How to Buy Fruit Trees & Bushes


Fruit trees and bushes can add privacy and visual appeal to your yard along with providing homegrown fruit for your friends and family. Carefully considering your options before you purchase trees or bushes for your home can help ensure that your tree thrives in its new environment. Think about how much space your new tree or bush will have in the yard, how much sun it will get, and how it will tolerate the climate in your area. Once you have an idea of what you want, choose the healthiest sapling from your local nursery and get planting.

Step 1

Decide what size fruit tree or bush you want to buy. If you have limited space, consider planting a dwarf tree, or opt for a smaller raspberry or blackberry bush. Remember that the root system of a tree will grow to be twice the size of the tree's branches, so be sure to plant the tree far enough away from your house so that the roots will not compromise the home's foundation. Use a tape measure to roughly measure the designated spot in your yard. You will use this measurement at the tree nursery.

Step 2

Determine which plant hardiness zone you live in. If you don't know your zone number, check the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map at Every tree and bush at the nursery will be labeled with plant hardiness zones. Remember your zone number so you can check it against potential options at the garden store.

Step 3

Visit your local garden store or tree nursery. Browse the selection of fruit trees and bushes, checking the information card for each potential option. Find plants that match your zone number, sunlight requirements and space (each tree's card will list the "spread" of a full-grown tree, which is the distance from tip to tip of two opposite branches). Find a spread that fits within your measurement from Step 1. Most nurseries only sell trees and bushes that thrive in the local climate, but double-check the zone numbers just to be sure.

Step 4

Narrow your choices to trees or bushes that match all of your specifications. Look for a plant with dark-green leaves without any yellowing or brown spots. Avoid any plants that look wilted or droopy. Select the healthiest-looking tree or bush that fulfills your requirements, and buy it.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Fruit tree or bush


  • Sandy Bar Ranch & Nursery: Tips on Choosing Fruit Trees

Who Can Help

  • The United States National Arboretum: USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map
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After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor's degree in legal studies, Hanna Terhaar began working full-time as a freelance writer. In the nine months she has been working professionally, Terhaar's articles have been published on sites such as, DIY Chatroom and The Daily Puppy.