Tulare is suitable for hedgerow and other high density planting systems. This is a laterally fruitful cultivar that leafs out in mid-season and sheds pollen during most of its female bloom period. It has an upright growth habit, moderate vigour and has produced excellent yields in high-density plantings.
A distinguishing attribute of Tulare is its suitability to hedgerow systems, which are becoming increasingly popular in California, USA. Yields of Tulare in hedgerow trials in Tulare and Yolo countries have been superior. Nut size is large and kernel colour has been somewhat variable but generally similar to Vina.
(Information from University of California, U.S.A.)
Commercial or trial status
Tulare resulted from a controlled pollination in 1966 by Harold Forde between the Persian walnut cultivars Tehama and Serr. The female parent ‘Tehama’ originated from a cross between Plant Introduction 159568 and ‘Payne’ in 7958.
Tulare is a mid-season cultivar, similar to Hartley (i.e. later than Payne and Chico but earlier than Cisco and Franquette. Male bloom consistently overlaps peak female boom in mature trees and covers an average of 80% of the entire female bloom period.
Plant and rootstock performance
Grafted trees of Tulare have been evaluated from their third leaf (1975) until the present at University of California Davis.
Nearly all shoots from terminal buds and >75% of the shoots from lateral buds produce pistillate flowers. Pistillate flower abscission has been low, ranging from an average of 5% in 1989 to 14% in 1990. Tulare is precocious with pistillate flowers appearing in the second leaf and male flowers in the fourth leaf from grafting.