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Citrus and Other Subtropicals

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Can usually be grown in Sunset Climate zones 21-24. Planting season March-September.

Fruit
Varieties
Harvest
Remarks Individual
Remarks All
Avocado Hass Apr - Nov The Standard  
Pinkerton Oct- Mar No fruit in zone 24
Reed Summer Very prolific
Bacon Oct - Mar Less oil than others
Gwen Feb - Jun Heavy producer
Wertz May - Sept Small tree
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Babaco No selections Fall/winter Starts easily from cuttings  
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Banana Cuban Red Fall   Propagate from pups (offshoots), without warm summer and fall, tend to be starchy
Orinoco Fall  
Lady Finger Fall  
Manzana Fall  
Ice Cream Fall  
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Cherimoya Bays Nov-June   Seedlings often worth trying, all varieties are briefly spring deciduous
White Nov-June  
Pierce Nov-June  
Ott Nov-June  
Booth Nov-June  
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Feijoa Apollo Sep-Jan  

Tolerates wide variety of conditions

Coolidge Sep-Jan  
Mammoth Sep-Jan  
Triumph Sep-Jan  
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Grapefruit Redblush Winter   Grapefruit tend to be    quite acid in areas other   than zone 21           
Oroblanco Winter  
Marsh Winter  
Melo Gold Winter Somewhat bitter
Rocktail Winter Needs least amount of heat for sweetening
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Guava Beaumont Fall   Can withstand droughts, some seedless selections
Detwiler Fall  
Red Indian Fall  
Riverside Fall  
Turnbull Fall  
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Kumquat Nagami Winter   Holds on tree for months
Meiwi Winter Sweeter
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Lemon Eureka All year Commercial standard  
Lisbon All year Thorny, more resistant to cold
Meyer All year Sweeter than others, smaller tree, more cold tolerant
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Lime Bearss All year Juicy  
Rangpur Nov-Feb Not a lime, very acid
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Litchi Brewster Fall   Air-layered, with initially weak root system
Mauritius Fall  
Kaimana Fall  
Emperor Fall  
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Longan Kohala Fall Commonly air-layered  
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Loquat Champagne Summer/fall   Very prolific, highly perishable      
Mammoth Summer  
Big Jim Summer Needs cross-pollinization
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Macadamia Beaumont Fall/ winter   Light roasting eases cracking but a hard nut to crack
Cate Fall/ winter  
Cooper Fall/ winter  
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Mandarins Satsuma Winter   As a group need pruning to limit alternate bearing
Kara Winter Does not hold well, fruit drys out
Algerian       Winter Holds well on tree 
Encore Winter  
Pixie Spring/summer Holds well on tree
Minneola Tangelo Spring  
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Mango Keitt Fall   Some varieties are true to seed
Thomson Fall  
Winters Fall  
Atualfo Fall  
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Orange Valencia Summer   There are selections of Valencia and Navels that are both earlier and later than standards
Navel Winter                      
Sanquinelli/
Moro
Winter Blood orange, colors well in zone 21
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Varieties
Harvest
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Papaya Solo 8 months after bloom                  Often lacks flavor of tropics, and male and female flowers often borne on separate plants
Mexican 8 months after bloom  
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Pitahya No selections Summer                 Propagate from cuttings
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Varieties
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Passionfruit Frederick        June - Feb   Propagate from seed or cuttings, fruit tastes best when shriveled, vines can become infected
Red Rover  June - Feb  
Nancy Garrison June - Feb  
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Varieties
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Star fruit Arkin Fall   Somewhat insipid flavor, but gorgeous as garnish
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Varieties
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White sapote     Suebelle Fall   Roots invasive, enormous amount of fruit ripens at one time
Lemon Gold Fall  
Pike Fall