Here's a reference I'd suggest you get
It's published by the Sunset magazine people.
It has graphic maps of the entire Southern region of the United States and gives detailed descriptions of what grows well in each individual "climate zone". *Well worth the information it contains.
Walmart is only one source of trees in our area. *In early spring just about all the retailors carry some kinds of trees. *Do you have a K-Mart, Home Depot, Lowes, or Orchard store in your area? *By the way, don't worry about "Walmart trees". *The company Walmart doesn't itself grow any trees. *They just buy their trees from a commercial wholesale nursery like all the other stores.
Start to check your local stores about January or February. * You should be able to find many, many different varieties of trees being sold. *You may get your best results buying bare-root trees, and they're also generally the cheapest. *Trees in 5 gallon pots are OK, but be careful to free any roots that start to coil around the inside of the pot.
Be advised that many trees need cross-pollunation to bear fruit. *That means you need at least two different varieties (for example pairing up Granny Smith and Fuji apples). *Some companies sell trees with more than one variety grafted on a single rootstock. *Another option is planting two different trees in the same hole, allowing them to grow into each other. *
You can also buy bare-root trees mailorder. *Check out www.starkbros.com
. *They might be a good one for your area. *The websites also include good information about cross-pollunation, and harvest dates.
Good luck with your trees,