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

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.

 

North Star Cherry

The North Star Cherry is an attractive, vigorous, and hardy dwarf tree. While it is the smallest of the tart cherry trees, it is also an abundant fruit producer. The trees yield red, pit-type fruit with red flesh that ripens in mid-summer and are resistant to cracking.  Their tart fruit tastes great in deserts, pies, and pastries. North Star Cherries are self-fertile but they will do even better when planted as a pair.

Height: 6-8 ft.

Width: 6-8 ft.

Water: Moderate

Bloom: May

Zones: 5

 

Green Gage Plum

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

 

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