Type and Use: Deciduous shrub or small tree with edible flower petals
Planting Dates: Fall to spring
Planting Method: Container transplant
Harvest Time: Summer - if you are lucky. Ripe when fully colored and slightly soft. Pick the flower petals while in bloom for use in salads and garnishes. Use petals only, not entire flowers.
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 15-20 feet
Final Spacing: 20-25 feet
Growth Habits: Small tree, white to light-pink spring flowers, and delicious summer fruit. It’s an easy-to-grow tree, but the fruit production is another matter. The early blooming habit often causes a loss of fruit because of late freezes.
Culture: Normal maintenance program using the basic organic program and spraying Garrett Juice with additives of baking soda and garlic.
Troubles & Solutions: Brown rot, cotton root rot, plum curculio, birds, and squirrels
Harvest and Storage: Harvest as soon as fruit is ripe and before the squirrels and birds beat you to it. Eat soon or store in a cool, dry place. 32-40°. Will keep about 2 weeks.
Notes: Beautiful little tree for the landscape but not a good high production fruit tree for the orchard.
Varieties: Decent varieties for Texas are Bryan, Blenheim, Hungarian, and Moorepark. Manchurian may be the best choice; Mongolian is the worst.