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Question: Posey is located approx. 50 miles north east of Bakersfield at approx.400 feet in a transition zone of the oaks and the evergreens. my question is what kind of fruit trees and shrubs can i grow

Answer: You're in zone 8 so you can grow apples, cherries, peaches, apricots, pears and plums. For the most part you'll need two different varieties of each fruit tree in order for them to set lots of fruit.

Shrubs for zone 8 include:
Glossy Abelia (Abelia x grandiflora)
Anisacanthus, flame or Wright (Anisacanthus quadrifidus)
Aralia, Japanese (Fatsia)
Azalea, flame (Rhododendron calendulaceumBarberry, Japanese (Berberis thunbergii)
Beautyberry, American (Callicarpa americana)
Beautyberry, Japanese (Callicarpa japonica)
Broom, Scotch or common (Cytisus scoparius)
Buckeye, bottlebrush (Aesculus parviflora)
Buckthorn, Carolina (Rhamnus carolinianus)
Butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii)
Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia)
Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia), compact types
Croton, Alabama (Croton alabamensis)
Duster, fairy or pink fairy; also, mock mesquite (Calliandra eriophylla), semi-evergreen
Euonymus, winged, also called burning bush (Euonymus alatus)
Filbert, European (Corylus avellana)
Forsythia (Forsythia x intermedia)
Fothergilla, dwarf (Fothergilla gardenii)
Fothergilla, large (Fothergilla major)
Fringetree, Chinese (Chionanthus retusus)
Fringetree, white (Chionanthus virginicus)
Groundsel bush, Salt bush (Baccharis halimifolia)
Honeysuckle, winter (Lonicera fragrantissima)
Huckleberry, Elliott's (Vaccinium elliottii)
Hydrangea, bigleaf (Hydrangea macrophylla)
Hydrangea, oakleaf (Hydrangea quercifolia)
Indigo, Himalayan (Indigofera heteranthera)
Jasmine, winter (Jasminum nudiflorum)
Kerria, Japanese (Kerria japonica)
Lantana (Lantana), semi-evergreen
Plum, Chickasaw (Prunus angustifolia)
Quince, flowering (Chaenomeles speciosa)
Rhododendron, Catawba (Rhododendron catawbiense)
Rose, redleaf (Rosa glauca or Rosa rubrifolia)
Rose, rugosa (Rosa rugosa)
Rose-of-Sharon, shrub althea (Hibiscus syriacus)
Rusty blackhaw (Viburnum rufidulum)
Smoketree, Smokebush (Cotinus coggygria)
Snowbell, bigleaf (Styrax grandifolius)
Spicebush (Lindera benzoin)
Spirea, Bumald (Spiraea x bumalda)
Spirea, thunberg (Spiraea thunbergii)
Spirea, Vanhoutte (Spiraea x vanhouttei)
Sumac, staghorn (Rhus hirta)
Summersweet clethra, sweet pepperbush (Clethra alnifolia)
Sweetleaf, horse-sugar (Symplocos tinctoria)
Sweetshrub, also Carolina allspice, strawberry shrub, spicebush (Calycanthus floridus)
Sweetspire, Virginia (Itea virginica)
Tamarisk (Tamarix ramosissima)
Viburnum, arrowwood (Viburnum dentatum)
Viburnum, Burkwood (Viburnum x burkwoodii)
Viburnum, David (Viburnum davidii)
Viburnum, European cranberrybush (Viburnum opulus)
Viburnum, Koreanspice (Viburnum carlesii), in cooler, partly shade sites
Winterberry (Ilex verticillata)
Winterhazel, fragrant (Corylopsis glabrescens)
Witchhazel, Chinese (Hamamelis mollis)
Witchhazel, hybrid (Hamamelis x intermedia)

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