Hero Image

 

UC Master Gardener Volunteers in Los Angeles County offer workshops and other events to help educate the public about the disease, its spread, and how to select and care for fruit trees. If you’d like to schedule a workshop or event in Los Angeles County, contact Master Gardener Program Coordinator Valerie Borel at vtborel@ucanr.edu.

Do you need advice about the pest, disease and tree care? Contact your Local UC Master Gardener Program for advice:

Los Angeles County: http://celosangeles.ucanr.edu/UC_Master_Gardener_Program/

Orange County: http://mgorange.ucanr.edu/

Riverside County: https://ucanr.edu/sites/RiversideMG/

San Bernardino County: http://mgsb.ucanr.edu/

Ventura County: https://ucanr.edu/sites/VCMG/ 

 

 

 

Beyond Citrus: Fruit Tree Options for Los Angeles & Southern California

Los Angeles County and neighboring areas of Southern California are a paradise for gardeners who enjoy growing fruit trees in their backyards, at their community garden, or even in a container on their patio. This website suggests some possible fruit trees for your family to enjoy.

Adding fruit trees to your garden can improve your family’s health, since the fruit you harvest will be full of fiber and vitamins. People who eat more fruits and vegetables as part of an overall healthy eating style are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Learn more about the benefits of eating more fruit and recipe ideas here.

Citrus trees, such as oranges and lemons, are not included in our recommended list. That’s because of a tiny insect called the Asian Citrus Psyllid, which carries a disease called Huanglongbing, or citrus greening, that kills citrus trees. Once a neighborhood is infected with the disease, it can be spread quickly by this pest, endangering local citrus trees and California’s commercial citrus orchards.

Until there is a cure for the disease, it’s a good idea to select other types of fruit trees for your yard. Enjoy everything from apples to figs to pomegranates from your garden and purchase citrus from farmer’s markets or grocery stores. This precaution will help keep remaining California citrus safe.

If you do have citrus trees in your yard, learn more about how to care for, protect, and monitor them for the psyllid and disease here: https://ucanr.edu/sites/ACP/Homeowner_Options/.

Where there are confirmed incidences of Huanglongbing close to your location, you may want to be proactive and consider replacing your citrus tree with another fruit tree. This guide can help you determine whether you should think about replacing your tree, and our interactive map can determine how close HLB is to your home.

Watch a short video about the Asian Citrus Psyllid and Huanglongbing disease and the Alternatives to Citrus project:
https://youtu.be/jk1dD3V01MM.

 

Alternatives to Citrus Event Calendar
Event Name Date
Fruit, Vegetable, & Nutrition Blogs
  • Jeff Mitchell, UC Cooperative Extension cropping systems specialist at UC Davis, and Lauren Hale, USDA Agricultural Research Service scientist, examine soils in the project field at the UC West Side Research and Extension Center in Five Points. Photo courtesy of Jeff Mitchell
    West Side REC study: A cradle of California regenerative agriculture

    In 20-year study, UCCE specialist Mitchell, colleagues, growers advance no-till and cover cropping practices In the 1990s, long before “regenerative agriculture” was a buzzword and “soil health” became a cause célèbre, a young graduate student named Jeff...

  • At the 4-H Mustang Camp, youth learn about the feral horses and range management careers. Photo by Dennis Hinkamp
    Youth invited to Mustang Camp in Lassen County June 28-29

    UC Cooperative Extension in Modoc County is partnering with Utah State University to offer a mustang camp for California youth ages 9 to 19. The 4-H Mustang Camp, sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, will be held on June 28-29. This overnight camp is an opportunity for youth across...

  • Controlled environment agriculture is used to grow a variety of foods, including leafy greens, herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, berries and specialty crops like microgreens and mushrooms. Photo by Hanif Houston
    Controlled environment agriculture courses offered online

    UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education and The VINE launch indoor farming classes A new, comprehensive and advanced learning experience in indoor farming is now available for growers. The VINE, an initiative of University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), and UC...

  • 8506358 LSFP
    UC SAREP helps boost food access, workforce development in Plumas County

    On a small production farm in Plumas County, the Lost Sierra Food Project (LSFP) increases rural food access and provides workforce development and farm education opportunities while serving as a key community gathering place. LSFP Executive Director Jessie Mazar credits the Small...

  • About 13% of all strawberries produced on the Central Coast are organically grown. UC-bred Monterey variety strawberries shown.
    New UC study estimates costs for growing coastal organic strawberries

    A new study that can help growers and other readers estimate costs and potential returns for Central Coast organic strawberries was recently released by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, UC Cooperative Extension and the UC Davis Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. “This...