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RETAIL NURSERY VARIETY LIST
Western Star Nurseries
9394 Robson Rd
Galt, CA 95632
Plant varieties ordered from Dave Wilson Nursery for 2023:
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.
Fuji Apple Introduction from Japan that quickly became California’s favorite apple. Sweet, very crisp and flavorful, excellent keeper. Dull reddish orange skin, sometimes russeted. Ripe mid-September. Excellent pollenizer for other apple varieties. Low chilling requirement - less than 500 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.
Golden Delicious Apple Long-time favorite for its sweetness and flavor. Reliable producer, adapted to many climates. Pollenizer for Red Delicious. Midseason harvest (September in Central CA). 700 hours. Proven very productive in trial with much less chilling than the estimated requirement. Self-fruitful. USDA Zones 5-10. A.k.a. Yellow Delicious.
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 3-9.
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 Delicious (Bisbee Spur) Apple Sweet, crisp, flavorful perhaps the best Red Delicious. Early fall. Small, compact tree. Good pollenizer for most other apples. 700 hours. Pollenized by Liberty, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Fuji, Gala. USDA Zones 4-7.
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 7-9.
Chinese Apricot Cold hardy, frost hardy, sets heavy crops of small to medium size sweet fruit. Recommended for difficult, spring frost-prone climates. 700 hours. Self-fruitful. USDA Zones 4-9.
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. USDA Zones 4-9.
Moorpark Apricot Long-time favorite of apricot fanciers for its exceptionally rich flavor and aroma. Reliable producer. Used fresh and for canning. 600 hours. Self-fruitful. USDA Zones 6-9.
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.
20th Century Asian Pear Juicy, sweet, mild flavored fruit is crisp like an apple. Early to mid-August in Central CA. Keeps well. Easy to grow, heavy bearing small tree. 300-400 hours. Self-fruitful or pollenized. by Shinseiki, Bartlett, or other.
Hosui Asian Pear Consistently rated the best-tasting Asian pear at Dave Wilson Nursery fruit tastings. Large, juicy, sweet, flavorful, refreshing, crisp like an apple. Brownish-orange russeted skin. Harvest early to mid-August in Central CA. 300-400 hours. Pollenized by Shinko, Chojuro, Bartlett, or 20th Century.
Shinseiki Asian Pear Juicy, sweet, refreshing, crisp like an apple. Easy to grow. Keeps well. Harvest late July/early August in Central CA. Bright yellow skin. Vigorous, heavy bearing (usually by 2nd year). 250-300 hours. Self-fruitful.
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.
Black Tartarian Cherry Medium-sized, nearly black, sprightly flavor, early season. Vigorous, productive tree. 700 hours. Pollenizer required - interfruitful with all popular sweet cherries. USDA Zones 5-7.
Compact Stella Cherry Compact growth habit, semi-dwarf to 12 ft. Large, dark red fruit ripens late May. Self-fruitful. 500-800 hours. UDSA Zones 4-9.
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. 500 hours or less. USDA Zones 5-9.
Montmorency Sour Cherry Large, light red skin, yellow flesh. Perfect for cobblers, pies, etc. Extremely winter hardy. Very heavy bearing. 500 hours. Self-fruitful. USDA Zones 4-9.
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.
Black Mission Fig The industry standard. Purplish-black skin, strawberry-colored flesh, rich flavor. Heavy bearing, long-lived, large tree. Coast or inland. Coast or inland. Fresh/dry/can. 100 hours. Self-fruitful. USDA Zones 7-9.
Excel Fig Medium sized, yellow fruit with amber pulp. Sweet rich flavor. Resistant to splitting even under adverse conditions. Superb, all purpose fig. Introduced in 1975. Considered very hardy. Self-fruitful. USDA Zones 7-10
Improved Brown Turkey Fig Large, brown skin, pink flesh. Sweet, rich flavor, used fresh. Widely adapted - coast or inland climate. Small tree, prune to any shape. 100 hours. Self-fruitful. USDA Zones 7-9.
Kadota Fig Large, light greenish-yellow 'white' skin, amber flesh. Long-lived, vigorous. Prune to any shape. Very sweet fruit needs hot weather to ripen. Fresh/dry/can. 100 hours. Self-fruitful. USDA Zones 7-9.
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)
Fantasia Nectarine Popular, large, yellow freestone. Early harvest fruit is firm-ripe and tangy, later harvest is sweet with rich flavor: high scoring in taste tests. Late July/early August in Central CA. 500 hours or less. Self-fruitful.
Goldmine White Nectarine Long-time favorite in California and Western Oregon. Small to medium-sized white-fleshed freestone. Aromatic, juicy and sweet. Ripe in August. 400 hours. Self-fruitful.
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.
Donut (Stark Saturn) White Peach Also called Saucer or Peento peach. Unique white-fleshed fruit with a sunken center (shaped like a doughnut). Sweet, with a mild flavor described by some as almond-like. Ripens late June/early July in Central CA. Estimated chilling requirement 200-300 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.
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.
White Lady White Peach Among the best of the low acid/high sugar white peaches - a farmer's market favorite. Red-skinned fruits are medium to large, very firm, freestone. Introduced in 1986. 800 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.
D'Anjou Pear Large, short necked, firm, good quality, keeps well. Harvest September 1st, one month after Bartlett in Central CA. 800 hours. Pollenized by Bartlett.
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
Fuyu (Jiro) Persimmon (“Apple Persimmon”) Medium size, flat shape, still crunchy when ripe, non-astringent. Cool or hot climate. Hardy, attractive tree, practically pest free. Fall harvest. 200 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. USDA Zones 5-9.
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.
Methley Plum Juicy, sweet, red flesh, mild flavor. Reddish purple skin. Harvest in June in Central CA. Attractive tree is heavy bearing and vigorous. Extremely cold hardy. 250 hours or less. Self-fruitful.
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.
Satsuma Plum Long-time favorite plum in California. Mottled maroon over green skin, dark red meaty flesh. Sweet, mild, not tart. Excellent for jam. Harvest late July. 300 hours. Pollenized by Santa Rosa or Beauty.
Flavor Queen Pluot® Interspecific Plum Exquisite plum/apricot hybrid with candy-like sweet, wonderfully pleasing flavor. Greenish-yellow skin, amber-orange flesh. Prolonged harvest: mid-July thru August. 400-500 hours. Pollenized by Dapple Dandy Pluot® or Flavor Supreme Pluot® or by a Japanese plum such as Burgundy. Not pollenized by Flavor King Pluot®. (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)
Akebono Flowering Cherry Prunus yedoensis 'Akebono' Early, single, pale pink flowers. Graceful, open growth habit to 25 ft. Magnificent in bloom.
Kwanzan Flowering Cherry Prunus serrulata 'Kwanzan' Spectacular, large, double, rosy pink flowers, drooping clusters. Midseason bloom, long blooming period. Upright tree to 30 ft.
Weeping Flowering Cherry Prunus subhirtella 'Pendula' Prunus subhirtella ‘pendula’) Showy double pink flowers. High-grafted at about six feet, tree grows to 12-18 ft. Graceful weeping limbs nearly reach the ground. Requires good drainage. Cold hardy. Not tolerant of desert heat.
Floribunda Flowering Crabapple Profuse single pink flowers, aging white. Green leaves, small fruit. Height to 20 ft., spreading habit.
Aristocrat® Flowering Pear Pyrus calleryana 'Aristocrat' Showy snow-white blossoms in spring. Attractive glossy foliage turns purplish-red in fall. Fast growing. Pyramidal shape to 40 ft. or more (narrower than Bradford). (Pat. No. 3193)
Bradford Flowering Pear Pyrus calleryana 'Bradford' One of the most popular ornamental deciduous trees. Snow-white bloom in spring. Attractive glossy foliage turns red in fall. Moderately upright growth to 40 ft. or more.
Krauter Vesuvius Flowering Plum, low head Dark purple leaves, light pink blossoms, little or no fruit. Relatively small tree, 18 ft. high by 12 ft. wide. Favorite purple leaf plum for California. Foliage of newly planted trees sometimes greenish until vigorous growth begins. Low head form: 18" trunk.
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.
Thundercloud Flowering Plum Prunus cerasifera 'Thundercloud' Abundant, light pink to white flowers, dark purple leaves. Sometimes has small fruits suitable for jam/jelly. Rounded shape to 20 ft. high by 20 ft. wide.
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.
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.
Jacquemonti Birch Betula jacquemontii (Betula jacquemontii) Whitest bark of all birches. Upright, narrow growth to 50 by 30 ft. Dark green, leathery leaves. Needs ample water, regular feeding.
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.
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' (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. USDA Zones 6-10.
Golden Rain Tree Koelreuteria paniculata (Koelreuteria paniculata) Slowly reaches 30 by 30 ft. Open habit, gives light shade. Compound leaves, yellow flower clusters, ornamental seed pods. Tolerates heat, wind, drought, cold, alkaline soil. USDA Zones 6-10.
Bloodgood London Plane Platanus x acerfolia 'Bloodgood' Fast-growing deciduous tree to 80 ft. Large maple-like leaves, distinctive patchy bark pattern. Resists anthracnose, tolerates smog. Very desirable for street, park, and lawn plantings. Sunset Zones 2-24. USDA zones 6-10.
Yarwood London Plane Platanus x acerfolia 'Yarwood' (Platanus x acerifolia ‘Yarwood’) Similar to Bloodgood London Plane. Fast-growing to 80 ft. tall by 30-40 ft. wide. Excellent for city plantings, streets and parks. Thought to be more resistant to anthracnose than other Sycamores. USDA Zones 6-10.
Armstrong Maple Acer rubrum 'Armstrong' Columnar form, yellow/orange fall color. Excellent landscape tree for tight growing spaces. Fast growing to 50 ft. x 15 ft. Zone 4.
October Glory® Maple Acer rubrum 'PNI 0268' (Acer rubrum ‘PNI 0268’) Nearly round canopy, glossy green foliage. Better suited to mild winter/hot summer climates than other red maples. Showy red fall color. Ample soil moisture required. Reaches 40 by 35 ft. Zones 5-10.
Red Sunset® Maple Acer rubrum 'Franksred' (Acer rubrum ‘HOSR’) Upright growth to 40 ft., oval-shaped canopy. Glossy, dark green leaves. Bright red or orange-red fall color. Ample soil moisture required. USDA Zones 4-9.
Silver Maple Acer saccharinum 40-100 ft.tall, equal spread. Attractive, open form. Red, orange and yellow fall colors in cold climates. Main limbs are strongest if wide-angled. Not tolerant of alkaline soil, drought. Sunset Zones 1-9, 14-24.
Fruitless Mulberry Morus alba 'Fruitless' Fast-growing, to 40 by 50 ft., dense shade. Tolerates summer heat, alkaline soil. Drought tolerant, but best with ample water and feeding. Not necessary to prune back to trunk each winter. All zones.
Red Oak Quercus rubra (Quercus rubra) Large, slow-growing, round-topped tree to 90 ft. Deciduous. Large leaves, fall color is red to reddish-brown, sometimes orange. Needs fertile soil and ample water. Deep root system. USDA Zones 4-9.
Scarlet Oak Quercus coccinea Bright red fall color if autumn nights are cold. Open growth habit, grows moderately fast in good soil to 60 ft. or more. Deeply cut lobed leaves. Deep-rooted: good lawn and street tree. All Sunset Zones, especially 1-11,14,15, 18-20.
Shumard Oak Quercus shumardii Closely resembles Scarlet Oak. Open growth habit, grows moderately fast in good soil to 60 ft. or more. Deeply cut lobed leaves. Yellow and red fall colors. Tolerant of acidic and poorly drained soils. Sunset Zones 4-9,12, 14-17.
Forest Pansy Redbud Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' (Cercis canadensis `Forest Pansy’) Striking scarlet-colored new foliage turning maroon then green as the leaves mature. Highly valued as a landscape accent. Swelling buds break pinkish-red along the bare branches, similar to Eastern redbud. Moderate grower to 20 ft. with a spreading habit. USDA Zones 4-9.
Oklahoma Redbud Cercis canadensis 'Oklahoma' (Cercis canadensis ‘Oklahoma’) Spectacular purplish-red flower clusters in early spring (after flowering plums, before flowering crabapples). Attractive tree with round-shaped canopy and glossy, heart-shaped leaves. Tolerates hot summers. Largest of the redbuds, to 30-35 ft. USDA Zones 4-9.
Western Redbud Cercis occidentalis (Cercis occidentalis) Single or multi-trunked tree to 15 by 15 ft. Spectacular, bright purplish-pink sweet-pea-shaped flowers. Yellow to red fall color. Drought tolerant, resistant to oak root fungus. USDA Zones 4-9.
Columbia Sycamore Platanus x acerfolia 'Columbia' Similar to London planes, but having greater resistance to anthracnose. Fast-growing to 80 ft. Large maple-like leaves, distinctive patchy bark pattern. Very desirable for street, park, and lawn plantings. Sunset zones 2-24. USDA zones 4-10.