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Small Fruits

ARONIA MELANOCARPA Chokeberry
Viking 5 – 6’. Very high antioxidants offer strong health benefits. Black berries with, great sweet flavor; when ripe used in preserves, fruit drinks and wine. Low maintenance plant thrives in poor soil. Be sure to net from birds, before fruit matures in late summer. Z3.

 

FIG Self-pollinating
Brown Turkey 10’+. A classic, all-purpose fig. Fruit is delicious fresh and in preserves. Dried figs make tasty snacks all year long. Ripens in June. Needs protection when temperatures drop below 10º F. Z5.

 

LYCIUM Goji Berry
Big Lifeberry, Sweet Lifeberry, 10’ Grow this nutrient-rich superfruit in your own back yard. Higher in antioxidants than blueberries and blackberries. Easy to grow in full sun, white, pink and purplish flowers mature to grape sized, mildly-sweet fruit. Perfect for snacking, tossing in salad. Z5.

 

LONICERA Honey Berry
Haskap, Taste has been compared to blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and black currants having its own unique tang. Contains extremely high levels of anthocyanins, Vitamin C, Potassium, Phenolic compounds and other antioxidants. Uses: fresh eating, jams and jellies, baking, topping for ice cream. Ripens early summer. Z3.

 

RHEUM Rhubarb
Victoria, red stalks good for pies and sauces. Rhubarb wants a deep, rich, composty hole. An ornamental perennial fruit.

 

HALF HIGH angustifolium x corymbosum
Northland 3-4’; very winter hardy (-35º C) half-high. extremely productive with medium sized, dark, soft fruit. It produces many canes which require heavy annual pruning. Z3.

 

HIGH BUSH corymbosum
Earliblue, 4 – 6’; First to ripen. Sweet, high yield, large, light blue fruit. Cream white flowers; red-burgundy fall foliage. Vigorous. Z5.

Blue Crop, 5 – 6’; Most widely planted mid-season cultivar in the world. Produces high yields of medium sized, firm fruit with good flavor. Hardy in all but the coldest sites and can be machine harvested. Canes tend to be weepy; care should be taken to maintain shape. Very good disease resistance. Winter hardy to -25º C. Z4.

Bluejay, 5 – 6’; Upright open growth habit that grows rapidly. Produces moderate crops of medium sized, high quality fruit that can be machine harvested and ships well. Resistant to some viral diseases and moderately resistant to mummy berry. Winter hardy to -25º C. Z4.

Blueray, 4 – 6’; Widely planted mid-season cultivar. Fruit size is very good with good flavor and high yield potential. Extra pruning is needed with this spreading bush, as canes tend to weep due to heavy bearing. It has very good winter hardiness. Winter hardy to-25º C. Z4.

Patriot, 3 – 5’; Winter hardy (-25º C) but frost sensitive due to early bloom. Large, firm fruit needs to be fully ripe for best flavor and sweetness. Grows slowly but is still productive. It must be pruned hard for large fruit. Z3.

Jersey, 6 – 8’; An old (1928) cultivar is adapted to a wide soil range. It has high yields of fruit but the berries are small and soft. The bush has an upright habit and forms a dense center that should be pruned to promote air movement. Winter hardy to -35º C. Z4.

RUBUS IDAEUS Raspberry, Self-pollinating
Ann, yellow raspberry that ripens in July and September.

Boyne, very winter hardy – Z4. Summer bearing, very productive and disease resistant red fruit.

Caroline. Superior, intense raspberry flavor! Vigorous canes bear early, huge crops of large, firm raspberries June and September through frost. Self-pollinating. Likes loamy, well drained soil. Do not plant Red, Gold or Purple raspberries within 600 feet of Black raspberries since a viral diseases carried by aphids can occur. Z5.

Fall Gold, developed by Elwyn Meader from UNH. Large, ever-bearing canes from July through September. Z 4

Heritage. This classic is the best fall crop selection! Ever-bearing vine produces a moderate summer crop, followed by an abundant fall harvest of sweet berries. Excellent flavor for eating fresh or in jams. Deciduous. Provide enriched, well-drained soil. Water regularly during first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Train one-year-old canes on trellis. After harvest, prune to ground only canes that have fruited, Allow new canes to grow, to produce the next season’s crop. May be lightly tip-pruned and fertilized in spring. Z4.

Latham, The standard for spring-bearing red raspberries. Full flavored, aromatic fruit. Vigorous, highly productive. Very good textured fruit, extra firm. Prune canes to the ground after fruiting. Fruit is borne on previous years growth. Full sun. Z4.

 

VACCINIUM Blueberries
Self-pollinating, but cross-pollination results in higher berry yield. Cross early with mid, mid with late. Early and late do not cross. Provide acidic, well-drained, moist, sandy soil with plenty of compost and peat. Water regularly during growing season to maintain deep extensive root system. Roots grow near topsoil, keep grass and weeds away.

Elizabeth, excellent flavor on 5′ shrub, Z4. Mid to late-summer ripening.

 

VITIS Grapes
Canadice, seedless red grape, ripens mid September through October. Very good table grape.

Cayuga White, makes a good wine. Hybrid of Seyval and Schuyler grapes from Cornell. Hardy, late September ripening.

Concord, America’s favorite grape — available in its original form with seeds. If you love grape juice, then you love Concords! The fruit makes full-bodied juice (good for jelly, or drinking) fresh eating) or your own house wine. These vines produce abundant crops that have also been used to make prize-winning jams and jellies. Exceptional hardiness, vigor and disease resistance. Heat-tolerant. Ripens in late September. Self-pollinating.

Himrod, a sweet and productive white grape developed for winter hardiness in NY.

Reliance, a very hardy, seedless red grape.