Identifying Dormant Fruit Tree Buds
January 30, 2014 by Cricket Hill Garden
Walking through our newly planted orchard at Cricket Hill Garden on a cold, clear day in winter our eyes are drawn to the dormant buds on our fruit trees and shrubs. Distinguishing between vegetative leaf buds and flower buds is a good skill to develop, especially as the late winter pruning season approaches. Also, though it is certainly a case of eating your pawpaws before their ripe, one’s mouth can’t help but begin to salivate looking at all these fat flower buds.
Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) is a large fruited native tree. The leaf buds are narrow and close to the stem. The flower buds are round and usually found lower down on a branch than the leaf buds.
Pear (Pyrus ssp.) leaf buds form on one year old growth.
Pear (in this case Asian pear Pyrus ussuriensis) flower buds form on 2-3 year old wood. These buds may develop into fruit spurs in future years.
Apricot (Prunus armeniaca) buds are rather inconspicuous and held close to the branch on 1st year growth.
Apricot flower buds form in small clusters.
Persimmons (Diospyros ssp.) flower off of new growth, so flower buds will not be apparent until growth commences in the spring.
Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) vegetative buds appear on first year, reddish colored stems, while flower buds are plumper and form on older growth.
Have a look at edibles section of our website for plants which will add beauty to your garden and bounty to your table.