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Q: Appropriate Fruit Trees for Planting Zone

By on October 29, 2009

A set of  PVFS Customer Emails with Staff Responses.


I received my fall 2009 catalog and see you carry Redhaven peach trees. I would like to know if they come on Citation rootstock or, if not, what rootstock do they come on?


Yes, the Redhaven Peach trees come on Citation rootstock. The bare root trees are available for order now, but will not begin shipping until December. Please feel free to contact me directly with any further questions.

Thank you for your interest and happy Fall!


I have a few more questions.  I live in The Scott Valley In the Siskiyous, Sunset zone 1.  We get about 90 days between 3 day freezes. I would like to know if my selections will be alright.  1) Harcot on Citation, 2) Chinese on Citation, 3) Italian/Europ Plum on Citation, 4) Craig’s Crimson Cherry?   Also will Harcot or Chinese polinate Tomcot?


Sunset zone 1 indicates that you are in a very northern hard freeze area?  I’m afraid I am unable to determine where you live?  The Harcot & Chinese recommends within zones 4-9.  The Tomcot is recommended in zones 7-9.  This would suggest that these trees would not survive the winters.  Do you have a local Master Gardener’s Cooperative in your county?  They could probably help with the local particulars.

Please write back with high and low average temps and your location so I can better serve you.


Thanks again for your help.

I live in Etna CA. US zone 7, sunset zone 1, but I buy all my trees for zone 4. We have vary short season so it can get pretty cold early in september. I already have a Tomcot apricot and need to know if Harcot or Chineese will polinate Tomcot? and will Italian/Europ Plum do alright here?


Looks like the Italian/Euro Plum will do fine in your area, it’s recommendation is for zones 4-9, it blooms late (this is good), and does well in colder regions.

The Tomcot is semi self fruitful but will yield more fruit with any other Apricots in the area.  So you should see more fruit with either the Chinese or Harcot nearby.

The Cherry tree you inquired about may have some challenges with the freezing, if you can put it on a south side close to a building it may do alright, it is zoned for areas 5-10.  The Montmorency and the Van are the only Cherries zoned 4-9.  The Montmorency is self-fruitful, the Van needs pollination by any other sweet cherry.

See our Bare Root Planting Guide here.

  Comments (4)


In Ocoee, Florida, our code enforcement for new subdivisions posted a list of ‘trash’ trees.  One of these was the mulberry which grows wild in Florida and was often found in the right of way of the roads.  Woodsmen took them out, and the city rules were that you had to have two trees per lot on a new subdivision at least two inches in diameter at chest high.  My question is this:  is there a mulberry tree which does not carry the Shiite liver parasite in the pulp, that would be suitable to make the mulberry cobbler that we had when our grandmothers cooked?

Posted by Michael T. Branche on Dec. 09, 2011 at 5:52:28 PM


You do not seem to carry a variety of low-chill peach trees?  What to do in zone 9?

Posted by Diane Williams on Jan. 06, 2013 at 12:42:44 PM

Michael T. Branche, I could not find any information about mulberries with liver parasites. The Red Mulberry is native to Florida (here is info about that and other mulberry trees from the Univ. of Florida Extension columns/Mulberry Tree.htm) The mulberry trees that we carry are Persian, Pakistan, and Black The fruit is so flavorful; any would be good cobbler ingredients, but I don’t know which one was most used in our grandmothers’ generation.

Posted by on Jan. 09, 2013 at 3:18:16 PM

Diane Williams, There just aren’t very many low-chill peach varieties in the world. UC Davis book The Home Orchard lists just a handful, compared to the varieties available for higher chill areas. Famous low-chill peaches that we carry are Babcock, Red Baron, and Eva’s Pride. Also interesting is our 3-in-1 peach tree, with 3 low-chill varieties on one tree. See them all here

Posted by on Jan. 09, 2013 at 3:28:20 PM

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