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Bare Root Nut Trees
Add some protein to your orchard by planting nut trees! Your choice should be decided by your palate and your climate.
Almond trees are botanically similar to peach trees, but they require more specific climactic conditions. Ideal situations include long hot summers and low humidity. The trees are relatively small, reaching about 20 to 30 feet at maturity. Almonds are one of the first to bloom so late frosts may destroy the blossoms or the small young fruit. Mission and Butte are a good pair; both are late bloomers and they pollenize each other. If you only have room for one tree, All-In-One almond is the best choice. When pruning your tree, bear in mind that almonds are born on spurs which remain for about 5 years.
Pecan trees are native to the southern and central U.S. Long hot summers provide the best environment for a good crop of nuts. The trees themselves are graceful, shapely and very large, reaching 70 feet tall and wide. If your climate is not ideal for producing nuts, the trees can be planted as large shade trees.
All-In-One Genetic Semi-Dwarf Almond on Nemaguard
No. 1 almond for home orchards. Heavy crops of soft shelled nuts with sweet, flavorful kernels. Hot summer required to ripen; ripens late September to early October. Fifteen foot tree, very winter and frost hardy, probably to zone 5, but with better results in zones 8 to 9. 3-400 hrs. Self-fruitful. Pat. No. 4304 (Zaiger). Available on Nema.
The most productive almond variety; originated from a cross of Texas Mission and Nonpareil. Well sealed, semi-hard shell, slightly smaller than Mission. Blooms and ripens just before Mission, ripens late September to early October. Medium sized, vigorous, spreading tree similar to Neplus. 500 hrs. Pollenizer required; interfruitful with Mission, All-In-One, Nonpareil. Available on Lov.
No. 1 commercial almond, the standard of quality. Ripens late August/early September. 400 hrs. Pollenizer required; interfruitful with Price, Mission, All-In-One, Carmel (Neplus in northern California only). Available on Nema.