CTG Plant List Resources
Here is a list of the best fruit tree varieties to grow in the greater Austin area. It is not at all meant to be an all-inclusive list. It is just a list of some old favorites known to do well here, and a few other new ones that are soon to become classics. Plant away and have some fun!
Look for rootstocks M9 or M7 for compact apple trees. Apple trees must be cross pollinated with another variety.
There are many other varieties of peach that will grow here.
NOTE: Asian pears are firmer than regular pears and ripen fully on the tree, whereas regular pears are usually picked green and should be set for a few days to ripen to a softer texture.
Other varieties work here, but most think these two are the best.
All in all, apricots can be tricky trees and are not known to be very reliable producers, but some have had success in the area and the trees are beautiful.
The above three types of trees can be grown without chemical sprays under normal conditions.
Pomegranate – Wonderful. Is the best fruiting type
Japanese Persimmon – Fuyu is the best non-astringent type
Try some of these trees and have a great time harvesting your own fruit soon!
Fruit Tree Maintenance:
In January, spray fruit trees with dormant oil like neem to protect against plum curculio and other insects. Be sure to cover the trunk and all parts of the tree. Apply again in February to suffocate overwintering insects. In the growing season, you can spray Surround (kaolin clay) on the fruit to deter insects.