Between the USDA 2012 map and the Arbor Day Foundation 2015 map, West Cobb and the Greater Atlanta Area is more in Zone 8 and in Zone 7 as it was previous years. Luckily, there are a handful of nut and spice trees that thrive in our area. Below is a list of trees that will grow in Zone 8.
We included general characteristics about the tree, harvest time, height, and applicable hardiness zones. Additionally, we included Latin names for all varieties to make future research easier. Please note with many of the rootstock varieties, researching by Latin name versus commercial name may be more difficult.
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra) zones 4-9 – Can grow to more than 130 feet tall, yields whole fruit with husks around October. Crops tend to alternate crop yield (e.g. heavy, light, heavy, light).
White Walnut (Juglans cinerea) zones 4-7 – Can grow to 60 feet tall, rarely above 90 feet, yields whole fruit with husks in mid-autumn.
Chinese Chestnut (Castanea mollissima) zones 4-8 – Can grow to 60 feet tall.
Hardy Pecan (Carya illinoinensis) zones 5-9 – Can grow to 130 feet tall and sometimes rarely past 144 feet tall, yields fruit mid-October and can live and yield fruit for up to 300 years. Part of the hickory family.
Shagbark Hickory (Carya ovata) zones 4-8 – Can grow up to 80 feet tall, yields fruit in autumn. Can live and yield fruit up to 200 years.
Hazelnut (Corylus americana) zones 4-9 – Grows to about 12 feet tall, yields fruit in September to October.
Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis) zones 8B-10 – Can grow to 60 feet tall, leaves (bay leaf) are used for cooking. Dried laurel berries can be also be used as spices/ food seasoning.