Fall is prime time for planting trees, shrubs, & roses. The heat of summer has passed and the cooler weather stimulates root growth. This root growth gives the plants a great start to the growing system and provides them with a buffer to withstand a Texas summer.
Any type of tree, not just fruit trees, should be planted in fall. Shrubs include blueberry bushes, elderberry bushes, and other fruiting bushes. Fall planting is also great for roses as well.
When choosing any plant, but especially fruiting trees and shrubs, you must make certain that you choose a variety that is right for this area. Soils can change with just a distance of 30 miles and chilling hours are quite different from the Red River down to the Texas coast. Chilling hours refers to the amount of time in the winter where temperatures stay between 32 and 45 degrees. So, by choosing varieties that have the lowest required amount of chilling hours you can be sure that the trees will set fruit even when we have a mild winter.
You might think that if you are shopping locally that you will be finding choices that are right for this locale. Sadly, that is not always the case. You will need to do a little homework so you know that varieties that you need. Many times, especially at the big box stores, the stock they carry may have been shipped from five states away or more. Also, if you have ever tried to ask a gardening question to one of their employees, you most likely found that they did not know any more than you did. The best place to shop is at a local nurseries that have knowledgeable staff (like The Farm On Holly’s Hill!).
Below are lists of varieties that are well suited for this area. There are also links to websites with really good information about varieties, planting, and maintenance of your trees and shrubs. These selections are based on the most popular items I am asked for, but there are so many choices among fruit producing trees and shrubs. So, don’t be boxed in try your hand at Papaws, Mayhaws, or JuJubes. The extension websites have lots of great information on these more unusual selections.
Starkrimson Red Delicious
Starkspur Golden Delicious
|Varieties for Low Chill Regions|
|Varieties for Medium Chill Regions|