Kansas Grape Vines, Berry Bushes, Flowering Trees, Fruit Trees and Nut Tree Selections.
A number of nut trees are successfully grown in Kansas. The Shagbark hickory nut trees, Carya ovata, produces a tasty kernel that is similar but is richer than the flavor of a pecan nut. The American Black Walnut tree (Juglans nigra) grows into a valuable timber tree, and the walnut kernels are tasty and crunchy. Several pecan cultivars are good for growing, Carya illinoiensis, in Northern States. The James pecan tree produces a medium sized pecan, and the kernels are straw-yellow in color with a rich flavor. The James pecans have a papershell unlike the thick, though-to-crack other Northern Pecan trees that are offered by some online nursery companies.
Grapevines can be grown in most of the United States and in Northwest Kansas, where the temperatures some years may drop to minus 45 degrees F. It is important to plant the best grape vine cultivars to withstand the extreme winter temperatures. The famous New England grapes, blue Concord, white Niagara, red Catawba grape and the Fredonia Black Grape vines have all been tested for many years at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, and all these New England grape vine cultivars are recommended for planting in Kansas.
Red raspberry plants are recommended for growing in Kansas, and cultivars such as the Heritage red raspberry plant and the Boyne raspberry plants will survive Kansas' frigid winters. Black raspberry plants such as the Cumberland black raspberry bush and Purple raspberry bushes are also productive in Kansas.
Red raspberry plants are recommended for growing in Kansas, and cultivars such as the Heritage red raspberry plant and the Boyne raspberry plants will survive Kansas frigid winters. Black raspberry plants such as the Cumberland black raspberry bush, and the purple raspberry bushes are also productive in Kansas. Horticulturists at Kansas State University, Manhattan KS, do not recommend either thorny blackberry plants or thornless blackberry bushes, since they do not survive temperatures in USDA zone map, 5.
Blueberry plants do not normally do well normally in Kansas, because of wild Kansas temperature swings and the Mid-west, alkaline soil profiles. Planting blueberries in KS is a risky investment that is generally avoided.
Numerous flowering trees will be ideal for planting in Kansas landscapes. Flowering crabapple trees bloom in colors of red, white and pink. White dogwood trees and white Cleveland select flowering pear trees blossom in an abundant show of color in early Kansas spring season. The Redbud tree is a native tree like the white flowering dogwood tree, and the Redbud tree is a choice planting companion for Dogwood trees. The Golden rain tree is a beautiful yellow- flowering, Kansas tree that forms flowers in early summer. The Golden rain tree blossoms turn into beautiful ornamental lanterns that change from a delicate pink in color to a tan and brown color in fall.
Fruit tree planting in Kansas is successful, if the planting is done in USDA, zone 5. In Northwest Kansas, the Braeburn, Fuji apples tree, and Red Rome apple trees are selected to survive the extreme cold, according to Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas. In other state wide locations, the Gala apple, Jonathon apple tree and the Granny Smith apples will survive. Sour cherries (pie cherry tree) will survive and produce cherries in profusion. The Montmorency cherry tree and the North Star cherry trees are the fastest growing sour cherries best for KS gardens. The Moorpark Apricot tree is suitable for planting, and the apricot flavor is sweet and juicy. The Moonglow pear tree and the cold hardy, improved Kieffer pear trees are highly productive and fast growing in Kansas City, KS. locations. Plum trees, Prunus americana, are native to KS, and the fruit of plum trees is an important wildlife food item. The Stanley plum trees are one of the few grafted plum trees that can survive the cold temperatures of the Northwest portion of the State.