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Skinny Apple Trees Convenient For Home Growers
Plants Nouveau has partnered with plant breeders to release a new form of fruit tree designed for streamlined harvest. These “Fruit SnacksTM” are dwarf skinny apple trees that need minimal pruning. Each tree grows approximately 8 to 10 ft. tall and produces fruit in a single column. They flower mid-season and are good pollinators for other varieties.
As a creative and intellectual plant resource, Plants Nouveau aims to give worldwide recognition to new and noteworthy plant varieties. In a way, it works as a breeder’s agent to bring novel plants to market. Plants Nouveau navigates the introduction process, helps breeders secure patents and trademarks, and markets the plants to the proper audiences. “We work with a group in Oregon called Varieties International,” says Angela Treadwell-Palmer, Plants Nouveau founder. “They work with fruit breeders all over the world to select fruits for commercial production in North America.” Today, the company represents nearly fifty plant breeders and 400 plant introductions.
The surprisingly productive Fruit SnacksTM trees come in four varieties so far: Blushing Delight, Golden Treat, Tangy Green, and Tasty Red. Two more (Sweet Treat and All Red) will be released in the upcoming months. Golden Treat apples are crisp, firm, and tart, perfect for cheese plates or pies. Blushing Delight produces pale red fruit in the early fall that is sweet, light, and flavorful for fresh eating. Tangy Green has an acidic tang that’s perfect for baking. Finally, Tasty Red has a sweeter, juicer flavor and is a heavy producer that keeps well in storage.
Fruit SnacksTM apple trees are ideal for small spaces and grow well in pots. They can be planted close together to form hedge rows and are cold-hardy, rust-resistant, and virtually virus-free. The variety was designed for casual fruit growers intimidated at the thought of pruning a traditional apple tree. “While these trees can produce a good many apples, they are still best for homeowners, not commercial growers,” says Treadwell-Palmer. Growers must plant at least two different trees for pollination purposes.
It’s possible to purchase Fruit SnacksTM trees from Stark Brothers, Fast Growing Trees, Nature Hills, and Guerney Seed online. Prices and names vary by retailer.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Plants Nouveau, Box 40125, Mobile, Ala. 36640 (angela@plantsnouveau.com; www.plantsnouveau.com).

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