The Q&A Archives: What kind of fruit trees to plant

Question: We are putting in a new backyard and would like some small fruit trees - are apricot, peach and nectarine trees feasible?

Answer: Only certain varieties of peaches and nectarines will produce fruit in your mild winter area. These trees have a winter chilling requirement (depending on variety, a certain number of hours below 45F). With that in mind, here are some low-chill fruit trees to consider:
Almond: Garden Prince; Apple: Anna with Dorsett Golden as pollinizer, Ein Shemer, Adina and Pettingill; Apricot: Royal, Autumn Royal and Gold Kist; Cherry: Stella and Royal Rainier; Cherry Plum: Sprite with Delight as the pollinizer; Grapefruit: Oroblanco and Melogold; Kumquat: Fukushu and Meiwa; Lime: Bearss and Thornless Mexican Lime; Peach: Mid-pride and August Pride as the pollinizer; Plum: Mariposa with Santa Rosa as the pollinizer; Pluot (plum-apricot hybrid): Dapple Dandy and Flavor Queen; Pomegranate: Utah Sweet; White nectarine: Arctic Star; White peaches: Floridaprince, Tropic Snow and Donut (also called Stark Saturn, Saucer or Peento); Yellow nectarine: Panamint. Best wishes with your edible landscape!

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