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The Best Times to Plant Fruit Trees

By Sharon Sweeny ; Updated September 21, 2017

Fruit trees are a welcome addition to the home landscape. They bloom profusely in spring with sweetly scented flowers and produce edible fruit in late summer and fall. Many varieties are available in dwarf form, which make them easier to prune, train and harvest. Treat them well by planting at the proper time and your fruit trees will live for many years.


Plant bare root or balled and burlapped fruit trees approximately one month before the average date of your last killing spring frost. This includes all deciduous, non-tropical fruits, such as apples, pears, peaches, cherries, apricots and plums.


Fruit trees with bare roots or those that are balled and burlapped can be planted in fall approximately one month after the first hard freeze of the season. With the exception of frost-sensitive tropical fruits, you can now safely plant all deciduous trees such as apples, pears, peaches, cherries, apricots and plums.

Spring, Summer, Fall

Some varieties of fruit trees, such as apples, are available growing in containers. Because these trees are already in active growth, they can be safely planted anytime during the growing season when temperatures are expected to remain in the 70s or cooler for two to three weeks after planting.


About the Author


Sharon Sweeny has a college degree in general studies and worked as an administrative and legal assistant for 20 years before becoming a professional writer in 2008. She specializes in writing about home improvement, self-sufficient lifestyles and gardening.