ft. Oak-like bark, dark green leaflets. Interesting flower clusters and seed pods in late summer. Yellow fall color. All zones.
Avondale Redbud Cercis chinensis 'Avondale' Open shrub form to 10-12 ft. Glossy, bright green leaves. Spectacular 3-5 inch flower clusters of deep purple. Sunset Zones 4-20. USDA zones 4-9.
Royal Purple Smoke Tree, bush form Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' Purple foliage, rich purple "smoke": hazy-appearing clusters of fuzzy, purple flower stalks. Multi-trunked shrub or small tree to 20 by 20 ft. Likes cold, needs good drainage, resists oak root fungus. All zones.
Arizona Sycamore Platanus wrightii Medium-sized tree to 60-80 ft., star-shaped leaves having 3-5 sharply pointed lobes. Open, spreading canopy and exfoliating, jigsaw puzzle bark. Native to riparian areas of southern Arizona, New Mexico and Northern Mexico.
Corkscrew Willow Salix matsudana 'Tortuosa' Remarkable growth pattern of twisted, spiraling branches. Less dependent on high soil moisture than other willows - good choice for high desert. Grows to 30 by 20 ft. All zones.
Fan Giant Blue Willow Salix blanda 'Fan Giant' Reported to be less susceptible to borers than standard willow. Very vigorous. Leaves bluish green. Broader than standard willow, growth habit somewhat less weeping. 40-50 ft., wider than tall. All zones.
Navajo Globe Willow Salix matsudana 'Navajo' Large round-headed tree to 50 by 50 ft. or more. Very hardy, adapted to high desert climates. Requires less water than other willows. Very fast-growing. Any soil. All zones.