Fruit Trees, Shrubs and Berries Planted Spring 2010

Illini Blackberry
Developed and patented by the Univ. of Illinois and cultivated for northern growers, tests prove “Illini” hardier, more vigorous, and more abundant in crops of top quality fruit than you will get from older varieties. Shiny, black berries taste a lot like delicious, wild blackberries. Extensive field tests show it has fruited the past 8 years in a row after temperatures to 23° below 0. Ripens mid to late July. With few lateral canes, it’s easy to maintain in limited areas.

Zones 5-8

Bluecrop Blueberries
A variety known for its extreme hardiness, vigor and consistent production. A very upright bush ripening just after Blueray. Fruit is light blue, firm, and produced in large clusters.

Zones 4-7

Bluegold Blueberry
Self-pollinating. An outstanding midseason variety of blueberry with exceptionally firm, flavorful and uniform sized berries. Small recessed scar. Because Bluegold has a surprising high production and a heavy fruiting habit of truly superior fruit, commercial growers sometimes refer to it as the “mortgage lifter”. In storage, Bluegold has maintained good quality for up to five weeks! Cold hardy Bluegold is a compact, round bush up to 4′ that also makes it perfect for landscaping.

Fall foliage and winter wood are golden yellow, followed by bright-white blooms in spring. 1 1/2 to 2′ plants.

Zones 4-7

“No Bog” North American Cranberry
Miller’s Thunderlake cranberry is destined to be the plant introduction of the decade! Forget about cranberries grown in a bog. Imagine a beautiful, solid carpet of greenleaved plants in your garden, each spreading 3 to 4 ft. wide, and no more than 12 inches high.

Each spring, fuchsia-pink flowers cover the foliage. These mature into bright red, juicy cranberries you pick by the handsful September to October – up to 2 pounds per plant! Vigorous grower is almost carefree.

Our Thunderlake thrives in blueberry-type soils, from heavy to sandy. Winterhardy from Newfoundland to the Carolinas. Thunderlake even grows well in a hanging basket for a striking effect. Self-pollinating. Mature height 12” x width 3-4 ft. Plant in rows or on centers 2 ft. apart. 3 inch pots. Shipped spring only.

Zones 3-7

Ozark Beauty Strawberries
Everbearing • Virus-Free • Plant Ozarks for Fruit this season

Almost every nursery sells strawberry plants. It’s natural that some sell one varietyover another. And some sell better quality plants than others.

We tell you this because Miller’s Ozark Beauty strawberries can be considered the best of the everbearers — especially where late Springs matter. Miller’s Ozark Beauties yield abundant crops from Spring ‘til snow flies. Our Ozarks yield tastier, deep red, firm berries “just right” in sweetness. You savor that rich, satisfying strawberry flavor fresh or frozen. So productive that more than 200 blossom, buds, and berries have been counted on a single plant!

If you compared a handful of Miller’s Ozark plants to a handful of another’s plants, you could see why our plants yield superior crops and higher quality fruits. A bundle of, say, 50 Miller plants usually measure half-again bigger in size than a bundle of 50 found elsewhere.

After your June crops, large delicious berries usually ripen from late July to mid- August (depends on climate). Berry production continues until frost. We suggest holding runners to 2 or 3; fewer runners mean larger berries. Total yield will be bigger, too. A prominent grower tells us he has found Ozark Beauty to be the best berry he has grown in more than 30 years of production. Grows well from Maine to Missouri. Plant some this spring. Shipped spring only.

Zones 4-8

All in One Almond
Just as the name states, All in One Almond is self-pollinating and one tree is all you need to enjoy delicious California type almonds!

Many believe this is the best variety for the home gardeners. Grows to only about 15 feet tall and produces heavy crops of soft-shelled nuts that not only taste good but are good for you……Rich in vitamins and minerals Almonds make a tasty snack and sliced almonds are an attractive garnish for almost any dish or dessert. Almonds ripen late September to early October and are harvested when the hulls begin to split and shells begin to turn brown. 3 to 4′ trees. Shipped In Spring Only.

Zones 5-9.