Note: Barkslip has most of its most popular fruit available at Useful plants Nursery. Email them for details. This list represents the fringe fruit for the fruit explorer and adventure seeker.
Arganche/ c- Trial pear. This is an early pear and so far the foliage has held up well. Compact form makes it good for urban life.
Bartlett/ c- These scions were taken from my feral trees in WV found completely overgrown but in very good health. I have some but not doing well.
Beure Hardy/ c- Trial pear that I hope lives up to its translated name- "tough butter". (Hopefully, the tree is tough and the fruit like butter, and not the other way around!)
Carrick/c- Disease resistant variety of good quality. Foliage so far looks excellent with good vigor.
Citron de carmes/ c- Trial pear. I am excited about this one as it is another early season pear (June/Early July) The foliage is holding up well. Excellent flavor, disease susceptible.
Early seckle/ c- Offspring of seckle (see below) except fruit comes 2-3 weeks earlier and stores better making it good for market gardeners who want to get the jump on the season. Foliage looks good so far.
Grand Champion/ c - Trial pear of less than modest name. Late bloomer, good taste. Foliage does not look good it trials so far.
Harrow Delight/c- Early bearing and disease resistance with good flovor are the promises of this variety.
Magness/c- Safe bet for disease resistance with its thicker skin. Good yard tree for someone who is easily overwhelmed by too much fruit. Not a good pollinator.
Morentini/ c & q- This is a great early pear (mid-July) buttery and juicy yellow with a red blush. I have been growing this one for 23 years and has held up well with little care.
Oscar’s Blet/c- From my place in WV. Named after Oscar “ the grouch”, An anarchist in the eighties who had a little shack beside the tree. This tree is a seedling I see a lot around my area in West Virginia. Appears to have some Asian pedigree with its grainy flesh and thick spotted skin. After the frost before Thanksgiving these little bags of juice make some of the finest sweet pear cider I have had. Somewhat smoky in flavor. I hope to play with them this winter and see what kind of keepers they are and how they are in hard cider. N/A
Packham’s Triumph/ c- Trial Pear. Late pear from 'Down Under' that hangs on in storage as well as D’anjou. Starting to see them show up in the U.S. markets.
Potomac/ c- Trial pear of reputed disease resistance. Good flavor.
Rosee de Juilet/ c or q- "Rose of July" An early pear, as the name suggests, and looking good in the trials.
Seckle/ c - This small, sweet, disease resistant pear is a classic. Naturally semi-dwarf makes this tree and ideal yard tree. The scion wood came from my orchard of trees that have had no commercial sprays and appear to have developed some extra disease resistance.
Sheldon/c- Good dessert qualities
Thornley/ c- This one seems to be doing well in my trials. Has all my characteristics that I love in a fruit- ugly, samll, and extremely delicious!
Tyson/ c- Early, smaller fruited pear with good disease resistance. Almost got to taste some this year but hoodlums gleaned my tree. Foliage looks great.
Wilder Early/c- One of my early pear trial pears
Ashmead's Kernal/ m7- Classic russet apple, very tasty
Arkansas Black/m7- This one has held its own at the Edible park now for 15 years. Good storage, cider and eating.
Detroit red/ m7- Late bloomer. Mid season apple and as good as any for frost insurance.
Foxwhelp/ seed- Classic English cider tree. Collect the whole set. Apparently there is at least a dozen Foxwhelps out there. Not as bad as the 40 some “brown turkey” figs. Bitter sharp. Light bearer large fruit.
Grimes Golden/ m7- Nice old timey apple that has impressive disease resistance.
Keepsake/m7- Great keeper. Reputed to be apple cedar rust and fireblight resistant.
Mollie's Delight- Fer eatin'
Pomme Gris/ seed- Another twangy russet apple. Mine got hit with fire blight this year.
Red Ralls/ crab- One of the latest blooming apples for a little frost insurance.
Road Island Greeing- The classic American Pie apple. Prolific, good storage, cooking, and eating- puts granny smith to shame.
Stark Crimson/ m7- One of the early Red Delicious types that still have that aroma of the bellflower parent.
Tenderwhite/ seed- WV seedling that Monica named. This early season apple has crisp flesh and almost white translucent flesh. Very tasty for an early apple. It is growing extremely well in the nursery. N/A
Wm’s Pride/ m7- Another great early apple from the Edible park. A developed variety that is red and full flavored and ready in early August. Very disease resistant.
Yellow Bellflower/ seed- This aromatic classic is reputed to be one of the parents of the red delicious and where it gets its classic "bellflower" shape. Cooking, eating, and smelling good. Adds floral element to cider.
Pregnancy sweet/ colt- The scion wood came from a tree planted on Haywood Ave in West Asheville. It is in a good site with good airflow and seems to have no other afflictions than the blight of urban foragers who descend upon it every June and feast upon its delicious and large fruit. Apparently content with pollinating with the ornamental cherries that abound around it or self- fertile.
Rootstocks- You will notice a backslash and then something after the variety name. These are the rootstocks that the trees are grafted onto. Here is a little info on them.
Apple/ m7- m7 is a semi- dwarf rootstock of good utility, Growing a tree about 50% of a standard seedling. That would be 12 or so feet high.
Apple/ seed or crab seed- Full sized trees that are very drought resistant and long lived. These trees could easily last 120 or more years. Will obtain an untrained size of 40 feet and produce enormous amounts of fruit, but you will keep them well pruned, right?
Cherries/ colt- Colt is a cloned rootstock that has some dwarfing effects
Pears/ (c) calleryana- Calleryana is a tough rootstock that will grow a large tree. It is my belief that we will need tough, high producing trees in the future to carry on these tenuous and rare varieties still available.
Pears/ (q) Quince- Quince is the traditional dwarfing rootstock of pear. Like all dwarfinbg rootstocks it is not as hardy or long lived. Pears grown on quince rootstock are reputed to taste better than on their own rootstock.