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  1. Walnut Varieties

  2. Ashley


    Harvests early. Highly fruitful. Leaf date same as Payne. Nut is medium size with good shell seal. Tree is small but needs a good pruning to keep vigor.
  3. Chandler


    Harvests late. Introduced in 1979 by University of California. Highly fruitful. Leafing date is 18 days after Payne. Nut is large with very high quality. Good shell seal. Excellent kernel color at 90% light. Tree is medium in size and semi-upright. Possible pollinators are Scharsch Franquette or Cisco. Chandler has proven to be a highly productive variety with superior nut quality. Lateral and bud fruitfulness is 80% to 90%.
  4. Chico


    Harvest early to mid. Very high productivity. From 90% to 100% lateral bud fruitfulness. Leafing date is three days after Payne. Nut is small with good shell seal. Tree is small and somewhat upright. Possible pollinators are Payne and Serr.
  5. Eureka


    Harvest early to mid. Leafing date is approximately four to five days after Payne. Nut is medium size, elongated, with good shell seal. Tree is very large with somewhat spreading growth habit. Eureka is no longer planted in many commercial applications.
  6. Forde  (PP#16,495)

    Forde (PP#16,495)

    Introduced in 2004 by University of California. Forde has high yields on young trees and a harvest date that averages five days before Chandler. Forde leafs out about five days before Chandler and is 100% laterally fruitful. Potential pollinators are Vina and Sexton. Nut is oval to round and has a good seal. The large kernels are light and extra light and make up about 54% of the total nut weight.
  7. Fredrick (PP#14,236)

    Fredrick (PP#14,236)

    Introduced in 2004 by Burchell Nursery. An early blooming variety with spreading growth habit. The nuts are tightly sealed with an excellent crack-out ratio. The harvest time is early, just before Serr. Appears to have low blight potential and consistent production. Burchell Nursery is still gathering information on this new variety.
  8. Gillet (PP#17,135)

    Gillet (PP#17,135)

    Gillet has high yields on young trees and a harvest date 10-20 days
    before Chandler. Gillet leafs out a week or more before Chandler, is protogynous, 100% laterally fruitful and has a very low blight score. Potential pollenizers are Payne,Vina, Serr and Sexton. The nuts are somewhat more oblong than ‘Sexton’ but are similar with adequate seals and strength, easy to remove light colored kernels and an 8.2
    gram nut which makes up over 50% of the nut weight. Gillet is named after Felix Gillet who introduced walnut varieties like Franquette into northern California near the turn of the century. Gillet’s parents are
    UC76-80 for quality and Chico for yield. The cross was made in 1995.
  9. Hartley


    Harvests mid to late. Consistent producer with high quality meats. Leafing date is 16 days after Payne. Less susceptible to coddling moth and blight. Nut is large. Shell well sealed. Tree is medium to large and moderately spreading. Scharsch Franquette works well as a pollinator.
  10. Howard


    Harvests mid season. From 80% to 90% lateral bud fruitfulness. Leafing date is 15 days after Payne making it less prone to blight. Nut is large with good seal. Tree is small to medium and semi-upright. Pollinators are Scharsch Franquette or Cisco. Developed by the University of California, it is an excellent producer. Howard’s large, superb kernels have exceptional color at 90% light. Moderately vigorous tree and is suitable for hedgerow plantings.
  11. Ivanhoe (PPAF)

    Ivanhoe (PPAF)

    Ivanhoe produces light-colored kernels and high yields with a harvest date similar to Payne or Serr and about a month earlier thanChandler. It is precocious and 100% laterally fruitful. It leafs out with Payne or Serr, but due to the reversed female and male bloom order, Ivanhoe female bloom is a week earlier. Either of those cultivars would be a suitable pollenizer. Ivanhoe nuts are oval with a smooth thin shell containing easily removed 7.7g kernels which comprise 57% of the nut weight. The tree is only moderately vigorous and is not resistant to blight. Ivanhoe is named after a town near an early field trial. Ivanhoe’s parents are 67–13 for quality and Chico for yield. The cross was made in 1995.

Harvest dates shown are approximate for Fresno and will vary with season and location.

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