The Best Fruit Trees for the Backyard Garden - PVP39

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So many fruit trees and so little space!

These fruit trees are selected because they are easy, fruit relatively young, each tends to be productive for the valuable space they occupy in the garden, and are not particularly expensive, rare, or difficult to acquire. Some can be inexpensively and easily propagated from seed or cutting. Don't forget to reach out to fruit tree enthusiasts who are often willing and happy to share scion wood, rooted cuttings, seedlings, and so forth. Of course, rare or heirloom varieties of trees are terrific too. 

The best tree for your backyard is one that you can plant in your situation considering your space, budget, time, and preferences. Check out How to Choose Backyard Fruit Trees too! A well loved and cared for tree is a happy, productive tree! 

Beware of tree-itis which can strike at any time resulting in over buying of trees without a plan!

 The kei apple must be one of the most under-added to the garden terrific fruits ever! It puts up with all sorts of abuse and yields a lovely and tasty fruit.

The kei apple must be one of the most under-added to the garden terrific fruits ever! It puts up with all sorts of abuse and yields a lovely and tasty fruit.

  • Apple. Specifically, the Anna apple. Of course, select apples appropriate for your situation. But, I have seen this apple and others do amazing things! Our Anna apple yields at least a bushel of apples every year and sometimes pushes for a bumper crop!
  • Guava. Easy. Bounty of fruit. Propagate from cuttings. 
  • Pomegranate. If you are up to keeping it in bounds the pomegranate is not only fast to fruit but very productive.
  • Mulberry. I selected a weeping mulberry to keep this one's unruly nature in bounds in our limited space. Productive out of the gate. Birds love mulberries too so netting might be required.
  • Peach. Pick one. All seem to be lovely. While I've see ratings of peaches--really?! I don't think I've had a peach that I didn't like. 
  • Fig. If you can plant a fig. Many varieties do quite well in a pot. Propagates easily from cuttings. Ask for a cutting from someone who has a tree with fruit that you like! 
  • Loquats. Love or hate them--they do deliver a bountiful harvest. Keep in mind that this fast grower can obscure a house or an area quickly. Of course, you might be looking for something to obscure. This is an easy one from seed or cutting.
  • Avocado. Pick one. All seem to be lovely. Sure there are differences but if you have the space and commitment to the place where you live this might just be a terrific addition to your backyard. 

If you can select bare root trees, that is a great thing! Bare root tree season offers much greater selection, timing means that the tree will be settled in and getting happy before the heat of the summer, and the price is a fraction of the same tree in a pot later in the year. Select with care: vigorous appearance overall, solid graft, rootstock appropriate for your area, chill hours rating appropriate for your area, straight, nice spacing on branching, not a huge caliper (thicker is not better), roots wonderfully earthy smelling with no signs of collapse or rotting. 

If you are selecting trees in containers be sure to use the care. Select younger whipper snappers that show vigor. Root bound and growing into the ground through the pot isn't a wonderful sign--so much potential lost with a root bound, stressed, and neglected nursery tree. 

Happy tree planting!



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