New Jersey Fruit Trees, Blueberry Bushes, Shade and Nut Trees.
New Jersey is known as the “Garden State,” and the State tree is a shade tree called the Northern Red Oak Tree (Quercus rubra) . Agriculture is extremely important in New Jersey, NJ fruit trees are highly promoted by Rutgers University. New Jersey gardeners favor planting Fruit trees, shade trees and flowering trees in home gardens. Popular N.J. Flowering trees are Japanese flowering cherry, dogwood (Cornus florida) and white flowering pear trees. The rich soil in New Jersey is highly adaptable for numerous shade trees such as an Elm tree, Maple or Ginkgo trees. Many native oak trees to New Jersey are used in home landscapes. Fruit trees are extremely important for fruit truck farming and New Jersey is the 4th largest producer of peach trees in the nation. White and yellow peaches are a favorite N.J. fruit tree for commercial peach orchard production. Nectarine, plum and pear tree orchards are perfect for the New Jersey soil profile, and abundant fruit production comes from Southern regions of NJ.
A wide range of NJ temperatures on USDA zone maps of zone 5, 6 and 7 favor sweet and sour cherry tree production and many fruiting cherries are commercially grown as well as in the backyards of many New Jersey homes.
Nut tree, evergreen pine trees and flowering cherry trees are favorite plants in the NJ garden. The most favored New Jersey nut trees are walnut trees, chestnut trees and pecan nut trees. Northern cultivars of pecan tree nuts are best adapted to N.J. temperatures and the Thomas Black walnut tree is often loaded with black walnuts the first year of planting.
Blueberry plants are a very important crop in New Jersey where 40 million dollars worth are produced commercially each year, where the nearby blueberry plant research center Beltsville, Md .has produced blueberries that are perfect for the rich organic soil types at N.J. home orchards. The Blueberry research station has also produced and supervised Rabbiteye type blueberry plants that are not native to NJ soils but originated from outcrops of wild blueberry plants in Southern soils. These Rabbiteye blueberry plants are also being tested in New Jersey for lengthening a possible season extension crops of blueberries.
Exotic fruits and rare fruit of Medlar trees, Jujube, Paw Paw tree can be successfully grown in New Jersey and several grafted Mulberry tree cultivars produce heavy crops. The Jujube tree, Medlar and black mulberry trees will produce fruit the first year, if bearing sized fruit trees are planted in New Jersey gardens. Cold Hardy Fig Trees can be successfully grown to fruit, if the proper cold hardy fig tree cultivar is planted. From New Jersey, Ty Ty Nursery has received numerous reports of fig tree survival, whereas cultivars like the Cold Hardy, Tennessee mountain fig tree is grown. The New Jersey government has promoted, not only fruit tree orchards for human consumption, but heavy government emphasis has been given by environmentalists to plant nut trees, berry plants and fruit trees for wildlife survival. Wildlife animals such as deer, turkey, geese and duck that depend on fruits, wildlife native berries and wildlife seeds that are found in NJ forests for survival : wildlife habitats in New Jersey must be protected for wildlife animals to prosper.
Windmill palm trees are very popular in many Northern States such as New Jersey, and the windmill palm tree will survive the coldest winters in N.J. to give that exotic tropical look around pools and patios. Needle palm trees also grow well in New Jersey and even North into New York, but the windmill palm tree grows much faster than the needle palm that is considered a dwarf palm tree. Some New Jersey gardeners have planted another dwarf palm tree, called the best privacy blocker hedge that can be planted in New Jersey.