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Fruit Trees

Fruit Trees

A fruit tree in your landscape is an investment that will pay dividends for years to come. Once you allow a fruit tree to become established, it will provide a bountiful harvest of your favorite fruits that are fresher and so much sweeter than anything you can find in your local supermarket. Below is just a sampling of the varieties we carry in our stores.

APPLES

Growing apple trees in the home garden can be a fun and rewarding experience. Several factors are important to consider before planting for successful apple production. Apple variety and rootstock, site selection, proper planting, training, pruning, adequate fertility, and pest control all contribute to healthy and productive trees.

Most apple trees are not self-fruiting except multiple graft trees, which do not need a pollinator. Otherwise, plant two varieties. Standard apple trees bear in two to seven years after planting. Dwarf trees bear in approximately two years after planting.

Plant standard apple trees 35 feet apart and semi-dwarf trees 10 to 15 feet apart. Dwarf apple trees should be planted 8 to 10 feet apart.

Remember, the fruit varieties listed below are just a selection of the varieties that Meadows Farms carries. Please call your local Meadows Farms for other varieties or special requests.

  • FUJI

    Fuji apples on their tree

    This variety produces super sweet, crisp, and juicy apples that are yellow-green to mostly red. Fuji needs a second pollinator. They are the perfect combination of accent and fruit tree, and are ideal for home landscapes. Needs well-drained soil and full sun.

  • GOLDEN DELICIOUS

    Golden Delicious apple on its tree

    Probably the most popular yellowish-green apple, Golden Delicious are crunchy with a sweet flavor. These are late harvesting apples that are high maintenance and need a second pollinator to fruit successfully. Well-drained soils and full sun are ideal conditions.

  • GRANNY SMITH

    Granny Smith apple on its tree

    Granny Smith are a tart apple with bright green skin, considered among the best apples for cooking. They need a second pollinator, well-drained soil, and full sun for best results. Granny Smith apples are ready for picking from early to mid fall.

  • HONEYCRISP

    Hooneycrisp apples on their tree

    Honeycrisp are an exceedingly crisp and hardy red apple with a sweet and juicy flavor that keep extremely well. They need a second pollinator, well-drained soil, and full sun for best results. Honeycrisps are ready for picking from early to mid fall.

  • RED DELICIOUS

    A bushel of Red Delicious apples

    Red Delicious are possibly the most popular and famous dark red apple, with a very crisp and sweet flavor. They need a second pollinator, well-drained soil, and full sun for best results. Red Delicious are ready for picking from late summer to early fall.

CHERRIES

Cherries are some of the most popular fruits. Growing cherry trees is easy, outside of keeping the birds from beating you to your harvest. It can also be difficult to bring in a bowl of cherries from the tree. They usually get eaten before they get to the house!

Sour cherries, such as Montmorency and North Star, are self-fruitful and will not pollinate sweet cherries. Sour cherries bear fruit in two to three years after planting. Sweet cherries, such as Black Tartarian and Bing, need a pollinator to fruit, so be sure to plant two varieties. These trees will bear fruit in three to four years after planting. Plant standard cherries 15 feet apart and plant dwarf trees six feet apart.

  • EASTERN BING/BLACK YORK

    Eastern Bing/Black York Cherries

    Black York Cherries are the same large, dark red-black, delicious cherries as Bing, but are more disease resistant and better suited to our local growing conditions. Semi-dwarf variety that must be pollinated by another sweet cherry variety.

  • MONTMORENCY

    Montmorency Cherries on a tree

    The absolute standard of all tart cherries. Montmorency cherries are bright red with yellow flesh that are early and heavy producers. They are best for eating fresh, for baking, canning, or freezing. Semi-dwarf and self-pollinating.

PEACHES

Peaches have been grown in Asia for more than two-thousand years and produced for many centuries in the United States. Peaches are considered the “queen” of the fruits and second only to apples in popularity as a deciduous tree fruit. This popularity comes from their fine flavor and the multitude of uses for the fruit, including eating fresh with sugar and cream, or used in ice cream, pies, cobblers, and shortcakes. In addition, peaches are used for jam, jelly, preserves, and mixed fruit desserts.

Fresh peaches provide respectable amounts of the antioxidant vitamins A and C, in addition to potassium and fiber.

Most peach trees are self-fruiting and do not need another pollinator. However, if you’d like a bountiful harvest, plant two varieties. Both standard and dwarf varieties should bear fruit in two to three years.

  • ELBERTA DWARF

    A board of freshly-sliced elberta peaches

    Elberta dwarf peaches are a lovely fruit tree that bears firm, juicy yellow freestone peaches flushed with red. The tree itself makes a wonderful ornamental specimen with amazing pink flowers in the spring. Full sun and well-drained soil are essential.

  • REDHAVEN

    A Redhaven peach on its tree

    Redhaven peaches are a popular yet fickle fruit tree with firm, juicy reddish peaches in mid-summer. The tree itself makes a wonderful ornamental specimen with showy pink flowers and a low, spreading habit. Full sun and well-drained soil are essential.

PEARS

Pears are long-lived and attractive trees. Selected varieties produce great fruit with very few management problems. Three basic types of or pears grown in the United States are European, or French pears, Oriental hybrids, and Asian pears. The Asian pear, often termed “apple-pear” is gaining increased popularity in the U.S. because of it’s unique fruit and apple-like texture.

Pear are not self-fruiting and will need an additional variety for pollination. Plant standard pear trees 20 feet apart and dwarf trees 12 feet apart. Asian pears will often have fruit the first year and are the easiest tree fruit to grow.

  • 20TH CENTURY ASIAN

    A 20th Century pear on its tree

    The 20th Century pear is the most popular Asian pear by far. This pear is also the most ornamental variety, which renders a white-out of flowers in the spring, followed by loads of delicious yellow-green fruit in the summer months.

  • BARTLETT

    A couple Bartlett pears on their tree

    Bartlett is the most commercially popular pear, and produces an excellent yellow-green fruit in early fall. These pears are not self-pollinating and will need a pollinator to fruit best. Has very showy flowers in the spring. Fallen fruit can be messy.

  • SHINSEIKI ASIAN

    A couple of Shinseiki pears on their tree

    Shinseiki pears are one of the hardiest Asian pear varieties. An upright, spreading tree that flowers profusely in the spring, produces delicious, firm, and juicy yellow fruit in the summer, and a striking orange-red display in the fall.

PLUMS

Plums are a popular fruit for cooking, jam making, bottling, and canning. The sweeter varieties are among the most delicious dessert fruits. There are many varieties of plums available, but the Santa Rosa is the most popular. Standard and dwarf varieties should bear fruit in two to three years. Plant standard trees 20 feet apart and dwarf plums 12 feet apart.

  • SANTA ROSA

    This variety bears large crimson-red fruit with a sweet flavor. A pollinizer is not absolutely necessary, but fruit production will increase if there is one. Full sun and well-drained soil are the ideal environment for these.

Meadows Farms also carries Apricots, Persimmons, Crabapples, and Nectarines

To ensure large, delicious crops, be certain to plant your fruit trees with good topsoil and planting mix. Proper staking and regular pruning each season will reward you with productive trees for years to come. Meadows Farms also carries a wide variety of organic controls for fungus and insect infestations.

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