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Question: I live the Aguanga-Anza area in Ca.. I want to plant apple,peach,pear,cherry,and apricot fruit trees. Which varieties, can I plant??

Answer: You are in USDA gardening zone 8B so you'll need to choose low-chill varieties of fruit trees.
Peaches are self-pollinating. The best for your growing region include:
Florida King: New University of Florida release ripens in early May. Fruit is 2-2? inches in diameter.
Clingstone, with red-blushed skin and golden-yellow flesh. Zone 8B-9.
Gulfcrest: Medium to large-sized clingstone, red skinned with deep yellow flesh. Ripe mid May. Zones 8A-B.
JuneGold: Late bloomer great for frost pockets. Large freestone peach that?s delicious fresh and also good
for canning. Ripe June. Zones 8A-B.
La Feliciana: A late-ripening, large, sweet freestone peach. Heavy production. Ripe July. Zones 8A-B.
La Festival: Another late-ripening, large sweet peach from LSU. Great fruit quality and quantity. Zones 8B-9.
Red Baron: Unique freestone peach with red, doubled flowers for the best show in spring. Great flavor makes
this one a winner in all ways. Ripe mid-June to mid-July. Zones 8A-B.
Southern Pearl: Unique white-fleshed peach. Low acid makes this one honey sweet. Semi-cling, ripe mid-June.
Bears best in Zone 8B. Zones 8A-B.
Suwanee: The ?five Fs? peach. Old favorite, firm, freestone peach with deliciously flavorful, finger-licking good
flesh. Ripe early to mid June. Zones 8A-B.
Nectarines All nectarines are self-pollinating.
Karla Rose: Large, deep ruby-red skin with a pure white flesh. Low acidity makes the fruit supersweet and rich.
Ripe mid-June. Zone 8A-B.

Plum Varieties for Zones 8A-9. (All require a pollinator so choose two)
Black Ruby: Reddish black skin with a sweet yellow flesh. Ripens early July. Zone 8A-8B.
Bruce: One of the toughest. Frost-hardy tree with a semi-dwarf, weeping habit. Sunset orange fruit with a sweet mellow flavor. Ripe late May-June. Improved Methley is the best pollinator. Zone 8B-9.
Bryon Gold: A high quality yellow plum! Disease resistant and a great fruit. Large, round bright-yellow plum with a golden-yellow flesh that?s deliciously crispy. Ripe late May to June. Improved Methley is the best pollinator. Zone 8A-8B.
Crimson: Red skin and sweet red flesh in a big plum. Great eating. Requires pollination. Ripe late June to early July. Zone 8A-8B.
Gold: A gold plum with sweet yellow flesh. Requires pollination. Ripens June. Zone 8A-8B.
Guthrie: An improved Chickasaw plum that doesn't sucker and is highly disease resistant. This new variety is yellow-skinned with a tangy, sweet yellow flesh. Fruit is 1 1/2 inches across and makes a fabulous jelly. Ripens mid-June. Zones 8-9.
Improved Methley: Great improvement on an old standby. Purple-skinned with a sweet, soft amber flesh. The best pollinator for most of our plums. Recommended as your first plum! Ripe mid-June. Zone 8A-8B.
Santa Rosa: Purple-red skin and yellow-red flesh coupled with a tangy, sweet flavor. Needs a pollinator. Ripens early June. Zone 8A-8B.
Some apples to consider: Akane, Braeburn, Cox Orange Pippin, Fuji, Gala and Granny Smith - you'll need two different varieties for cross pollination.

Enjoy your edible garden!

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