A Bunch of Fruit Changes
We've had a bunch of notifications of crop failures and substitutions in the Fruit section and in the citrus fruit in Unusual & Rare Plants.
All of these changes will show up on the individual plant pages and your shopping list, but here is a summary of what we know so far. We will continue to update this if more changes happen with the fruit.
- U051 Australian Finger Lime
- U052 Blood Orange, Bream Tarocco
- U054 Kumquat, Fukushu
- U055 Meyer Lemon
- U056 Lime, Thai
- U057 Palestine Sweet Lime
- U058 Satsuma, Miho Wase
Late additions (essentially these are substitutions, but they have their own pages and new catalog numbers, though they are not in the printed catalog):
- U051b Bearss Persian Lime—A seedless and nearly thornless variety, crossed between a lemon and key lime. The most widely cultivated lime in commercial distribution.
- U052b Calamondin, Variegated—Cream and green variegated leaves and fragrant flowers. 1" fruit, striped before ripening, can be used like lemon or lime for juice or marmalade.
- U054b Trifoliate Orange, Flying Dragon—Twisted green branches with thorns. The fruit is sour and seedy, but can be used like a lemon.
- U056b Limequat, Eustis—Small greenish yellow fruits can be eaten whole or juice and rind can be used in drinks and food. Sweet skin and strongly acidic pulp, similar to limes. Early 20th century cross between the key lime and the kumquat.
- U057b Grapefruit, Cocktail—Smaller and sweeter than a grapefruit, with yellow or yellow-green skin and yellow flesh. Developed in the 1950s at UC-Riverside from a cross of a mandarin orange and a pommelo. Also called mandelo.
- U058b Pummelo, Tahitian—Larger than a grapefruit with yellow-green rind and green to amber flesh. Sweet, with melon and lime flavors. Also called the Sarawak pummelo, it is native to Borneo.
(The U053 Buddha's Hand Citron is still coming, though it will be in shorter supply than we expected.)
Two of the apple trees have had a change to their rootstocks, which affects the height of the trees. Haralson F003 and Zestar! F012 will both be on standard rootstock, rather than M7 semidwarf, which means they will be 20–30' tall when fully grown, rather than 12–20' as stated in the catalog.
There are two substitutions in the strawberries:
Archer F089 is not available and will be replaced by Seascape, with very productive ever-bearing plants. Heat tolerant; introduced by the University of California in 1992. Large berries with outstanding flavor.
Gasana F090 will be replaced by Delizz, a new everbearing, compact award-winner with white flowers. F1 hybrid with very tasty, seedless fruit.
Delizz strawberry (photo from All American Selections)