There are many different fruit trees that grow in zone 7. Milder winters allow zone 7 gardeners to grow a number of fruit varieties that are not available to northern gardeners. At the same time, zone 7 is not so far south that northern growing fruit trees scorch and fry in the summer heat. Zone 7 fruit growers can take advantage of the best of both worlds. Continue reading for a list of fruit trees for zone 7.
In any hardiness zone, fruit trees require rich, fertile soil that drains well. Pests and diseases of fruit trees can vary somewhat from zone to zone, as certain pests and diseases thrive in specific conditions. However, trees that are properly planted, watered and fertilized are better able to withstand disease and pests. Just like a herd of gazelle being stalked by lions, the young, weak or sick are usually the first to fall victim.
Patio fruit trees make it possible to grow delicious fruits even in the smallest of spaces. Imagine growing a small fruit tree right outside your back door. Patio fruit trees are small enough for virtually everyone to enjoy!
Grown for their spectacular spring flowers as well as their fruit, cherry trees are another member of the rose family that can thrive in containers. There are two basic types of cherry trees: sweet and sour. Sweet cherries are the ones you typically find in a grocery store. Sweet cherries are perfect for snacking. Sour cherry trees are easier to grow and more tolerant of shade. Their fruit is much more sour, and ideal for baking. (Cherry pie, anyone?)
Many types of citrus trees can grow in containers, but the Calamondin Orange is considered one of the best patio fruit trees for beginners. This unique little citrus tree is widely adaptable, and it will even thrive indoors year-round. Its fruit is very tart, not good eaten raw, but delicious when made into faux lemonade or marmalade. Its jasmine-scented flowers are delightful, too.
In addition, you need to take pollination into account. Cherries, apples and other popular trees need another tree in order to pollinate and grow fruit. Grow at least two of each if you can; otherwise, you need to select a self-fertile variety. Check here for Dwarf Fruit Trees
Containers dry out much faster than trees planted in the ground. So, your patio fruit trees will need extra water, especially during the summer months. Water deeply, then allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings.
Potted trees are very vulnerable in storms. High winds, hail and heavy snow can easily damage them. Because they grow above ground, potted trees are also more susceptible to large temperature swings. Have a plan in place to protect your patio fruit trees by providing protection from bad weather. If possible, bring them indoors during severe weather.
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Prevent killing or trying to grow fruit trees not suited for your USDA plant hardiness zone. Knowing which trees will flourish in your region will help you select the right tree species and add to your seasonal harvest.
Apple trees are small trees that can reach upwards of 25 feet in height with a crown spread of 25 feet. Apple tree foliage is simple, oval, has small serrations along the margin, and is alternately arranged along the branches.
Prunus avium is a perennial tree grown for its fruit, the sumptuous cherry. Cherry trees have alternating oval leaves, which often have serrated margins and +/- 8 pairs of veins. The flowers are typically white and appear in small clusters.
Standard-sized fruit trees typically take 8 or more years before they flower and begin setting fruit. Semi-dwarf trees are produced by grafting a cultivar that has desirable fruit quality onto a semi-dwarfing rootstock, resulting in a shorter, more compact tree.This rootstock not only makes the trees easier to maintain, but also results in trees coming into fruitfulness earlier, typically 4-7 years for semi-dwarf, and 3-4 years for dwarf.
The Roxbury Russet apple tree is one of the oldest American heirloom trees. With a unique sweet flavor, this apple variety is great for making dessert, pies, juice and cider. Has good disease resistance, keeps well for up to five months and bears heavy crops.
General Tree Height/Caliper: Most of our fruit trees (apple, peach, apricot, plum, pear, nectarine, quince, and cherry) are grafted/budded and are 4-6' tall with a caliper/diameter of about 1/4-3/4". Most have more than 5' height and 1/2" diameter. The other trees are seedlings, such as pawpaw, mulberry, persimmon, shade, berry, and flowering trees which range from 18-36" tall. A rootstock primarily controls a tree's size and how early it bears fruit. Learn more about our specific rootstocks.
The Roxbury Russet apple tree is one of the oldest American heirloom fruit trees. It came about as a chance seedling during the early 1600s in a small town called Roxbury near Boston, Massachussetts. For instance, some believe Roxbury Russet is the result of an apple core thrown away when the pilgrims first came to North America.
The Wolf River apple tree bears large sized apples with red colored fruit. This cold hardy and generally disease resistant apple variety keeps well in storage and can thrive in colder climates. The apples taste sweet and juicy. A popular choice for cooking, baking and eating fresh!
Wolf River apples are usually quiete large in size and start to ripen from mid-September to early October. Often the fruit weighs one pound! Due to its unique ability to keep shape when cooked, it is a wonderful apple variety for culinary explorations. From baking to cooking to eating fresh, Wolf River has a sweet, juicy taste and is quite aromatic. Besides serving as a great apple pie, Wolf River can also provide fluffy apple butter after slow cooking for hours.
The apple scab disease fungus overwinters on dead apple leaves and fruit left on the ground, explained Ross Penhallegon, horticulturist for the Oregon State University Extension Service. During spring moisture, scab spores are forcibly discharged and ride air currents to infect developing leaves and fruit of apples. All outer parts of unopened fruit buds are highly susceptible to scab. As the fruit matures it is much less susceptible.
The first visible symptoms of apple scab in the spring are pale, water-soaked spots the size of a pinhead on the new leaves. These spots enlarge, become darker and smoky colored. Later, the spots turn brownish-black color. Spots may be any shape, but tend to be circular, Penhallegon said. Diseased leaves may be curled, distorted and drop off early. Heavy infections can defoliate and weaken your apple trees.
On the fruit, the symptoms of scab include small raised brown or black circular areas (scabs). The skin breaks later in the season and the exposed tissue turns velvety brown or black. As the fruit enlarges, the scab spots become brown and corky. To help control apple scab, Penhallegon recommends:
The Lost Apple Project and the Temperate Orchard Conservancy announced the latest discoveries this month. Founded by Dave Benscoter, the Lost Apple Project has partnered with the Whitman County Historical Society to identify and preserve heritage apple trees and orchards in Washington and Idaho.
The Eper apple variety was found 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Colfax. The apple is small with greenish-yellow skin and red stripes. It is believed to be one of 34 fruit varieties imported from Hungary in the 1890s by the U.S. government and obtained by George Ruedy, owner of the Colfax Nursery in Colfax.
The Iowa Flat, a yellow apple with red blush and red streaks, was found near Orchard Avenue in Moscow. It most likely originated in Iowa and in 1901 appeared in an experimental orchard in Farmdale, Illinois.
Many types of trees found in the Celtic nations are considered to be sacred, whether as symbols, or due to medicinal properties, or because they are seen as the abode of particular nature spirits. Historically and in folklore, the respect given to trees varies in different parts of the Celtic world. On the Isle of Man, the phrase 'fairy tree' often refers to the elder tree. The medieval Welsh poem Cad Goddeu (The Battle of the Trees) is believed to contain Celtic tree lore, possibly relating to the crann ogham, the branch of the ogham alphabet where tree names are used as mnemonic devices.
There are several recorded instances in Irish history in which people refused to cut an ash, even when wood was scarce, for fear of having their own cabins consumed with flame. The ash tree itself might be used in May Day (Beltaine) rites. Under the Old Irish word nin, the ash also gives its name to the letter N in the ogham alphabet. Together with the oak and thorn, the ash is part of a magical trilogy in fairy lore. Ash seedpods may be used in divination, and the wood has the power to ward off fairies, especially on the Isle of Man. In Gaelic Scotland children were given the astringent sap of the tree as a medicine and as a protection against witch-craft. Some famous ash trees were the Tree of Uisnech, the Bough of Dathí, and the Tree of Tortu. The French poet who used Breton sources, Marie de France (late 12th century), wrote a lai about an ash tree. The Proto-Celtic for 'ash' was *onnos; Old Irish, nin; Irish, fuinseog; Scots Gaelic, fuinnseann; Manx, unjin; Welsh, onnen; Cornish, onnen; Breton, onnenn. 2b1af7f3a8