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need help with fruit trees for southern Oregon!

Posted by kawaiineko_gardener 5a ( on
Fri, Aug 23, 13 at 21:24

Yes I know that this subforum is meant for California gardening; I looked thru the list of subforums and couldn't find anything for Oregon gardening and/or a subforum for sunset garden zones.

I am basically wondering if it's possible to grow sub-tropical fruit trees in coastal Oregon. By coastal I mean the southern most tip of Oregon, that's on the cusp of northern California. The city is Brookings. Also when Is say 'grow them' I mean without needing any protection aside from putting them in a southern area against a wall so they can absorb more heat.

According to what I've found with the growing season in brookings, it's pretty much frost free.

I'd like to know if you can grow cold hardy citrus (satsumas, tangerines, yuzu, sudachi, and kumquat) as well as some other subtropical fruits (bananas and pineapples). My inquiries are also about pomegranates, jujubes, and Asian persimmons.

I'm also wondering if you can just grow normal run-of-the-mill fruit tree varieties or if it would be too hot in Brookings (by 'normal' I mean apples, peaches, plums etc.)

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RE: need help with fruit trees for southern Oregon!

  • Posted by socal23 USDA10/Sunset23 (My Page) on
    Fri, Aug 23, 13 at 23:24

The problem with temperate fruits (stone fruits and apples etc.) in warm climates isn't heat - it's the lack of winter chill. You shouldn't have a problem.

Jujubes and Persimmons should perform quite well for you. The rest of your selections are more problematic. Bananas and Pineapples will decline and die from lack of warmth even if temperatures remain above freezing.

Most citrus won't sweeten well under those conditions, although Kumquat should be fine if protected from frost.


RE: need help with fruit trees for southern Oregon!

Brookings, Oregon has an extremely unique microclimate - it is considered a frost-free area like much of coastal southern California (9b/10a) and many subtropical species grow there with ease. In fact, this area offers a unique weather phenomenon known as the "Brookings effect", which is similar to the heating effect of SoCal's Santa Anas. It is very mild there year round - just as likely to see 70F in January as it is in July but rare to exceed high 80's even in midsummer.

Although I have no firsthand personal knowledge of the area, it is sometimes referred to as a "banana belt" and reportedly all manner of citrus, palms and bananas and other semitropical fruits grow well. With the more temperate fruits, you want to select varieties that excel in cool summer climates - any of the fruits that are recommended for the Puget Sound area should work well in Brookings.......we just can't grow lemons outdoors all year :-))

RE: need help with fruit trees for southern Oregon!

When I visited Brookings I saw, queen palms, date palms, fan and windmill palms, cactus, agave, and mandarin oranges.

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