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Fruit trees for south-central Illinois

by Uncle Oswald

Having recently moved from South Africa to central Illinois, I have a question about fruit trees. What kind of fruit trees are suitable for the area I am in - will peaches and pears grow here?


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fruit, trees, illinois

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Welcome! The right tree is really important. The cold winters can be problematic for some fruits like peaches, sweet cherries and nectarines. I found a really good article at http://urbanext.illinois.edu/fruit/tree.cfm?section=tree about what grows well in Illinois. Some varieties are: <br/>Tart cherries: &#x27;Montmorency,&#x27; &#x27;Meteor,&#x27; &#x27;Suda Hardy,&#x27; &#x27;Mesabi&#x27;, &#x27;North Star.&#x27; All are self-fruitful, so cross-pollination is not needed. <br/>Pears: &#x27;Maxine&#x27; or &#x27;Starking Delicious,&#x27; &#x27;Seckel,&#x27; &#x27;Harrow Delight&#x27;, &#x27;Anjou,&#x27; &#x27;Bosc,&#x27; &#x27;Duchess Stark,&#x27; &#x27;Moonglow.&#x27; &#x27;Maxine&#x27; and &#x27;Starking Delicious&#x27; do not pollinate each other. &#x27;Seckel&#x27; and &#x27;Bartlett&#x27; will not pollinate each other. <br/>There is a large list of apples that do well in that article as well. <br/> <br/>I&#x27;d love to hear what you select and how it grows for you!
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gardengirl commented on 06/23/12

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