Citrus and Fruit Tree Catalogue

Let's get planting!

About our Supplier:
The trees we purchase on your behalf are grown in the open ground, wrenched and dug up in May and bagged for sale. Our experience with them is that they establish much more quickly than pot grown trees. Trees we planted two years ago are already fruiting prolifically and growing extremely well. Planting in autumn while the soil still retains its warmth helps a speedy establishment.
General Citrus Care: 
  • Citrus all need free drainage and consistent moisture levels in the soil. If you have heavy soil, make a raised mound 1m diameter before planting
  • They need protection from wind and frost, but some varieties are more cold hardy or heat demanding than others
  • They are gross feeders and love a dressing of chicken manure, other animal manure or blood and bone spread around the drip line at least 3 times a year: spring, early summer and early autumn
  • They need good levels of Magnesium as well, provided by dolomite lime or Epsom salts.
  • Mulch well to keep down weeds and retain soil moisture, making sure the mulch does not come into contact with the trunk
  • Try to plant Lemon and Grapefruit away from seedless varieties of citrus (they will cross pollinate and make seedless varieties seedy)
  • Now here’s the tough bit. Remove all fruit for the 1st year after planting, to encourage your tree to send its energy into developing a strong base for many years of fruiting ahead
  • Citrus in general don’t need pruning except to form them a little as young trees
  • When picking fruit, it is best to do it with a pair of secateurs rather than pulling the fruit off, leaving the stalk button on the fruit, and ideally clipping back the shoot to a new lateral growing further back from the harvested fruit
Citrus Rootstock: 

All these varieties, unless otherwise mentioned, are on Trifoliata (Poncirus trifoliata) rootstock, which is able to withstand various soil conditions including heavy wet soil, (however MUST be free draining,) is root rot (Phytophthora) resistant and produces very high quality, thin skinned, great flavoured fruit.  

ORDERING AND DELIVERY NOTES 

Order for citrus are open now! Please order as soon as possible, as our supplier has limited availability of certain varieties. Last year we tried to order our citrus in January and already most varieties were out of stock. So, early bird gets the worm! 

These trees will be available in May 2021. Gerald and I will be collecting them from the mainland and bringing them back in our van. They will be inspected by Auckland Council Biosecurity for argentine ants and rainbow/plague skinks prior to being allowed on the barge.

You can choose whether to have your trees delivered on May 22 or June 26 (approx).  Exact date will given closer to the time. There is a $10 delivery fee for the citrus trees, unless you collect them from Okiwi Passion.

We will be in touch closer to the delivery date to discuss pick-up/drop-off locations. 

PAYMENT

At checkout, you will be required to pay a 10% deposit on your trees. The outstanding balance will be invoiced to you in April 2021. 

Payment options include credit card via Stripe, which will incur a 3% surcharge; or by direct bank transfer via PoliPay.

Let’s get to ordering our trees! 

Grapefruit

The New Zealand grapefruit is a pummelo (C.maxima) crossed with a mandarin (C. reticulata) and is not a true grapefruit at all, in fact it is more of a tangelo!! Wheeney came into NZ from Australia, probably from a similar cross, and is closer to the pummelo. Star Ruby is a true grapefruit, but needs very warm conditions to do well.

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Lemon

Such a wide choice of varieties here! Essential in any garden! Squeezed on fresh fish, lemon curd, G&T, lemon risotto (ask us for this amazing recipe!)

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Lemon, Lemonade$29.50July-August

Not really a true Lemon but looks like one, cross between an orange and a Meyer lemon. . Produces heavy crops of pale lemon fruit which peel easily. The flavour is like a mild grapefruit and is very delicious and refreshing. Eaten fresh from the tree or juiced. Spreading bushy shape with distinctive pale green leaves . Loved by children.

Pay a 10% deposit per item
Lemon, Lisbon Seedless$29.50July onmost tolerant of heat, wind and cold

This is a large growing thorny tree. It is one of the hardiest lemons, tolerant of both heat and cold. The sharp, full-flavoured fruit are large with thick, slightly rough textured skin. Excellent culinary lemon, very clean sharp taste and zest has excellent flavour. Heavy cropper almost year round. Can prune to keep height down.

Pay a 10% deposit per item
Lemon, Meyer$29.50nearly all year round, mostly winter/springvery hardy

Highly productive, reliable small compact growing tree with thornless stems that is the most cold hardy variety of lemon. Excellent choice for small backyards or containers. Large crops of high quality, smooth skinned, sweet juicy fruit which can be enjoyed fresh off the tree. It is quick to fruit.

 

Pay a 10% deposit per item
Lemon, Yen Ben$29.50June-March

Improved Lisbon selection, large oval shaped fruit, smooth skinned with a thin rind and low numbers of seeds. The flesh is very juicy and sharply acidic. Produces abundantly throughout the year with over 60% of harvestable fruit developing in winter. A densely foliaged, fast growing, vigorous upright grower. A main export variety. Ours are loaded after only 3 years!

Pay a 10% deposit per item

Lime

Limes can be used green when they are considered immature right through to when they turn yellow when they are fully ripe. The most tangy ‘Lime’ flavour is obtained when the fruit are half way between and are coloured a yellow-green.However, it is very difficult to produce green limes in NZ as fruit turns yellow with the cold in winter. It is the cold that gives all citrus their colour.  

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Lime, Kaffir$29.50needs very warm spot

Small bumpy green, seedy, thick-skinned, very acidic fruit. Rind and unique aromatic double-lobed leaf is used in Middle-Eastern and Asian cooking. Fruit can be used as a hair rinse/shampoo. Flowers can be used in tea. Compact thorny shrub.

Pay a 10% deposit per item

Mandarin

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Mandarin, Afourer$29.50late winter

Juicy rich flavoured fruit with easy peel smooth orange rind, and rich sweet flavour. Seedless if planted alone, but will become seedy if planted with other citrus varieties. Originally from Morocco.

Pay a 10% deposit per item
Mandarin, Corsica No. 2$29.50June/July on

Improved clementine type, with larger fruit and less pips. Tangy very sweet flavour. Peels easily and cleanly. Heavy crops. Compact bushy growth, with smallish dense leaves .

Pay a 10% deposit per item

Mandarin Satsuma 

Satsuma generally have the greatest cold tolerance and also fruit the earliest of the citrus. They probably originated in Japan. Fruiting times may vary with local site conditions, and are approximate only.

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Mandarin, Miho$29.50April – MayVery warm spot

Heavy crops of quite large, rounded flat shaped fruit. The flesh is v. juicy, seedless, sweet and mildly flavoured. High sugar levels. Easy-peel, cold-hardy. Slower-growing. Begins cropping as a young tree. 1m.

 

Pay a 10% deposit per item
Mandarin, Miyagawa Wase$29.50Early JuneVery warm spot

A Satsuma strain variety fruiting very easily. Quite large typically ‘flattened’ fruit with smooth thin loose rind, easy peeling with no pips. Sweet tangy flavour. Low growing with spreading branches. Early. Slow growing tree. 1m

Pay a 10% deposit per item
Mandarin, Okitsu$29.50March-MayVery warm spot

Very similar to Miyagawa but may fruit earlier or later depending on location. More vigorous growing. Very flavoursome, seedless, sweet, spherical to slightly flattened, medium-large sized smooth pale yellow easy peel (baggy skin). Segments easy to separate. Earliest to fruit. Forms a large shrub to 2.7 m

Pay a 10% deposit per item
Mandarin, Silverhill$29.50June – JulyCold resistant

Large, thick skinned, easy peel, sweet and juicy. Segments separate easily. Very heavy crops. Stores well when picked, but fruit does not hold well on tree. One of earliest mandarins to ripen. The fruit is low in acid and therefore really sweet and juicy. 1m

Pay a 10% deposit per item

Orange 

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Tangor

A hybrid between a mandarin and a sweet orange

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Tangelo

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Tangelo, Seminole$29.50

Extremely juicy sweet/tart fruit with brilliant orange flesh. Skin deep orange and fades to less intense orange at which int they are ripe to eat from August/September on. Thin skin, becomes easier to peel when ripe. A cross between a mandarin and a grapefruit.

Pay a 10% deposit per item
About our Supplier:
The trees we purchase on your behalf are grown in the open ground, wrenched and dug up in May and bagged for sale. Our experience with them is that they establish much more quickly than pot grown trees. Trees we planted two years ago are already fruiting prolifically and growing extremely well. Planting in autumn while the soil still retains its warmth helps a speedy establishment.

ORDERING AND DELIVERY NOTES 

Order for citrus are open now! Please order as soon as possible, as our supplier has limited availability of certain varieties. Last year we tried to order our citrus in January and already most varieties were out of stock. So, early bird gets the worm!

These trees will be available in May 2021. Gerald and I will be collecting them from the mainland and bringing them back in our van. They will be inspected by Auckland Council Biosecurity for argentine ants and rainbow/plague skinks prior to being allowed on the barge.

You can choose whether to have your trees delivered on May 22 or June 26 (approx).  Exact date will given closer to the time. There is a $10 delivery fee for the citrus trees, unless you collect them from Okiwi Passion.

We will be in touch closer to the delivery date to discuss pick-up/drop-off locations.

PAYMENT

At checkout, you will be required to pay a 10% deposit on your trees. The outstanding balance will be invoiced to you in April 2021.

Payment options include credit card via Stripe, which will incur a 3% surcharge; or by direct bank transfer via PoliPay.

Let’s get to ordering our trees! 

Apples

We don’t have many of the common commercial varieties of apples here, as such, many are susceptible to black spot and need a regular spray programme. These ones are selected especially for disease resistance and flavour. Apples are generally self fertile, but fruit set will improve if cross pollination occurs. Often a neighbour’s tree will do, but crab apples make wonderful pollinators.

Rootstocks: Most of these trees are grafted onto MM106 rootstock. This is a semi-dwarfing stock and at maturity the trees will reach a height of around 2.5-4.5 m depending on the variety; they should be planted 3.5-4m apart. Come into fruit bearing after 3-4 years, some a lot earlier. MM106 confers resistance to woolly aphis but trees are susceptible to collar rot on wet sites. (Mound the soil if your soil is heavy/wet and avoid bringing mulch right up to the trunk.) Use a temporary stake for the first few years in an exposed situation. We can also source a few varieties grafted onto 793 rootstock, which gives a very vigorous tree, (more pruning!) but very good for heavy, wet soil, 793 produces trees that are larger than Northern Spy and better adapted to a wider range of soil types. 793 produces trees that crop earlier and heavier than Northern Spy. Resistance to Wooly aphids is excellent.

TypePriceRootstockRipensPollinatorQualitiesOtherBuyhf:att:pa_how-long
Apple, Discovery$39.00793Early Januarys/f

Rosy red flushed skin, perfumed pink stained flesh crisp with sweet/sharp taste. Good keeper. Healthy and doing well on GBI.

Resistant to black spot

Low chill

 

Reliable good cropper, flowers resist frost, UK 1849
Pay a 10% deposit per item
Apple, Golden Delicious$39.00106, 793Lates/f

Sweet juicy crisp flesh, golden skin when ripe, keeps shape when cooked, perfect for French Apple tart. Does well on GBI

 

Strong tree, heavy, regular cropper, good pollinator, tip and spur bearing
Pay a 10% deposit per item
Apple, Granny Smith$39.00106Lates/f

Large crisp with exceptional white flesh and fabulous flavour, green skinned, stores well

 

Upright vigorous tree, heavy, regular cropper, self thins, Australia
Apple, Monty’s Surprise$39.00793Aprils/f

dessert/cooking, top anti-oxidant rating

Disease Resistant

 

90 yr old NZ seedling
Apple, Mother$49.00106March/Aprils/f

Red apple with excellent sweet flavour and distinct perfume. A connoisseur’s apple.

 

very upright tree, tolerates cool summers and winters, bears young, heavy but not always reliable crops 1844, spur bearing
Apple, Peasgood nonesuch$39.00793Mid-lates/f

Huge flat highly coloured apple, white, sweet/sharp aromatic, soft, creamy flesh and cooks to a delicately flavoured puree, bruises easily; super tasty raw or cooked has that true apple flavour

Reasonably disease resistant pays to thin fruit – low Chill

 

Large tree, good regular cropper, sets fruit over several weeks ours cropped in its second spring! Tip bearing
Apple, Priscilla$39.00106Early march (mid)s/f

sweet firm Red Delicious type apple, med size, rich flavour. Stores well

Black spot resistant

 

Medium to heavy cropper, USA 1970’s
Apple, Tydemans late$39.00793April/May

Dessert, red blush russet, creamy yellow firm flesh, aromatic, richly flavoured and juicy. Excellent keeper.To me this beats Braeburn hands down. Dense flesh, intense taste.

Healthy, low chill

 

Vigorous, productive, tends to biennial fruiting, spur bearing
Apple, Winter banana$39.00793March/April (late)Partially s/f

Crisp and tangy, highly aromatic with mild banana like flavour, bright yellow blushed rose; must leave on tree to turn golden before harvesting

Low chill

regular cropper, 1876. Huge crops in its 2nd and 3rd summer  – should have thinned!

 

Crab Apples

Very free flowering trees with cascades of blooms, very useful as pollinators for apples. Extremely hardy and suited to a wide range of soils and climatic conditions, small to medium height.

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Crab Apple, Gorgeous$39.00106March/April (late)s/f

Fabulous display of spring blossom, followed by an impressive and long display of small crimson red fruit, excellent for jellies and preserves.

One of the best; great pollinator for many apples
Crab Apple, Jack Humm$39.00106March/April (late)s/f

Brilliant red slightly flattened plum sized crab apples, flushed yellow and orange, used for jelly, cider and vinegar. Also stunning in spring flower.

Used commercially as a pollinator, heavy reliable crops in Northland

 

Apricots

All the apricots we are stocking are suited to a low chill winter. We have chosen varieties known to do well on GBI and/or to be disease resistant. The apricots listed are either grafted onto Myrobolan plum rootstock or onto Peach. Myrobolan Plum is adapted to a wide range of soil and climatic conditions, growing well on light sandy soils but tolerates fairly heavy soils and excess moisture. Myrobolan confers resistance to crown rot but is susceptible to root knot nematode. Trees will take longer to start fruting and be more vigorous. Apricots budded onto peach rootstock are less tolerant of wet conditions, but do very well in light sandy soil (eg Medlands) and tolerate drought well.

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Apricot, Fitzroy$39.00Plum or peachFebruarys/f

Medium, golden fruit

Low chill

Consistent, heavy cropper  
Apricot, Newcastle Early$39.00Plum or peachEarly summers/f

small to medium red tinged orange/yellow skinned fruit with fantastic flavour. Popular home garden variety. Use fresh or cooked.

Low chill

good cropper, may need thinning  
Apricot, Royal Rosa$39.00Plum or peachend November through Decs/f

very sweet, freestone, orange gold flesh, yellow skin with red blush

Disease resistant, low chill

Heavy, reliable  
Apricot, Sundrop$39.00Plum or peachChristmas to early Januarys/f

Vibrant orange skin with sweet melting golden true apricot flavoured flesh, divine

Low chill

Good cropper  
Apricot, Trevatt$39.00Plum or peachJanuarys/f

Large firm juicy golden yellow fruit with deep orange flesh. Eating or bottling. Very sweet even when not completely ripe

Low chill, healthy

Crops very well on GBI – Vigorous, strong tree

 

Feijoa

Feijoas are every Kiwi’s favourite fruit. I call them the NZ Easter egg. Feijoa trees are tough and good doers, requiring minimal care (they are in the same family as pohutukawa and karo, pretty tough relations!). However, they are gross feeders, so they like manure of some kind once or twice a year, running chooks beneath them will fertilise them and take care of the bronze beetle which emerges from the soil in September to October and can, unchecked, do considerable damage to the flowers and young fruit. Pruning isn’t essential but you do want to avoid the trees becoming overly crowded, so as to encourage bird pollination. Choosing an early, a mid and a late fruiting variety will mean you can have feijoas for 2-3 months of the year. Larger sizes available: 5L= $30 ,6L $35,8L= $39,PB18 = $45. Other varieties available, please ask.

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Figs

Figs are such a rewarding tree to grow on GBI. They love the heat, tolerate drought and fruit abundantly, some varieties cropping twice, the first (breba) crop in early to mid summer; followed by an autumn crop. Plant in well drained soil in a sunny spot. They benefit from having their root spread curtailed, so rocky spots, near banks etc is ideal. Be prepared to net the fruit as birds love them.

TypePriceRootstockRipensPollinatorQualitiesOtherBuyhf:att:pa_how-long
Fig, Adriatic$35.00ctglight breba; Late main crop (April)

medium, green skinned with dark red very creamy sweet pulp when properly ripe

Low chill

prolific reliable crops
Fig, Brunoro Black$24.00ctglight breba; main crop (Feb/March)

Divine small black fig with cerise pinky purple flesh, sweet and dense, skin and all, my FAVOURITE!!

Low chill

prolific, great for drying
Fig, Brunswick$24.00ctglarge breba and medium late crop

very sweet, medium sized long brown fig with sweet amber flesh; light breba followed by prolific autumn main crop; suits drying

Low chill

reliable crops, sourced from Fitzroy House, GBI
Fig, French Sugar$35.00ctglight breba, among earliest of main croppers

purple stripes on green skin, amber meat and pulp

Low chill

prolific main cropper
Fig, Grosse Longue Verte/Oakura$15.00ctggood breba crop of large figs; prolific main crop of smaller figs

long green fruit speckled white, firm rich red flesh, fabulous flavour and smooth texture.

Low chill

reliable crops sourced from Fitzroy House, GBI
Fig, Mrs. Williams$35.00ctglight breba, among earliest of main croppers

 

Low chill

 

Grapes

Who doesn’t relish a bunch of gorgeous, sweet grapes that burst with juice and flavour in your mouth. I still have vivid childhood memories from North Africa, where I grew up, of grape vines hung with voluptuous bunches of ripe grapes, festooning sundrenched whitewashed balconies. For some reason it is a memory that fills me with deep happiness. By planting a range of grape varieties you can be eating grapes over a three month period! However, to produce good grapes is a lot of work. Vigorous variteies should be planted 3-5 metres apart and less vigorous ones can be planted as close as 1.5 m. They must be planted in an open, sunny position with plenty of ventilation. This will ensure minimal disease risk (mildew) and well flavoured, sweet grapes. Table grapes also need a richer soil and more irrigation than wine grapes, in slightly acid to neutral soil, and good drainage. Keep the root area free of weeds, preferably with mulch.To get good production they will need winter and summer pruning, (many books/websites deal with this). Needless to say on GBI you will have to net the grapes as they start to show colour to protect against birds! Once again, most of these varieties are chosen for their disease resistance. All these grapes are grafted onto phylloxera resistant root stock.

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Mulberry

Mulberries are another tree requiring little attention, which will reward you with abundant fruit, slightly tart but nice eating fresh or made into very tasty jams and pies. Eventually grow into large spreading very attractive trees.

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Mulberry, Black$15.00PB8

Low chill

 

Nectarines & Peaches

Overall these trees need good drainage and plenty of air movement to stay healthy and prevent leaf curl. Do not crowd among other trees, give them plenty of breathing space, and prune to an open vase. They are generally a short lived tree, living on average 8-10 years. Do not plant peaches where peaches have previously grown. Peach root stock gives trees up to 4m high, and trees will be drought resistant. Always prune your peaches and nectarines in the warm dry weather that follows fruiting, NOT in winter to avoid silverleaf. Peaches and nectarines are self fertile, so do not need another variety to crosspollinate with.

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Nectarine, Springred$39.00Peachearly Jans/f

Easiest care nectarine, yellow fleshed cling stone, medium to large fruit with smooth fine texture, juicy melting flesh and attractive cherry red skin. The glossy, thick skin means it stores and handles very well and is resistant to brown rot. Fruited in its first year after planting.

Low chill

Medium cropper, smaller tree
Peach, Black Boy$39.00PeachMarchs/f

Velvet wine red skin, medium sized fruit with wine red melting flesh. Freestone. Popular variety, good home garden tree.

Low chill

good variety for the North
Peach, Golden Queen$39.00PeachMarchs/f

An old standby, does well here. Medium, late, large golden yellow flesh & skin, clingstone, excellent for bottling

Low chill, healthy

regular, heavy cropper
Peach, Paragon$39.00PeachFebruarys/f

Sweet juicy yellow fleshed peach, widely grown as commercial and home garden variety in past

Low chill

regular and heavy cropper bearing from a young age
Peach, Wiggins$39.00PeachEarly Januarys/f

White melting flesh, excellent flavour, red blush over green skin, old favourite. Has done really well for us.

Low chill

Moderate

 

Pears

Pears generally require less care than apples, providing delicious fruit. Most pears require cross pollination, so the planting of more than one variety is recommended. They are great for espaliering. Rootstock greatly affects size! Briefly: QuA confers high tolerance to woolly aphid, root lesion nematode and crown gall. It reduces tree size to about 3.5 metres, controls vigour (less pruning), and encourages fruiting at an earlier age QuC gives similar protection to Quince A but the tree will be slightly smaller (3m)and will fruit earlier in its life cycle, so may need support in its early years . Produces few suckers. BA 29 resistance to pear decline, crown gall, nematodes, root aphids; trees precocious(early fruiting) and high yielding, trees much larger than QuA and QuC, handles heavy soils well, drought tolerant

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Pear, Beurre bosc$41.00BA29February/MarchDDC, Taylor’s Gold, WBC, W. Cole, W. nellis

Large, elongated, yellow/russet, dessert, 1st rate, rich sweet piquant flavour, keeps well

Needs warm spot

Regular, heavy cropper
Pear, Conference$41.00BA29Februarypartially self, improved by Beurre Bosc or Bon Chretien

Large, long necked fruit, fine grained, sweet and juicy, green skin with some russeting

Great choice for home gardens, low chill

Regular, heavy cropper
Pear, Doyenne du commiice (DDC)$41.00BA29February – MarchBBosc, WBC, Winter cole, W.Nelis.

Medium, gold russet, white, melting, juicy flesh, superb flavour. Poor keeper.

Susceptible to fire blight

Vigorous, upright dense tree, regular cropper
Pear, Packham Triumph$41.00BA29February – MarchBeurre Bosc, Bon Cretien, Conference

Large irregular shaped, white, sweet crisp, dessert or bottling pear, stores well oooh! All a pear should be!

Low chill, fruits well in North

Heavy and reliable cropping, vigorous upright tree, needs warm sheltered location, Australia
Pear, Seckles$41.00BA29February – Marchs/f

small very sweet juicy, the honey pear of bohemia with exceptional flavour, melting and fragrant.

Resistant to fireblight and pear scab, low chill

Excellent pollinator
Pear, Stark’s Crimson$41.00BA29, QuA, QuCFebruaryWinter Nellis

Red skinned form of Clapp’s favourite. The best red pear, fine grained, sweet and very juicy.

Excellent pollinator
Pay a 10% deposit per item
Pear, Williams Bon Cretien aka Bartlett$41.00BA29FebruaryW.Nelis, B.Bosc,Conference, DDC

Large sweet, green/yellow, melting flavour, dessert, bottler. Yay, we got our first pear crop this year of 3 gorgeous large delicious fruit!

Vigorous upright, good pollinator, heavy cropper
Pear, Winter Cole$41.00BA29April – MayConference, WBC, Beurre Bosc, Comice, Packhams, Winter Nellis

splendid rich flavoured, juicy dessert quality, medium sized, roundish with a russeted skin, extremely good keeper

Low chill

Regular and prolific cropper
Pear, Winter Nellis$41.00BA29MarchWBC, Beurre Bosc, Conference,Packhams

small, medium green/russet, dessert, buttery, rich flavoured flesh, stores well

Good cropper, good pollinator

Nashi Pears

Nashi pears are deliciously sweet, crunchy, juicy and very refreshing. It is a shame they are not as available as they used to be. Their flavour is incedible if allowed to ripen on the tree. Great home garden tree.

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Nashi Pear, Hosui$44.00PyrusFeb/March slightly earleir than NijiseikiNijiseiki

Hosui is a small, flat, bronze russet ealy maturing variety with high quality sweet fruit.

 

Nashi Pear, Nijiseiki$44.00PyrusFeb/Marchs/f

very juicy sweet creamy white fruit

 

heavy bearer, good pollinator for Hosui

Plums

Plums are among the easiest of the stone fruit to grow, and the least disease prone. Pay attention to the pollinator guides; self fertile varieties often improve fruit set with another variety. There are two main types of plum – European (gages) (Prunus domestica) and Japanese (P. salacina). Generally the European varieties require cooler winters, but many still do well in the North. They are mostly yellow fleshed with a dsitinctive, fabulouspear drop flavour. The Japanese plums require warmer summers. Plums are grafed either onto Peach or Plum. Trees grafted onto peach are drought tolerant, prefer lighter soils and will grow to full size. Plums grafted onto Plum will be very vigorous and take longer to start fruiting, but will be more tolerant of heavy soil.

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Plum Euro, Damson$39.00PeachMid-lates/f

Small, oval, blue/black skin, yellow flesh, tart, Jan/Feb, eat when fully ripe, or bottle/ make chutney, pickle and wine!!

 

Highly productive, grows well on GBI
Plum Euro/Japanese cross, Duff’s early jewel$39.00PlumEarly Christmass/f

Med-lge dark red skin, yellow soft flesh, juicy, dessert but not much flavour

Low chill

 

Vigorous, good pollinator
Plum Euro/Japanese cross, Omega (George Wilson)$39.00PeachLatePartially self, Burbank, Billington, Duff’s Early, Doris,Cherry plum, santa rosa, sultan

Red speckled over green skin & red juicy flesh, large, excellent dessert and bottler. Incredible flavour, allow to ripen fully, fruiting very well

Low chill

 

low spreading tree, wait to pick til fruit quite dark and getting a little soft for best flavour.
Plum Japanese, Black Doris$39.00Peach, PlumFeb-MarchBillington, Santa Rosa, DEJ, Sultan

Dark red flesh and skin, wonderful fresh and bottled

Low chill

 

Heavy cropper, vigorous upright tree
Pay a 10% deposit per item
Plum Japanese, Elephant Heart$39.00PeachFebruaryOmega, S. Rosa, Burbank.

very large fruit, red fleshed with red mottled skin. Freestone. Good dessert and bottling.

Low chill

 

upright and vigorous
Plum Japanese, Fortune$39.00PeachLate JanBillington, Santa Rosa

A very large meaty plum with amber flesh and bright jewel red skin – great flavour when fully tree ripened

Low chill

 

Plum Japanese, Hawera$39.00PeachMid-Janself fertile, Santa Rosa improves

Medium to large very firm, dark red flesh & skin, sweet, juicy, freestone, prolific, Incredible production, fab flavour, fresh/jam/bottling, highly recommended

Low chill

 

Fruits from a young age, huge crops, a NZ chance seedling
Plum Japanese, Santa Rosa$39.00PeachEarly JanSelf fertile but Omega, satsuma and DEJ may assist

One of the best! Yellow flesh,pinkish/red skin, juicy, tangy highly flavoured, aromatic, med-large. Has that pear drop flavour I can’t resist.

Low chill

 

Reasonable cropper, excellent Pollinator.
Plum Japanese, Satsuma$39.00Peachlate January/early Febpartially s/f, Santa Rosa

sweet deep red fleshed plum, dessert quality, firm and juicy, great preserving and jam. Love it. Going to plant more.

Low chill

 

Small spreading tree, heavy regular cropper
Plum Japanese, Sultan$39.00Peachearly-late Jan, overlaps Santa RosaPartially self, Burbank, Omega, Santa Rosa, DEJ, E Heart

Med/lge red flesh, deep red skin, soft, juicy, good flavour Oh I love this plum. It’s earlier than Hawera and Luisa and flowers and fruits over several weeks and so incredibly good.Important to pick it when the skin turns glossy for best flavour, not when it still has its heavy bloom.

Low chill

 

low spreading tree, so easy to harbest from, v. reliable good crops, crops young
Plum Japanese, Wilson’s Early$39.00PeachChristmaspartially self, billington, b.doris, g wilson, s rosa

smaller fruit, yellow skinned overlaid with red, and juicy yellow flesh

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Plum, Billington$39.00PeachChristmas/Early JanBlack Doris, Omega

Dark red flesh and skin, good eating and jam, one of first red plums to ripen

Low chill

 

heavy, regular cropper, fruits within 2 years of planting
Plum, Luisa$45.00Peach, PlumLate Jan \ Mid Febs/f

The plum with a pink blush over yellow skin with a mango shape. Juicy and sweet, extremely productive

Low chill

 

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Heirloom Plums

Organically grown NZ heirloom plum varieties these varieties are among those collected by Koanga gardens over the past 30 years mostly in Northland. They will be supplied as 1 year old maidens, ie whips 1-1.5m tall. For the cost you get a small tree, but actually maidens have a better root/shoot ratio so better establishment, and you can shape and train right from the start.

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Plum Euro, Puhoi$39.00PeachMids/f

yellow flesh and skin, excellent flavour dessert and bottling

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from the Puhoi Valley
Plum Euro, Tamaki Special$39.00Peach20th Dec to 7th JanuaryDEJ, Dan’s Early, Marabella.

Very large, very dark red meaty plum full of flavour and very sweet, holds well and can be picked over several weeks

Low chill

 

vigorous tree bearing huge crops
Plum Japanese, Dan’s early$39.00Peach, Myro1st week to 20th Decmberpartially self, also Marabella, DEJ

red fleshed, round, very sweet and tasty, large, not inclined to split

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very vigorous heavy cropper, ex Coromandel
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Quince

Quince fruit have a delightful fragrance which emanates when they are ripe and will perfume a room or an airing cupboard. A rich full flavour will develop if allowed to thoroughly ripen on the tree to a rich yellow. However they are inedible raw. They are either poached or made into jellies, jams and paste. A very attractive tree at blossom time and again in autumn with the golden pear-like fruit. The trees are easy to grow, thriving in sunny sheltered spots with heavy moist soils, and do well in hot dry summers. They are all self fertile. Tip bearers on current season’s growth.

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Quince, Pineapple$39.00BA29Mid Aprils/f

Pale yellow green fruit with white aromatic flesh and light pineapple flavour. Flesh becomes pulpy when cooked, making it good for jelly and jam

 

Regular cropper
Quince, Smyrna$39.00BA29Mid Aprils/f

The most popular variety, with large to very large furrowed golden-yellow fruit, very aromatic. Mild tender light yellow flesh of excellent quality, holds shape when cooked, flesh and syrup turn ruby red. Stores very well.

 

moderately vigorous tree with unusually large leaves.Heavy cropper at a young age

Raspberry

Raspberries are SO delicious they are hard to resist! They need full sun, although over here a little shade wouldn’t go astray, and good drainage. Canes should be planted 1 m apart and contained or managed to ensure they don’t spread. This variety is autumn fruiting/everbearing and suitable for growing in the North. They produce berries on new season’s canes. After fruiting canes should be pruned to ground level. Alternatively you can simply cut them down or even mow them to the ground every winter, resulting in one long crop starting late in summer. You will avoid bronze beetle damage as these varieties will flower after the bronze beetle have retreated to the ground in early summer.

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