Gold Ridge Farm Tour: The Present

These pages cover Spots 13-18.
Hybrid Beach Plums

Here we are, at Spot #13, Hybrid Beach Plums. To get here from Spot #12, we backtracked up the hill. The section of Spot #13 pictured here is near the Fruit Trees. The hybrid beach plums form a dense bank at the farm's property boundaries. On the other side of the plums is a cemetery. Part of the cemetery area was originally part of the Farm.

Mr. Burbank was very interested in the Beach Plum, a species that grows naturally on the East coast. He used this species to cross breed other plums. Mr. Burbank was patient; sometimes it was the 4th or 5th generation later before a really good plum would emerge.

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A Chestnut with Grafted Branches

Now we are at the highest point on the Farm, Spot #14, the Hybrid Chestnut. This is a very nice shady spot, with a bench near the path. This hybrid chestnut is a huge "mother" tree from Luther Burbank's time. It has several grafts with distinct leaves; one of the grafts has even displayed variegation in its leaf color.

 

A Closer Look

Here is a closer look at some of the hybrid chestnut's branches. Can you spot any different leaf types? Can you see its long yellow flowers?

Backtracking just a bit to get this view, we can see the area for Spot#15, Hybrid Chestnuts, off in the distance. Bodega Avenue is just past the far trees.
 

A Closer Look

The photo on the left shows the whole tree. The photo below is a close-up of the actual chestnuts. They look prickly, don't they? The outside is the "bur" and inside you may find 2-3 chestnuts, about 1 inch long each.

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To see a list of some of Mr. Burbank's Famous Plant creations, click here.