Buy Oklahoma Fruit Trees, Flowering Tree, Shade Tree, Bamboo plants, Nut Trees,Grapevines, and Berry Bushes.
It is important to Oklahoma gardeners to plant bushes or trees that will mature a crop of berries or fruit as quickly as possible, or to grow a shade tree that will cool their home as soon as possible. The two choices that face the gardener are to plant a big tree or to decide on planting a fast growing tree. On the surface that sounds fine, but in OK, fast growing trees produce cell walls within the tree that are elongated and enlarged, and the normal deposits of lignin and cellulose within the cellular walls that insulate the tree from sudden freezes and temperature drops are reduced, and often this can lead to tree injury or killing of the tree. Many botanists recommend planting slow growing trees.
Ohio Weeping Willow trees, Tulip Poplar trees and the Sycamore tree are rapid growing shade trees in the State. In the fall the Ginkgo tree, the Golden Raintree trees and the Bald Cypress tree all are brightly colored yellow in the fall. Oak Trees, Red Maple trees and the Elm tree are all native trees to Oklahoma. The Sassafras tree and the Green Ash trees grow into enormous shade tree specimens. The Japanese Magnolia tree and the Southern Magnolia are both good shade tree and also are beautiful flowering trees in Ohio. The Japanese Magnolia trees shed their leaves in the winter and are covered with huge, fragrant pink flowers in the spring. The Southern Magnolia grandiflora tree is an evergreen shade tree that develops hug white flowers in the summer and fall that are very aromatic. The red, white and pink dogwood trees are excellent flowering trees in early spring, along with the Redbud tree and the blue and purple Wisteria trees. The fast growing Lombardy poplar tree often in the juvenile growing stage can surge 10 feet in one season, making an excellent privacy screen or wind break. The Sour Wood tree produces spectacular colored leaves in the fall after the first frost.
The State of Oklahoma is located in USDA zones 6 and 7, and both zones are favorable sites for growing a large selection of fruit trees. Apple tree and the Golden Delicious apples tree are standard apple tree orchard selections. The Arkansas Black apple tree cultivar grows apples with a tart, juicy and delicious apple that can be made into apple cider, apple pie and apple juice.
Elberta peach trees are very productive, especially, in the Tulsa, Oklahoma suburbs. The Red Haven peaches grow on a fast growing grafted peach tree rootstock that ripens peaches in the summer. The Red Haven peach is a free-stone peach tree that is especially popular to make into peach ice cream. The Sun Red nectarine (peach without fuzz) tastes very similar to the Red Haven peach and it is popular for planting as a freestone fruit tree. Red plums such as the AU Rubrum plum tree is very productive with a balanced flavor, somewhere in between sour and sweet. Green Egg plum trees grow a plum that when ripe is green in color, and the acid, sour taste is very favorable and attractive to expectant mothers. Yellow gold plum trees mature in early summer, and when completely ripe the plums are juicy with a honey-sweet flavor. Kieffer pears, moon glow pear and LeConte pear trees are standard fruit trees for Oklahoma gardeners, and pears are best picked from the pear trees in the early fall, and then ripened on the kitchen shelf into a full mellowness and softness. Both sweet cherry trees and sour cherry trees will grow well in Oklahoma backyard gardens. Montmorency red cherry trees and red North Star cherries are the best sour pie cherries to grow, and the Black Tartarian cherry and the Bing cherry trees are the most popular sweet cherries that can be picked off the trees for fresh eating during the summer.
Fig trees such as the Brown turkey and the Tennessee mountain fig trees are cold hardy enough to grow in OK, zone 7. The recent introduction, Chicago Hardy fig is cold hardy to zone 5, and survived the extreme winter frigid temperatures in Illinois in the year, 2014. The Texas Everbearing fig tree is also a popular zone 7 fig tree for OK. The Nikita's Gift persimmon tree is very cold hardy and the persimmon fruit is delicious to eat when completely ripe and juicy, and this persimmon came from Russia, near the coast of the Black Sea.
Both black and red raspberry plants are productive in Oklahoma backyard gardens. The Cumberland black raspberry plants produce large crops of delicious, juicy raspberries with a sweet taste and the berries begin ripening during the late summer. The Boyne red raspberry plant is very cold hardy and a prolific producer of multiple canes that are loaded with clusters of red raspberries. The Heritage red raspberry originated in New York State and grows well in Oklahoma. Many thornless blackberry plants are planted at pick-your-own blackberry, organic farms. The new thornless blackberry plants from Arkansas University research produce a much sweeter and more flavorful blackberry than the first cultivar, Black Satin thornless blackberry, that many growers regarded as being bland in taste. Blueberry plants are not generally a good choice berry for growing in Oklahoma, because the soils are too alkaline and blueberry plants do not grow well unless the soils are very acid. Blueberry plants can be grown in OK if the soils are amended with peat moss or sulfur.
Muscadine grape vines grow well in Oklahoma, zone 7, and seedless grape vines, such as the Red Flame seedless grape and the Thompson white seedless grapes are productive. The wine grape vines grow favorably in OK and bunch grapevines, like the Blue Concord, the White Niagara grapevine and the Catawba bunch grape are all excellent Oklahoma grapevine choices.
Preservation of wildlife refuges is important to those lovers of birds, hunters and wildlife animal lovers. The Kieffer pear trees are slow to ripen in the fall and have a hard texture that makes them excellent fruit trees, like the American persimmon tree for feeding deer and game birds in the late fall and winter when food sources are scarce. The Chickasaw plum tree, the red mulberry trees and the native crabapple trees also when ripe emit a strong aromatic scent that attracts that trophy deer to eat the fruit. The autumn olive trees, elderberry plants and strawberry bushes provide a choice selection of ripening berries, and the blackberry bush and dewberries vines that grow along the edge of the fields are protected from predators by the thorns and provide berries for small birds, racoons and squirrels. The Turkey oak tree and the Gobbler oak trees attract flocks of turkey with the small acorns. The sawtooth oak tree is a hunters favorite tree to plant because it produces acorns when only 5 years old, and the white oak trees produce very substantial loads of ripe acorns for grazing wildlife animals.
Most nut trees grow well in OK, such as the Hall's Hardy almond tree, that is a very cold hardy almond. The American black walnut trees produce walnuts that are crunchy and tasty, and the expensive black walnut tree produces a wood that is very valuable. Filbert trees (hazelnut trees) are native to the US like the famous, American chestnut tree. The Chinese chestnut tree is very productive when reaching the bearing age and chestnuts ripen in late summer or early fall in OK. The American Chestnut tree produces large, very sweet thin shelled nuts as the tree matures. Pecan trees such as the Pawnee pecan , Oconee pecan tree and the Northern James pecans are excellent choices for planting in Oklahoma, since they are so cold hardy. Many other cultivars of pecan trees of more southern origin and parentage will not produce pecans some seasons, because of late frosts in the spring while the pecan flowers are in a vulnerable stage.
In Oklahoma bamboo plant privacy screens are fast growing and provide a landscape block for noise and toxic automobile fumes or from unwanted visitors or intruders. The bamboo plant clumps grow into dense leafy living fences that purify the air and convert the toxic carbon dioxide gas into breathable Oxygen. OK bamboo plants are easy to grow when planted in full sun or some shade and in an damp organic embedded soil, but it is important to plant a cold hardy bamboo plant species that will survive cold winter temperatures of below zero F degrees. The beautiful colors of blue, yellow and black stems also have random variegated streaks in the bamboo poles and in the leaves. You can buy and grow your own bamboo privacy screen from the Ty Ty Bamboo Nursery, tytyga.com, and the living bamboo plants will be shipped to you immediately in boxes directly and delivered to your front doorstop, anytime during the year.
For those gardeners who love rare and unusual plants in Oklahoma, Agave plant, Yucca trees and Aloe plants are native to the American deserts in the West, and the Yucca gloriosa, (Spanish Bayonet), the Yucca filamentosa 'Color Guard' and the Yucca brevifolia (Joshua Tree) are cold hardy and can grow out of doors in OK. The Red Yucca has leaves that turn red during the cold of the winter, and in the summer orange flowers grow on a 3 foot tall inflorescence. Desert aloe and agave plants (xeriscape) are easy to grow and require no attention, no fertilizing and are storehouses of water during droughts. The Century plant, Agave americana 'Marginata' is a brightly variegated striped leaf plant, and the Agave attenuata is a spineless agave plant. The Agave tequilana is imbedded with a sweet flavored juice that can be fermented into the drink, tequila. The Aloe vera is a healing first aid cure for fire ant bites, wasp stings and skin burns.