Tree Fruit

Peach blossoms
Peach blossoms


Cider production is becoming increasingly popular here in the Willamette Valley, and as more people develop a taste for this beverage, the desire to produce specialty ciders with particular varieties of apples is also on the rise.  Here at NWREC we are developing a cider orchard where we will experiment with several different varieties of apple trees grafted onto dwarfing and semi dwarfing rootstocks to test compatability between rootstocks and the scionwood (the top portion of the tree), disease susceptibility and pest management tactics.  We are also going compare growing methods by planting free standing trees and training others on trellises.  Once the trees begin producing fruit, we will try out various harvesting methods, and create single variety and specialty blend ciders.  For further details on our project, and to view research updtaes, please click here.



Here in the Pacific Northwest it is very challenging to grow peaches and nectarines due to certain fungal diseases, particularly peach leaf curl.  One of the first lines of defense against fungal diseases is to grow varieties of plants that are resistant.  Doing so can reduce or even eliminate the need to spray fungicides.  We are currently growing sevearl varieties of peaches and nectarines that are resistant to peach leaf curl here at NWREC, and will check them regularly for signs of disease.  

Most almonds are grown in warmer, more arid regions, such as the Central Valley in California.  However, cold tolerant varieties have been developed, which may be capable of surviving our cooler, wet winters.  We have added several varieties of cold hardy almonds to our stonefruit plot, and will collect measurements on their growth, vigor and nut production in the years to come.  For additional details regarding these projects, as well as research updates, please check out our Stonefruit page here