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 Fruit 
2022 FRUIT FEATURES! 
Bambinella Pear

The same internationally recognized grower who re-introduced Colonnade apples to Ontario (see below) found another gem in an Ontario backyard.  Bambinella pears originate from the island of Malta, where they have been grown for thousands of years. While they are not very well-known here, they are one of the most sought after pears in the U.K. for their sweet and crunchy taste and diminutive size. Those at Grobe's this year originated from a chance meeting at Canada Blooms with an avid fruit tree grower who resides in Toronto.  After seeing the images of the gentleman's now established tree laden with delicious small mini pears (about 1/2 the size of a regular pear) it was decided to collect cuttings, bud them on root stocks and give them a go.  Grobe's is fortunate to have some of the very first of these trees available in Ontario for sale this year.  The 2019 fall tour found these young trees in the field with a few fruit upon them.. and they are DELICIOUS!  They will grow to small trees of about 15 feet tall by the same wide in full sun.  Bartlett and Clapp's Favourite will pollinate these trees.  ** Young branchless whips - Ltd. qty

Columnar Apples 

THE RETURN OF A ONCE THOUGHT 'LOST' APPLE TREE VARIETY....

In France in the 1980's, an observant French fruit grower (whose name has been lost through time) noticed something quite odd that had arisen as a mutation in his apple orchard - a large piece of apple wood that appeared to be primarily fruit bearing wood with minimal vegetative branches. He cloned it and started to hybridize it to try to develop more apple tree varieties with similar characteristics. 

The final result of his work were apple trees with a columnar and dwarfed growth habit propagated on their own roots that produced fruit with minimal pruning required. He called the series 'Colonnades'.

These trees were then imported into Canada by a larger wholesale grower, and in the mid-1990's Grobe's was one of a small number of nursery/garden centres to offer Colonnade columnar apple to homeowners.  While they proved meritorious, they were a bit ahead of their time (as the current trend in self-reliance and home produced edibles was still some 20 years away) and regrettably by the turn of the millennium interest in the trees had waned, and they disappeared from productions/sale in Ontario.

Around about that time, Peter Grobe did some renovation work in his backyard and decided to plant a couple of these apple trees.  In the roughly 25 years since, these trees have grown in a compact form to a size of about 15' tall by 5 feet wide.  The apples they bear have been very tasty, and while he sometimes laments the fact that the local squirrels seem to get more of the crop than he does, they have proven to be very simple trees to grow and enjoy.

A few years back, an internationally known Canadian nursery grower approached Peter about perhaps using his trees to harvest some bud wood in order to 'bring back into production' this tree so that others may also enjoy it.  These trees were grafted onto semi-dwarf root stock, and after many years of dedicated work on their part - they are now ready!

Grobe's is proud to announce the return of the Ultraspire Colonnade Apple to Grobe's, and also to you!  
(You can also call them 'Peter's Pride Apples' too if he's nearby!)

Colonnade apple trees

It's possible to grow these dwarf trees almost anywhere, as they are very dwarf and narrow trees that grow to about 8 to 10 ft. tall by 4 to 5 ft. wide. Bred from a natural mutation that resulted in a tree formed of all fruiting wood, these trees will bear fruit from a young age and will even grow in a large container.  Ultraspire has larger McIntosh styled fruit that are perhaps a bit firmer and hold longer crisp than a Mac, but are still excellent for fresh eating or cooking.

Scarlet Sentinel Apple

These naturally dwarf, hardy, disease resistant columnar trees (only 8-12 ft. tall at maturity) are covered with white blossoms followed by lots of large, juicy, sweet, greenish-red apples with a red blush and crisp, sweet, white flesh produced on short spurs along the trunk. Good for eating and baking, it is an ideal choice for small gardens and large patio pots. Plant with Golden Sentinel for pollination. Fruit ripens in mid-late Sept.

Golden Sentinel Apple

These naturally dwarf, hardy and disease resistant, columnar trees (only 8-12 ft. tall at maturity) become a pillar of white blossoms followed by large juicy, sweet golden yellow apples produced on short spurs along the tree trunk. Ideal for fresh eating, baking and cider, this is an excellent choice for small gardens and large patio pots. Plant with Scarlet Red Sentinel for pollination. Fruit ripens in mid-Sept.

Blushing Delight Urban Apple

Blushing Delight is from a series of columnar trees bred in Czechoslovakia that produce their fruit on spurs along the main stem. It has green fruit with a red blush over it, and the fruit that sweetly flavoured. They have been bred for disease resistance, flavour, and ease of growing in small spaces, and they have a narrow upright habit. While best in our climate planted into the ground, it's possible that with insulated containers they may survive planted in them through the winter (plant at your own risk). They grow to about 8' tall by 2' wide.  Like other apples, you will need two different urban apples for cross pollination.

Tasty Red Urban Apple

Tasty Red is from a series of columnar trees bred in Czechoslovakia that produce their fruit on spurs along the main stem. It has bright red fruit that is juicy and sweet. They have been bred for disease resistance, flavour, and ease of growing in small spaces, and they have a narrow upright habit. While best in our climate planted into the ground, it's possible that with insulated containers they may survive planted in them through the winter (plant at your own risk). They grow to about 8' tall by 2' wide.  Like other apples, you will need two different urban apples for cross pollination.

Golden Treat Urban Apple

Golden Treat is from a series of columnar trees bred in Czechoslovakia that produce their fruit on spurs along the main stem. It has beautiful golden fruit with a lovely sweet flavour. They have been bred for disease resistance, flavour, and ease of growing in small spaces, and they have a narrow upright habit. While best in our climate planted into the ground, it's possible that with insulated containers they may survive planted in them through the winter (plant at your own risk). They grow to about 8' tall by 2' wide.  Like other apples, you will need two different urban apples for cross pollination.

5 in 1 apple trees

For those fruit tree lovers with limited space, Grobe's offers a varied selection of grafted multiple varieties on one fruit trees. Each individual grafted branch is a different variety of the same fruit, ensuring cross pollination on a single tree. Available for 2022 are Combo Apples, Combo Pears, and a limited number of Combo Plums and Combo Cherries.

Apple fruit trees

In addition to our feature apple trees shown above, Grobe's offers a number of very hardy apple trees that are great for fresh eating or baking. Varieties available on site for 2022 include Ambrosia, Cortland, Freedom, Haralred, Honeycrisp, Royal Gala, Liberty, Melba, Red Fuji, Golden Delicious, Northern Spy, Sweet Sixteen, and Red Delicious. Most of these varieties are on semi-dwarf rootstock (Malling 106 or 7) but there are a limited number of Honeycrisp and Red Delicious apples on dwarf root stock (Malling 26).

Prairie Cherries

These are super winter hardy Saskatchewan-bred sweet/sour cherries in bush form grow to 7' tall.  Juliette, Romeo and Valentine offer an amazing taste experience as they have as much sugar content as a sweet cherry, but with the refreshing zip of a tart one. (It's been likened to 'sour cherry' candies).  Excellent for eating, or for baking.

Cherry fruit trees

Grobe's offers a number of tasty sweet and sour cherry varieties. Provincial shortages of sweet cherry varieties continue, but some that are still available in limited quantity for 2022 are Bing, Stella, Sweetheart and Lapins. Only one sour cherry, Montmorency is available.  'Prairie Cherry' or Saskatchewan Cherry varieties mentioned above are 'technically' a 'tart' cherry, but they have a higher Brix rating (sweetness) which makes it much more desireable to eat fresh. They grow generally more 'bush' like in form. There are also a limited number of Stella and Bing dwarf varieties for 2022. Sweet cherry trees are not well suited to soils that do not percolate moisture away from the root zone, nor are they cold hardy for all locations. 

Plum fruit trees

Grobe's offers European and Japanese plums for home gardeners. For best fruit pollination, European types should be crossed with other European, and Japanese with Japanese. Available European varieties for 2022 are Mount Royale and Yellow Egg. Available Japanese varieties include Burbank and Brookgold. There are no Hybrid plums available for 2022. Plums are not suited for rural or northwind exposed planting locations, do not tolerate heavy soils, and are not warrantied if inappropriately sited.

Peach fruit trees

Grobe's offers a varied selection of delicious peach trees in both freestone and clingstone. Varieties for 2022 include Coral Star, Redhaven, Redstar, and Reliance.   All peach trees are container grown trees that are self-fertile. Peaches are not suited for rural or northwind exposed planting locations, do not tolerate heavy soils, and are not warrantied if inappropriately sited.

** Grobe's will no longer be carrying apricots as a stock item. Special orders may be possible, but all apricots will be exempt from warranty.

Nectarine fruit trees

Hardired is a vigorous, productive tree that bears semi-freestone, attractive, medium to large sized sweet tasting fruit. The fruit softens quickly near maturity, yet it still carries a good level of resistance to bacterial spot, brown rot and powdery mildew. Self-fruitful, they ripen in late August. Nectarines are not suited for rural or northwind exposed planting locations, do not tolerate heavy soils, and are not warrantied if inappropriately sited.

Sweet luscious summer pears are easy with these hardy pear varieties. Pear varieties available for 2022 include Anjou, Bartlett, Flemish Beauty, Golden Spice, Summercrisp and Luscious. Pears like Bartlett and Flemish Beauty are excellent pollinators for the others. There a limited number of Dwarf Bartlett and Dwarf Bosc pears. There are also a limited number of Bambinella Yellow Maltese pears and Chojuro and Shinseiki Asian Pears.

Sea Buckthorn (Seaberry)

While relatively new to Canadian gardeners, sea-buckthorn (sometimes known as seaberry) has been popular in Europe for years, and it's berries are highly prized. These berries are a recognized 'super food' containing 12x the Vitamin C of an orange, with high amounts of protein, fibre, anti-oxidants, high omega fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. The benefits of using the fruit of this plant (both externally and internally) continue to mount with new uses continuing to be found.
The plants are 'dioecious' (which means that male and female flowers exist on different plants) meaning that a male and female plant needs to be present to have the fruit form on the female plant, fertilized from the pollen produced by the male.  A single male plant can pollinate as many as 7 or 8 female plants. The plant is a large, hardy, sun-loving, thorny shrub with attractive silver grey leaves much like Russian Olive, and it offers protection for birds and small animals. It will not tolerate wet conditions, preferring well-drained, loamy soils. It offers valuable protection for birds and small animals.  Trees generally grow to 16 ft. tallby  12 ft. wide.  In addition to the Male Seabuckthorn, Grobe's offers female Orange Delight Seabuckthorn, specially bred to bring some of the heaviest fruit crop possible.

 Popular Fruiting Plants 
Blueberries

With their reputation as a 'superfood' due to their anti-oxidant laden berries, blueberries continue to grow in popularity. Among the 10 varieties on offer this year are three highly sought varieties that offer the latest in breeding.  'Razz' has the great flavour similar to its siblings Bluecrop and Blue Ray, tasty Sweetheart has the potential to bear more than one crop of berries in a season and 'Cabernet Splash' has, in addition to delicous berries, ever-changing foliage that emerges a deep, dark purple colour that is a mottled green in season before becoming a fiery red in the fall. Additionally, we will have a good supply of 3 in 1 Blueberry plants, and new varieties 'Silver Dollar' and 'Berry Bux' from the Bushel and Berry Blueberries collection (dwarf with aesthetic appeal) are available, with others by special order as well.

Day Neutral Strawberries

There is nothing sweeter than being able to harvest your own little snippet of summer flavour with strawberries that bloom and produce fruit all season long. 'Eversweet', 'Ruby Ann', 'Berries Galore', 'Rosy Belle', 'Scarlet Belle', 'Seascape' and 'Tristan' are available in larger pots that can be put into your own favourite pot or plot in the garden.  An easy way to get the little ones interested in the garden - but watch out - you might never see any fruit yourself! 

Viking Black Chokeberry

While originally only planted to attract birds, Chokeberry or Aroniaberry is being introduced into gardens for human consumption as well. Grobe's will offer both the native Black Chokeberry (special order) as well as the excellent cultivars 'Nero' and 'Viking'. This plant bears a heavy crop of black berries that are high in antioxidants, anthocyanins, fibre, Vitamin C and are excellent for making jams, juices or eating fresh. Growing 3-5 ft. tall in sun, it has white spring flowers and red fall foliage that make it landscape worthy as well!

Haskap Berries

Looking like blueberries, but with 5 times the anti-oxidants, this honeysuckle cousin produces heavy yields of flavourful berries that taste like a blueberry/raspberry combination, and are in huge demand in Japan (where they are known as honeyberries).  Plants bear heavy flowers in mid-April, with fruit ripening in late June/early July. A product of many years of breeding at the University of Saskatchewan, Grobe's has a limited supply of Tundra, Aurora, Borealis, Smart Berry (pollinator) and Honeybee (pollinator) available. These are well documented as the very best combination of varieties for use to ensure large yield.

Paw Paw

This tropical-looking shrubby and rare Carolinian tree is covered by drooping large green leaves and eventually will bear chubby aromatic green fruit. High in vitamins and minerals, it is a deliciously sweet, rich treat with a ‘custard-like’ texture akin to banana. It seldom grows taller than 25 ft. and while tolerant of some shade, it does best in sun in rich well-drained soil. (Note: Plants are 3 gallon shrubs).

Dwarf Thornless Raspberry

This revolutionary, thorn-free dwarf raspberry has a compact habit and is ideal for large patio pots or small gardens. It requires no staking and bears full-size, sweet fruit in July. Cut dead canes each spring to the ground, leaving older wood with new growth emerging for this year's fruit production. The ample ground sprouts will become fruit bearing canes next year. A Grobe staff favourite.. they are the berry bushes we almost hope won't sell out!

Plums

Baby Cakes Thornless Blackberry is a dwarf, thornless blackberry perfect for container gardening with its compact habit. Spring and early summer bring bright white flowers. In summer, large, sweet berries present on top of the plant in a fireworks-like spray of fruit. The plant has a somewhat round shape with upright growth reaching 3-4' in height. In most regions, this blackberry will produce twice with a mid-summer floricane crop and a mid-fall primocane crop. Tasty and prolific.

Goumi Berry
Goumi fruit is rated as one of the true super foods as it is high in antioxidants and vitamins. They are a bright red colour in early summer, and have a taste like sour cherries and are delicious in jams or jellies, and the fruit also dries and stores. It has silvery grey blue leaves and highly fragrant spring time blooms. The plants are self-fertile. A relative of Russian Olive, this hardy tree like bush thrives in poor soils mainly due to the fact goumi’s are a legume. Legumes create their own nitrogen to feed themselves as well as plants in the area surrounding their root systems. This system of nurse planting helps the weaker plants get a stronger start, and thrive until they can fend for themselves, so it is an excellent companion plant for other trees as well.
 FRUIT BUSH LIST 

Strawberry Varieties
Berries Galore - Ever Bearing
Eversweet- Ever Bearing
Ruby Ann - Ever Bearing
Rosy Belle - Ever Bearing
Scarlet Belle - Ever Bearing
Tristan - Ever Bearing
Seascape - Ever Bearing

Gooseberry Varieties
Pixwell
Hinnomaki Red
Little Ben Dwarf (late available)
Jostaberry (hybrid currant/gooseberry)

Raspberry Varieties
Boyne Red - Summer Bearing
Encore - Summer Bearing
Cascade Gold - Summer Bearing
Coho - Summer Bearing
Killarney - Summer Bearing
Willamette - Summer Bearing
Souris - Summer Bearing
Raspberry Shortcake Dwarf - Summer Bearing
Jewel Black Raspberry- Summer Bearing
Bristol Black Raspberry - Summer Bearing
Fall Gold - Ever Bearing
Double Gold - Ever Bearing
Heritage - Ever Bearing

Grape Varieties
Concord
Niagara
Fredonia
Himrod Seedless
Sovereign Coronation Seedless
Vanessa Red Seedless

Haskap Berries
Aurora Haskap (Can pollinate Borealis)
Borealis Haskap
Tundra Haskap
Blizzard Haskap
Smart Blue Haskap (Pollinator)
Honeybee Haskap (Pollinator)
Blue Hokkaido Yezberry (Japanese Haskap)
Blue Forest Yezberry (Japanese Haskap)

Blueberry Varieties
BerryBux
Blue Crop
Blue Ray
Cabernet Splash
Duke
Northcountry
Patriot
Polaris
Razz
Silver Dollar
Superior
Sweetheart
3 in 1 Blueberries

Currant Varieties
Titania Black
Wellington Black
White Pearl White
Red Lake Red

Bramble Fruits
Black Satin Blackberry
Triple Crown Blackberry
Babycakes Dwarf Blackberry
Twilight Blackberry
Loganberry
Boysenberry

Other Fruiting Plants
American Hazelnut
Cascade Hops Vine
Hardy Fig Olympian
Hardy Fig Chicago
Little Ruby Fig (Indoor)
Petite Nigra Fig (Indoor)
Firecracker Goji Berry
Scotia Elderberry
York Elderberry
Native Elderberry
Kiwi Vine (male and female)
Issai Kiwi Vine (self-fertile)
Regent Saskatoon Berry
Viking Black Chokeberry (Aronia)
Nero Black Chokeberry (Aronia)
Fruiting Weeping Mulberry
Sea Buckthorn Orange Energy
Sea Buckthorn Orange Delight
Sea Buckthorn (male)
Rhubarb

 FRUITING PLANTS - FAQ 

IS IT POSSIBLE TO ORDER SOMETHING NOT LISTED HERE?
It is sometimes possible to order specific fruit and/or edible plant varieties that are not shown on this page. If you have a variety of interest that does not appear here, email us or call and we will do our best to source it for you either during shipping season (spring) or when we place our yearly fruit tree order (usually mid-September to early October) for the following season.

DO YOU SELL BARE ROOT TREES?
Bare root planted trees generally have higher incidences of loss, and for that reason we no longer offer this type of plant for purchase. Almost all fruiting trees and shrubs available have been container grown for one season to ensure there is a vigorous root system for transplantation. We do not sell 'saplings' or whips. 

WHEN ARE YOUR PLANTS AVAILABLE TO BE PURCHASED?
Our sales yard opens to the public in early April (and this is dictated by the weather) should you wish to pick out your tree or bush. Fruiting plants are generally the first items we make available for sale in our yard. 
We will take pre-orders for plants in advance of this time starting at the beginning of April.
Fully paid pre-orders are selected out by our senior horticulturists from the best of the crop and set aside ahead of our yard opening. They are not 'upon approval'.
These pre-orders are also subject to a 10% per day maintenance fee if not picked up before two Sundays have passed from the date of purchase.  Deletions or changes to pre-sold orders are subject to a 20% Restocking Fee. No pre-orders are taken AFTER our yard opens to the public.

DO YOU SHIP YOUR PLANTS?
At present we have not found an economical method to ensure that your plants would arrive to you in good condition. Therefore, we do not ship nursery stock outside of regionally to us in Waterloo Region in Southern Ontario. We do not deliver into the Greater Toronto Area. Phytosanitary requirements preclude our shipping of product over the US border.

WHEN DO YOU 'CLEAR' YOUR STOCK BEFORE WINTER?
As you can see from the pictures below, we have the ability to winter store any unsold stock indoors for the winter. Usually this will equate to a tree or plant of greater value the following season, so it is unlikely that there will be such a 'sale' at the end of the season.  A tree sold in fall has had the benefit of our care all season long, and we do not charge extra for this value added benefit in the fall.

HOW DO I KNOW IF WHAT I WANT WILL BE IN STOCK BEFORE I COME TO VISIT GROBE'S?
As with all Grobe plants, if you are coming any distance we will be happy to answer any emailed inquiry on plant supply ahead of your visit.
Please use our Contact Us page for these inquries.

 Fruiting Plant Images 

Please find here a small gallery of what we would consider typical for our fruit selection. It's true that this can vary a little from year to year depending on supply - but this is pretty much what you can expect to find if you choose to visit.

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Grobe's Nursery and Garden Centre
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