The Q&A Archives: Apple Trees In Southern California

Question: What kind of dwarf apple can I grow in Fontana, California? Also I would like to know about a dwarf cherry tree. My yard is small but I have 3 citrus trees and they are doing well.

Answer: Practically any apple cultivar can be grafted to dwarfing rootstock such as M9 or or EMLA 27. To make sure your trees remain in the 5'-10' range, check the label to see what type rootstock the cultivar was grafted onto. In your mild winter climate you'll need apple trees with a low chilling requirement. Those that perform best include 'Anna', 'Dorsett Golden' and 'Fuji'.

Cherry tree cultivars include both sweet and sour cherries. Sweet cherry tree suggestions include 'Bing', 'Lambert' and 'Royal Ann'. These will need a pollinator (second tree of different cultivar such as 'Stella' or 'Republican').

Sour cherries are self-fertile and do not need a pollinator, but make good pollinators for sweet cherry trees. If you decide to plant one sweet and one sour tree, choose varieties that bloom at the same time. 'Montmorency' and 'Early Richmond' are both good sour cherries for your gardening region.

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