It’s fruit tree planting time
November 15th, 2009
How is your home orchard? Fall is the time of year to start planning and planting perennials here in Southern California. That means that you can start planting native plants, drought tolerant shrubs and lots and lots of trees. Here at Full Circle we especially love fruit trees. Fruit trees can serve so many purposes.
They can be ornamental, adding seasonal beauty to a landscape. A peach tree in full blossom is a sight to behold. Thousands of flowers adorn the branches for a few weeks every spring. Persimmon trees have beautiful leaves that turn from green to orange in the fall. They really make you feel in touch with the changing of the seasons. In winter, citrus fruits take on jewel tones with a few cold nights- citrus fruit’s color deepens with dropping temperatures. Brightly colored oranges, grapefruits and lemons are lovely against their deep green foliage. Fruit trees can be used like other ornamental trees in the landscape. They can be treated as specimens, adding a focal point to a yard. Or they can be massed together to create a wall of green. Some can be trained to grow in specific ways such as espalier. I have trained apple trees over a trellis framing my front walkway. Soon, I will have juicy apples hanging down as I walk up my front steps.
Then of course, fruit trees can provide valuable shade in a landscape. They can protect plants beneath them from blazing sun. Deciduous trees (those that lose their leaves in the winter) planted around a house can block harsh summer sun while allowing the light in during the winter when we need the precious warmth of those few hours of daylight. They can also shade a hammock or favorite seating area.
And then of course there is the fruit. There is a wide variety of fruit that grows in our climate. We can grow apples, peaches, plums, pears, oranges, avocados and even more tropical treats like mangos and bananas. There are far more exotic fruits that we can grow, but these are a good start.
We can help you with existing fruit trees, select a single tree for a small space, or plan an entire home orchard.
The picture above is of a quince. Learn more about quince here.