How to Select Fruit Trees


Fruit trees provide shade, beauty, fragrance and food to a homeowner. Trees such as cherry and apple give home owners a show from early spring until the end of fall, and for those living in warmer climates, subtropical trees such as orange or lemon provide a covering of green foliage year round and abundantly sweet blossoms in the spring. Get the most out of your fruit trees by selecting the best type of your area.

Step 1

Determine your hardiness zone.

Step 2

Determine the types of fruit trees that can grow in your hardiness zone. For instance, areas with mild winters cannot grow cold weather trees such as cherry but can grow sub-tropic trees such as avocado and citrus.

Step 3

Visit your plant nursery and look at the types of fruit trees offered. Purchase from a local supplier, because the tree will already be adjusted to your soil and weather conditions.

Step 4

Inspect the plants for any signs of disease or pests. Signs to look for are curled leaves, yellow or black leaves, holes in the trunk and branches or peeling bark.

Step 5

Check the size of the tree's trunk. The ideal size for transplanting is between 1/2 and 3/4 inch thick.


  • North Dakota State University Agriculture and University Extension: Tree Fruit Culture and Varieties in North Dakota
  • Mother Earth News: How to Select Fruit and Nut Trees
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