By: Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer
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.
When planting fruit trees in zone 7, you may also need to plant a pollinator if the fruit tree is not a self-pollinating variety. For example, apple trees usually require another nearby apple tree or crabapple to pollinate. Honeycrisp is a recommended pollinator for Snow Sweet apple trees. Do your homework on the fruit trees you are considering so you don’t end up planting a tree that may never produce fruit. Garden center workers can also help you select the right trees and answer questions you may have, as can your local extension office.
Below are listed some common fruit trees that grow in zone 7, and their most popular varieties.
Apple trees in the landscape are great to have and these varieties do well in zone 7:
If you prefer apricots over apples, then these selections are recommended:
Most people love cherries and these zone 7 cherry trees are great additions:
Growing a fig tree is easy enough, especially varieties that thrive in zone 7 like:
Nectarines are another fruit tree favorite. Try your hand at growing these types:
If you don’t mind the fuzz, then maybe a peach tree is more to your liking. These varieties are common:
Pears are great fruits trees to consider for zone 7. Try the following:
Like their cousins, the Asian pear is another popular fruit tree in the landscape. Those for zone 7 include:
If you’re into persimmons, these tree varieties work well:
Plum trees grow easily in zone 7. Try the varieties below:
Some less common fruit trees that grow in zone 7 are:
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There are many different dwarf apple tree varieties you can choose from, and which one you choose, will completely depend on your USDA zone. Dwarf Granny Smith and Golden Delicious varieties, for example, do well in USDA zones 4 through 8, while Garden Delicious dwarf varieties do well in USDA zones 5 through 8. Whichever dwarf variety you choose to grow though, make sure you follow the care directions, and you’ll be able to grow in a large pot or container! Some other popular dwarf apple tree varieties:
Apple tree USDA zones: 4 through 8
If you live in cooler climates, a dwarf peach or apricot tree is your best bet! Not only do these trees fruit quickly, but you can also move them indoors if the cold sets in earlier. You can expect a dwarf peach or apricot tree to fruit within 1-2 years of planting. Some popular dwarf peach tree varieties:
Peach tree USDA zones: 7 through 9
Dwarf cherry trees will actually thrive in pots and containers, and their blossoms also look stunning, making them the perfect patio plant. You can choose from two types of dwarf cherry trees: sweet and sour cherries. While sweet cherries are easily found in grocery stores, sour cherries are not so common, but they’re a lot easier to grow than their sweet counterpart and make for perfect cherry pies. Some popular dwarf cherry tree varieties:
Cherry tree USDA zones: 4 through 7
Fig trees not only look stunning, but they’ll provide you with the most delicious fruit and will also thrive in pots on a patio or a small backyard. You can choose from a fully dwarf variety or a semi dwarf variety, which can grow up to 8 feet in height. They’re easy to care for and can produce a lot of fruit. Some popular dwarf fig tree varieties:
Fig tree USDA zones: 7 through 10
If you’re looking to grow something a little more unique, a dwarf pomegranate tree will be right up your alley! Pomegranate trees can live up to 200 years, which makes them a popular tree to grow. They only grow up to 3 feet in height, which makes them perfect for small spaces. Be sure to bring them indoors once weather cools down.
Pomegranate tree USDA zones: 7 through 11
One of the most popular and easiest lemon trees to grow is the Meyer lemon tree. It is a hybrid between a lemon and a mandarin orange, which not only makes delicious fruit but also looks stunning in any setting! The Meyer lemon tree grows to only 2 feet in height, which makes it perfect for small spaces as it can easily be grown in pots and containers. In the summer, the tree can be kept outdoors, while in the winter, it should be brought indoors in a warm and sunny room.
Meyer lemon tree USDA zones: 4-8 (patio) 8-11 (outdoors)
If you’re looking to grow small orange trees, the Calamondin orange is the best for the job. Although the fruit itself is very tart, and not usually consumed raw, it is best reserved for lemonades and marmalades. This orange tree looks stunning in an outdoor setting, but should be brought indoors once weather cools.
Orange tree USDA zones: 8 through 11
The above fruit trees are not the only ones you can grow in small spaces! There are a variety of shrubs which are perfectly suitable for an apartment balcony or a small backyard:
Dwarf fruit trees can be purchased at your local nursery or home hardware stores. Additionally, they’re easily found online, just be sure you’re purchasing from a reputable website. Before buying any tree or plant, make sure it looks healthy and that it is self-fertile. If the tree does not self-fertilize, you will need to purchase two.
Not all fruit trees can grow everywhere. You need to know whether or not a certain tree can grow in your climate. Check with your local nursery to see which fruit trees are best suited for your area.
For fruits to produce, they’ll need plenty of sunlight. Give your fruit trees at least 6-8 hours of direct or indirect sunlight, depending on the tree. The more sun they’ll receive, the more fruit they’ll produce, and the sweeter too!
It’s very important to choose the correct sized pot or container for your fruit tree. Trees that are top heavy, such as apples for examples, will need heavier pots, like terracotta. While plastic pots or containers are cheaper alternatives, they may need to be swapped out for heavier duty ones as they reach maturity.
Your fruit trees will need to be fertilized in order to produce fruit. Depending on what you’re growing, you’ll have different fertilizer needs. Be sure to research the type of tree you’re growing and what type of fertilizer it will need, as well as how often.
As opposed to trees that are grown directly in the ground, container grown trees will need to be watered more often. Be sure to water deeply and water often, especially during warm summer months.