Giving Trees as Gifts - Knowledgebase Question

Carson, CA
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Question by cutie_pie900
December 9, 2005
My mother recently expressed to me her desire to grow a persimmon and citrus (orange or lemon) tree in the backyard of her newly purchased home in North Charleston South Carolina. As the Christmas season is upon us, I would like very much to make this desire a realty as a holiday gift. Please advise as to whether trees make good gifts? If the named trees above are suitted for the Charleston climate? And lastly, please describe how I can do this from Los Angeles in 10 days or less?

Answer from NGA
December 9, 2005
South Carolina is at the lower end of the growing zones for citrus and while a few hardy citrus might grow there, your mother would probably be more successful in growing a citrus tree indoors instead of planting it in the yard. Persimmon is slightly more cold hardy and may make a good landscape plant if planted in a protected area. Probably the easiest solution is to send your mother a gift certificate and allow her to purchase trees from a local nursery. This way you'll both be assured that the varieties she selects will have a chance to grow in her climate, and that the stock she purchases will be fresh and healthy.

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