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Fruit Trees

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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. Here is just a sampling of the varieties we carry in our stores.

Apples

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

Most apple trees are not self-fruitful except multiple graft trees, which don’t need a pollinator. Otherwise, plant two varieties. Standard apple trees bear in 2 to 7 years after planting. Dwarf trees bear in approximately 2 years after planting.

Apple Trees we carry: Gala, Honeycrisp, Red Delicious, 3 in 1, and Granny Smith

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

Apple Varieties

FUJI

Fuji Apples

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

GALA

Gala Apples

A very popular red apple with a distinctive yellow blush, superb flavor for fresh eating; eating apples are high maintenance and need a second pollinator; the perfect combination of accent and fruit tree. Needs well-drained soil and full sun.

GOLDEN DELICIOUS

Golden Delicious Apples

Probably the most popular yellowish-green apple, crunchy with a sweet flavor, late harvest; eating apples are high maintenance and need a second pollinator; the perfect combination of accent and fruit tree. Needs well-drained soil and full sun.

GRANNY SMITH

Granny Smith Apples

A tart apple with bright green skin, considered among the best for cooking; eating apples are high maintenance and need a second pollinator; the perfect combination of accent and fruit tree. Needs well-drained soil and full sun.

HONEYCRISP

Honeycrisp Apples

An exceedingly crisp hardy red apple with a sweet and juicy flavor. Keeps extremely well; eating apples are high maintenance and need a second pollinator; the perfect combination of accent and fruit tree. Needs well-drained soil and full sun.

LIBERTY

Liberty Apples

A crisp and juicy red-streaked apple, late harvest, very disease resistant; eating apples are high maintenance and need a second pollinator; an old favorite, the perfect combination of accent and fruit tree. Needs well-drained soil and full sun.

MACINTOSH

Macintosh Apples

One of the most famous hardy red apples, excellent for cooking, keeps well; eating apples are high maintenance and need a second pollinator; the perfect combination of accent and fruit tree, very hardy. Needs well-drained soil and full sun.

RED DELICIOUS

Red Delicious Apples

Possibly the most popular and famous dark red apple, very crispy with a sweet flavor, late harvest; eating apples are high maintenance and need a second pollinator; the perfect combination of accent and fruit tree. Needs well-drained soil and full sun.



Cherries

Cherries are one of the most popular fruits. Growing cherry trees is easy. Perhaps the biggest problem is keeping the birds from beating you to the harvest. It can also be difficult to bring in a bowl of cherries from the tree. They 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 2 to 3 years after planting. Sweet cherries, such as Black Tartarian and Bing, need a pollinator. Plant two varieties. These trees will bear fruit in 3 to 4 years after planting. Plant standard cherries 15’ apart and plant dwarf trees 6’ apart.

Cherry Varieties

BING

Bing Cherry blooms

The most common commercial cherry variety featuring showy white flowers in spring followed by sweet deep red fruit, tall and upright, best for larger landscapes; needs full sun, well-drained soil and a pollinator, be prepared to fight the birds for fruit.

BLACK

Black Cherries

A tall, shrubby tree with racemes of white flowers in spring followed by tart black cherries in summer, good fall color; variable growth habit, tends to seed prolifically, a good choice for naturalizing or a woodland setting.

MONTMORENCY

Montmorency Cherries

A popular commercial fruit tree, the ideal size for backyard orchards; showy white flowers in spring followed by loads of bright red sour cherries in mid-summer, excellent for pies and jam; needs full sun and well-drained soil, self-pollinating.

STELLA

Stella Cherry blooms

A highly desirable fruit tree with many attributes; small and compact, ideal for home landscapes and backyard orchards, produces sweet and juicy deep purple cherries in late summer (be prepared to fight the birds!), with showy white flowers in spring.



Peach

Peaches have been grown in Asia for more than two thousand years and produced for 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 because of their fine flavor and many uses as a fruit. Popular uses for peaches include fresh eating, sugared, and with cream. They are also used in ice cream, pies, cobbler, and shortcake. 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-fruitful. However, to ensure a more bountiful crop, plant two varieties. Both standard and dwarf varieties should bear in 2 to 3 years.
Plant standard peach trees 20’ apart and dwarf trees 10’ apart.

Peach Varieties

BONFIRE DWARF

Bonfire Peach

A popular dwarf peach that is quite ornamental, with showy pink flowers in spring and a low, spreading habit; stunning burgundy-purple leaves all season long; will tolerate some shade but needs full sun most of the time and well-drained soil.

ELBERTA

Elberta Peach

A lovely fruit tree, bearing firm, juicy yellow freestone peaches flushed with red; quite ornamental, with amazing scarlet flowers in spring; susceptible to late spring freezes and disease, needs full sun and well-drained soil.

REDHAVEN

Redhaven Peach

A popular yet fickle fruit tree, with firm, juicy reddish peaches in mid summer; quite ornamental, with showy pink flowers in spring and a low, spreading habit; susceptible to late spring freezes and disease, needs full sun and well-drained soil.



Pear

Pears are long-lived attractive trees. Selected varieties produce good fruit with few management problems. Three basic types of 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 attention because of its unique fruit.

Pears are not self-fruitful. Plant two varieties for pollination. Plant standard trees 20’ apart and dwarf trees 12’ apart. Asian pears will often have fruit the first year and are the easiest tree fruit to grow.

Pear Varieties

BARTLETT

Bartlett Pear

The most commercially popular pear that produces excellent quality yellow-green fruit in early fall; very showy white flowers in spring and an upright oval habit, very ornamental; needs a pollinator, fallen fruit can be messy, can be susceptible to fireblight.



Plum

Plums are popular for cooking, jam making, and bottling or canning, but the sweeter varieties are among our most delicious dessert fruits. Damsons ripen a little later than most plums. The fruits are small, oval and richly flavored, but not really sweet enough for the general taste for eating raw. They are, however, excellent for cooking, preserves, and bottling.

Regardless of which variety of plum planted, it is suggested that you plant a Santa Rosa plum to ensure proper pollination. Standard or dwarf varieties should bear fruit in 2 to 3 years. Plant standard trees 20’ apart and dwarf plums 12’ apart.

Plum Varieties

DAMSON

Damson Plum

A commercially common fruit tree with showy fragrant white flowers in spring and tasty purple-blue prune-plums in late summer; an upright spreading tree, quite compact and ornamental; needs full sun, well-drained soil and a pollinator.

SANTA ROSA

Santa Rosa Plum

This variety bears large crimson red fruit with a sweet flavor; an upright spreading tree that is quite ornamental; needs full sun, well-drained soil; a pollenizer is not absolutely necessary, but fruit production will increase if there is one.



Meadows Farms Also Carries Pomegranates, Fig Trees, and Nectarine Trees

To ensure large, delicious crops, be certain to plant your fruit trees as instructed on your Meadows Farms receipt. Good topsoil, planting mix, proper staking, and pruning procedures will reward you with productive trees. Also, check our garden center for products to keep your fruit trees disease and insect free.

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