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    Fruit Trees for the desert Southwest




    Below are descriptions and a guide to numerous fruit trees that will do well in the lower elevation of the southwest. Most are available at "Color Your World Nurseries". Or you can purchase them online here.

    Fruit trees need so many chilling hours in order to produce fruit. Call and ask your friendly nursery what kind of fruit trees do well in your area.

    Make sure the fruit trees that you want are good for your gardening zone. Click area to find your hardiness zone area.

    You should prune your apple trees in the summer and winter months. The best time to plant fruit trees is Februray, March and April but can be planted in summer as well. Just be sure provide ample water.

    Use a dormant oil to control scale insects for the overwintering of aphids, and spider mites. Do this in the early spring. You can also spray with a fruit tree Spray Concentrate insecticide - 8oz. Check your local nursery for further information. They usually have good knowledgable employees.

    southwest fruit trees
    Planting your own fruit tree ? Click here for some tips on doing just that.

    Apples


    Garden Delicious - Sweeet, crisp, excellent dessert quality apple fruit. Self Fertile, ripens in September.


    Fuji - Started in Japan. This fruit is reddish green flesh white, very cruncy an juicy. Medium size apple. Pollinate with Red or Golden Delicious. Ripens in August.


    Granny Smith - Bright Green apple. Good for pies and sauces and fresh eating. Self Fertile. Produces heavy fruit.


    Jonathan - Usually large size apple. Bright Red stripes on yellow background. Very juicy, crisp, and white flesh. Very good all purpose apple. Self fertile. Ripens in October.


    Red Delicious - Very Crisp and jucy. Does well in colder climates. Pollinate with Golden Delicious. Ripens in September.


    Yellow Delicioius - All purpose apple. Very large golden yellow and juicy fruit. Good pollinator for Red Delicious. Self fertile. Ripens in September.


    Click here for more apple tree information and photos.

    Peach Trees - Las Cruces



    Babcock - (freestone) Semi Dwarf, Juicy and sweet white flesh and some little fuzz. Heavy bearing fruit. Self Fertile. Ripens in July.

    Elberta - Semi Dwarf, Large fruit is deep golden yellow blushed red. Self Fertile. Ripens in July.

    Red Haven - (freestone) Medium to large red blushed fruit. Sweet and juicy. Good for canned use. Self Fertile. Ripens in Mid-August.

    Click here for more PEACH tree information and photos.

    Plum Trees



    Santa Rosa - Excellent southwestern fruit tree. Large oval purplish skin fruit. Tart flavor. Self Fertile. Ripens in June to July.

    Satsuma - Medium round fruit. Dard Red skin, juicy and dark flesh. Use Santa Rosa as a pollinator. Ripens in early August.

    We also cary the following fruit trees during the spring months.

    Click here for information on the fruit trees below.

    Desert fruit trees



    Your region's climate determines the type of fruit trees and fruit that will grow successfully. The climate must be compatible with the growing requirements of the selected fruit tree.

    Some varieties will even prevail in the harsher Upper Midwest climates. Most fruit trees require between 130 - 150 frost-free days.

    If you are unsure as to how many frost-free days your climate has, please contact your local county extension office.





















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