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Bonny Doon Avocado
« on: March 02, 2016, 08:41:52 PM »
Hi, I was curious. Does anyone have a Bonny Doon Avocado planted in ground? I would like to know how it is doing for you. I was told from someone else that the original tree is in a protected location which leaves the cold hardiness stated somewhat suspect. I would also like your thoughts on taste, productivity and growth.
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Re: Bonny Doon Avocado
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2016, 09:20:33 PM »
I can't speak specifically on that one, but I have seen supposed "cold hardy avos" growing next to walls, building, and heat sinks before.   

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Re: Bonny Doon Avocado
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2016, 10:00:31 PM »
Hi, I was curious. Does anyone have a Bonny Doon Avocado planted in ground? I would like to know how it is doing for you. I was told from someone else that the original tree is in a protected location which leaves the cold hardiness stated somewhat suspect. I would also like your thoughts on taste, productivity and growth.
Thanks

The original tree isn't in a protected location.  It's behind a grocery store in Santa Cruz, CA, in the open, though it is surrounded by concrete.

A couple of years back I spoke with one of the people who works there, and he said that many years back that the produce department was right next to that area, and one of people there planted a seed (which I assume means it's a Hass seedling).

I haven't tasted the fruit, but it gets pretty high marks from those I've spoken with, including Ellen of Epicenter Nursery who propagates it.  Ellen's place in La Selva Beach is a good bit colder than Santa Cruz even though it's only about 10 miles away -- La Selva Beach is pretty solidly zone 9b and every few years dips down to 22 F or so, and they get very little summer growing heat (similar summer weather to San Francisco) to mitigate the cold winters.  Despite that it apparently does well.

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Re: Bonny Doon Avocado
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2016, 10:21:34 AM »
Hi barath,

Nice! Yes, between your comments about the avocado here and on Cloudforest, it is one that I am very excited to try. Thanks for the info!
- Mark

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Re: Bonny Doon Avocado
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2016, 10:41:15 AM »
Here's a quote from Ellen about her Bonny Doon tree after the cold spell we had in December 2013:

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The Bonny Doon is an incredibly tough tree.  It got down to 22 degrees two nights in a row and that tree suffered less damage than even my Zutano.

(As a reference point, here in the East Bay it bottomed out at 30 F during the same episode -- La Selva Beach can get cold!)
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Re: Bonny Doon Avocado
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2016, 11:01:55 AM »
Here's a quote from Ellen about her Bonny Doon tree after the cold spell we had in December 2013:

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The Bonny Doon is an incredibly tough tree.  It got down to 22 degrees two nights in a row and that tree suffered less damage than even my Zutano.

(As a reference point, here in the East Bay it bottomed out at 30 F during the same episode -- La Selva Beach can get cold!)

Whoa, that's awesome! I planted a Zutano for its cold hardiness. But Zutano fruit is just 'meh'. I know what I am going to be top-working it with :)
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Re: Bonny Doon Avocado
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2016, 09:06:02 PM »
Tried to get a Bonny Doon for a couple years from Epicenter, but was unavailable. I should just drive up and get some scion wood!
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Re: Bonny Doon Avocado
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2016, 08:11:43 AM »
Hi, I am a little confused about the original trees location? The story I read about it stated it was located (in front) of a wine tasting room? The original Bonny Doon winery before they moved. So which one is the real one described by Ellen at the epicenter? Is the grocery store in the former winery's location?
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Re: Bonny Doon Avocado
« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2016, 11:02:09 AM »
Hi, I am a little confused about the original trees location? The story I read about it stated it was located (in front) of a wine tasting room? The original Bonny Doon winery before they moved. So which one is the real one described by Ellen at the epicenter? Is the grocery store in the former winery's location?
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Their tasting room is (was) on the street behind the grocery store.

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Re: Bonny Doon Avocado
« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2016, 06:25:19 PM »
Thanks for clearing that up for me :). At my age I get confused  a lot more easily ;)

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Re: Bonny Doon Avocado
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2019, 11:37:15 AM »
Whats the grocery store name or a street name close by anyone see the tree lately is it still standing ?

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Re: Bonny Doon Avocado
« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2019, 04:31:33 PM »
Looks great as usual, Iíll try to pick some fruit and get a picture up.

 

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