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5 Fruit Trees That Grow Well on the Oregon Coast

Are you looking for fruit trees to grow on the coast in Oregon? There are some fruit trees that will grow better in Oregon than others, so asking that question before just blindly buying a fruit tree is a great first step to finding a beautiful fruit tree for your hard. You have also come to the right place, as Vernon Imel has over 20 years of servicing trees here on the Pacific Northwest coast. We know a thing or two about trees, and especially what types of trees grow well in Oregon. If you are looking for fruit trees to grow on the coast, here are five great options for you.

1. Oregon Crabapple

There are some crabapple trees that grow fruit and some that do not, but the variety Oregon crabapple, sometimes referred to as the Pacific crabapple or the western crabapple, is one that does bear fruit. They also can be planted along the coast, as they grow well in areas that are wetter.

During the spring and summer months, Oregon crabapple trees bloom with white to pink blossoms and then fruit, which gives the tree its fragrance. Local wildlife is attracted both by the fruit and by the fragrance. During the fall, the fruit has either been eaten or fallen, but the leaves on the trees turn a yellow to orange color.

Oregon crabapple trees are slow to grow and reach heights of about 36 feet, making them a great option for a smaller- or medium-sized yard.

2. Asian Pear Tree

Sometimes known as orient pear trees, Asian pear trees not only have annual crops but are also known for their strong beauty. The fruit that grows is juicy with a mild flavor. They are also unique, as they are juicy and sweet like a pear but have a crunch to them as apples do. This makes them good for eating right off the tree, in salads, baked in desserts, or even canned. The fruit ripens from mid-August to mid-September. White flowers also bloom on these trees, which adds to their beauty.

At maturity, Asian pear trees reach heights of about 12 to 20 feet. They should be planted in an area that gets full sun. These trees are drought-tolerant and can grow well in soils that are acidic, moist, and well-drained. Local wildlife may use these trees for habitats, and the fruit attracts squirrels and birds.

If you do opt to plant an Asian pear tree in your yard, you will need to plant two. This is because they are not self-pollinating trees, so you will need two of them to pollinate each other and produce flowers and fruit.

3. Pawpaw

You can bring a little bit of the tropics into your Oregon coast yard by planting a pawpaw tree. These trees grow unique purple flowers from April to May and have drooping leaves. The flowers then turn into a yellow-green edible fruit that tastes like the tropics—with a mix of mango, pineapple, and banana flavors. Don’t be fooled by their tropical look, however, as they can survive temperatures as low as minus 20 or 30 degrees.

Pawpaw trees can be planted either in an area that gets full sun or one that gets partial sun and shade. These trees can thrive in soil that is acidic, well-drained, and moist. They can reach heights of 15 to 25 feet. A perk of pawpaw trees being grown in the Pacific Northwest is that they don’t have any serious disease or pest problems here and will not need much, if any, pruning.

4. Santa Rosa Plum

The Santa Rosa plum is a Japanese plum that grows beautiful spring flowers and large and delicious red to purple fruit. The plums ripen midseason and can be eaten fresh. They can also be used in cooking or be canned. The tree itself grows in a column shape. One fun fact about these trees is that they are fairly new trees, only introduced in 1906.

At maturity, the Santa Rose plum tree reaches heights of 18 to 25 feet. They should be planted in areas that receive full sun. They prefer soil that is loamy and well-drained.

5. Elberta Peach

One of the most popular peach trees is the Elberta peach. During the spring, the flowers on these trees are a beautiful purple color. The peaches are both sweet and succulent. You can eat them fresh, can them, freeze them, use them in desserts, or even make jam with them. The fruit ripens from late July to early August.

Elberta peach trees can reach anywhere from 8 feet to 25 feet tall at maturity. They should be planned in areas that get full sun and in soil that is sandy and well-drained. Additionally, they are not drought-tolerant. The fruit from these trees attracts both birds and squirrels.

The above five trees are just some of the fruit trees that can grow well on the Oregon coast. They are all great choices, with each offering a different type of fruit for you and your family to enjoy. These trees will add beauty and value to your property too.

As with all trees, it’s important to know your yard and whether it has the correct growing conditions for the trees you are looking to plant. At Vernon Imel, we can help with that. Please contact us today. We’ll be happy to talk with you more about what fruit trees to grow in your Oregon yard. We can help you identify which one is right for you and take care of the planting and maintenance for you too. All you have to do is enjoy your new tree and the delicious fruit that it bears.