Fruits

Home-Grown Fruits for the Front Range

One of our specialties is fruiting plants that are adapted to Colorado conditions. All the apples we carry are resistant to fireblight and good-tasting. And the cherries we sell are all proven successful in Colorado. Our grapes are the hardiest of any you will find and delicious fresh, in juice and a couple are good for wine. And we have currants, strawberries, raspberries, etc.

Please Note: Not all of our fruit varieties are ready at the beginning of the season.  We have searched far and wide to bring in superior varieties not otherwise available in our region, and some will not be ready until mid or late summer (but worth waiting for!).

Fruit Trees

All of our fruit trees are container-grown and have their entire root systems intact and ready to grow (unlike field-dug trees). Listed below are the varieties we already have on hand or on order for the 2010 season. We will bring in additional varieties as they become available.

A Note About Dwarfing Root-stocks:

You may be tempted to choose dwarf fruit trees, but before you make that decision, please read the following. Dwarfing root-stocks are used to make trees smaller.  A standard apple tree will grow to a height of 20 – 25′ tall, while the same apple variety on a semi-dwarf root-stock may only reach 12-16′ tall and on a dwarf root-stock only 8-10′ tall.  How does this happen?  It’s because dwarfing root-stocks make the trees weaker.  Aside from keeping them smaller, these root-stocks make trees more vulnerable to drought, diseases, winter dessication, and lean or poorly drained soils.  They also weaken the trees’ root-anchoring system and can make trees more prone to suckering.

In other words, dwarf and semi-dwarf fruit trees are not well adapted to the often challenging growing conditions in our region.  The more dwarf, the more extra care, water, soil preparation, disease control, etc. they will require.  There are many different dwarfing root-stocks used in the trade.  We do not carry any trees on dwarf root-stocks, but we do do offer some varieties on semi-dwarf root-stocks that are carefully chosen to be the best available for our area.  The majority of the fruit trees we sell are standard, as they are more sustainable and will serve you better in the long run.  These should be pruned to produce the best fruits, the strongest structure, and to keep the tree size more compact.

We are adding descriptions as rapidly as we can – check back frequently!

FRUIT VARIETIES AVAILABLE IN 2013

At Harlequin’s Gardens: 303-939-9403

 APPLES

Cortland

Sweet Sixteen

Honeycrisp

September Ruby

Haralson

Zestar

Mandan

Dakota Gold

Redstone Canyon Gold

Freedom

Red Baron

Red Duchess

 

PLUMS

Superior

Yellow Egg

Stanley

Mt. Royal

Green Gage

Ewing Blue

 

PEACHES

Reliance

Red Haven

 

PEARS

Nova

Hudar

 

GOOSEBERRIES

Invicta

Hinnomaki Red

Tastiberry

Comanche

 

 CURRANTS

Crandall

Gwen’s Buffalo

Ribes aureum-Wild

Blackdown

Blanca

Alagan

Imperial White

Red Lake

 

RASPBERRIES

Anne

Autumn Britton

Polana

Caroline

Heritage

Fall Gold

 

GRAPES

St. Theresa

La Crosse

Flambeau

Swenson’s Red

Swenson’s White

Frontenac

Trollhaugen

King of the North

Valiant

Concord

Prairie Star

Niagara

Somerset

 

CHERRIES

Bali

Mesabi

Montmorency

North Star

 

BLACKBERRIES

Triple Crown Thornless

 

STRAWBERRIES

Tristar

Earliglow

Ft. Laramie

Mara de Bois

Temptation

Fragaria vesca:

Alexandria

Reugen

 

OTHER FRUITS

Nanking Cherry (Prunus tomentosa)

Hazelbert (hybrid between Hazelnut and Filbert)

White Mulberry (Morus alba tatarica)

Dolgo Crabapple (Malus x Dolgo)

Jostaberry

Regent Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia ‘Regent’)

Aronias

Apricots

Elderberries

Rhubarb: Glaskins Perpetual, Victoria, ‘Sugarloaf’

 

AVAILABLE JULY

Hazen Apple

Parker Pear

Summercrisp Pear

Toka Plum

Alderman Plum

Brandywine Purple Raspberry

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FRUIT VARIETIES OFFERED in 2012

APPLE:

All of our apple varieties are resistant to fire-blight and good-tasting.
This year we plan to offer:

Honey Crisp
Cortland
Sweet Sixteen

Renetka
Dakota Gold
Utter’s Red
Missouri Pippin
Belle de Boscoup
Sops o’ Wine
Freedom
Red Baron
Goodland
September Ruby

PLUM:
This year we plan to offer:

Stanley
American Plum
(Prunus americana)
La Crescent
Mt. Royal
Superior
Toka
Golden Gage
Yellow Egg

APRICOT:

This year we plan to offer
Moorpark
Pioneer

PEACH:

This year we plan to offer
Red Haven
Reliance
Early Red Haven

PEAR:

This year we plan to offer:
Anjou
Hudar
Nova

PIE CHERRY:

This year we plan to offer
Montmorency
Northstar
Bali

BUSH SOUR CHERRY:

This year we plan to offer:
Carmine Jewel
: Self-fertile, Mature height 6-8’, yield first crop within 3 years of planting. Bred in Saskatchewan.
Ripens mid-July to mid-Aug. Very dark red-black fruits larger than a nickel (4 g) with small round pit, easily pitted (flesh/ pit ration 5/1). Train as a shrub.  Can produce 20+ lbs. of fruit. Sugar content increases if left on the bush til late August. Suckering. Well adapted to the prairie, clay and alkaline soils. Well suited for high-density plantings. Hardy to Zone 2

Crimson Passion: Self-fertile, Mature height 4-5’, yield first crop within 3 years.
Excellent large fresh eating cherry, almost quarter-sized. Highest sugar content of the Saskatchewan bush cherries. Non-suckering, so less yield than Carmine Jewel, also larger pits.  Ripens late August. Well-adapted to the prairie, clay and alkaline soils. Well suited for high-density plantings.  Hardy to Zone 2.

BERRY BUSHES & other SMALL FRUITS

STRAWBERRIES: This year we plan to offer:

Tristar: a really everbearing, day-neutral variety producing from June to frost.  Very productive of medium-sized fruits of excellent dessert quality, also good for freezing and preserves.  Grows well in the garden and in containers.  Hardy to Zone 4

Earliglow: A popular June-bearing variety, very sweet, excellent flavor.  The earliest-fruiting variety available.  Medium-sized fruits are great for fresh eating, jams and freezing. Longer fruiting season where weather is cooler. Hardy to Zone 5

Mara de Bois: Everbearing, day-neutral. Not your ordinary strawberry, this distant relative of the woodland strawberry is a modern hybrid bred in France from four heirloom varieties, each contributing layers of unique rich aroma, flavor or texture to create a rare balance of sweetness, acidity and musk. The berries range in size from small to walnut-size, with succulent red-orange flesh. Bears heavily May or June through September, and makes lots of vigorous runners.

Fort Laramie: Ever-bearing, bred in and for our region.  Very hardy (to Zone 3) and sturdy, standing up to heat and cold. The medium to large firm red fruits are sweet and aromatic, and excellent for all uses. Very productive, good fruit set in both cool and warm weather, self-pollinating.

‘Reugen’ Alpine Strawberry: a superior selection of wild strawberry, Fragaria vesca.  Ever-bearing, with aromatic, flavorful, sweet 1/2″ to 3/4″ fruits on short runner-less plants, great groundcover for edible landscapes.

‘Alexandria’ Alpine Strawberry: a superior selection of wild strawberry, superb fruit, no runners, very hardy.

CURRANTS:

Ribes nigrum ‘Alagan’ (black)

Ribes nigrum ‘Blackdown’: Large, jet-black, juicy, sweet, flavorful European black currant, great for fresh eating or wonderful preserves.  Full sun or partial shade. Hardy to Zone 3.

Ribes sativum ‘Blanca’ (white): selected for sweet flavor,  heavy production and frost-resistance. Opaque white fruit in large strings, for cooking and juice. From Slovakia, hardy to Zone 4.

Ribes ‘White Imperial’: Heirloom variety “considered to have the richest flavor of all currants”. Bears clusters of translucent white fruit, early-ripening, hardy to Zone 3.

Ribes silvestre ‘Red Lake’ (red)
Ribes aureum ‘Gwen’s Buffalo’ (black)
Ribes odoratum ‘Crandall’ (black)

RASPBERRIES:

Anne (gold)
Autumn Britton (red)
Caroline (red)
Fall Gold (gold)
Heritage (red)

BLACKBERRIES:

‘Triple Crown’: Thornless and vigorous, very productive of large sweet fruit. Can be trellised or grown upright – prune to 40″ to 45″. Zone 5

Boysen‘ prostrate thornless blackberry

SERVICEBERRIES:

Amelanchier alnifolia
Amelanchier alnifolia ‘Regent’

GOOSEBERRIES:

Comanche
Tasti-Berry (black currant-gooseberry cross)

Invicta: Very large, good-tasting green gooseberries on a very productive plant. Mildew-resistant, very thorny.  Great for pies, jams, freezing, fresh eating and crowd control; best with some pruning; needs less watering than other bush fruits.  Hardy to Zone 4.

ELDERBERRIES:

York: Sambucus canadensis hybrid variety bred for larger, sweeter fruits. Grows to 6 – 10′ tall.  Grow with ‘Nova’ for pollination.

Nova: Sambucus canadensis variety with large, sweet fruits in huge clusters, ripening in August.  Grow with York for pollination.

GRAPES:

Flambeau Seedless
LaCrosse
Saint Theresa Seedless
Swenson Red
Swenson White
Trollhaugen Seedless
Valiant
Concord
Prairie Star
Somerset Seedless

MISCELLANEOUS FRUITS:

Chokeberry (Aronia sp.)
Nanking Cherry (Prunus tomentosa)
Mulberry (Morus alba tatarica)
Squaw Apple (Peraphyllum ramosissimum)
Desert Holly (Mahonia fremontii and M. haematocarpa)