Fruit Trees For Zone 9 Gardens – Growing Fruit Trees In Zone 9

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By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener

What fruits grow in zone 9? The warm climate in this zone provides ideal growing conditions for many fruit trees, but many popular fruits, including apple, peach, pears and cherry, require winter chill in order to produce. Read on for more information about growing fruit trees in zone 9.

Zone 9 Fruit Tree Varieties

Below are some examples of fruit trees for zone 9.

Citrus Fruit

Zone 9 is a marginal climate for citrus, as an unexpected cold snap will put an end to many, including grapefruit and most limes. However, there are a number of cold hardy citrus trees from which to choose, including the following:

Tropical Fruits

Zone 9 is a bit too chilly for mango and papaya, but several tropical fruits are hardy enough to tolerate the area’s cool temperatures. Consider the following choices:

Other Fruits

Zone 9 fruit tree varieties also include several hardy varieties of apples, apricots, peaches and other orchard favorites. The following have been bred to thrive without long chilling periods:

Apples

  • Pink Lady (Malus domestica ‘Cripps Pink’)
  • Akane (Malus domestica ‘Akane’

Apricots

  • Flora Gold (Prunus armeniaca ‘Flora Gold’)
  • Tilton (Prunus armeniaca ‘Tilton’)
  • Golden Amber (Prunus armeniaca ‘Golden Amber’)

Cherries

  • Craig’s Crimson (Prunus aviam ‘Craig’s Crimson’)
  • English Morello sour cherry (Prunus cerasus ‘English Morello’)
  • Lambert cherry (Prunus aviam ‘Lambert’)
  • Utah Giant (Prunus aviam ‘Utah Giant’)

Figs

  • Chicago Hardy (Ficus carica ‘Chicago Hardy’)
  • Celeste (Ficus carica ‘Celeste’)
  • English Brown Turkey (Ficus carica ‘Brown Turkey’)

Peaches

  • O’Henry (Prunus persica ‘O’Henry’)
  • Suncrest (Prunus persica ‘Suncrest’)

Nectarines

  • Desert Delight (Prunus persica ‘Desert Delight’)
  • Sun Grand (Prunus persica ‘Sun Grand’)
  • Silver Lode (Prunus persica ‘Silver Lode’)

Pears

  • Warren (Pyrus communis ‘Warren’)
  • Harrow Delight (Pyrus communis ‘Harrow Delight’)

Plums

  • Burgundy Japanese (Prunus salicina ‘Burgundy’)
  • Santa Rosa (Prunus salicina ‘Santa Rosa’)

Hardy Kiwi

Unlike regular kiwi, hardy kiwi is a remarkably tough plant that produces clusters of small, tangy fruits not much larger than grapes. Suitable varieties include:

  • Hardy red (kiwi (Actinidia purpurea ‘Hardy Red)
  • Issai (Actinidia ‘Issai’)

Olives

Olive trees generally require warmer climates, but several are well-suited for zone 9 gardens.

  • Mission (Olea europaea ‘Mission’)
  • Barouni (Olea europaea ‘Barouni’)
  • Picual (Olea europaea ‘Picual’)
  • Maurino (Olea europaea ‘Maurino’)

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