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Description: Gooseberries are an easy-to-grow soft fruit and they can thrive in many kinds of soil, although they really like a sunny site. They can be grown as bushes or be trained against a wall to take up less space in a small garden – you can even grow gooseberries in containers.
Description: Boysenberry is the common name for a hybrid plant of the blackberry/raspberry genus Rubus and characterized by a relatively large fruit, with large seeds and a deep maroon or reddish-black color. Although its parentage is somewhat uncertain, it generally is considered to be a cross between a loganberry, a raspberry, and the Pacific blackberry. It generally is given the scientific name Rubus ursinus x idaeus. (R. ursinus is the scientific name of the Pacific blackberry and R. idaeus is the scientific name of the red raspberry.) The term boysenberry also is used for the fruit of this plant, which is aggregate fruit of numerous drupelets. It is classified as a blackberry because it keeps its core intact, rather than having the drupelets separate from the core, leaving a hollow fruit, as with the raspberry.
The Bountiful Blue Blueberry is an award winning variety with the bluest foliage of all! Pink-blushed flowers produce a large crop of large, sweet, juicy berries on a compact, mounded shrub. Perfect for massing in the landscape or featuring in large tubs. Self fertile, though planting another variety may yield a more prolific harvest. Requires just 150-200 winter chill hours. Semi-evergreen in mild climates.
Description: The Bluecrop Blueberry, Vaccinium ‘Bluecrop’, has a firm light blue medium-sized fruit. This blueberry is considered the best for consistent yields, disease resistance and high quality. Dainty, waxy, bell-shaped, white flowers appear in May. Flowers are followed by light blue blueberries that ripen in early August. It displays a fiery red fall foliage, and the reddish stems can be attractive in winter. Bluecrop is an upright, open growing shrub to 5-6 feet. Very effective when planted in shrub borders or as part of less formal shrub plantings because of its ornamental value. The most popular variety in North America, it prefers an organically rich, medium to wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade.
Description: Blueberry Berkeley, Vaccinium ‘Berkeley’, is a late midseason blueberry and carries attractive powder blue fruit with a pleasing light flavor and good dessert quality. ‘Berkeley’ is the most popular home garden varieties. Blueberries are extremely nutritious and have a high vitamin content. Excellent in pies and makes delicious jams and preserves. Best of all, bake your own Blueberry Muffins! Berkeley Blueberry is an excellent producer in mild climates. Blueberries are considered a beautiful, productive hedge with spring flowering on dark green foliage, delicious fruit in summer and fiery red foliage for autumn color. The plants are resistant to stem blight disease. Fruit size is consistently medium to mostly large and very attractive. The fruit is great eaten fresh with fine flavor, firmness and appearance. It also exhibits a long shelf life for storage.
Description: There has never been a strawberry like Tri-Star, yielding big, juicy berries all four seasons of the year. Other strawberries have built-in time clocks that automatically stop bearing as soon as long summer days arrive. Even the so called Everbearer types stop bearing except during short, cool days of spring and fall. But NOT Tri-Star. New Tri-Star strawberry is one of a new race of perpetual-bearing strawberries officially called day neutral (a scientific name meaning unaffected by day length). They even continue their non-stop production in temperatures up to 95 degrees and will keep on bearing during winter when taken indoors.
Description: The U.S.D.A. has good reason to be proud of this release. As most gardeners know, the basic rule is the earlier the bearing, the less the quality. Not so with Earliglow. It’s not just the earliest June bearer, it is truly tops in flavor. Glossy, firm. So sweet you won’t need sugar. Recommended for freezing, desserts, preserves. A vigorous grower, resistant to disease. Winter-hardiness also is good. Shipped spring only. Zones 4-8
Description: The Heritage Raspberry, ‘Rubus ‘Heritage’, has medium-sized red berries that have very good flavor and quality. It is exceptional for fresh eating or for making pies and jams. The medium sized fruits have good color and flavor, firmness, and freezing quality. Heritage is an outstanding everbearing variety that produces a crop in mid-July and then again in early September. They are disease-resistant, highly productive, easy-to-grow and will bear fruit the first year. The Heritage red raspberry has been given the 2004 Outstanding Fruit Cultivar Award by the American Society of Horticultural Sciences. The berries are versatile and can be used as fresh fruit, in preserves, or in pies and pastries. Raspberries may be grown successfully at an elevation as high as 7,000 feet. They do best in full sun on non-alkaline, fertile loam soil.
Description: The Caroline Raspberry, ‘Rubus ‘Caroline’ (PP10,412), has proven to be one of the most productive varieties and is considered to be the new standard for fall bearing raspberries. With large, very flavorful fruit, it is very vigorous and more tolerant of root rot and yellow rust than Heritage. This raspberry is a highly flavored, heavy yielding red primocane raspberry, ripening in late August. It produces lots of delicious fruit until fall. It has proven successful from the East to the West Coast. Caroline responds to warmer summer temperatures with earlier ripening. Caroline is the high in levels of nutrients and anti-oxidents. The berries are versatile and can be used as fresh fruit, in preserves, or in pies and pastries. Raspberries may be grown successfully at an elevation as high as 7,000 feet. They do best in full sun on non-alkaline, fertile loam soil. However, they may be grown in partial shade or under other environmental constraints.
Description: The Bristol Raspberry, ‘Rubus ‘Bristol’, is a fruit that is black and large with attractive, fairly glossy skin and firm flesh. Berries have excellent quality and good flavor and are good for canning and freezing as well as fresh eating. Bristol’s upright growth and cluster formation make its berries extremely easy to pick. Firm berries can be handled without bleeding. It is very hardy, high producing, vigorous and ripens in mid-July. Bristol shows tolerance to powdery mildew. The berries are versatile and can be used as fresh fruit, in preserves, or in pies and pastries. Raspberries may be grown successfully at an elevation as high as 7,000 feet. They do best in full sun on non-alkaline, fertile loam soil.
Latin Name: Rubus
Description: The Autumn Britten Raspberry, Rubus ‘Autumn Britten’, is a sister seedling of Autumn Bliss that has much better fruit firmness and is also a better producer. It ripens 3 weeks before Heritage. The berries are long, conical shaped, with bright red color and good flavor. Autumn Britten has a good upright growth habit. Plants are moderately vigorous, and we recommend planting at 22″-24″ in-row spacing. The berries are versatile and can be used as fresh fruit, in preserves, or in pies and pastries. Raspberries may be grown successfully at an elevation as high as 7,000 feet. They do best in full sun on non-alkaline, fertile loam soil. However, they may be grown in partial shade or under other environmental constraints. Natural protection against strong winter winds are provided in some valleys, but in other areas it is necessary to provide artificial protection during winter months.
Latin Name: Ribes
Description: Jostaberry is a hybrid of Black Currant and Gooseberry. The black fruits are ripe in mid July in Southwest Michigan. The flavor resembles a black currant. These plants are very vigorous and yields are high. USDA zones 4-8. Currants and Jostaberry are best grown on a simple trellis for highest yields.