Orange Bar
Quail Hollow Ranch

Apple trees planted in 2021

Quail Hollow Ranch has a rich history of farming, including the presence of orchards. Joseph Kenville reportedly had 500 trees in 1890! The last remaining orchard is the small one behind the visitor center. There are still four over 70 year-old trees producing apples, but most are long gone. So, in a collaborate effort between the county parks, Friends of Quail Hollow, volunteer docents, and the QHR volunteer trail crew, we planted nine new trees.

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The varieties include Gordon, King, Gravenstein, Hudson Golden Gem, Winesap, Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, and Empire. These varieties will ripen (in a few years) early, mid-season, and early fall. We used 15 gallon gopher baskets, with two drip emitters installed for each tree. Three stakes around each tree support the 6 x 6 foot deer fence around each baby tree. All are grafted on M111 rootstock. This rootstock offers resistance to woolly apple aphid, fire blight and crown rot. It is the most widely available and recommended rootstock for our part of the state for backyard orchards. Unpruned, these new trees should reach 15 – 25 feet, and provide apples for visitors (and deer) for decades.

The rains of 2022/23 brought down a couple of the giant Eucalyptus trees next to the orchard, and while it damaged some of the orchard, including the wire cages, we saved all but one tree, and replaced the destroyed cages and the tree, in the early summer of 2023.