One Day Comparison

May 8th, 2023 fruit development stages cross species, northcentral West Virginia zone 6.

Most black elderberry has not bloomed yet, let alone set fruit. Apple and medlar seem late blooming. Among the earliest blooming species were haskap, juneberry, Nanking cherry, apricot, peach, and Asian plum, of which Nanking cherry partially set fruit, haskap set better, juneberry set best, apricot and Asian plum set nothing, and peach set too heavily, needing to be thinned. Asian pear sets early too, also heavily or too heavily. The so-called tart cherries (Northstar, Carmine Jewel, Romance types) set far more heavily than the sweet cherries. Haskap gets closest to full fruit size first, followed by the bush cherries and juneberry (aka serviceberry/saskatoon, etc).

Top left to bottom right: Nanking cherry, highbush “cranberry” (viburnum trilobum), sweet cherry, Carmine Jewel tart cherry (2 pics), rabbit-eye blueberry (2 pics), beach plum, Stanley plum (European), medlar, Asian pear, native holly, wild grape, aronia, early high bush blueberry, autumnberry, haskap, blackberry, crabapple, flying dragon hardy orange, pawpaw, juneberry, peach, haskap, romance cherry, Northstar cherry, black elderberry, small goumi, potted breba fig, barberry, hawthorn, large goumi, mulberry, apple, (wild) black cherry, Northstar cherry, Canadice grape, Asian persimmon.

Native holly berries are bird edible. All others are human edible.

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