Recommended fruit tree varieties for different regions of Texas

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Since the blog on Legg Creek Farm is on temporary hiatus, I’ve decided to post it here, since in many ways it does fit the theme of lazy gardening…

(Updated 1/4/2017 to include cherry trees, native trees, and West Texas region trees)

Here is a list of the different regions of Texas and recommended temperate (non-citrus) fruit tree varieties for each:

Amarillo/Lubbock/Panhandle

Apples: Red Delicious, Yellow Delicious, Gala, Fuji, Winesap, Jonathan, Arkansas Black, Honeycrisp

Peaches: Red Skin, Elberta, Ranger, Belle of Georgia, Sentinel

Plums: Burbank, Ozark Premier, Bruce, Morris

Apricots: Blenheim, Royal

Nectarines: Karla Rose

Pears: Bartlett, Ayers

Figs: Celeste

Cherries: Bing, Black Tartarian, Montmorency

Natives: Wild pear, red mulberry, southern crabapple, (maybe) chickasaw plum

Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas, Southern Oklahoma

Apples: Red Delicious, Yellow Delicious, Gala, Fuji, Winesap, Jonathan, Arkansas Black, Granny Smtih, Pink Lady, Honeycrisp

Peaches: Elberta, Belle of Georgia, Red Skin, Loring, Red Globe, Dixieland, Tex Royal, La Feliciana

Plums: Methley, Santa Rosa, Ozark Premier, Morris, Bruce

Apricots: Blenheim, Royal, Moorpark

Nectarines: Karla Rose, Sunglo, Red Gold

Pears: Ayers, Warren, Orient, Bartlett

Figs: Celeste, Brown Turkey, Texas Everbearing, LSU purple

Pomegranates: Wonderful, Dwarf

Cherries: Bing, Black Tartarian, Early Richmond, Stella

Natives: Red mulberry, southern crabapple, pawpaw, wild pear, (maybe) mayhaw, American persimmon, chickasaw plum

Houston/New Orleans/Southeast Texas/South Lousiana

Apples: Ein Shemer, Anna, Dorsett Golden

Peaches: Tex-King, Tex Royal, Florida King, June Gold, La Feliciana, Harvester, Dixieland, Tex Prince, Rio Grande, Florida Crest

Plums: Santa Rosa, Methley, Bruce, Morris

Apricots: Early Golden, Moorpark

Nectarines: Early King, Red Gold

Pears: Ayers, Moonglow, Warren, Orient, Keiffer

Figs: Brown Turkey, Texas Everbearing, LSU purple

South Texas and Rio Grande Valley

Citrus (basically any variety)

Apples: Anna, Dorsett Golden, Carnival, Ein Shemer

Peaches: Rio Grande, Tex-King, EarliGrande, Red Baron, Floridacrest, Florida King, Tropic Snow, any peach with under 350 chill hours

Plums: Santa Rosa, Methley

Pears: Orient, Pineapple, Monterrey, Keiffer

Figs: Texas Everbearing, LSU Purple, Brown Turkey

Pomegranates: Wonderful, Nana (dwarf)

Persimmons: Fuyu, Hachiya, Eureka, Tani Nashi

Cherries: possibly Stella (400 chill hours), possibly Early Richmond (400 chill hours)

 

Natives: Mayhaw, pawpaw, red mulberry, southern crabapple, American persimmon, chickasaw plum

Central Texas (including Austin, Temple, Killeen, San Marcos)

Apples: Gala, Fuji, Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Mollie’s Delicious

Peaches: Elberta, Loring, Red Skin, June Gold, Red Barron, Belle of Georgia, Frank

Plums: Methley, Santa Rosa, Bruce, Morris, Rubrum, All red

Apricots: Blenheim, Early Golden

Nectarines: Surecrop, Karla Rose, Red Gold

Pears: Orient, Monterrey, Ayers, Warren

Figs: Brown Turkey, Celeste, LSU Purple, Alma

Pomegranate: Wonderful, dwarf

Persimmon: Fuyu, Hachiya

Cherries: Stella, Early Richmond

Natives:  pawpaw, red mulberry, southern crabapple, American persimmon, chickasaw plum

Northeast Texas (Nacogdoches, Tyler, Longview, Texarkana)

Apples: Dorsett Golden (Nacogdoches/Lufkin area), Red Delicious Yellow Delicious (Tyler/Longview and north only), Gala, Fuji, Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Honeycrisp

Peaches: Elberta, Harvester, Dixieland, Frank, Red Skin

Plums: Methley, Morris, Ozark Premier, Bruce, Allred, Santa Rosa

Apricots: Blenheim, Moorpark

Nectarines: Sunglo, Red Gold, Karla Rose

Pears: Moonglow, Warren, Orient, Le Conte, Keiffer

Figs: Texas Everbearing, Brown Turkey, Celeste, LSU Purple

Pomegranate: Wonderful, Dwarf

Persimmons: Native, Fuyu, Hachiya, Eureka, Tam-o-pan, Tani Nashi

Cherries: Stella, Early Richmond, Bing (in Texarkana to Paris area only)

Natives: Mayhaw, pawpaw, red mulberry, southern crabapple, American persimmon, chickasaw plum

West Texas (El Paso, San Angelo, Midland, Odessa, [and maybe Big Bend Country])

Apples: Pink Lady, Granny Smith, Mollie’s Delicious, Dorsett Golden, Gala, Fuji,

Peaches – Harvester, Tex-Royal, Belle of Georgia, Red Skin, Dixiland,

Plums: Methley, Morris, Ozark Premeir, Rubrum, Allred, Santa Rosa

Apricots: Blenheim, Moorpark, Royal

Nectarines: Red Gold, Karla Rose

Pears: Bartlett, Orient, Perdue, Le Conte, Keiffer, Moonglow

Figs (sensitive to temps below 15 degrees for extended periods of time): Texas Everbearing, Brown Turkey, Celeste, LSU Purple

Pomegranates: Wonderful, Dwarf

Persimmons: Fuyu, Eureka, Tani Nashi, Tam-o-pan

Cherries: Bing, Black Tartarian

Natives: Red mulberry, southern crabapple, chickasaw plums, American persimmon

6 thoughts on “Recommended fruit tree varieties for different regions of Texas

  1. I keep hearing about cherries of the Rio & Acerola (Barbados) cherries for zone 9b and higher but apparently this is newly discovered info. Urban harvest in Houston has a sale on 1/14 where at least one of those varieties should be available.

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  2. I’m trying to find out about growing lemon / lime trees in central Texas. (Waco to Fairfield area). Have recently purchased these but the ones we purchased last year never had fruit after a year. Is there something we’re doing wrong ?

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    1. I’m honestly not too familiar with citrus…I do know that they have to be 3 or so years old to start producing, and they need a dose of nitrogen fertilizer at some point before spring. I hope they produce for you! Are they in containers?

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