The Q&A Archives: Growing a cherry tree

Question: I would like to plant two cherry trees in my back yard,but I live in Southern California. Do cherry tree need cold weather weather to produce fruit?

Answer: In order to produce fruit, cherry trees need a minimum of 8 weeks of winter chill where the temperatures remain below 45F. Southern California normally receives less than this, so you might want to choose another type of fruit tree for your yard. Apricot and plum do especially well in your gardening region.

Best wishes with your landscape!

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