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Old 06-14-2008, 10:23 AM
 
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I would be very interested to find out what fruit trees can be potentially planted in one's backyard. Do apple trees thrive there? Any trees that bear fruit relatively fast?
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Old 06-14-2008, 10:48 AM
 
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if you google johnston county plants it will come up types of plants that will thrive in this area. ncsu.edu
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Old 06-14-2008, 10:52 AM
 
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Growing up here, we had peach trees, pear trees and cherry trees which all yeilded plenty of fruit (except the birds ate most of the cherries!). I think people do plant apple trees but they do much better in the cooler regions like the NC mountains. You can also do well with berry bushes like blackberries, blueberries, strawberries etc.
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Old 06-14-2008, 10:57 AM
 
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My mother has apple trees in northern Wake County. They do produce some fruit, but it is really only suitable for deer. I think they took about 3-5 years to bear fruit. In addition to Lamishra's suggestions, you could consider nut trees (Pecans!).
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Old 06-14-2008, 07:07 PM
 
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Peaches, pears, plums, some cherries. Depending on your micro-climate, you may be able to grow pomegranates (the Russian variety usually survives cooler temps). Rabbit eye blueberries will do well, as will blackberries and strawberries. Goji berries will grow like crazy, too, if you want something supremely healthy.
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Old 06-14-2008, 07:11 PM
 
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We just got back from our neighbors house down the street and I was surprised to see that they had peach trees and pear trees in their back yard. I didn't ask them how good the fruit tasted, but there was plenty of fruit on the trees.
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Old 06-14-2008, 07:51 PM
 
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We have peach and blueberry. The peaches are all gone - I have lots of peach jam, marmalade, chutney, and ice cream to show for it!! Blueberries will come soon
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Old 06-15-2008, 05:50 AM
 
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We just moved to a house with an old plum tree and it is really putting out the plums! I think the variety might be "damson". There'll be homemade jam soon.

I've tried planting apple trees many times over the years with no success. Our long droughty summers are not suitable for making large wet fruits, I guess. Plus the squirrels seem to eat the apples as soon as they get about a couple inches around--long before they would ripen.

So, from personal experience, try plums, avoid apples.
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Old 06-15-2008, 02:48 PM
 
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Don't forget figs! Lots of fig trees here!
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Old 06-16-2008, 11:50 PM
 
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Figs, plums, peaches, cherries and all kinds of berries yum!!
Thank you for your lovely responses.

We are moving from the bayarea where it is common to see orange trees, cherry trees, persimmon trees and the like. I am so glad to know that quite a few fruit bearing trees grow there as well - this makes me doubly excited about our move!!!
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