Twice blooming fruit trees?

Pollinated flower on fruited apple tree

Pollinated flower on fruited apple tree

The past few years I have noticed something unusual. My fruit trees bloom twice. Once in early spring, when I am expecting it, and once in mid-summer when I am not. I noticed it first in our pear tree. With wilt and rust problems and a terribly cold rainy spring, I thought the tree just needed to try again. But that fall I noticed the large dogwood in the neighbour’s yard blooming. That seemed weird. Now I notice it in our healthy young apple trees as well. A bloom that comes on when the spring’s apples are between golf and tennis ball.

Do trees often bloom twice in the PNW or is this global warming at work? Is it really blooming twice or does our weather promote an extended blooming cycle like I read about in SoCal? Ideas?

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24 Responses to Twice blooming fruit trees?

  1. Nancy says:

    Never heard of this…hmm, research is needed!

    • Boyd Bateman says:

      My apple tree started blooming again and it is end of July. We planted it early spring and all went normal with first bloom and apples. My son’s dog dug it completely out and we replanted it and all was looking good and then my son’s dog chewed up lower branches of tree and all apples died off and we had to water the heck out of it and now we are getting new blossoms?

  2. Snn Schmidt says:

    My Pears are blooming for the second time this year too! first time ever.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Escondido ca. My apple tree is blooming and still has July’s fruit. This tree is 30 years old and has never happened before.

  4. Anonymous says:

    My apple tree and mulberry tree both did this this year no unusual weather. My mesquite tree has produced beans 3 different times early summer, mid summer and now early fall. All of these trees are 12 plus years old. Weird!

    • jkmcintyre says:

      Maybe eventually a horticulturist will weigh in with an answer for us as to whether this is in any way ‘normal’ or if its a sign of climate change or something about the tree itself…

  5. Apple tree doing this too, for the first time ever…. And I live in the Phoenix AZ area

  6. Anonymous says:

    Dogwood tree that is 15 years old is fruiting (no second flower show) for the second time in mid-August – WEIRD!

  7. Anonymous says:

    My apple tree is full of flowers in October???????? for second year its a 4 year old tree!!!!!!!!

  8. Dianne says:

    Fruit trees blooming in late October – November, Read your bible (you’ll not know your seasons)closer to the end ,before Christ comes back

  9. Jim says:

    June here in Western Washington, my Chojiro Pear and one of my Italian Prunes are going into a second bloom. Both trees were planted this year in March and the Chojiro has about 20 quarter sized pears as is.

  10. Lori says:

    My Dwarf Fuji apple tree is blooming for the third time here in SoCal. T
    he apples from the fist time got at most 2 inches across. but most are no bigger than a golf ball. Most are no good.

  11. Anonymous says:

    My apricot is blooming now! In mid August! Makes no sense! I hope it isn’t just pushing fruit before it dies!

  12. Cris says:

    My orange tree is full of oranges that will probably be ready in November, yet it is full of blooms. Never saw it do that before. I’m on the gulf coast.

  13. Anonymous says:

    well we have same trouble(?) Down under. I’m just googling info to see if it is normal for my apple tree to bloom in early spring and in autumn again. This is the second year here… Only thing I know that sometimes trees go “nuts” to produce offspring when they are about to die themselves. my tree doesn’t seem that old though…

    • jkmcintyre says:

      You are not the first to wonder if it is ‘masting’, but given the breadth of responses in both geography and fruit type, I’m leaning towards climate-induced confusion.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Pear trees in my yard have blossoms on them. It is the middle of November 2016.

  15. James says:

    My pear trees are blooming now. (November) 2016

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