Need info on which nut trees to grow in Prineville #361059 - Ask Extension


Need info on which nut trees to grow in Prineville #361059

Asked September 09, 2016, 10:33 AM EDT

I am a novice gardener and Live in Prineville. I would like to know which nut trees do best here. So far, I've found info on Black Walnut, and some pine trees, but I have no variety info on these trees nor any information on how best to grow them. I do container gardening and want to try to grow nut trees from seed to seedling but only those trees that will thrive here in Prineville and Crook County. Please send me any information you may have and any books you suggest I read. Also, when should nut trees be planted?

Crook County Oregon

Expert Response

The English walnut is your best choice. Black walnuts may be successful in the right location.

The best time to transplant any tree is in the spring but they can be successfully planted anytime as long as the ground is not freezing. It is important to water newly planted trees on a regular basis to keep the roots from drying out. It is even important to water them in the winter 3-4 times as winter drought is a big killer in Central Oregon.

This is really not a good area for nut trees but the backyard orchard may produce enough for a family.

Toni Stephan Replied September 12, 2016, 12:25 PM EDT
Thank you for your answer.  Do you know any nurseries who specialize in nut trees in Central Oregon?  Do you know any gardeners who have successfully grown nut trees in Crook County?
The Question Asker Replied September 12, 2016, 8:14 PM EDT
Since this is really not a good area for nut trees I do not know of any local nurseries that specialize in them. You may want to call around to see if any of them can get the type of tree(s) you desire. I have seen a few English walnuts in Prineville and know of one black walnut in Bend.
Toni Stephan Replied September 14, 2016, 11:46 AM EDT
Is there ANY fruit, herb or medicinal plant that does well in Central Oregon, specifically in Prineville?  Of the fruit trees, which ones do best?  Of the herb or medicinal plant(s), which ones do best?
The Question Asker Replied September 14, 2016, 8:17 PM EDT

Here are some links to publications we have created specifically for Central Oregon. Consider Prineville in zone 5 or less, zone 6 in protected locations, so plants that are rated for these USDA hardiness zones will normally work but not always. Use the publications to select plants that you are interested in. These publications are not all inclusive. If you would like to see more publications we have many available at the Extension offices in both Prineville and Redmond. Most are at no cost.

Though these links are not necessarily specific to your exact questions they should give you a good start as they include  fruit trees, herbs and natives of which many are herbs with medicinal qualities.

Toni Stephan Replied September 15, 2016, 1:35 PM EDT

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