Owen Taylor added a post

From: Owen T.
Sent on: Monday, December 20, 2010 11:48 AM
As promised at the December 11th Urban Orchard Workshop, Phil Forsyth from Philadelphia Orchard Project sent along his favorite urban orchard trees, and a bonus!

From Phil:

My list of top urban orchard trees (for ease of care, production, and deliciousness):

1. Figs (may require some protection from winter cold)
2. Persimmons (Asian or hardier 'Nikita's Gift' hybrid)
3. Asian Pears
4. Cherries (yellow-fruited sweet cherries, pie cherries, nanking
cherries, and bush cherries)
5. Mulberries (especially 'Illinois Everbearing')
6. Juneberries (Amelanchier)

As a bonus, my list of top orchard books:

1. Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control,
Ellis & Bradley
2. The Pruning Book, Lee Reich
3. Creating a Forest Garden, Martin Crawford
4. Landscaping with Fruit, Lee Reich
5. The Backyard Orchardist, Stella Otto

Best, Ph il

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