Fruit Trees

Fruit trees are a great addition to any home landscape.  They provide privacy and shade, look beautiful, and can produce large quantities of delicious, edible fruit. Did you know a single mature apple tree can yield up to 15-20 bushels of fruit per year? Fruit trees are some of the best options for long-term, sustainable, and low maintenance growing and can continue to produce fruit for decades.  Fort Collins Nursery has one of the largest selections of fruit trees in the region with over 80 varieties of fruit trees including apple, cherry, plum, peach, pear, crabapple and mulberry.  Our trees are picked for their ability to grow and thrive in our Northern Colorado environment.  With so many fruit trees to choose from, here are a few ideas to get you started:

Honeycrisp Apples

Malus ‘Honeycrisp’

Available on either standard or semi-dwarf root stock, this tree produces a large crop of crisp, sweet fruit that can be over 3” in diameter and ripens in September.  Honeycrisp apples are sweet, firm, and tart, making them perfect for eating right off the tree. Honeycrisp trees are known for their hardiness, however some protection from our strong winds is a must. These mid to late season bloomers are not self-pollinating so you’ll need another apple variety nearby in order for it to produce fruit.

  • Height: 
    Standard 15-20 ft.
    Semi-dwarf 12-16 ft
  • Width:
    Standard 15-20 ft.
    Semi-dwarf 12-16 ft
  • Water: Moderate
  • Bloom: Mid-Season
  • Zones: 3-6

Honeycrisp apples were introduced by the University of Minnesota in 1991. They have since been crossed with other apple varieties, creating wonderful hybrids that are also available at Fort Collins Nursery including Sweet Sixteen, Kindercrisp, Frostbite, and Snow Sweet.

Semi-Dwarf KinderKrisp Apples

Malus ‘KinderKrisp’

Like its parent Honeycrisp, this early ripening apple features exceptional flavor and crisp, fine texture but with much smaller fruit. The apples taste best when fresh from the tree and are perfect for lunch boxes and afternoon snacks. The tree flowers early in the season and the fruit ripens in late August.  KinderKrisp trees require a pollinator so you’ll need another apple variety nearby in order for it to produce fruit.

  • Height: 12-15 ft.
  • Width: 12-15 ft.
  • Water: Moderate
  • Bloom: White/ Early Spring
  • Zones: 4-7

Bali Cherry

Prunus avium

The Bali Cherry is a hardy, semi-sweet cherry that was discovered in Edmonton, Alberta. Its deep, dark red fruit reaches 1” in diameter. The fruit ripens in August and is great for baking and fresh eating, although not considered a sweet cherry. Bali Cherry trees perform well at high elevations and are self-fertile and will produce fruit on their own.

  • Height: 10-15 ft.
  • Width: 10-15 ft.
  • Water: Moderate
  • Bloom: Spring
  • Zones: 3-8

Green Gage Plum

Prunus domestica

This old-fashioned European Plum has been an American favorite for many years because of its great taste and usefulness in the kitchen. Their yellow-green fruit has a juicy, sweet flavor and is considered by many to be the best flavored of any plum variety. They are great for canning, cooking or eating fresh off the tree. Green Gage plums are partially self-fertile and will produce some fruit on their own. Planting with another variety of European plum will yield even greater crops.

  • Height: 10-15 ft.
  • Width: 10-15 ft.
  • Water: Moderate
  • Bloom: White/ Spring
  • Zones: 4-7

Originally published on March 1st, 2019. Updated on August 7th, 2019.