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Best Citrus and Fruit Trees to Plant in Early Spring

Posted by Jessica Downs on 1/24/2020

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Plant Now for Homegrown Fruit this Year

Having a yard filled with citrus and fruit trees is a rewarding experience for homeowners. Many of our citrus and fruit varieties grow at a moderate-to-fast pace, so you could be harvesting your own food in no time.

Not only are there amazing benefits to growing your own food, but our varieties also look great in any landscape style. Most varieties produce small, fragrant flowers for short periods throughout the year and add more shade to your yard!

Early spring is the perfect time to plant Moon Valley Nurseries citrus and fruit trees in Arizona. Because of our custom-growing process and our quality rootstock, you can plant now and enjoy the tastiest citrus and fruit by the next growing season. Keep reading to see what you should start growing next!

Citrus and Fruit Trees

Apples

Apple Tree

Apples have been a healthy part of our diet for more than 1,000 years, and these beautiful trees (with gorgeous flowers in the spring) will be a welcome addition to your yard. Apples can be used in so many ways, such as baking pies, juicing, and picking right off the tree and taking a bite!

The Anna Apple is perfectly suited for nearly all warmer regions like Arizona. This variety is self-fertile with blooms producing in spring and fruit ripening in late spring to early summer. The Fuji Apple's juiciness, sweet flavor, and crispy texture make them ideal for eating fresh off the tree. Plant a mature apple tree now, and you might even get to harvest them before the season ends!

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Orange Tree

Oranges are the most popular citrus tree we offer at Moon Valley Nurseries. The origins of the orange tree can be traced back to ancient China and are now the most cultivated citrus tree in the world! Oranges are super easy to grow in our climate and simple to maintain all year long.

Navel Oranges are considered early producers, typically ready for harvest between late November through February. The Sweet Orange is usually ready for picking during the same time frame as the Navel but can experience an extended harvest through March. Valencia Oranges produce large yields that set to harvest February through July, depending on the weather. Blood Oranges have a distinctive taste, pulp, and sweet rind, making them a favorite among Arizona residents. These oranges offer their fruit from December through May.

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Lemon Tree

Lemon trees can be considered everbearing, as they often produce two crops per year. You can start harvesting your winter production any time between November and March, and your summer harvest between September and October. We offer different varieties, and our nursery pros can help you pick out the best lemons for your area.

The Meyer Lemon variety is considered to be a cross between a lemon and an orange. They are often smaller than regular lemons and taste less tart. The Lisbon Lemon is an excellent landscape tree that offers shade and fragrant blooms a winter/spring harvest. The Eureka Lemon tree produces large, juicy lemons with very few seeds. Once matured, this variety can also bring more shade to your yard.

Benefits of Planting Your own Citrus and Fruit Garden

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Pesticide-free

Store-bought fruit is treated with multiple pesticides and chemicals. Unless you do your research, you have no idea what they are spraying on the fruit and citrus that are sold in our grocery stores.

Planting citrus and fruit trees give you control over how you grow your trees and what chemicals you do and do NOT use on them. There are many pesticide-free options, so be sure to ask our nursery pro for their recommendations!

Garden Fragrance & Flowers

Scented citrus blossoms in the spring are an intoxicating smell that can start taking over your yard by late winter, depending on the weather. The beauty of the flowers is also a great bonus for the landscape and overall curb appeal.

You Don’t Have to Leave the House

Once you plant a few different citrus and fruit trees around your landscape, you can cut down on your grocery shopping. All you have to do is walk out and grab what you need from your own trees!

Fruit & Citrus Taste Better

Homegrown fruit and citrus will be sweeter, juicier, and more flavorful than store-bought, which are picked before they’re ripe. Because they are picked too early, they can’t develop the complex flavors and sweet sugar taste we all love. Growing your own food allows the fruit and citrus to ripen on the tree for the ultimate taste.

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Moon Valley Nurseries Custom Citrus and Fruit Varieties

Moon Valley Nurseries owner, Les Blake, has a long history with citrus and fruit trees. His grandfather began growing citrus and fruit trees more than 50 years ago. Over these years, Les and his grandfather developed custom rootstock that is guaranteed to produce excellent tasting fruit and a plentiful harvest. We still use this custom rootstock at our farms to this day!

Come visit one of our many nurseries and see how decades of love and attention has led Moon Valley Nurseries to have the perfect fruit and citrus trees for our customers!

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