Growing a cherry tree - Knowledgebase Question

Fountain Valley, CA (Zone 9B)
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Question by mgriffit1
September 20, 2006
I would like to plant two cherry trees in my back yard,but I live in Southern California. Do cherry tree need cold weather weather to produce fruit?

Answer from NGA
September 20, 2006
In order to produce fruit, cherry trees need a minimum of 8 weeks of winter chill where the temperatures remain below 45F. Southern California normally receives less than this, so you might want to choose another type of fruit tree for your yard. Apricot and plum do especially well in your gardening region.

Best wishes with your landscape!

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