Fall is for Fruit … Trees that is!
September 16, 2014
We talk a lot about shade trees here on the PTS blog. But, there are many, many other kinds of trees you should be thinking about adding to your landscape. Small blooming ornamental trees can really brighten up your garden, especially in spring. Fruit trees, however, take it to the next level.
There’s nothing better than plants that not only look beautiful in your landscape, but also offer you up a fresh harvest. Dreaming of delicious pies or fresh, organic treats made with fruit plucked from trees in your own yard? Well, you are in luck because now is the best time to plant fruit trees! During the cool months, when fruit trees are dormant, or semi-dormant, they have a much easier time establishing as new plantings. By planting in fall and winter, you’ll allow your fruit trees to put down healthy new roots without the stress of summer heat and drought.
There are a variety of delicious flavors to choose from that grow great here in North Texas including peach, fig, plum, apricot, persimmon and pear. No matter what size landscape you have, there is a fruit tree for you to plant in your space. Typically, fruit trees will fall into the 12- to 25-foot range, which makes them excellent for smaller urban landscapes.
- Persimmons produce large red-orange colored fruit that not only taste delicious but looks amazing in the landscape. ‘Fuyu’, one of the more popular varieties. It can be eaten raw like an apple or baked.
- Mexican Plum blooms early with white flowers against dark gray bark, making them an excellent ornamental as well. Their abundance of small sweet plums makes a great jelly.
- Fig trees don’t mind a bit of drought and who doesn’t love baked figs filled with goat cheese? Texas 'Everbearing’, ‘Celeste’ and ‘Brown Turkey’ are excellent varieties.
- Peaches are another favorite for our area. ‘Redskin’, ‘Ranger’ and ‘Fayette’ will all perform well with gorgeous spring flowers, delicate scents and delicious fruit.
There are many new dwarf varieties that grow only eight to ten feet tall. ‘Bonanza’ and ‘Bonfire’ peaches are good examples. There are also a number of dwarf, columnar shaped apples that can be fit into smaller spaces or used in patio planters.
As with all trees, proper planting will help to ensure a healthy, beautiful tree. Many fruit trees are sensitive to being planted too deeply. Maintenance for fruit trees includes pruning at the proper time, pest management, organic fertilization and adequate watering. In winter, we often apply horticultural oil to prevent insect infestation; through summer, provide supplemental water as you would for any other urban tree; in spring and fall we fertilize with an organic feed. With just a bit of effort, you’ll enjoy the fruits of your labor for years to come!
Now is the time you’ll find the best selection of fruit trees in garden centers, or give us a call and we can help you select the best varieties for your landscape then properly plant them for you. Details on our planting services here.