Gale McGranahan, a walnut breeder with the University of California, Davis, has released the new early harvesting cultivar Ivanhoe.


The new cultivar has a harvest date similar to Payne or Serr and about a month earlier than Chandler, according to a Cooperative Extension newsletter.


Ivanhoe leafs out with Payne and Serr but the female bloom is about a week earlier. The male bloom follows.


Payne, Ashley or Serr are suitable pollenizers.


Ivanhoe is high yielding, producing light-colored kernels.


Trees are not resistant to walnut blight.


The new cultivar can be purchased from licensed commercial nurseries.