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Fruit & Nut Trees in the
Desert Southwest Garden

Fruit and nut trees do very well in the desert Southwest. Below is a list of varieties that are well suited for this region:
Fruit Trees
Apple

Early Harvest

Early Harvest
Partially self-fruitful
Yellow-Transparent
Partially self-fruitful
Duchess
Lodi
Needs pollinator
Mid Season
Jonathan
Good pollinator, partially self-fruitful
Macintosh
Self-fruitful, good pollinator
Rhode Island Greening
Self-unfruitful, poor pollinator
Delicious
Self-fruitful, good pollinator
Late Harvest
Arkansas Black
Self-unfruitful, good pollinator
Golden Delicious
Partially self-fruitful, good pollinator
Rome Beauty
Partially self-fruitful, good pollinator
Stayman
Self-unfruitful, poor pollinator
Winesap
Self-unfruitful, poor pollinator
York Imperial
Partially self-fruitful, good pollinator
Grimes Golden
Self-fruitful
Granny Smith
Partially self-fruitful, use 'Delicious'
Apricot
Most varieties are self-fruitful, but production increases if a pollinator is used.
Goldcot
 
Golden Amber
 
Goidrich
Needs cross-pollination
Hungarian Rose
 
Moorpark
 
Perfection
Needs cross-pollination
Riland
Good pollinator, early variety
Rival
Needs cross-pollination
Royal
 
Stark Earli-Orange
 
Sunglo
 
Tilton
Should not be used as a pollinator
Wilson Delicious
 
 
Cherry - Sweet
All sweet cherries are self-unfruitful, except 'Stella' and 'Starkrimson'
Bing
good pollinator, but not for "Stark Gold", "Lambert" or "Napoleon"
Black Tartarian
good pollinator
Hedelfingen
 
Lambert
 
Napoleon
 
Ralner
 
Sam
 
Stark Gold
 
Stella
Good pollinator
Van
 
 
Cherry - Tart
Most tart cherries are self-fertile
Duke
 
Montmorency
 
North Star
 
Suda Hardy
 
 
Peach
Most peaches are self-fertile
Early Ripening
Candor
 
Raritan Rose
 
Red Haven
 
Springcrest
 
   
Mid Season Ripening
Fair Haven
 
Glo Haven
 
Herb Hale
 
Loring
 
Rosa
 
   
Late Season Ripening
Belle of Georgia
 
Earlihale
 
Elberta
Excellent pollinator
J.H. Hale
Needs pollinator
Redglobe
 
Red Skin
 
Rio Oso Gem
 
Bonanza
Genetic Dwarf, self-fruitful

Pear
All varieties of Pear are self-unfruitful, although Kieffer, Starkrimson and Duchess set good crops without pollinators.
Bartlett
 
Beurre Bosc
Good pollinator
Duchess
 
Kieffer
Fireblight resistant
Max Red
 
Moonglow
Good pollinator, fireblight resistant
Old Home
Fireblight resistant
Red D'Anjou
Good pollinator
Seckel
 
Starkling Delicious
Good pollinator, fireblight resistant
Starkrimson
Good pollinator
Tyson
Fireblight resistant
 
Plum & Prune
Plums should be cross-pollinated to ensure high production, however, Japanese and European plums
DO NOT cross-pollinate each other.
Japanese Plums
Burbank Elephant Heart
 
Burbank Red Ace
 
Friar
 
Ozark Premier
 
Red Claude Conducta
Self-fruitful
Red Heart
Best pollinator for Japanese plums
Santa Rosa
 
Show
 
Starkling Delicious
Highly disease resistant
European Plums
 
Damson
 
Earliblue
 
Empress
 
Peach
 
President
 
Yakima
 
Prunes
 
Bluefre
 
Early Italian
 
Italian
 
Stanley
 
   
Nectarine
Nectarines do not need pollnators.
 
Stark Earliblaze
 
Stark Crimson Gold
 
Stark Red Gold
 
Stark Sun Glo
 
Tiger
 

Nut Trees

Almond
Most Almonds are self-unfruitful and need cross-pollination.
Hall's Hardy
Self-fruitful
Carmel
 
Mission
 
Non-pareil
 
Peerless
 
 
Pecan
Burkett
Excellent flavor, large round nut
Cheyenne
Produces at an early age
Fritz
Especially for Northern NM
Hodge
Especially for Northern NM
Ideal (Bradley)
Small, good quality nuts
Major
Especially for Northern NM
Sullivan
Especially for Northern NM
Western Schley
Pollinate with 'Wichita'
Wichita
Heavy producer
 
Pistachio
Pistachio trees are either male or female and a minimum of one male tree for every 8-10 female trees is needed for pollination.
Kerman
female
Joley
female
Sfax
female
Chico
male, use to pollinate "Sfax"
Peters
male, use to pollinate "Kerman"


 
 
     

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