Zone 8 Fruit Tree List
USDA Hardiness Zones are determined based on the average coldest temperature for each region. Plants are therefore listed in zones that do not get colder than the lowest temperature they can tolerate. Zone 8, which is further broken down into 8a and 8b, includes those areas of the United States that have low temperatures from 10 to 20 degrees F. This represents quite a variable list and includes Las Vegas, Portland, Seattle, parts of Georgia, Texas Florida, California, and others. Many plants are hardy to USDA Zone 8 and lots of those are fruit trees.
Pear trees thrive in a slightly acid soil so you may need to run some soil tests prior to planting your pear tree. They also require full sun all day and careful pruning every year. The pear tree can live and bear fruit for up to 75 years so it is worth it to pay close attention to its needs. Varieties that grow well in Zone 8 include the Bartlett, D’Anjou and Kieffer.
A mature cherry tree, one that has reached four years old, can bear 30 to 50 quarts of fruit per season. That’s a lot of tarts and pies and gifts to the neighbors. Cherry trees need sunshine and slightly acidic soil. The Bing variety grows well in Zone 8 but you should also plant the Black Tartarian or the Rainier for cross-pollination.
Many varieties of apples can be grown in Zone 8, including Golden Delicious, Gravenstein, and Granny Smith. If you plan to grow an apple tree keep in mind that it will need full sun, all day and lots of water while it is young. Even with the best care it will take several years to go from a seedling to a mature, producing tree.
Fruit Trees Grow Best In Zone 8?
Cleveland pear trees (Pyrus calleryana 'Cleveland Select') are well suited to cultivation in zones 5 though 8. In autumn, the leaves turn a deep scarlet red. The hardy fruit tree grows from 15 to 30 feet tall with a 12- to 20-foot spread and produces delicious, gold-colored fruit. It is important to plant at least two Kieffer pear trees to assure pollination. The Kwanzan cherry tree (Prunus 'Kwanzan') flourishes in zones 5 through 9. Kwanzan cherry trees grow in almost any soil condition and reach a mature size of 30 to 40 feet tall and wide. One of the most popular varieties of apple tree, the Gala apple resists bruising and softening. Flavorful and delicious, Gala apples are a tasty addition to the home orchard. They prefer well-drained, nutrient-rich soil and a full-sun location. Stayman Winesap apple (Malus x domestica) grows best in zones 5 to 8. The fast-growing tree produces fruit in July and August.
- University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension: Growing Pears
- Iowa State University Extension: Growing Cherries in the Home Garden
- University of Illinois Extension: Apples and More
- Arbor Day Foundation: Kieffer Pears
- Arbor Day Foundation: Stayman Winsap Apples
- Fast-Growing Trees: Cleveland Pear
- Fast-Growing Trees: Kwanzan Cherry
- Fast-Growing Trees: Dwarf Gala Apple
- Arbor Day Foundation: Early Golden Apricot
- Arbor Day Foundation: Moorpark Apricot Trees