Q. Do you know of any varieties of
almond and pecan trees that are hardy
in Zone 5? I got a gardening catalog that says almonds will
bear any place that peaches will, and I actually think the two trees
are related. Will they grow in Pennsylvania?
Pecans can be grown in some areas of Pennsylvania, but more as a
backyard hobby than a commercial crop. I see local pecans entered in
county fairs throughout southwestern Pennsylvania.
To my knowledge, the sweet almonds that California is famous for are
not winter hardy in Pennsylvania.
You are correct that peaches – Prunus persica – and almonds – Prunus dulcis
– are close relatives. I have seen a hybrid variety of almond offered for sale -
Hall’s Hardy - that is supposed to be hardy to USDA Zone 5.
I have no personal experience with growing or eating
Some web sites suggest they are hardy in colder climates, but will
have a different flavor than the California almonds you are used to