Status of fruit in late spring
Summer doesn’t begin until June 21st, so looking at fruit trees on May 25th is nearly a month ahead. On today’s hike, the Arlington Outdoor Examiner observed the status of fruit trees.
There are many varieties of fruit trees and bushes growing in Virginia.
- Asian Pears
- Blueberries Northern
- Blueberries Rabbiteye
- Blueberries Southern
- Goji Berry
- Mulberry – Dwarf
- Native Fruit Plants
- Paw paws
There is a good chance that I walked by many of these on the hike today. Specifically, the easiest to see are the mulberries. Did you ever wonder why birds and animals are not all over the mulberry trees? Well, there is a point which when they peak that many birds seem to enjoy them such as the Baltimore orioles, robins, and starlings among others. Squirrels and raccoons do too.
Silkworms love them.
Yet, the fruit is light in nutritional value.
“Nutrition Facts Mulberries
Amount Per 10 fruit (15 g)
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.1 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 2 mg 0%
Potassium 29 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 1.5 g 0%
Dietary fiber 0.3 g 1%
Sugar 1.2 g
Protein 0.2 g 0%
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 9%
Calcium 0% Iron 1%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 0%
Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 0%”
“Morus, a genus of flowering plants in the family Moraceae, comprises 10–16 species of deciduous trees commonly known as mulberries growing wild and under cultivation in many temperate world regions.
Black, red, and white mulberry are widespread in southern Europe, the Middle East, northern Africa and Indian Subcontinent where the tree and the fruit have names under regional dialects. Jams and sherbets are often made from the fruit in this region. Black mulberry was imported to Britain in the 17th century in the hope that it would be useful in the cultivation of silkworms.”
Of course, the big story for Northern Virginia is the cherries. There are different varieties and they ripen at different times in the season. The sour cherry tree near home is very old and it is loaded with fruit, small red cherries that will make great pies. It will be at least a few weeks before they begin to mature.
Another red cherry tree produces larger fruit and it will mature first.
See the slideshow for pictures.
Pear and apple trees are bearing fruit as are the peach trees.
The trails are loaded with red raspberry bushes and blackberry bushes.
The wonderful fragrance from honeysuckle fills the air.
The catawba trees are blooming and their perfume is hard to beat.
We are reaching the end of the time for tulip poplar blossoms as they are falling now.
Yet, on the ground, the wildflowers have only begun their season.