Fruit Selections for Payne County

Home Grown  by Keith Reed
Last week we talked about favorite tomatoes for Payne County. We need to make one correction to the list. Juliet should have been listed as an indeterminate variety. Thanks to an observant Master Gardener for that correction!

This week we feature some fruit cultivars that have proven to do well, or at least better than average, in our area. We are always looking for success stories from adventurous gardeners. If you have suggestions for this list (based on personal experience), we would love to hear about it.

  • Apple. Consider McLemore, Gala, Jonathan, Mollys Delicious, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Gala and Fuji. A relatively new apple is Arkansas Black. Since it was developed by Arkansas breeders, it should hold up to the humidity exceptionally well. Apples benefit greatly from cross-pollination so it is always a good idea to plant more than one variety.
  • Peaches. In order of ripening (from early to late), consider Candor, Rubired, Sentinel, Clayton, Newhaven, or Ranger. Others include Glohaven, Jayhaven, Loring, Bristoe, and Jefferson. For more information on apples and peaches, see OSU Fact Sheet HLA-6210 Apple and Peach Varieties for Oklahoma. (PDF/Mobile)
  • Plums. Methley, Santa Rosa, Ozark Premier, and Stanley.
  • Pears. Improved Kieffer, Monglo, and Shinko.
  • Apricots. I hesitate to even recommend an apricot because they will only produce on average in one year out of seven because they bloom too early for our region and generally freeze. If you insist on trying one, I suggest Tilton.
  • Cherry. Stella, North Star, and Morinsi.
  • Blueberries. It is very difficult for most gardeners to grow blueberries successfully in our area although it can be done. Please review the literature on blueberries such as OSU Fact Sheet HLA- 6248 Blueberries for Home Production (PDF/Mobile) before taking the plunge. Some of the best performers are K-Bluey, Peach Sorbet, Pink Lemondade, Blue Ray, Blue Crop and Brazzleberry.
  • Raspberries. Although not as difficult as blueberries, raspberries also do nor care for Oklahoma summers and can benefit from some late afternoon shade. Cultivar selection varies depending on your berry color and fruiting time presence but includes Nova, Dormanred, Autumn Bliss, Allen, Blackhawk, Brandywine and Kiwi Gold.
  • Blackberries. This is the fruiting shrub of choice for Payne County. Blackberries grow wild here and prosper in our soil/climatic conditions. Look for Native American names with these plants including Apache, Chickasaw, Kiowa, Arapahoe, Shawnee, Navaho and Ouachita for best results.
  • Grapes. Table grapes include Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn and Venus. Wine Grapes selections include Cynthiana, Chamboucin, Traminette, and Vignoles and others. Muscadines include Carlos, Cowart, Doreen, Dixie Red, Nesbitt, and Noble.

If you are intrigued but would like to learn more before jumping in, please don’t hesitate to contact the our office. To insure long term success, now would be a good time to start preparing an area to plant in the spring of 2019.

For more information on this or any other horticultural topic, you can contact Keith Reed, the Horticulturist in the Payne County Extension office. Keith can be reached via email at
keith.reed@okstate.edu, phone at 405-747-8320, or in person at the Payne County Extension office, located at 315 W. 6th in Stillwater.

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