Small Fruits

Fort Collins Nursery has a broad selection of small fruit vines and bushes.  You’ll find more than a dozen types of popular fruits like blackberry, blueberry, rhubarb, raspberry, and grape, plus some less common types like currant, goji berry, and serviceberry. 

There are many mouthwatering reasons to add small fruits to your garden landscape. They produce beautiful blooms and fragrance as well as a bounty of delicious edible fruits to snack on throughout the summer.  They not only taste better than most store-bought fruits but they can save you money during peak season pricing as well.  You’ll also take pride in the fact that you grew them all by yourself!

No disrespect to fruit trees, but small fruits do offer some advantages over their larger relatives. Most fruit trees produce their fruit in the fall and require some patience to reap the rewards until harvest time. On the other hand, you’ll be able to snack on most small fruit and berry varieties all throughout the late summer months. Fruit trees require a large space to grow but you don’t need a large yard or an orchard to grow small fruits. Berry plants are small enough to look suitable in any size yard and if space is extremely limited, you can try growing your fruit in patio containers as well. Vining fruit varieties like grapes, hops, and kiwi take up more space than most berry bushes and require some training.  However, keep in mind that much of the space needed is vertical space which is usually plentiful and under-utilized in most garden designs.

Fort Collins Nursery has over 80 small fruit varieties in stock and here are a couple of tasty examples for you to try:

Canby Red Raspberry

Rubus idaeus ‘Canby Red’

Height: 5-6 ft.

Width: 1-2 ft.

Description: Canby Red Raspberry is a nearly thornless plant that produces large, tasty, berries that are ideal for freezing, canning, cooking, and fresh eating. Its bright red berries are produced on second year canes so you’ll need to leave the first year growth in-tact to produce the next season’s fruit.  Its erect canes eventually arch to the ground, so plant near a fence or wall for support or allow them to ramble. Raspberries are heavy feeders so be sure to plant in good soil and reapply compost each spring.

Water: Moderate

Bloom: White/ Spring

Zones: 4

Regent Serviceberry

Amelanchier alnifolia ‘Regent’

Height: 4-6 ft.

Width: 4-6 ft.

Description: Regent Serviceberry is a nicely shaped shrub with round, soft green leaves. They are adorned with large, fragrant white flowers in spring that give way to blackish-purple, edible fruit. Regent Serviceberry plants are equally stunning in autumn with yellow to red fall foliage. This is the best Serviceberry in terms of fruit production and its berries can be used for canning, eaten fresh, or left as a treat for the robins who love them too!

Water: Moderate

Bloom: White/Spring

Zones: 2-7

Saint Theresa Seedless Grape

Vitis sp. ‘Saint Theresa’

Height: 15-20 ft.

Width: 3-8 ft.

Description: Saint Theresa Seedless Grape is a hardy table grape for the Rocky Mountain region. This purple, (mostly) seedless, slip-skin grape ripens in early September. It has excellent flavor, perfect for eating fresh or for jams and jellies. The vine is vigorous and healthy and shows little concern for our alkaline soils. Saint Theresa Seedless Grape was bred by Elmer Swenson (renowned for breeding many selections of cold hardy grapes) and is a 2008 Plant Select introduction.

Water: Moderate

Bloom: Inconspicous/ Spring

Zones: 4-9

Victoria Rhubarb

Rhubarb ‘Victoria’

Height: 2-3 ft.

Width: 3 ft.

Description: Victoria Rhubarb is a classic heirloom variety created almost 175 years ago. It features slender and tender, green stocks with red blush. This prolific plant will produce all season long, and right up until frost if you keep it watered and cropped during dry weather. It is hands down the best cooking rhubarb that is noticeably sweeter and milder than other varieties. 

Water: Moderate

Zones: 3-8

Originally published on August 6th, 2019. Updated on September 30th, 2019.