The Fuji apple was developed in the early 1930’s by the Tohoku Research station in Fujisaki, Aomori, Japan. Marketed in 1962, this variety is a cross between the Red Delicious and the old Virginia Ralls Genet. Blooming in mid-April, these trees can reach up to 12 to 14 feet high but require full sun.
These apples are known for their consistently sweet flavor. The tree reaches heights up 15 to 20 feet in the semi-dwarf stage. It requires full sun and produces well in zones 5 through 10. It was designated the official state fruit of West Virginia on February 20, 1995.
Originating in Australia, the Granny Smith apple was named after Maria Ann Smith. These trees will reach heights up to 14 feet and is a strong, limbed tree making it easier to manage. They have a higher acid content which helps maintain its color after being prepared for fruit trays or salads.
EMLA 106, semi-dwarf rootstock
HardiRed Nectarine is a vigorous and productive tree that bears loads of deep -red skinned nectarines with a delicious, sweet yellow flesh. It's flavor surpasses anything you will ever buy in supermarket. HardiRed nectarines are superb for eating fresh, desserts, canning or preserves. Any fruit we do not devour when fresh...we just freeze the slightly stewed flesh( no sugar or thickeners) for our winter enjoyment. Productive, reliable and carefree. This variety is disease-resistant (especially to bacterial spot and brown rot) making it easy to grow, and it is very productive — thin the bountiful fruit crop for bigger nectarines. Fruits feature firm, yellow, flavorful flesh.
SELF-POLLINATING ZONE 4-5 or colder if protected from winter winds
SEED, standard rootstock
The Hazelnut tree is a deciduous that is closely related to trees such as birches and alders. Hazelnut trees bloom and pollinate in winter. They can be very winter hardy. When planting, it is recommended to soak roots in water for up to an hour prior to planting to increase survival. Taking about 3 years to begin harvesting nuts, a mature tree can produce up to 10 to 15 pounds of cleaned seed. They can last in commercial production for up to 40 years.
Heritage Everbearing Raspberry is a favorite for its flavor, firmness, and large fruit size. This raspberry is selfpollinating, dark red raspberry that spreads fast and produces a crop in the first year. A hardy plant that does well in the cold climates where other raspberry may not grow. Self-supporting. 5' to 6' tall. These raspberries typically bear fruit producing on first-year wood. Space 30" in a row with 8'-10' between rows.
The Honeycrisp apples are highly rated for flavor and storage consistency, growing up to 20 feet tall and wide. It would do well as a stand-alone accent in the yard or planted with some small shrubs for definition. Its low canopy makes it ideal for planting under power lines or other such troublesome locations. You can increase your fall yield if you plant another variety close by to aid in pollination. Pink buds open into fragrant white blossoms.
**This species is not recommended for planting in Macomb County**
The Hybrid Willows are extremely rapid growing which distinguishes them from non-hybrid types. They will adapt to dry soils but need to be watered regularly until established. It is recommended the bare roots should be planted between November and May to avoid heat and drought.
Jersey Knight is an extremely vigorous, disease-resistant, all-male variety with excellent flavor. This is a longlasting perennial that will produce tasty asparagus for up to 10 to 20 years. Requiring partial to full sun and planted at a 5 to 6 inch depth, Jersey Knights grow up to 3 to 4 feet tall and 1 ½ to 2 feet wide. They are slightly frost tolerant. Once harvested in the summer, one can expect the rich, nutty and distinct flavor to be used for grilling, salads, steaming, stir fry and even canning.
As a current top seller, Jewel does well over a wide range of growing conditions. It is recommended for both home gardeners and commercial growers. It produces large berries with very high quality and flavor. Better yet, it is firm and has excellent freezing quality! Jewel Strawberry’s overall quality and consistent performance makes it exceptional for home gardening.
Kwanzan Flowering Cherry
Kwanzan Flowering Cherry (Prunus serrulata) belong to the rose family and are known for their white and pink spring blossoms. These grow best in hardiness zones 5 through 8. These trees grow well along sidewalks or as patio shade trees and the small cherries produced provide a good food source for small birds and mammals. Because of the overwhelming floral display, plant these trees as a focal point in the middle of a yard or overhanging a water garden.
The Common Lilac is a popular traditional plant with striking flowers. These blooms make for lovely flower arrangements. It is best planted in areas with good air circulation to reduce powdery mildew problems. They also tolerate road salt and exposed windy sites.
Martha Washington is generally regarded as a hardy plant, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures. They will grow up to 9 ¾ inches tall and spread about 1 ½ feet. They prefer full sun. Harvest is usually mid spring. Do not harvest the first year after planting — wait until the second year. Keep clear of weeds and do not disturb roots. May be “hilled up” with compost or mulch in spring to blanch the spears. Most common pest is the asparagus beetle, which may be discouraged if tomatoes are planted nearby.
This tree needs a pollinator.
The McIntosh is a popular and hardy apple cultivar. In fact, it grows best in cool areas when nights are cold which helps maintain the fruits color and firmness. It is best to spray for apple scab to limit your risk of losing an entire crop, however moderately resistant to other common diseases.
The Montmorency Tart Cherry is a spur type tree that is self-pollinating and naturally semi dwarf. Ripening in early to mid-July. Tree requires full sun and aeration and are more cold tolerant than the sweet cherry.
Few shrubs are easier to grow than ninebark. This North American native tolerates an array of weather conditions and is largely left alone by animal pests. Newer selections bear foliage in bold shades of purple and gold. It may suffer from powdery mildew, especially during extended periods of wet weather but is otherwise virtually carefree. The common name comes from the bark, which continually molts in thin strips, exposing a new layer of bark, as if it had “nine lives”.