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What's New With Deciduous Fruit? (page 2 of 2)

by Lance Walheim


You can grow sweet cherries throughout zones 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, and 7b in the eastern United States. In the West, trees also produce well in parts of zones 8 and 9. Hardier sour cherries produce good crops in zone 4.

'Glacier' is a deep red, large, and crack-resistant sweet cherry produced on a hardy, self-fruitful tree.

'Emperor Francis' is a yellow cherry that isn't exactly new but is productive and sweet. Well adapted to the Northwest.

'Surefire' is a red, self-fruitful, late-blooming sour cherry. Excellent for juice, pies, jams, and jellies.

Peaches and Nectarines

If you live anywhere in the peach-growing areas (zones 5 to 10, but especially 6 to 9), find room for at least one peach tree.

'Roseprincess' is an excellent white nectarine for the East.

'Arctic Queen' is a sweet, white-fleshed nectarine. 'Arctic Rose', 'Arctic Star', and 'Arctic Supreme' are similar varieties.

'Delta' is a low-chill peach developed for Gulf Coast areas. Fruit skin is yellow with red blush; flesh is yellow. Tree is resistant to bacterial spot.

'Harrow Diamond' is a large yellow peach with excellent flavor. It ripens midseason and resists bacterial spot.

'Heavenly White' is one of the best-tasting, white-fleshed nectarines for California that produces large, juicy fruit.

'Juneprincess' is a red-skinned, yellow-fleshed nectarine developed for the humid Southeast. Moderately resistant to bacterial spot.

'Q 1-8' is a sweet, white-fleshed peach. Resistant to peach leaf curl.

'Santa Barbara' is a low-chill peach for coastal California with a sweet, yellow flesh. Its yellow skin has a slight red blush. Freestone.

'Southern Pearl' is a large, white-fleshed peach developed for the Gulf Coast region. The fruit has slightly tart flavor; the tree resists bacterial spot.

'Sunraycer' is a low-chill nectarine suitable as far south as central Florida. The fruit is large, yellow-fleshed, and flavorful; the tree is resistant to bacterial spot.


Most kinds of plums grow throughout zones 5 to 9, but adaptation varies. Check with your local extension office for more guidance.

'Black Ruby' is a new, reddish black Japanese plum that resists disease and performs well in the Southeast. It requires cross-pollination from another plum for maximum production.

'Bluebyrd' (pictured above) is a sweet, European-type plum with deep purple skin and amber colored fruit. It produces heavily when cross-pollinated. 'Bluebyrd' is hardy and disease resisitant; a good choice for Mid-Atlantic gardeners.

'Victoria' is a very productive, pinkish red plum from England.

Lance Walheim grows citrus trees in California's Tulare County. He's also written several books on various garden topics.

Photo by Scott Bauer/USDA Agricultural Research Service

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