do plums or peaches grow in Florida? - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Mimi Lilly
Port Saint Lucie, Fl
Question by luxio
February 20, 2010
Hello! I would like to know if plums (Prunus cersifera cultivar) or peaches grow in Florida port saint Lucie? I read that they can grow in Florida, But do they actully grow well? Or is the heat a too big of a problem, or anything else?
Thank you very much.

Name: Jenn
Hudson Florida (Zone 9b)
A comment from Jendoop
April 13, 2018
If you like peaches and plums try a Loquat sometime!!! Its also called a Japanese plum but they grow amazing in Florida and have the most amazing tasty juicy fruits!

Answer from NGA
February 20, 2010


I'm afraid neither will grow well in Florida. They don't like the warm winters. When you have an occasional cold winter (like the previous one) they will flower and fruit but usually they won't perform well. You'll be more successful if you plant citrus or other tropical fruit trees in your yard.

A comment from emd4fsu
June 2, 2018
The Univ. Of Florida has developed a peach that is condusive to Florida climate. They are delicious...I picked this year and they are delicious. These peaches are replacing many citrus groves which are becoming extinct in Florida due to greening.

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