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I think if we get a lot of input from everyone here, this could be a super valuable resource for figuring out which fruit trees and berries will grow best in your area.

You are in the right spot if you are in a Continental Climate Hardiness Zone 5- warm to cool summers and very cold winters. In the winter, this zone can experience snowstorms, strong winds, and very cold temperatures(source)

If you think you are not in the right spot or you want to check your climate zone and hardiness zone for sure, click on the main thread to find out and get additional information Fruit Trees and Berries that Grow Best in Your Area Naturally and it will have a link to your specific climate zone and hardiness zone for you to post!


Familiar places in this area...

Wheaton Labs, Missoula, Montana, USA


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This list won't be perfect, as there are so many different factors that affect a fruit tree's growth, but it should be a good help by seeing which trees do well for others in a similar area who have had success with a particular variety. By growing trees that are already slightly adapted to your area, saving the seeds, and growing new fruit trees, you could help create many more new varieties that are very adapted to your specific area!

Hardiness zones are one important factor and show the average annual minimum temperature for a location. You can click on https://garden.org/nga/zipzone/index.php?zip=27822&q=find_zone&submit=Go+%3E to find your exact hardiness zone, and there are also links to lots of other good information.


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Fruit tree nurseries usually list hardiness zones for their fruit trees, but I've often found they tend to exaggerate the growing zones and are often unreliable.

They often leave out one very important aspect... climate zones.

What is a climate zone you may ask?

A climate zone takes other important things into consideration, such as humidity and rainfall. There are many different subsets and climate zones, but I believe this website does a great job of simplifying it into a few main climate zones...

A) Tropical- hot and humid, average temperatures are greater than 64°F (18°C) year-round and there is more than 59 inches of precipitation each year

B) Dry- dry (not humid) and little precipitation

C) Temperate- warm and humid summers with thunderstorms and mild winters

D) Continental- warm to cool summers and very cold winters. In the winter, this zone can experience snowstorms, strong winds, and very cold temperatures—sometimes falling below -22°F (-30°C)!



If you live in the US, you should be able to tell your general climate zone based on the map below and the descriptions above of what it should be like there.

I couldn't find a great general map for Canada and other countries, but you should be able to generally tell from the descriptions above. If you want to find out your exact climate zone, you can check out a cool map here World Climate Zones to find your zone with links at the bottom of the page based on the color, that you can click on with detailed information of your climate zone.


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This should be a huge help to others with that same climate and hardiness zone to help them decide what to plant!

If you could post your general location in your state or country with your reply, that would be an awesome help!

The trees should be able to grow well naturally without extensive disease or pest control.
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Ugh - didn't realize there were several of these posts, and I'm in the wrong one, and with a useless post. Sorry.
 
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I'm in 5a. What I have growing:

Trees
Apple: Lodi, Pound Sweet, Grimes Golden, crap I can't remember the rest
Plums: Oullin, Italian, Starking Delicious
Peach: Contender. Does well in drought
Medlar
Almond Trees: Hall's Hardy survived my dog

Berries
Illini Blackberry- survived a lot of drought
Goji Berry
Just took some rasberry cuttings
Aronia berry- did ok, made it through one winter but was eaten by pests
Seaberry is the same as Aronia berry but not as drought tolerant
Elderberry- gets eaten to the ground ever year but comes back, though never gotten anything from it

I'm sure there is more but it's cold and snowy and I need to go physically look to remember most of this.
 
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elle sagenev wrote:I'm in 5a. What I have growing:

Trees
Apple: Lodi, Pound Sweet, Grimes Golden, crap I can't remember the rest
Plums: Oullin, Italian, Starking Delicious
Peach: Contender. Does well in drought
Medlar
Almond Trees: Hall's Hardy survived my dog

Berries
Illini Blackberry- survived a lot of drought
Goji Berry
Just took some rasberry cuttings
Aronia berry- did ok, made it through one winter but was eaten by pests
Seaberry is the same as Aronia berry but not as drought tolerant
Elderberry- gets eaten to the ground ever year but comes back, though never gotten anything from it

I'm sure there is more but it's cold and snowy and I need to go physically look to remember most of this.



Awesome list Elle with varieties and other helpful info!

 
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