Zone 5 peach trees

Growing Fruit Trees In New England

Many homeowners already enjoy the challenge and reward of growing fruit bearing trees. Not only do these trees offer striking ornamental effects, in time they also yield the added benefit of fresh, home-grown fruit for the family. This blog is a brief introduction to cultivating fruit trees in the home landscape. There are many excellent books and websites that provide detailed information for each type and cultivar of fruit tree.


Size: Final height and spread depend upon site, pruning, and maintenance.

Standard – “Standard” fruit trees grow 15-30’ high.

Dwarf – “Dwarf” trees grow 10-15’ high. A dwarf tree is either a graft of two trees or a graft of three trees. In one type the root stock is from one tree with a second tree grafted onto it. In the other type, the root stock is from one plant; the stem or trunk from a second; and the head from a third. Heavy bearing dwarfs may require staking to support their fruit load.

Genetic dwarf – “Genetic dwarf” trees usually grow 5-6’ high and 8-10’ in spread. They are the dwarf offspring of parent stock with desirable dwarf traits. Genetic dwarfs may be more susceptible to trunk borers. Heavy-bearing genetic dwarfs may require staking to support their fruit load.

Semi-dwarf – “Semi-dwarf” trees grow 15-20’ high.

Spacing: Fruit trees are traditionally given ample space in orchards but can also be planted in the smaller home landscape. Dwarfs and genetic dwarfs do not take up much room. Any tree can be carefully pruned as an espalier or to a trellis to reduce space requirements. Remember that self-unfruitful types require a second pollinizer within 100’. (Pollinizers are pollen-compatible plants. Pollinators are the insects that carry pollen.)

Site selection: Fruit trees need sunlight. A full day is best (more than 6 hours), but they can make do with a half day’s sun. The ideal soil for fruit trees is deep, fertile, well drained, and not too heavy. If existing soil conditions are poor, it is very important to dig a large planting hole and amend the soil. For example, if the soil is too heavy, add peat moss to lighten it. The future of a fruit tree is directly related to the care taken during the hour or two it takes to plant it.

Selection of a site with good “air drainage” is extremely important. A tree in a low-lying area will likely be damaged by the cold air and moisture which settle there. The goal is to find a site which is not in such a pocket and, at the same time, not exposed to the worst winter winds. Look for clues. If you have a Forsythia intermedia that blooms reliably and well, it is more than likely a good area for a peach. They both need good sun and the buds of both are damaged by similar winter conditions.

Planting: Follow our “Planting Guidelines”. In addition, several points are worth emphasizing.

When planting never let the root system dry out. If you are in the process of planting and are called to the phone, make sure the roots are covered with moist soil or cloth.
Do not fertilize when planting the tree. The small developing root hairlets will not be capable of absorbing the fertilizer at that time and can actually be damaged. You should, however, add bonemeal or superphosphate while planting.
Stake the newly planted tree. Unless you stake, the wind will blow through the head and loosen the developing connections between root hairlets and the soil.
With all grafted types, make sure that the graft point is never buried.

Container-grown trees can be planted any time during the growing season. Bareroot trees can be planted in the fall when dormant, but spring planting is preferred.

Mulching: Weeds and grasses around the base of a fruit tree compete for nutrients and the attention of bees and also provide a safe haven for rodents to eat the bark and girdle the trunk. All fruit trees benefit from mulch over their root area, although some do fine in turf. Be careful not to mulch too close to the trunk which can, itself, create a perfect haven for overwintering rodents. We recommend leaving 12-24” around the trunk clear of mulch.

Watering: All fruit trees should be given adequate water through the growing season. Peaches, especially, need to be watered under drought conditions.

Fertilization: It is best to start by finding out what your soil is made of. You can contact the Extension Service ( ) and have it tested or you can purchase a home soil testing kit. Identify deficiencies in the soil and then correct them. Weston Nurseries can perform a simple pH test to get you started.

Never fertilize when planting a new tree. Wait until the next growing season to begin feeding the tree once annually, either organically with manure and compost or with a commercially prepared fertilizer specifically for trees. (There are also concentrated fertilizers formed in spikes which release over a longer period of time.) Follow all manufacturer’s directions carefully. If you choose an organic approach, get a good book on the subject and watch for plant clues. For example, if the leaves turn very dark green, you may be adding too much nitrogen.

Timing of the application depends on how the weather will affect growth; you have three choices. Fertilizing in the early spring, immediately after the ground has thawed, will push tender new growth that will have enough time to “harden off” before harsh, hot, dry summer weather. Fertilizing in the early fall will push new growth that will have a chance to harden off before the drying winter wind and cold appear (not recommended for cherries or peaches). Fertilizing in the late fall after the tree has gone dormant is in effect the same as fertilizing in the early spring.

Pears should be fertilized only sparingly; overly lush growth is susceptible to fire blight. Excessive nitrogen fertilizer on any fruit tree may promote vegetative growth at the expense of blossom.

Beautiful background of the red ripe plums on the tree

Pollination: Fruit trees bear fruit only if their flowers are successfully pollinated. In general, fruit trees fall into two groups: self-fruitful and self-unfruitful. If a tree is self-unfruitful it can not pollinize itself; you must plant a different variety within 100 feet of it for pollination to occur. The closer the better. A good bee population is invaluable to pollination. Keep weeds and flowers to a minimum around fruit trees so that bees concentrate on pollinating the trees. Standard, dwarf and genetic dwarf trees will cross pollinize.

Apples – usually self-unfruitful; plant two varieties. Winesap and Gravenstein are not good pollinizers for other apples. Closely related varieties such as Macoun and McIntosh will not pollinize each other.

Apricots – self-fruitful. Because apricots are not very hardy, planting two varieties will ensure a good crop even if some frost damage occurs.

Cherries – Sweet cherries are usually self-unfruitful; plant two varieties. There are some self-fruitful varieties. Sour cherries are self-fruitful but will produce better if pollinized by another sour. Sour and sweet cherries will not pollinize each other.

Peaches – self-fruitful except for the variety J. H. Hale.

Pear – Asian pears are self-fruitful. European pears are mostly self-unfruitful; plant two varieties. Bartlett and Seckel will not pollinize each other.

Plums – Several European varieties are self-fruitful. Japanese varieties are generally self-unfruitful; plant two varieties.

See listings further in this document for pollinizing characteristics of specific fruit varieties.

Pruning: The technique for pruning will depend on the type of fruit tree. An apple tree, which fruits on older wood, will be pruned in one fashion; but a peach, which fruits only on new wood, will be pruned differently. Consult a good reference book or the internet for diagrams and descriptions on how to prune different types. The goal during the first three years is to create a good framework rather than to encourage fruiting. Note that, for all fruit trees, growth suckering from the base should be removed. Pruning is best done from late fall, when the tree is completely dormant, to early spring when it just awakens from dormancy. Pruning tools should be sharp and cleaned between cuts with a disinfecting solution (1/4 c. bleach to 1 gal. water). There are four reasons to prune yearly:

– Pruning increases fruit color and quality by admitting light to both fruit and leaves throughout the tree. With better light, the fruit is better supplied with carbohydrates (principally sugars) beyond those required simply for growth;
– Pruning helps increase the size of fruit, especially in combination with thinning;
– Pruning stimulates new growth by keeping fruiting wood young and vigorous. As fruit-bearing wood ages, it produces less and should be replaced by new growth;
– Pruning assists in controlling insects and disease. Good air flow through the tree allows it to dry quickly, reducing fungal diseases. Accessibility to all parts of the tree allows thorough spraying for insects when needed. And removal of crossing, dead, and injured wood allows for better healing and removes vulnerable sites for insects and diseases to attack.

Thinning: Reducing the number of immature fruit can produce better mature fruit. Thinning requirements vary for different types of fruit trees. Trees planted for three years or less generally should have their fruit removed so that they develop good vegetative growth. Most mature fruit trees will naturally drop excess fruit that they can not support to maturity, once or twice during the growing season. Genetic dwarfs may produce fewer fruit in general.

Diseases and pests: There are four approaches to disease and pest control.

– Many disease and pest problems can be tremendously reduced by good clean-up practices. Fallen leaves and fruits that can harbor both fungus spores and insects (overwintering adults, larvae or eggs) should be removed thoroughly.
– You can spray individually for each disease and pest as it occurs; the two best materials will be dormant or all season oils (for insects and disease) and lime sulfur or an all purpose fungicide that lists fruit trees on its label (for disease). Dormant oils should be applied after freezing weather is past but before buds begin to open (usually sometime in March). All season oils are lighter in weight and can be used from the dormant season throughout the growing season. Lime sulfur can be applied starting in spring as foliage emerges. Combinations of some sprays can damage plants; follow all directions and restrictions for all products carefully.
– You can, as an alternative, use any one of a number of products that combine disease and pest control in a single all-in-one spray.
– Or, you can apply dormant oil, in early spring, followed by an all-in-one orchard spray later on.

Read all labels carefully! Small errors can have major effects. For example, spraying when the tree is in full flower will kill many of the bees necessary for pollination. Another example, some varieties of fruit trees may be damaged by certain products under certain conditions. Success with pest controls depends upon using the correct products and using them correctly. Time applications carefully and make sure coverage is complete.



The Pink Lady brand is marketed by Apple and Pear Australia (Apal) in a unique and very clever way. In the early 1990’s they decided to sell Cripps Pink apples under the Pink Lady name. In order to make the Pink Lady brand a success they would only allow it to be sold if controlled conditions were met. The apples had to be of a specific sweetness, they also had to meet specific colouring criteria. In addition to these and other physical attributes the apples could only be sold under the Pink Lady brand if they were in perfect condition. They impose these conditions very strictly – after all, when was the last time you saw a Pink Lady apple for sale which was bruised, hardly ever I bet.

On top of the above conditions the Pink Lady brand has been marketed in a very clever fashion and the growers have to pay a royalty to fund all that marketing effort. That’s one reason why Pink Lady apples tend to be more expensive compared to other apples. You are being sold the idea of perfect flavour and looks when you buy a Pink Lady apple tree. The reality is though, that you are being sold a Cripps Pink apple tree.

In the UK, Pink Lady apples were first introduced to the public by Marks and Spencer whose customers were more than willing to pay a higher price for an apple they perceived to be of high quality. Clever marketing reinforced this impression in the minds of the British public. Currently Pink Lady apples are the third most popular in the UK.

Over the last 15 years or so several genetic mutations have occurred in the Cripps Pink apple variety, many of them as a result of growing the apples for the Pink Lady brand. Apal invests considerable money and effort into developing and testing these mutations with a view to increasing the areas in the world where their apples can successfully be grown.


If you can find a Cripps Pink apple tree for sale in the UK then you can grow it, absolutely no problems with that. The catch though is that a Cripps Pink apple requires roughly 200 days of sunshine to mature and that just doesn’t happen in the UK!

Even if you could find a part of the UK where that amount of sunshine was available you would still face the problem of producing an apple of the correct colour. That rosy red skin of the Cripps Pink apple you see when buy a Pink Lady is only produced in the last month of its growth and it needs to be warm and sunny during that month for the perfect colour. There is most definitely no area of the UK which has sufficient warmth or sunshine during November / early December in order to produce the correct colour.

For those that like to experiment, you can also forget the idea of growing a Pink Lady apple tree (or, if you prefer a Cripps Pink) from a pip. Unfortunately the Cripps Pink is self-sterile which means it needs another nearby apple tree to pollinate it. So any pip you find in a Pink Lady apple tree will be a cross between a Cripps Pink and whatever other apple tree pollinated it. The result will be a tree which produces apples (if indeed it produces any) that taste nothing like a Cripps Pink.


The supermarkets have already tried this and failed. Both Morrisons and Adsa sold Cripps Pink apples many years ago, sometimes directly alongside Pink Lady apples but the public didn’t take the bait. The brand name built up by Apal for the Pink Lady was so strong that consumers would rather pay the higher price than buy a much cheaper Cripps Pink.


The parents of Cripps Pink are Golden Delicious and Lady Williams. It was first bred by John Cripps in Western Australia.


Cripps Pink is in pollination group 3 / C and is self-sterile requiring another suitable pollination partner nearby. The apples are rosy red with areas of green. The flesh is very white, crispy, lots of juice with a very good balance of acidity and sweetness.

It needs very specific growing conditions. A vey long season of sunny and warm weather with the last month also being warm and sunny in order to fully develop the red skin colouring. This is a vigorous tree which needs to be grown on poor soil to prevent too much foliage and new growth being formed.

The full list of apple tree varieties which we have reviewed is listed below. Select any one of them and then click the “More Information” button to be taken to the in depth review:


There are many alternatives to Pink Lady apples which grow exceptionally well in the UK and taste at least as good, in many cases, better. If you are looking for a crisp, slightly sweet apple variety which looks similar we would suggest three specific eating varieties:

Fiesta – very well suited to the UK climate, far more disease resistant, exceptional flavour and a white, crispy and juicy flesh.

Katy – one of the best looking apples of all time, rosy red all over. Crisp and slightly sweet, these are smallish apples which kids love. Can also be used as an excellent cooker.

Worcester Pearmain – Another multi-purpose apple for eating and cooking as well as juice. White, crisp flesh and very tasty. A good choice, not only for open ground, but also containers.

Pink Lady® Apple Tree

Choice Baking Apple Grows in First Year

Why Pink Lady Apple Trees?

It’s the apple that performs from season to season: Our Pink Lady Apple Tree boasts spring, summer and autumn beauty, along with fresh fruit that ripens in October. And since it produces fruit in the very first year, you get delicious results sooner.

Plus, our Pink Lady does extraordinarily well in hot climates and thrives in colder climates too. In fact, this variety is also cold hardy, heat resistant, and easy to grow. So, whether or not you have a green thumb, you still get results.

That means creamy white to pale pink blossoms in the spring and emerald foliage in the summer. Then, blazing autumnal hues in orange, maroon and yellow and classic red apples in October for a fresh, delectable harvest. This works out perfectly for all your fall and winter holiday baking, as they taste best when stored for a few weeks. They’re perfectly delicious refrigerated up to 6 weeks, making them a favorite for baking and canning.

Why is Better

But the best benefit of our Pink Lady Apple Tree is that it’s grafted and grown for success. Because it comes from proven root stock, it’s consistent in size, shape, color and flavor. And there’s no need to wait years for fruit, which is typical with seed-grown varieties. Our Pink Lady produces in the very first year since we’ve put in the hard work to ensure it thrives after it arrives to your door.

Get ready for years of enjoyment as you anticipate all the stages of this tree from spring through fall. Get your own Pink Lady today!

Planting & Care

1. Planting: Start by selecting a location with well-drained soil and full sun (any area that receives 6 hours of sunlight daily). Once you’ve found your location, dig a hole that’s twice the width of the root ball and just as deep. Then, place your tree, back fill the soil and tamp down to prevent air pockets. Finally, mulch the area and water to settle the roots.

*Tip: Make sure your mulch is not touching the base of the trunk.

2. Watering: Your Pink Lady Apple will benefit from a regular watering habit each week. You may need to water more often in times of extreme heat or drought. If you’re not sure when to water your tree, simply check the surrounding soil about 2 or 3 inches down. If the soil is dry here, it’s time to water.

3. Pruning: After your tree starts fruiting (and during dormancy), prune any suckers and dead, damaged branches for best growth.

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Who doesn’t love the idea of a yard full of fruit? Going out into your backyard and eating an apple off of the tree is a simple, delicious pleasure that not everyone gets to enjoy. If you want to experience it for yourself, you need to find the right fruit tree for your growing zone.

Some varieties of fruit trees are hardier than others, being able to handle temperatures well into the negatives. Other trees, such as citrus trees, need a subtropical or warmer climate to grow fruits.

The key to success is choosing the right fruit tree for your growing zone. If you pick the wrong one, your tree may not die, but it won’t thrive. This guide will help you make the right choice so that you can be snacking on a sweet treat in no time.

What Are Hardiness Zones?

Before you purchase a fruit tree, make sure you understand your hardiness zone. Hardiness zones are set by the USDA, and they’re determined by the coldest temperatures in each region. It’s not determined by the average temperatures a region faces each winter; it’s the extreme cold or heat an area might reach.

Remember these suggestions are far from exhaustive! There are always interesting new varietals popping up and old classics waiting to be re-discovered, so keep an eye out at your local nursery.

Fruit Trees for Growing Zone 2

Zone 2 is the coldest growing zone that most fruit trees can handle, reaching temperatures as low as -50°F. Trees in these zones have to be extremely hardy to handle those temperatures.

Don’t expect to grow things such as citrus fruits in zone 2, unless you want to grow them in pots and bring them inside during the cold temperatures – which make up a large portion of the year. If so, you need to have a space set up for creating the right conditions inside of your home or heated greenhouse.

Apple Trees

Apples are the most common fruit tree to grow this far north. The University of Saskatchewan is always for grafting and developing a few newer varieties of trees that are hardy to – 50°F and even below that. Check out:

  • Red Columnar Apple
  • Alberta Buff Apple
  • Prairie Sensation Apple

Pear Trees

Zone 2 can grow some pear trees as well. Most of these trees are the type that is harvested between August and September. Here are a few choices:

  • Delicious Pear
  • Beedle Pear
  • Simone Pear

Plum Trees

Are you surprised to see plum trees on this list? A few plum trees are hardy up to -50°F, which is surprising for many people. In actuality, some plum trees are staples in these areas, like the Fofonoff Plum known as Homesteader.

A few other varieties are:

  • Pembina Plum
  • Patterson Pride Plum

Fruit Trees for Growing Zone 3

USDA zone 3 is particularly cold with plenty of snow. Fruit trees in this region need to be hardy, capable of handling winter temperatures as low as -40°F. As the regions get warmer, you have more options for fruit trees.

Apple trees are often the first ones that people think of when selecting fruit trees. When choosing a variety, consider what you want to use your apples for, whether its juice, applesauce, baking, fresh eating, cider, or something else. Different varieties are better for different uses.

  • Goodland Apple
  • Norkent Apple
  • Harcourt Apple
  • Dutchess of Oldenberg

Cherry Trees

In zone 3, sour cherries are the most adaptable type. They flower later than sweet cherries so late frosts won’t damage them. Don’t worry; the name sour cherry refers to the type of tree. The fruit can still be sweet when fully ripened.

A few cherry trees for zone 3 include:

  • Cupid Cherry
  • Carmine Jewel Cherry
  • Evans Cherry

Plums are in the same family as cherries, and sometimes they need a tree in the same family for pollination purposes. Gardeners in zone 3 have a few choices, like:

  • Brookgold Japanese Plum
  • Waneta Plum
  • Toka Plum

Pear rees

Finding pears that are hardy to zone 3 can be challenging. There aren’t tons for these climates, but there are a few. Check out:

  • Early Gold Pear
  • Golden Spice Pear

Fruit Trees for Growing Zone 4

We’re starting to move more south, even though it’s still quite cold in zone 4 during the winter. Fruit trees in this area need to be able to handle lower temperatures, but nothing as severe as zones 2 and 3. Luckily, there are plenty of choices for zone 4.

Apple Trees

I love apple trees because they’re some of the hardiest trees available. Some of these options are so hardy they could survive in zone 3, but they’ll be happier in this region.

  • Honeygold
  • Lodi
  • Northern Spy
  • Empire
  • Red Rome
  • Spartan

Pear Trees

More and more options for pear trees are becoming available for zone 4. I like European pears because they’re the hardiest choices. Consider a few varieties, such as:

  • Patten Pear
  • Flemish Beauty Pear
  • Luscious Pear

American plum trees are great for cold climates because European plum cultivars rarely survive below zone 5. Here are some varieties to consider for zone 4.

  • Waneta
  • Superior Plum
  • Alderman Pum

Cherries Trees

It’s still difficult to find sweet cherries at temperatures this cold. They don’t like the chill, but you could pick Rainier, which is the hardiest sweet cherry tree available. Instead, consider sour cherries for zone 4. They’re perfect for cherry jam and cherry pies.

  • Sweet Pie
  • Surefire Cherry
  • North Star Cherry
  • Meteor Cherry

Fruit Trees for Growing Zone 5

Zone 5 still has cold winters, but they don’t tend to be as extreme. You can grow fruit trees that are happy in colder climates here. As we move towards the south, the options for fruit trees start to increase.

Now, the option for apple trees is really opening. There are so many options for this zone! Here’s a small sampling:

  • Pink Lady
  • Honeycrisp
  • Ashmead’s Kernel

You can find plenty of awesome pear trees for zone 5. You want cold hardy and delicious cultivars that are disease resistant.

  • Harrow Delight
  • Warren

You have quite a selection to pick from when growing plum trees in zone 5. Some choices include:

  • Emerald beauty
  • Superior

Peach Trees

For the first time, we’ve added peach trees to the list! They grow well in zone 5, but they’re at risk of being damaged by late frosts. A few peach varieties you might want to grow to include:

  • Snow Beauty
  • White Lady

Fruit Trees for Growing Zone 6

Picking a fruit tree for growing zone 6 is easier than zone 5. The winters aren’t as harsh, and the temperatures aren’t as cold, so you can grow more fruits here.

We still moving through the list of apple trees to grow. Some ideal zone 6 options include:

  • Honeycrisp
  • Barlett
  • McIntosh
  • Gala

Zone 6 means that, for the first time, you can grow Asian pear trees rather than European or American trees. Some of the best Asian pear trees include:

  • Kosui
  • Atago
  • Seuri

Apricot Trees

We’re adding a new possibility for this zone – apricot trees. They aren’t a huge fan of the cold weather, and who can blame them? A few options for apricot trees include:

  • Chinese Sweet Pit
  • Sungold
  • Moongold

You can grow European varieties of plums in zone 6, and you also can grow Japanese plum trees as well.

  • Damson
  • Stanley
  • Santa Rosa
  • Premier

Most cherry trees grow well in zone 6, so you have a big selection. Some of the best fresh cherry trees include:

  • Benton
  • Stella
  • Sweetheart
  • Richmond

Growing peach trees in zone 6 is easier because you have a smaller chance of extreme frosts, which peaches don’t like. A few varieties include:

  • Reliance
  • Redhaven
  • Elberta
  • Candor

Fruit Trees for Growing Zone 7

Mild winters in zone 7 let gardeners grow a larger amount of fruit tree varieties that aren’t available in other areas. At the same time, it’s not so far south that you can’t grow some of the staple northern fruits that dislike extreme heat.

In zone 7, you can grow all of the fruit trees that we have listed above. So, feel free to plant some apple, pear, plums, peaches, cherries, and apricots. Additionally, there are a few new fruit tree options for your backyard orchard.

Fig Trees

Fig trees don’t like frost, so you might want to consider growing in a container in case you have a late frost in your area. A few fig varieties to try include:

  • Marseille
  • Greenish
  • Turkey
  • Celeste

Nectarine Trees

Do you love nectarines? Don’t purchase them at the store! Instead, grow a few yourself, such as:

  • Carolina Red
  • Fantasia
  • Red Gold
  • Sunglo

Persimmon Trees

Not everyone loves persimmons, but if you do, zone 7 is the first zone that you can grow them without trouble.

  • Fuyu
  • Jiro
  • Hanagosho

Fruit Trees for Growing Zone 8

Living in zone 8 means you have a wide range of fruit trees. You can enjoy tons of homegrown, fresh fruits. We didn’t include any of the trees listed above because if it’s listed above, you can grow it in zone 8. That’s a ton of fruit trees!

Now, we’re going to look at some of the trees that don’t like to have any cold weather. Gardeners in zone 8 should be pretty excited; they can have an extensive backyard orchard.

Orange Trees

Zone 8 is the first one that gardeners can grow orange trees. Consider dwarf orange trees because you can grow them in patio pots and take them inside if it gets too cold. If you want to grow full-sized trees, you need cold hardy orange trees, like:

  • Dwarf Calamondin
  • Hamlin
  • Ambersweet

Grapefruit Trees

Grapefruit trees are a bit trickier to grow. These trees lack cold hardiness, and they can take 10 years to produce fruit. If you’re in it for the long-haul, here are a few picks for zone 8.

  • Marsha
  • Redblush
  • Star Ruby
  • Ruby

Lemon Trees

Sometimes, zone 8 can be a bit chilly for lemon trees, so grow them in pots if you want to be safe. This lets you bring them inside if it gets a bit too cold outside. Dwarf varieties are best for this purpose.

  • Meyer Lemon

Fruit Trees for Growing Zone 9

Zone 9 is subtropical, so your options for a fruit tree in this growing zone are pretty broad. Of course, you may have to contend with some intense heat and other problematic weather issues. While the range of fruits here might seem larger, extreme heat poses problems just like extreme cold.

Most of the trees listed above can be grown in zone 9, but you do need to determine if the temperatures are too hot. For example, a tree that is hardy to zone 3 might struggle with the extreme heat in zone 9. You’ll be better off if you look at varieties that grow well in zone 7 and 8 instead.

Zone 9 is still a bit too chilly for mangos and papayas, but there are some awesome tropical fruits that grow well in these areas.

Banana Trees

Bananas grow best in zone 10, but there are a few that grow in zone 9 well. Smaller, compact banana trees are better suited to zone 9 than the taller varieties because they need more consistent heat.

  • Cavendish Banana

Tangerine Trees

In zone 9, you can grow tangerine trees, which are small, orange-tasting fruits that are more intense than oranges.

  • Dancy
  • Murcott
  • Sunburst

Fruit Trees for Growing Zone 10 and 11

Growing zones 10 – 11 are fairly uncommon in the U.S., mainly appearing in Florida, California, Arizona, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico, though this is changing as the climate warms.

In zone 10, you can start to grow things like key limes, loquat, cold-hardy avocado, a wider variety of bananas, and all citrus fruits.

In zone 11, you have a wide selection of tropical fruit trees, including mangoes, sugar apples, kiwis, passion fruits, dragon fruits, starfruits, pineapple, jackfruit, and lychee.

Picking the Right Fruit Tree for Your Growing Zone

Picking the right fruit tree for your growing zone doesn’t need to be mystifying. All you have to know is your USDA hardiness zone. Then, take a look at what can be grown in your area by checking out plant catalogs, nurseries, and grower websites. Then, figure out what can survive and what will die if left outside.

Once you narrow it down, you can pick the best varieties out of the fruit that you want to grow. Look at the characteristics of each type and how quickly they harvest. Make sure to find out if they’re self-pollinating or if you need two or more of each tree for pollination purposes.

Remember that planting fruit trees is an investment in your future. Years from now, you’ll see the fruit – literally – from your planning and research into the right fruit tree for your growing zone.

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Hardiness Zones

Plant hardiness zones were established by the USDA to help us correctly plant the right plants in the right climates. The zone map was created to illustrate plant hardiness based on the weather year round including factors such as average low temperatures and special climate areas like the Great Lakes region. While not a hard and fast rule, planting outside of the recommended zone for a specific plant exposes you to a much higher chance of failure. For instance, a tree or shrub grown outside of its recommended zone may bud out too early for your area. If the early bud break is followed by a frost or too low of a temperature, this could damage the plant and even cause it to perish.

Please keep in mind that planting your seedling in the correct zone does not ensure its survival. Other factors such as soil type, moisture, drainage, humidity, and exposure to sun and wind can have a direct effect on the survival of your tree or shrub. Please review the descriptions for each tree and shrub on their individual product pages.

Each one of our product pages includes a map which shows the area that the plant is most likely to thrive.

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Fruit Trees For Zone 5: Selecting Fruit Trees That Grow In Zone 5

Something about ripe fruit makes you think of sunshine and warm weather. However, many fruit trees thrive in chillier climes, including U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zone 5, where winter temperatures dip as low as -20 or -30 degrees Fahrenheit (-29 to -34 C.). If you are thinking of growing fruit trees in zone 5, you’ll have a number of options. Read on for a discussion of fruit trees that grow in zone 5 and tips for choosing fruit trees for zone 5.

Zone 5 Fruit Trees

Zone 5 gets pretty cold in the winter, but some fruit trees grow happily in even colder zones like this. The key to growing fruit trees in zone 5 is to pick the right fruit and the right cultivars. Some fruit trees survive zone 3 winters, where temperatures dip down to -40 degrees Fahrenheit (-40 C.). These include favorites like apples, pears and plums.

Those same fruit trees grow in zone 4, as well as persimmons, cherries and apricots. In terms of fruit trees for zone 5, your choices also include peaches and paw paws.

Common Fruit Trees for Zone 5

Anyone who lives in a chilly climate should plant apples in their orchard. Yummy cultivars like Honeycrisp and Pink Lady thrive in this zone. You can also plant delightful Akane or versatile (though ugly) Ashmead’s Kernel.

When your ideal zone 5 fruit trees include pears, look for cultivars that are cold hardy, delicious and disease resistant. Two to try include Harrow Delight and Warren, a juicy pear with a buttery flavor.

Plums are also fruit trees that grow in zone 5, and you’ll have quite a few to choose between. Emerald Beauty, a yellowish green plum, may be the plum king with top taste scores, great sweetness and long harvest periods. Or plant cold hardy Superior, a hybrid of Japanese and American plums.

Peaches as fruit trees for zone 5? Yes. Choose big, beautiful Snow Beauty, with its red skin, white flesh, and sweetness. Or go for White Lady, an excellent white peach with high sugar content.

Uncommon Fruit Trees That Grow in Zone 5

When you are growing fruit trees in zone 5, you may as well live dangerously. In addition to the usual zone 5 fruit trees, why not try something daring and different.

Pawpaw trees look like they belong in the jungle but are cold hardy down to zone 5. This understory tree is happy in shade but makes do with sun as well. It grows to 30 feet tall (9 m.) and offers hefty fruit with rich, sweet, custardy flesh.

Cold hardy kiwi will survive winter temperatures down to -25 degrees Fahrenheit (-31 C.). Don’t expect the fuzzy skin you see in commercial kiwis, though. This zone 5 fruit is small and smooth skinned. You’ll need both sexes for pollination as well as a vine support.

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