Fruit trees can be a beautiful, tasteful addition to any landscape or garden. Regardless of climate or temperature, there's bound to be some type of fruit tree that's right for your garden. Success in growing one just takes a little research, some proper planting and lots of tender loving care.
Apple pies, baked apples, apple crumble... there's virtually no end to the possibilities, and having an apple tree in the backyard makes them all within reach.
Planting apple trees from seedlings is the best way to start, even though it will take between two to 10 years for apple production, depending on the variety. Apple trees need to be planted in groups, as they cannot pollinate themselves. However, that's one of the benefits to apple trees--they can be cross-pollinated by different varieties. For example, a "Golden Delicious" tree that yields crisp, green apples suitable for eating fresh off the tree or for cooking can be pollinated by "Red Delicious," "Gala," or "Empire" apples, all red apples. Planting a minimum of apple trees can produce a variety of types.
Cherry trees are another great addition to any landscape. Depending on the variety, the fruits may or may not be edible by humans; the benefits of cherries that aren't edible by humans is that they will attract birds to the garden.
Most cherries are full, round trees under 30 feet tall. Flowers can be pink or white, and some varieties, such as the "Kwanzan" cherry, have double flowers. Most flowering cherry trees have cycles in which the flowers last between a week to 10 days in the spring season. Some cherries, such as the "Sargent," not only flower in the spring but have foliage that turns a deep red in the fall season.
Cherry trees of the same variety also grow in relatively similar shapes; because of this trait, they are also commonly used as accent trees and are often found in large estates and formal gardens.
The pear tree is popular not only as a fruit-bearing tree, but also as a decorative and street tree. They are low maintenance, disease resistant, fungus resistant and not susceptible to damage from air pollution. Its resistance to smoke and smog, as well as its ability to grow well and adapt to poor soil conditions, make it an ideal tree for city living. They are also extremely fast-growing trees, perfect for those impatient gardeners.
This is especially true of the "Bradford" pear, a hybrid whose tiny fruit is purely ornamental. It is a cousin of more traditional pear trees, which tend to be not as resistant as the Bradford.
However, all pear trees have one thing in common--the beautiful blossoms that bloom before the tree fruits.