Apples are a famously popular fruit tree, and with good reason. They’re tough, they’re delicious, and they’re a real mainstay of American cooking and beyond. Not all apple trees will grow in all climates, however, and it’s a good idea to pick a tree that’s suited to your zone before you plant and wind up disappointed. Keep reading to learn more about planting apples in zone 7 and some of the best zone 7 apples.
What Makes Planting Apples in Zone 7 Different?
With lots of plants, the biggest temperature concern is freeze damage. While this is a problem with apple trees, it’s not the only thing to take into consideration. Apples, like many fruit trees, have chilling requirements. This means they need a certain number of hours below 45 degrees F. (7 C.) in order to enter and emerge from dormancy and set new flowers and fruit.
If the weather is too warm for your variety of apple, it won’t produce. By the same token, if the weather is too cold or too fluctuating, it could seriously damage the tree. Let’s take a look at some apple trees for zone 7 conditions.
What Apple Trees Grow in Zone 7?
Akane – Suitable to zones 5 through 9, this apple is tough and adaptable. Akane produces small, flavorful fruits very consistently.
Honeycrisp – Good in zones 3 through 8, this is a popular apple that you’ve probably seen in grocery stores. Honeycrisp doesn’t tolerate combined heat and low humidity, though.
Gala – Suitable to zones 4 through 8, it’s extremely popular and tasty. Gala needs plenty of water to produce consistently big fruits.
Red Delicious – Red delicious are suited to zones 4 through 8. Much better than the kind you’ll find in the grocery store, particularly older strains with green stripes on the fruit.