Anna Golden Apple. Several deciduous shrubs thrive in this environment. John wanted to grow fruit, so our landscapers planted Nanking cherries. Because I like to grow table crops, a good soil basis is necessary. We grow lots of penstemons on the slopes around the house: Rocky Mountain blue ones and endangered Sunset Crater pink ones. Orient Pear. One of my most prized landscape specimens is our New Mexico locust, a rugged subtree native to the region. Website Poster from American Meteorological Conference, Landscape and Geologic History by Wayne Ranney, Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. But for me, the added hardship serves to strengthen our character and make our successes all the more sweet. Little did I know how difficult gardening could be in Flagstaff, but later learned I live in the Banana Belt! The builders left most of the trees but bulldozed large areas of vegetation. Learn more about how Verde River Growers is a steward of the environment, from safe growing practices to recycling. We still seem to spend a lot of effort and money keeping the pump working, fixing lines, winterizing the system when required, and figuring out the mysteries of adding in Doney Park water when the tank gets low. Our ‘Sunburst’ honey locust bears yellow-gold springtime leaves. The soil was a bit rocky, but I did well with mostly squashes, beans, broccoli, and snow peas and tomatoes in containers on my deck. Overstory or Understory (trees only) a. Overstory trees are deciduous or evergreen trees that are generally in excess of 12 feet in height, under which other understory trees … Learn more about how Verde River Growers is a steward of the environment, from safe growing practices to recycling. 2. Apple trees are your best bet to produce an occasional crop, but if you don’t choose at least two mid to late-blooming varieties that are pollen-compatible, all you’ll have to show for your efforts will be attractive shade trees. For more information on becoming a Coconino Master Gardener, contact Hattie Braun at [email protected] or 928-774-1868 ext. Being part of the local community, our plant nursery is involved and partnered with local organizations dedicated to protecting the natural beauty of Arizona.We work with organizations in Cottonwood, Sedona, Prescott, and Flagstaff. What genus? Fruit Trees for Arizona. Arizonians are often on the look out for fast growing trees to provide color and shade to their gardens. The Master Gardener program, sponsored by the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, provides home horticulture training to individuals who then volunteer to pass on their knowledge to our community. It is often hard to identify a plant until it flowers, and by then it may have carpeted the fields. Elden, but also warmer than some of the other places in Flagstaff. Our family has lived in the same house since 1985. My biggest problem over the last two years has been hail. Much of the rain that falls in Flagstaff, even in areas of Doney Park farther to the west, passes us by. This allows our volunteers to provide the best, regional gardening advice. From our experience, the best apricot varieties are Katy and Gold Kist. Gold Kist Apricot. Benign or aggressive? 1815 W. Iron Springs Road Prescott, AZ 86305. There is the added benefit, mostly, of new shoots of baby plants without encouragement. Other handsome yet hardy evergreens include ponderosa, pinyon, and Austrian pines, Alberta spruce, and native junipers. I am now working on more year round color for the garden (flowers and shrubs) and replacing old plants with more natives. My corn was a total failure. Provided below is a Flagstaff Fruit Tree Map created by the NAU Community-University Public Inquiry (CUPI) Flagstaff Foodlink Pod. Our southern California yard had peach trees, flowers, and a small lawn that did pretty well with hardly any effort or talent on our part. By far the hardier plants are natives or near natives, watered rather sparingly and sheltered whenever possible from the winds. If you wish to grow fruit trees or bushes in Flagstaff, consider the growing season in your specific area. This indicates whether the plant is native to the Flagstaff region, or if it has been naturalized to the local environment. We grew them from seeds that were a gift from another Master Gardener. Arizona Trees. I have also have had fun looking for odd things to grow and have found that teosinte—a large Mexican grass that may have been the ancestor of corn—grows well here. Some of the smaller plants that do well are non-native bulbs, such as tulips, non-local blanket flowers, and natives such as milk weeds, columbines, penstemons, erigerons, lupines, oenotheras, and our local iris. I moved here in July and the first season just planted a few annuals on my south facing deck. Drought-tolerant catmint, lavender, wine cups, perennial grasses, Virginia creeper, wild Arizona roses, butterfly bushes, and Russian sage keep color going in various seasons. Find the best dates for planting and transplanting vegetables and fruit! Hydroseeding was a good strategy to restore grasses on our large disturbed property, but we found it impossible to water the entire lot three times a day—or even once a day—on the many dry days of fall, 2013.