Ornamental fruit trees provide erosion control and beautiful landscaping appeal. These trees, with their dense foliage and fruit, attract birds and other wildlife to your yard. While ornamental fruit trees provide a focal point to your landscape, another result is that animals will claim your yard as a permanent home.
Hollyleaf Cherry Tree
The Hollyleaf cherry tree is an ornamental tree native to Western California. According to the USDA NRCS National Plant Data Center, the Spanish made gruel from the kernel part of the cherry pits of this tree in the 1800s. Many dishes use the Hollyleaf Cherry’s kernel and pulpy fruit.
The tree thrives best in moist soil, partial shade and moderate-temperature climates. A Hollyleaf cherry tree averages between 19 to 29 feet in height. Many landscapers use this tree for slope erosion control. The limbs and dried berries make excellent holiday decorations and wreaths.
Use caution when eating the cherries from this tree. It is toxic to livestock and causes upset stomachs for humans.
Callery Pear Tree
The Callery Pear tree is a hybrid of the traditional Bradford Pear tree. According to the University of Illinois Extension, this tree requires moist-drained soil and thrives best in growing zones 5 to 8 in full sun. The average height is 30 to 40 feet.
White flowers in the spring make this tree popular for landscaping, both commercially and residentially. The tree exhibits an array of color changes from bright green leaves in the summer, to deep burgundy leaves in the fall. Use caution in planting location, since the limbs often break when burdened with ice or snow.
According to the Colorado State University Extension Program, more than 1,000 varieties or cultivars of Crabapple trees exist. Crabapple trees produce edible apples, 2 inches around or smaller. Landscapers use this tree because of the large variety of colors and stages throughout the year. Homeowners without a green thumb can also enjoy this tree because of easy maintenance. This tree prefers full sun with a pH soil range of 6 to 8. Avoid planting with turf grass to keep the trees from receiving too much moisture and fertilization.
The average height is 10 to 20 feet for the non-dwarf varieties of Crabapple trees. Dwarf Crabapple trees grow well with indoor containers placed in 10 to 12 hours of direct sun.