Fall and winter are excellent times to plant fruit and nut trees such as persimmon, pecan, and Chinese chestnuts. Planting during the dormant season allows soil to settle and roots to become established before spring growth.
Buy only strong-looking plants of average size—avoid stunted, spindly, or old trees. Spacing and pruning requirements depend on the type of tree. Persimmons are a good source of vitamin A, and their fruit ripen primarily in October and November. Pecan trees can be grown fairly easily and will add shade and beauty to your yard, and the nuts are an excellent source of protein. Chestnuts are low-fat and are a staple of the holiday season.
Be sure to choose varieties recommended for your area. If you're not sure a particular plant is right for your landscape, contact your county Extension office.
- Deciduous Fruits for the Home Gardner in North Florida and North Central Florida
- Grow Fruits to Enjoy in the Fall Garden (PDF)
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