If you’re looking into new landscaping options, don't forget that there are fruit trees you can plant in your yard that are not only appealing to the eye but that also produce tasty, healthy fruit you and your family can enjoy!
Fruit trees thrive in just a few areas of the country, and thankfully, there are many that thrive in warm, dry climates. However, it’s important to choose the trees you have planted in your yard carefully, because not all fruit trees can withstand hot, dry summers followed by drastic winter temperature changes. Read on to learn which trees may work well for your property.
Who doesn't love a tasty, freshly picked apple on a warm summer day? You can enjoy them all summer long if you have an Akane apple tree planted in your yard. This variety of apple tree originated in Japan, and Akane apples (also called the Tokyo rose apple) have a very sweet taste with just a hint of tartness and flavor notes of strawberry and raspberry. Akane apple trees are very resistant to disease and are easy to care for.
Since Akane apples are also juicy, you can make fresh apple juice all summer long if you enjoy juicing.
June Pride, O'Henry, and Suncrest Peaches
Several varieties of peach trees thrive in warm temperatures, so if you love peaches, it would be a shame to not to incorporate at least one peach tree into your landscaping design. June Pride peach trees bloom early in the season, while O'Henry and Suncrest peaches bloom later in the season. If you want to enjoy fresh peaches all summer long, you could incorporate two peach trees in your landscape.
June Pride peaches have yellow flesh with a rich flavor. O'Henry peaches also have a rich, yellow flesh that is sweet and tangy. Suncrest peaches have firm, sweet flesh, and this peach is one of the juiciest varieties.
Laroda, Santa Rosa, and Burgundy Plums
If you enjoy fresh plums, then you will be happy to hear that there are three types of plum trees that thrive in hot, dry areas. Santa Rosa and Burgundy plum trees are self-pollinating, which means they can be planted alone and don't have to have another tree near them to pollinate them.
However, Laroda plum trees do not pollinize themselves, so they need to be planted within a 50-foot distance from another plum tree that can share pollen. Thankfully, Laroda plum trees can be cross-pollinated with both Santa Rosa and Burgundy plum trees.
Laroda plums are deep, dark purple when they bloom mid-season and are especially large plums with a sweet flesh that many people enjoy. Santa Rosa plums are similar to Laroda plums but are just a bit smaller and bloom a bit later in the season. Burgundy plums are a bit lighter in color than Laroda and Santa Rosa plums and have a milder flavor than their flavor-packed counterparts.
Lemons, Limes, and Mandarin Oranges
While some citrus fruit trees only thrive in tropical climates, lemon, lime, and mandarin orange trees can all thrive in other climes. Meyer lemons are ideal because they can withstand much cooler temperatures in the winter than other lemon varieties. Meyer lemons are also one of the sweetest varieties of lemons, but of course, they don't lack the tart punch that all lemons have.
Key limes are also perfect for drier climate types, and these citrus fruits are slightly smaller and sweeter than standard lines. While traditional oranges cannot withstand the cooler (but not freezing) winters, mandarin oranges can. Mandarin oranges are sweeter than their full-size counterparts and are extremely juicy.
If you’re landscaping your yard soon, don't forget to include a few fruit trees in your design so you can look forward to eating delicious, healthy fruit all summer long.
Do you have a favorite fruit you don't see on the list and want to know if it can thrive in your yard? Contact the landscaping professionals at Noble Tree Service Inc . to find out about more fruit tree varieties that thrive in your area.