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Plants for Houston, Texas


Fruit Variety Notes
Apples Gala Mid chill apple. Red striping gives golden skin a red-orange color. Crisp, aromatic flesh with touch of tartness. Excellent quality fruit that stores well. Ripens mid-summer to early fall. Wonderful dessert apple from New Zealand. Crisp, nice blend of sweetness and tartness, rich flavor. Skin reddish-orange over yellow. Early harvest, 2-3 weeks before Red Delicious. Good pollenizer for other varieties. 5-600 hours. Self-fruitful.
  Granny Smith Low chill variety from Australia. Self-pollinating. Large green fruit with glossy smooth skin. Excellent quality tart-sweet, all-purpose apple. Ripens early fall. From New Zealand. Large, late, green, all-purpose. Crisp, tart, excellent keeper. Requires long summer. Thrives in hot climates. 600 hours. Prolonged bloom: good pollenizer for other apples. Self-fruitful.
  Mollie's Delicious Mid chill, excellent quality red apple. Large fruit has light yellow ground color and bright red blush. Sweet taste is excellent for fresh eating or juice. Vigorous tree. Ripens mid-late July.
  Starkrimson RD  
Figs Alma  
  Celeste Large tree. Most widely planted variety in this area. Bears on two-year-old wood. Excellent fruit quality, good for fresh eating and preserves. Medium fruit is resistant to souring and splitting. Begins ripening in June and continues to produce fruit for 3 - 6 weeks.
  Texas Everbearing  
Grapes American  
  Black Spanish  
  Cowart Self-fertile. Very large black fruit of excellent quality and flavor, produced in large clusters. Popular home variety. Good yields. Harvest early to mid season.
  Lake Emerald  
  Summit Female, plant with self-fertile variety. Large bronze fruit. Very sweet with excellent flavor. Heavy producer. Excellent variety for wine or fresh eating.
Nectarines Armking  
  Crimson Gold  
Peaches Belba  
  Harvester Requires 750 chilling hours. Large, freestone fruit of excellent quality. Red skin over yellow flesh. Ripens third week of June.
  June Gold  
  Loring Taste test winner. Superb large yellow freestone. Excellent flavor and texture, low acid. Harvests over 2-3 week period, mid to late July in central CA. Requires little or no thinning. Excellent for home orchard. 750 hours. Self-fruitful.
  Red Globe  
  White Hale  
Pears Ayers Small to medium yellow fruit with a red blush. Excellent fresh-eating quality, almost free of grit cells. Resistant to fire blight. Pollinator required. Ripens mid-August.
  Kieffer Blight resistant. Strong tree well adapted to wide range of soil and climatic conditions. Consistent producer. Fruit medium to large, golden yellow with red tint. Excellent for baking and preserving. Store fruit for 2 weeks after harvest for maximum quality. Ripens in mid August.
  Moonglow Resists fireblight. Large fruit, use fresh or for canning. Productive, spur-type tree. Mid-season harvest. 700 hours. Pollenizer required, good pollenizer for other pears.
  Orient Blight resistant, very vigorous, spreading tree. Round, very large fruit. Fruit is yellowish with red blush. Creamy white flesh with juicy, melting texture good for fresh eating. Late maturing variety.
Pecans Caddo  
  Cape Fear This pecan bears heavy at an early age. It is best for the southeastern states. It is scab resistant and provides and ample yield of 55 to 60 nuts per pound. Protandrous
  Cheyenne A medium sized pecan with good kernel quality. Bear heavily and at an early age. Very good for orchard plantings. Protandrous.
  Choctaw Nut is high in oil content, about 60% kernel, thin hull, large and attractive. This is a Mahan-Success Cross. Protogynous.
  Desirable Vigorous growing, disease resistant tree. Good sized, soft-shell nut. About 55% meat. Protandrous
  Kiowa This is a Mahan-Odom cross. Nuts are large-oblong needing 45 to 50 nuts to make a pound. Bears early and heavy crops of excellent quality nuts. Protogynous.
  Shawnee Cross of Schley and Barton. A very heavy prolific bearer of medium size pecans which are suitable for in-shell or shelling trade. The Shawnee trees come into production early. Released in 1968. Has a very high quality kernel. Protogynous.
  Sioux This variety is the result of a cross between the Schley and Carmichael varieties. The shells are thin and the kernels smooth and bright. It has a high oil content & excellent flavor.
Plums Allred  
  Bruce Japanese plum. Produces large amount of brilliant wine red fruit with red flesh. Large size. Excellent fruit quality for canning. Bears at young age. Must have pollinator. Ripens early to mid-June
  Methley Japanese plum. Vigorous tree with upright shape. Heavy bearer. Medium to large reddish-purple fruit with red flesh. Excellent quality. Distinctive sweet mild flavor. Popular home garden variety. Excellent for fresh eating or processing. Good pollinator for Bruce and Morris. Ripens early June.
Pomegranate Wonderful prefer a sunny location and deep soil. They thrive in acid or alkaline soils, and tolerate heavy clay as long as there is sufficient drainage. Many forms exist, and not all fruit well. Generally, double-flowering types provide little, if any, fruit. Mature specimens withstand drought well, but fruit often splits after rainy spells following extended dryness. Dormant hardwood cuttings root well (as do softwood cuttings) under mist in the summer. The standard Pomegranate. Large, purple-red fruit with delicious, tangy flavor. Best quality in hot inland climate. Gaudy red-orange bloom, ornamental foliage. Long-lived, any soil. 150 hours. Self-fruitful.


Berry Variety Notes
Blackberry Brazos One of the most widely known and popular variety. Very large attractive berries. Fairly firm with good flavor, good quality. Very vigorous and upright grower. Very productive and disease resistant. Ripen mid May.
Blueberries Beckyblue  
  Brightwell Tall and spreading growth. Large, firm fruit with little to no picking scar. Midseason variety, ripens early-mid June. One of the most popular varieties.
  Climax One of the earliest ripening varieties. Upright growth. Most of the berries ripen at one time. Medium, dark blue fruit. Recommended for home and commercial plantings. Good pollinator. Beautiful fall color. Harvest begins in late May - early June.
  Premier Popular for pick-your-own plantings and home orchards. Early ripening, high yielder. Vigorous plant. Large, bright blue fruit of excellent quality. Ripens mid June.
  Tifblue Most productive and widely planted variety. Highly recommended for commercial or home use because of berry quality, appearance, and high yields. Upright, vigorous plants. Medium, light-blue berries maintain quality on bush. Excellent choice for landscape plantings due to attractive fall color. Ripens mid June.
Raspberries Dorman Red Variety adaptive to growing in hot south. Producer of large bright red berries. Excellent eaten fresh or in baked goods, although berries are tart. Ripens early June.
Strawberries Chandler  


Plant Variety Notes
Hosta Albo-Marginata  
  Blue Angel  
  Blue Cadet a small, blue-leaved variety, held its color and showed no leaf yellowing or other defects the entire year.
  Royal Standard  
  So Sweet emerged in late March or early April
  Sugar & Cream  
Lantana New Gold bright yellow, sterile flowers, spreading habit. This new variety named New Gold blooms profusely but NEVER forms berries which have to be removed before more blooms will be produced. This revolutionary new development in lantanas insures that this plant will be a continuous beauty rather than a virulent pest with its unwelcome seedling offspring.
  Pinkie Pink/cream bicolor, sterile flowers on an extremely compact plant which never requires cutting back
  Samantha (Lemon Swirl) Bright yellow, sterile blooms and beautiful variegated foliage on a compact bush. A beautiful plant even without blooms!
  Texas Flame (Dallas Red, New Red) Orange/yellow/red tricolor blooms which turn to deep red, a compact bush. The reddest lantana available.
  Weeping Lavender Fragrant, lavender, sterile flowers, low spreading habit
  Weeping White Fragrant, white, sterile flowers, low spreading habit
  America -- Coral Color CLIMBING rose; Bud ovoid (egg shaped) and pointed; Flower SALMON COLOR; reverse lighter, double flower (43 pedals), imbricated, medium (3-4 inch); Very Fragrant.
  Blaze (Improved) -- Red Color  
  Don Juan -- Red Color CLIMBING or PILLARING (self supporting) rose; Bud ovoid (egg shaped); Flower VELVETY DARK RED COLOR, double (35 petals), cupped, large (5 inch); Very Fragrant; Foliage dark, glossy, leathery; 8 feet tall
  Joseph's Coat -- Multicolor  
  Pinata -- Multicolor  
  Royal Gold -- Yellow Color