FRUIT IN THE FINANCIAL DISTRICT
Battery Roof-top Garden features an unprecedented orchard on the 35th floor overlooking New York Harbor.
A grove of eight dwarf and semi-dwarf trees include four varieties of apples (Red Fuji, Red Winesap, Macoun and Royal Gala), one European Pear (Moonglow) (pictured above as of 26 August 2010), one nectarine (Redgold), one plum (Stanley) and one peach (July Elberta).
In addition, two pear espaliers grow on sturdy copper wire. One features three separate varieties of Europen Pear (Bosc, Bartlett and Red Bartlett) grafted on a single leader, and the other three varities of Asian Pear (Shinseiki, Chojuro and Nijisseki), similarly grafted. Two varieties of seedless eating grape grow on the pergola, Vitis labrusca ‘Reliance’ at the North end and Vitis labrusca ‘Mars’ to the South.
Full details of the fruit trees are set forth in the spread sheet below. Check blog updates for harvest information and tasting notes.
|Malus sylvestris var. domesticaRed Fuji Dwarf Apple||East side: northeast|
|Malus sylvestris var. domesticaRed Winesap Semi-Dwarf Apple||East side: southeast||Self-pollinating|
|Malus sylvestris var. domesticaMacoun Semi-Dwarf Apple||East side: southwest|
|Malus sylvestris var. domesticaRoyal Gala Apple [dwarf or semidwarf]||East side: northwest||Self-pollinating|
|Pyrus communisMoonglow Pear Dwarf||West side: northeast||Blight resistant8-10’ height|
|Prunus persica var. nucipersicaRedgold Nectarine, Dwarf||West side: southeast||Self-polinatingMid-August harvest|
|Prunus domesticaStanley Prune Plum||West side: southwest|
|Prunus persicaJuly Elberta Peach Dwarf||West side: northwest||Most disease resistantTo 15’|
|North – top||Pyrus comunis (European Pear) — Bosc|
|North – middle||Pyrus comunis (European Pear) — Bartlett|
|North – bottom||Pyrus comunis (European Pear) – Red Bartlett|
|South – top||Asian pear – Shinseiki||Self-pollinate, multiple harvest|
|South – middle||Asian pear – Chojuro||Best tasting, like butterscotch, ripe mid-September, fruit keeps 6 months in fridge, needs thinning|
|South – bottom||Nijisseiki|