Almonds, Apples, Cherries, Nectarines, Pears, Peaches and Plums grow well in the Truckee Meadows. For more fruit and beautiful flowers, trees can be pruned back quite severely at the end of each year's growing season.
Apples are such beautiful companion trees. In good old Johnny Appleseed fashion, apple trees have followed human beings in migration all over the world providing incredible food and beauty in an abundance enough for birds and friends and neighbors alike. Apples help bring us together.
This year our selection includes Red Delicious, Scarlet Sentinal, Spartan, Sweet Sixteen. Simi Dwarfs include Golden Delicious, Red McIntosh, Red Wealthy, and Spy.
You can tell when you look at an almond tree that it is related to the cheery, peach, and plum family. Plus, they provide us with one of the most delicious foods on the planet, so great as snaks, but also for cooking and baking. They grow well here, too, so the beauty of the great almond orchards of California can be enjoyed right here in our own valley.
If you have a wide, sunny location with a good depth of well drained soil -- not too damp, not too exposed, but with good air circulation -- a cherry tree might be a great addition. We like the Black Tartarian Cherry for its high yield of beautiful, medium-sized fruit, almost black in color.
Our favorite nectarine this year is the Artic Jay. This hardy tree offers 3 inch, very sweet, white-fleshed freestone fruit with a perfect balance between acid and sugar. At some locations, this necterine is the first tree to bloom in the spring.
It's important that you find the right place to grow your fruit trees, so keep in mind that all fruit trees need full sun to grow well, especially to produce fruit, and well drained soil is also key. Just as important is finding trees that are hardy for our unique region. Come in and see our selection. Be sure to bring your questions so we can help you choose the perfect trees.
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