Jerry & Carol Barnett
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Fruit Trees

Finding the right variety of fruit trees to plant in this area has been very difficult. Just because you find a particular variety for sale at local nurseries and garden centers does not necessarily indicate they are well-suited for this area. For example, I see a lot of Thompson seedless grapes for sale around here. Unfortunately, the Thompson is not a good choice for this area. I compiled a list of fruit trees that seem to do well in the Houston and Brazoria County region.

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Dorsett Golden Apple

We have two Dorsett Golden Apples, two Anna Apples and one Ein Shemer Apple in our orchard. The Dorsett requires an Anna for cross pollination and vice versa. The Dorsett and Anna never seem to want to bloom at the same time.

Maintenance


Date of photo: March 9, 2001


Date of photo: April 7, 2001
August Pride Peach.

This is one of the first trees we planted in our orchard. It has produced abundant fruit each year we have been here.

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Dorsett Golden Apple

The fruit of the Dorsett is red until it matures then turns yellow. It is a very good tasting apple.


Date of photo: April 7, 2001


Date of photo: April 20, 2001
Wild Dewberries

One of our early pleasant surprises was finding an abundance of wild dewberries on the property. By mid-April we can easily harvest nearly a gallon a day on the vines that grow in several patches around the pond.
Wild Dewberries

Each spring I allow the dewberry vines to grow in about 4 major patches around the pond. When they have stopped producing, I mow the vines down and keep the area mowed the rest of the year.


Date of photo: April 20, 2001


Date of photo: May 28, 2001
Dorsett Golden Apple

These are nearly ripe. The color is changing from red to yellow.
Satsuma Mandarin (Tangerine)

These plants were purchased locally. The fruit is very tasty and the peel separates from the fruit easily. The Satsuma originates in China and Japan.


Date of photo: August 10, 2001


Date of photo: May 28, 2002
Wild Mustang Grapes
Wild Mustang Grapes


Date of photo: June 17, 2002


Date of photo: April 22, 2003
Dorsett Golden Apple

I bought this particular tree at the Galveston County Master Gardener Association annual show in League City in February, 2002. It was a bare-root tree that had been trimmed to approximately 3 ft in length. Carol was surprised that I paid $18 for a 'stick', but it quickly recovered and produced fruit the following year.
Meyer Lemon

The Meyer Lemon was introduced to the US in 1908 from China. It is thought to be a cross between a lemon and orange. We have two Meyer Lemon trees in our yard and both produce a lot of fruit. The fruit is less tart than a regular lemon.


Date of photo: May 11, 2003


Date of photo: May 11, 2003
Mid-Pride Peach

Another tree I bought at the Galveston County Master Gardener Association show in 2002. The fruit ripens in May.
Chinese Dwarf Apricot

Maintenance

Date of photo: May 11, 2003


Date of photo: May 11, 2003


Date of photo: October 25, 2003
Meyer Lemon

Just before harvest. The fruit from these trees makes delicious lemonade.
Bananas

Our neighbors gave us these plants, so we don't know the variety. We planted them in the flower beds adjacent to the Sun Room and they started growing immediately. To our surprise, they produced fruit the next year. We harvested them in early November. There were three bunches; the third bunch produced too late in the year for the fruit to fully mature. The fruit was stubbier than bananas you find in the supermarket, but they were still very tasty.

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Date of photo: October 25, 2003


Date of photo: April 22, 2003
Loquat

This one was raised from a small plant from my Mother-In-Law's home in Angleton.
Early Amber Peach

A yellow freestone peach that ripens in early June.


Date of photo: May 11, 2003


Date of photo: April 22, 2003
Lime

This plant produced fruit late in the year.

Date of photo: April 22, 2003
Plums

These three trees were planted in 2003 and have not produced fruit yet. The tree in the right foreground is a flowering crabapple.


Date of photo: March 28, 2003


Date of photo: June 17, 2002
Asian Pear (Chojuro)

This is one of three pear trees in our orchard. This one produced small fruit the first year it was planted, but they didn't fully mature. In 2004 it produced about a dozen fruit that fully ripened. The flavor and texture was very good but the fruit was small.