This list of unique cold hardy fruit trees that may shock you and change your mind about which trees to add to your homestead.
Most people are aware that apples and pears can be grown in areas with harsh winters. These plants originated in climates that were cold, maybe even as long ago as the end of the ice age, and spread throughout temperate regions. The thicker fruit casing and small seeds contribute to the ability to withstand winter. Hence they also keep well in storage.
There are some others, like the plum, that are also cold hardy but don’t keep as well because of the soft fruit. They will overwinter naturally in some temperate regions. Cherries, too can be grown outside the tropics although they will do best where winters are not too harsh. And it’s likely that a lot of gardeners know about the Chicago fig, a cultivar of the Mediterranean native that can be planted in northern climates.
But there are actually some fruit trees that you can add to your northern orchard or garden that might surprise you. Some, like the Hawthorn Berry, Sea Buckthorn and Red Mulberry are natural to areas that get freezing winters. They are less likely to be mass produced so can get overlooked for gardens in the north. They produce edible and tasty fruits. Others, like Passion fruit and the Ice Cream Banana are plants that seem tropical in origin but can actually be fruitful in temperate zones.
Take a look at a full list of the plants that will do just fine through winter and can be added to your fruit orchard in the north.
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