http://www.gardeningblog.net/how-to-grow/almonds/ Positives: Great for jellies and jams because of their high pectin content. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/st502, Alders http://www.almanac.com/plant/lemons-oranges Very fast growing, hardy, tropical in appearance. USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 5 to 9 Chill Hours Needed: 100 to 200 hrs Sign up to get all the latest gardening tips! Light: full sun Every homestead should have some trees. Does well in the open, may consider as wind break between fields. Height & Width: 8 to 15 feet tall and wide USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 5 to 8 Negatives: birds love them so it’s tough to get the most from your harvest Pollination: self pollinated by wind Here are some of the best nut trees for zone 5 regions: Walnuts – Walnuts are perfect for zone 5. Height & Width: Lemons & Limes: 10 to 15 feet tall and wide, Oranges & Grapefruits: 18 to 22 feet tall It is also good to add fertilizer in the fall, so the tree can have some extra help developing roots and fighting off disease. Figs English walnuts grow to only half the size of a black walnut but they aren’t quite as toxic, and you may see nuts in as few as four years. Chill Hours Needed: by variety 800 to 1000 hrs Wood: flower on new wood Soil: neutral PH ideally 6.5, well-fertilized This goes for fruit and nut trees as well. Positives: High yielding and drought tolerant, grows on slopes and in marginal soils Light: full sun USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 5 to 9 Soil: desert soil is preferred Chill Hours Needed: 500 to 600 hrs http://www.public.asu.edu/~camartin/plants/Plant%20html%20files/honeymesquite.html The nuts hang in clusters, similar to grapes, with up to 20 nuts in a cluster. They may be hardy to zone 2 and 3 as well. Persimmons Age Starts Fruiting: 3 to 4 years Planting trees needs to be one of your first and highest priorities when you buy your land, because it can take a few of years for them to get established and start producing for you. Wood: flowers on 1 year old wood Negatives: Hard to harvest from a large tree, and unpicked berries will get everywhere and do stain Growth: slow http://ucmgvideo.ucanr.org/Chuck_Ingles/ – A couple of videos and some downloadable content from the University of California about trees. Chill Hours Needed: 400 to 1000 hrs USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 3A to 7B http://www.moray.gov.uk/downloads/file58111.pdf Many of these nut trees are self-fruitful. • Plant your trees north of your garden so you don’t shade your veggies. Growth: moderately fast growers Water: dry to moist, dislikes wetlands Wood: flowers on new wood, so be careful when pruning http://www.starkbros.com/blog/how-many-years/ Other Notes: very prolific, once you have one, you’ll have seedlings popping up everywhere, which is good and bad. I am thinking to add more fruits in my garden.This article was very useful and informative. Light: full sun Hard to find in grocery stores, so it’s nice to grow your own. Light: full sun Height & Width: about a 20ft sphere http://www.raintreenursery.com/chill_hours.html, A large list of desert plants Age Starts Fruiting: 3 to 5 years Nuts do best with long hot summers. Height & Width: usually 10 to 30ft sphere Alders This will also encourage the roots to grow outward and help stabilize your tree. //