Fruit Trees for South Louisiana

We have already planted a satsuma in our front yard that will eventually displace the tulip tree in the corner. Now it’s time to think about what tree will replace the lagustrum up against the house: I’m hoping for another fruit tree. First, because I would just as soon get some productivity out of any plant that I can, and, second, well, who doesn’t like to walk out of their house and eat something?

Citrus trees of all kinds grow easily in south Louisiana, as well as fig, persimmon, and paw paw trees. (When was the last time you even heard someone talk about a paw paw tree? I don’t even hear kids sing about it anymore — how did that song go?) I love figs, but in front of the house I would like something with a bit more height. A fig tree might be possible elsewhere, as we slowly narrow the amount of lawn there is in the front yard. (Less mowing = good.) Peach trees are also a possibility, but who knew you could grow a variety of apple? (And it’s self-pollinating.) Here’s a link to Willis Orchards for the Ein Shemer variety of apples:

> The Ein Shemer Apple Tree is another very low chilling selection from Israel. It bears young and is very productive. Ein Shemer Apple Trees are a large, Golden Delicious type, with a crisp tart flavor and a good quality flesh. The Ein Shemer is an excellent multi-use southern apple that ripens mid-June to early July, after the Anna Apple Tree. The Ein Shemer Apple Tree is a self-fertile apple tree. 350 chill hours.

I didn’t know about chill hours. I don’t know if we got anywhere near 350 hours this past winter. Frankly, I would be surprised if we broke the one hundred mark.