Fruit Trees, Nut Trees and Palm Trees for Pennsylvania Gardens
The Granny Smith Apple tree is a popular green apple tree that is ideal for Pennsylvania gardens that ripens during the first week of November. The Arkansas Black apple tree ripens red-black fruited apples one week earlier, and both the Granny Smith apples and the Arkansas Black Apples show up in super markets for pre-thanksgiving sales. One of the earliest ripening Pennsylvania apple trees is the Golden Delicious Apple tree that ripens during the last week of September, and the Red Rome apple trees ripen three weeks later in mid October. Many Pennsylvania gardeners plant apples that ripen over an extended period to supply apples fresh from the tree and to extend the season for organic pick-your-own apple orchards. Cross pollination is necessary between two separate apple cultivars to produce apples in PA, however, many Pennsylvania gardeners prefer to plant Crabapple trees, that are perfect pollinators, since the pollen production is enormous in quantity and the extended pollination period assures that almost any apple cultivar planted will fruit. The Dolgo Crabapple and the Transcendent crabapple trees are grafted crabapples that reliably grow fruit and pollen.
Pear fruit trees are very productive in Pennsylvania fruit orchards and like most apple trees, pear trees ripen the fruit in September beginning about August 10. Asian pears can also be grown in Pennsylvania gardens, and the new North Korean pear is huge in size, and one of the most delicious pears you'll ever eat.
The Red skin peach tree and the Redhaven peach tree top the list for favorite pennsylvania peaches. Reliance peach trees are also very good PA peach choices for red peaches. White peaches are a favorite July 4th peach for feasting on peaches and cream or peach ice cream.
Early Gold plums cn aripen as early as July 10th in Pennsylvania, closely followed by Methley, ripening a week later. Even though the A,U. Plum is an Auburn University, Alabama, plum tree development, the Auburn University, A.U. Plum is widely planted in PA gardens and fruit orchards. Many other new A.U. Plum trees will probably be successfully planted in Pennsylvania. Cherry tree planting in PA. is mostly limited to Sour cherries (tart) that are self pollinated. The North Star Cherry tree and Montmorency sour cherries are used in making cherry pies and are well adapted as cold hardy cherry trees throughout Pennsylvania. Apricots are adaptable to PA. fruit tree orchards and an apricot tree can be expected to ripen at about the same time as peaches. Nectarines (fuzzless peaches) are becoming more popular to grow than peach trees, because of new improved hybrid nectarine trees cultivars like the Fantasia nectarine and the Sunred nectarine.
Several Nut trees are satisfactory to grow in Pennsylvania. The American black walnut nut tree and the shagbark hickory nut trees are native nut trees in PA. and the black walnuts are cold hardy nut hybrid called 'Hican' and it can be successfully planted in Pennsylvania. The James pecan tree is a cold hardy papershell pecan tree that can be used as a self pollinated pecan tree for the backyard gardener. The butternut (white walnut is a cold hardy walnut that ripens the nuts in late fall.
Blueberry plants are native to much of the U.S. and Pennsylvania. Highbush blueberry plants are grown on large PA berry plant farms. The native PA. blue berry plants commonly grow in heavy organic soils in wet areas. The extensive fibrous root system of blueberries feed heavily on decayed leaves and mold, and the blueberry plants appear to be the most popular berry planted on organic pick-you-own operations. Red raspberries are successful and cold hardy bushes that are planted in Pennsylvania gardens and the Latham red raspberry is especially popular.
Much interest in PA has come from the introductions of cold hardy windmill palm trees that are grown in Northern States and even Canada. The tropical appearance of the windmill palm tree makes it perfect in planting near pools and patios for the tropical plant. The windmill palm tree is the most cold hardy palm followed by the needle palm tree. The Needle Palm tree is also a cold hardy Northern palm that will survive the frigid Pennsylvania winters, however, the Needle Palm tree is slow growing but very tropical to enjoy in the garden. The Black Bamboo plant is a great private screen for blocking out traffic noise and animals, and the Golden Goddess bamboo and blue Henon bamboo plants add color to your hedges as a private barrier. Clumping bamboo's are important containerizing plants to grow inside the house or office. Bamboo has many uses such as bamboo fishing poles and long lasting bamboo furniture and bamboo flooring.