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Post whats your favorite fruit tree book
hello , i would like to know what are some of your favorite fruit tree books. i would like one with photographs of the fruit (not painting or sketches). im really interested in apples and plums but also others as well. thanks and have a great day.

Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:20 am

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Post Re: whats your favorite fruit tree book
My two favorite fruit books are both by Michael Phillips: The Apple Grower and The Holistic Orchard. If you like grapes, The Grape Grower by Lon Rombaugh is an excellent resource. The Raintree paper catalog is free and has got tons of color photos of many different varieties of fruit. Hope this helps!

Wed Jun 04, 2014 8:08 am

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Post Re: whats your favorite fruit tree book
It’s strange to admit, but I’m relying more and more on the internet for photos, descriptions and opinions regarding fruit varieties. I was definitely inspired by several books, but that was 30 years ago, and not only are they out of print, many newer varieties have since come along.

If you want something tangible, I think a good mail-order nursery catalog is good suggestion. Just keep in mind, seemingly everything in them is ‘the most delicious,’ ‘most prolific,’ ‘superior quality’ …in other words, you’ll rarely hear any downsides :roll:

As for online, beside a specific ‘apple search,’ I love sites like the following, which in my opinion, is one of the best: Keep in mind though, it’s in the UK, with a more limited growing season than our Willamette Valley, they’re more like BC Canada.

After an hour of research online I can usually find far more information than within the multitude of books I have… Just stumbling onto this site and reading the opinions of those actually having grown such a fruit is extremely valuable to me. I mean an ‘apple’ may be delicious, but if the tree’s prone to a multitude of diseases and only sets well every 3 or 4 years … that’s the stuff you want to know before you’ve waited 5 or 6 years to find out for yourself. Books are great, but they’ve now some stiff competition from ‘the collective mind’ this internet has become.

As far as nursery catalogs, I’d start with the following three:

If you can make it to our major Home Orchard Society events, we’ve usually got a vast array of the latest and greatest publications set up …where I have to purposefully avert my eyes as not to end up with yet another book on fruit trees :P

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Wed Jun 04, 2014 9:21 am

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Post Re: whats your favorite fruit tree book
I agree with Peachman on Michael Phillips. I also love former HOS president? Warren Marnhart's Apples for the 21st century. Probably out of print. Lee Reich wrote a great book called something like "Unusual fruits" which is a great book.
John S

Wed Jun 04, 2014 9:46 pm
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