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.

  • Water: Moderate
  • Bloom: Mid-Season
  • Zones: 3-6

Standard

  • Height: 15-20′
  • Width: 15-20′

Semi-Dwarf

  • Height: 12-16′
  • Width: 12-16′

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.

Sweet Sixteen Apple (Standard & Semi-dwarf)

Malus ‘Sweet Sixteen’

Sweet Sixteen is a fast growing apple tree with a moderate spreading habit. This mid-spring blooming tree produces crisp, aromatic apples with a wonderful, sweet flavor. The fruit is excellent for pies or eating fresh off the tree. Sweet Sixteen trees require another pollinator so you’ll need another apple variety nearby in order for it to produce fruit.

  • Bloom: White/ Early Spring
  • Zones: 4-7

Standard

  • Height: 15-20′
  • Width: 12-15′
  • Water: Average

Semi-dwarf

  • Height: 10-15′
  • Width: 10-15′
  • Water: Moderate

Sweet Cherry Pie Cherry

Prunus ‘Eubank

Sweet Cherry Pie is a new variety of cherry tree with large cherries that are sweeter than most other sour cherry varieties.  With a relatively compact growing size of 15 feet high and 12 feet wide, this tree is perfect for a home garden or small orchard.  This is our hardiest variety of cherry tree in stock and does great within our region.  Although perhaps a little tart for fresh eating, its cherries are a fantastic choice for jams, jellies, and baking.  Sweet Cherry Pie is self-fruiting so you don’t need a second tree to get fruit.  

  • Height: 10-15′
  • Width: 8-12′
  • Water: Moderate
  • Bloom: White/ Spring
  • Zones: 3

Originally published on March 1st, 2019. Updated on March 3rd, 2020.