Fruits

Fruit Trees of the United States

The cultivation of U.S. fruit trees has concentrated production in the states of California and Florida, where citrus fruits, peaches, apples, strawberries, nuts and pears are the predominant fruit trees in the area, although some tropical fruit trees are also produced.

The warm climate of the south of the country is suitable for all kinds of fruit trees, mainly the state of Georgia. The diversity of fruit trees is extensive in many areas of the United States, however the most suitable climate is that of Georgia, due to its soil, rainfall and climate.

U.S. Fruit Trees: Peach

This tree is one of the most appreciated by farmers in Georgia, since the soil conditions of the area are sandy and clayey, promoting the good drainage it requires. They also require sunlight and regular pruning to avoid limiting sun exposure.

Peach trees can reach between 15 and 30 feet and their harvest occurs from late summer to autumn.

Fruit Trees of the United States: Manzano

The wild apple tree is the only tree native to North America. In the United States, this tree is one of the most harvested, finding red, green and yellow apples and a variety of more than 2500 species, of which only 100 are commercialized.

Of the 52 states in the country, 50 grow apples of some variety and 36 produce commercial varieties, estimating that the average of an apple orchard is 50 acres. The time it takes for an apple tree to bear fruit for the first time is four to five years, and most species are harvested by hand in the fall season.

The existing diversity allows you to find tiny apples, the size of a cherry and also very large, the size of a grapefruit. This tree, which is grown mainly in the north of the country and whose fruits delight the world belongs to the Rosaceae family and each apple tree can produce 840 pounds of fruit per harvest.

One of the main varieties produced in Washington state is the Apple Gala, which is typical of an arid climate and requires water, nutrient-rich soil, abundant water and cultivation practices to produce higher quality fruits.

U.S. Fruit Trees: Orange

The United States is one of the leading producers of orangesThe orange tree is small and evergreen, sensitive to low temperatures and requires water and light for its fruits to ripen.

This tree belongs to the family of the Rutáceas, genus Citrus, species Citrus and is a subtropical species, therefore it does not withstand frost.

The area of cultivation of oranges in the United States is the state of Florida, due to its soil conditions, temperature and rainfall required for the normal development of the tree.

U.S. Fruit Trees: Almond

The almond tree is grown in the state of Georgia. These trees need pruning, watering and conditions similar to those of the peach tree, so it is appropriate for them to grow nearby. For its part, California is the largest producer of almonds in the world, due to its climatic conditions and fertile land.

Almonds are classified as sweet or bitter and those grown in California are of the sweet variety. Almond trees bloom from February to March and require the pollination of bees, so for them to occur it is necessary to plant at least two varieties of alternating almonds.

The almonds are harvested between August and October and the collection is carried out by mechanical “agitators”, which throw the almonds to the ground, even inside their pods, which are collected and processed, going through a process of cleaning and selection.

Fruit Trees of the United States: Juneberry

Some varieties of juneberry trees grow naturally in the piedmont of Georgia and more than 25 species are distinguished. These trees grow between 15 and 25 feet tall and can reach 40 feet tall. Its fruit, berries, which ripen in the month of June, are usually used by local Indian tribes as part of their basic winter diet.

Tree of 40 fruits

This particular tree that produces 40 different fruits has been planted in various states of the country. It is the product of a variety of hybrid fruit trees. These curious trees are capable of producing 40 types of stone fruit of the genus Prunos that ripen sequentially from July to October.

The “creator” of this tree is the professor of Syracuse University, New York, United States and artist, Sam Van Aken, who using the technique of grafting achieved that his trees gave the incredible variety of 40 different types in a single tree.

In spring, you can see pink and purple fruits and in summer enjoy the bud of the different fruits. Unfortunately to see the result of the grafts you have to wait several years and a lot of special care. These trees must be pruned and their location must be strategic for the grafts of their fruits.

These trees can be found in community gardens, museums or private collections in Arkansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, to name a few and is obviously not produced for export purposes.

Fruit trees in the United States produce fruits of excellent quality, and the state of Florida is the first producer in the country, where you will find a wide variety of fruits, tropical and subtropical such as avocado, mango, guava and papaya even more exotic ones such as carambola, jackfruit and jaboticaba.

This diversity of fruit trees in the state usual in Florida, are cultivated by the excellent climate of the area, the quality of its soils and the warm temperatures that are suitable for various fruits such as citrus, peach, guava, medlar, mango, banana, papaya and avocado, since they have a good chance of growing and producing fruits.

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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