Pacific Northwest Region Fruits
Raintree specializes in flavorful fruit varieties proven to thrive for Pacific Northwest backyard grower. Most of the fruit, nut and berry varieties offered on this web site have been proven to thrive in the Pacific Northwest.
Zone A: This area abuts the mountain. It is the coldest in out region and gets the most snow and rain. It is the most difficult area to grow fruit. Select disease resistant varieties when possible. Avoid the latest ripening and earliest blooming varieties. Minimum winter temperatures vary widely; avoid fuzzy kiwis, persimmon, figs or subtropical unless you use a greenhouse. USDA Zones 6-7
Zone A1: (Oregon Coast Range) The Mountains are generally lower than in Zone A. The lower elevations can share characteristics with nearby zone B, F or M. USDA Zones 7-8
Zone B: Raintree is in this zone. It has harsher winter temperatures but more heat units than Zone C, D or E. Figs, Fuzzy Kiwis and the hardiest subtropical will only survive if given the warmest spot. Warm summers allow most Raintree varieties to ripen. USDA Zones 7-8
Zone C: (The Coast) Gardeners living near the coast have special problems and limitations. They are spared the colder weather and extreme frost of the interior. However, fog, wind, rainfall and lower heat units make it hard for later varieties to ripen and can cause extra fungus problems. This list was compiled by retired coastal county extension agent, Dick Moulton. USDA Zones 8-9
Apples to Try: Akane, Liberty, Shay, Pristine, Chehalis, Williams Pride, Dayton, Fiesta, Queen Cox, Resi, and Rajka.
Pears to Try: Orcas, Comice, Highland, Rescue, Shinseiki, and Hamesi.
Plums to Try: Italian, Seneca, Sprite Delight, Methley, Shiro and Beauty.
Cherries to Try: Angela, Hartland Stella, Lapins, Montmorency, and Surefire.
Peaches to Try: Frost, Mary Jane, Avalon Pride, and Q-18
Other Recommendations: Aronia, Cranberry, Quince, Rosa Rugosa, Salal, Day Neutral Strawberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Blueberries, Currants, Gooseberries, Filberts, Walnuts, Chestnuts, Elderberries, Lingonberries, Wintergreen, Fragrant Spring tree, Tea, Huckleberries, Mulberries, Desert King and Lattarula fig, Goumi, and Mulberry.
Zone D: (Puget Sound) An excellent area for growing fruit. It has less rain fall and usually more heat units that the coast yet it still has the high minimum winter temperatures. The best area for growing Apricots, Asian pears, Plums and other fruit that blooms early in the spring and need to avoid early spring frosts. The extra heat units in some areas allow ripening of Kiwis, Figs and late Grapes. Ripening fruit may take extra care. USDA Zones 8-9
Zone E: (Olympic Rain Shadow) Minimum temperatures are higher than Puget sound But summers are cooler and heat units to ripen late fruit varieties are not available. However tender plants like figs and kiwis usually overwinter. USDA Zones 8-9
Zone F: The most versatile of our Pacific Northwest zones. Heat units are the highest, rainfall is lower that the coast and winter minimums aren’t usually as severe as in zones B. Occasionally they can go surprisingly low. Fruits that take longer to ripen can be grown here. Peaches, Apricots, Plums, Persimmons, Figs, Kiwis, and longer season Grapes will ripen. This is the best area to ripen subtropicals. USDA zones 7-8
Zone G: (Rogue River Valley) This area provides lots of summer heat units to ripen many types of fruit. Apples, Peaches, Plums, Cherries and of course, Pears thrive. However the 10-day growing season is short so avoid latest ripening varieties. Winters get to ten above, rarely lower. Figs generally do well, and with a protected microclimate, Kiwis and other marginal plants can be ripened. Very dry summers and often-deficient soils can cause problems. Irrigation is required. USDA Zones 8 sometimes 7.
Zone M: This zone extends along the coast of California all the way down past San Francisco. Grow the varieties listed for Zone C but also more tender plants like Passiflora, Bay, Artichokes and Eucalyptus. USDA Zone 9, and sometimes 8.