This is a pluot tree that I planted on 5 March 2014. It has three varieties of pluot on it:
It flowered and some fruit set. Only one of the pluots survived and it grew to the size of a ping pong ball and then one day mysteriously disappeared so I never got to try it.
A pluot is a hybrid between a plumb and an apricot. An aprium is also a hybrid between a plumb and an apricot. The difference is that a pluot has more plumb than apricot and an aprium more apricot than plumb.
I planted this Sugar Can Jujube on 5 March 2014. At that time it was a
bare root "stick" with nothing on it. It's done a remarkable job of
growing branches and today (30 September 2014) has a single fruit on it.
It seems to be doing well even though it's been getting way more water than it should be because of its proximity to the grass that's getting watered.
On 26 October 2013 we planted this 15 gallon Lamb Hass Avocado.
I strategically selected a spot under the mesquite trees to provide it with morning sun and afternoon shade. This seems to have worked relatively well except that the Arizona sun still gave it a beating for a couple of months. A sunscreen would have probably been wise for those months. The leaves appeared to burn and died off. Luckily there's been new growth which seems to be keeping it healthy.
The tree flowered profusely and fruit set on it in the spring. Only one avocado survived and it grew to the size of a large grape before shrivelling and dying.
The desert cotton tails (I think it's them) appear to have nibbled at the trunk and one of the branches which isn't good.
At the beginning of March 2014 this Seedless Kishu Mandarin went into the orchard. Out of all the citrus trees it is doing the best as it flowered and the fruit set and we now (30 September 2014) have around 30 mandarins on it which should be ready to eat soon.
The label describes it as early maturing variety from China. Popular in specialty markets and landscapes. Excellent container specimen.
Season: November to April
Tree: Small size with round shape.
Fruit: Very small. Light yellowish-orange rind. Easy to peel, seedless, mildly sweet.
New tree in the orchard as of 18 September 2014 is the Cara Cara Pink Navel Orange from Willits & Newcomb Nursery via Costco. Described as having a distinct reddish-pink color the fruit is a medium size with a deep orange rind. The taste is much like the Washington navel orange. Fruit ripens mid-November into early March. The tree has a compact growth habit and may occasionally produce variegated leaves. Some limbs may bear normal orange colored fruit.
The tree is currently 38 inches tall.
At the time of writing this the tree has been in the ground for 12 days and there are already several new green shoots on it up to 2 inches long.