Steve loves shade trees. In the desert, who can blame him? He has mentioned many times that he would like to plant shade trees in the backyard. I, on the other hand, want the backyard to benefit from the sun during the fall-spring season. That is when I grow the biggest variety of vegetables.
So I came up with a compromise. Can you say disiduous? A disiduous tree is one that loses its leaves in the fall, remains bare in the winter, begins to grow leaves in the spring, and is a beautiful shade tree in the summer.
What really makes me happy is that many fruit, and nut trees are disiduous. So, last year for Steve’s birthday; part of his gift was an Anna apple tree, and a Santa Rosa plum. This year for his birthday, he recieved a Bonanza peach tree. I also brought home some bare-root-Red Flame-grape vines.
Many people that I talk to are suprized that fruit trees grow well here. But what about the chill hours, they ask. I have found out that there are certain varieties of the fruits that do not need very many chill hours. Those are the varieties that I have researched, and brought home. Of course, I am unselfishly doing this to make Steve happy.
I have no need for citrus trees because many of my friends have more than they need, and will gladly share, or barter for their fruit. Citrus is easy to preserve. Just squeeze and freeze.
A Bonanza Peach is perfect for a backyard. It is a dwarf that gets about 6 foot in height and 6 foot in diameter. Even someone short like me could prune it, or put a bird net over it. The blossoms are beautiful, the fruit is cling-free and juicy. We could eat it fresh, frozen, canned or baked in desserts. Just think how happy it would make one of my friends to recieve a basket of fresh peaches.
Here are some pictures of the peach tree. This is its first year. I was suprized to see that it is already blooming.