Nut Trees in the San Luis Valley, Colorado

Asked January 13, 2017, 1:36 PM EST

Hello,
What types of nut trees or cold weather plants do you think would do well in the Alamosa, Colorado area?

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1 Response

This depends on a lot of things. There is a reason not many nut and fruit trees are growing in the Alamosa area, its a tough location to actually produce. Additionally, we have to be careful to not bring in species that may harbor pest insects for important agricultural crops. Here is some info on that:
http://www.alamosanews.com/v2_news_articles.php?heading=0&story_id=29533&page=74

http://www.alamosatrees.net/at_pages/r-trees-to-avoid.htm

The list of species that work well are included here:
http://www.alamosatrees.net/at_pages/tree_shrub_master.php

If you are looking for some plants to have around the house, you could greatly benefit by taking advantage of the protection offered by structures. Consulting with local nurseries would be a great option and talking to other experts in the area would be helpful.

Here are some additional useful links for information:
http://extension.colostate.edu/topic-areas/yard-garden/?target=publications#fruits
And, take a look at our webinars section (scroll down) to get some good info on local plants that might work for you.
http://www.ext.colostate.edu/sam/trees.html