Late blooming fruit trees are ideal for growing in areas of the country where it can still go below freezing late into the spring. They're an excellent choice for home gardeners who want longer harvest times too, because you'll continue having a variety of fresh fruit to pluck from your garden after the early fruits have been eaten.
While fruit trees such as plum and apricot often start blooming in mid-February to early March, there are still many types of fruit trees that wait until April and even May.
The "Stella" cherry tree grows in zones 5 through 9 and reaches a mature height of 30 to 35 feet when fully mature. This cherry tree blooms in April and is self-fruitful so there's no additional pollinator needed. It takes 3 to 5 years to start producing fruit, and once it does you'll find the Stella to be very sweet, large, and almost black in color--ready to be harvested in early July.
One of the best known commercial cherries is the Bing. With a relatively late blooming time towards the end of April and a harvest time in late June, the Bing cherry is a favorite for both cooking and snacking.
The "Goldrush" apple tree grows in zones 5 through 8, can tolerate temperatures down to -10 degrees Fahrenheit, and produces its harvest in mid to late October. The Goldrush apple is possibly the longest keeping apple variety there is. Tests conducted through The University of Illinois showed Goldrush could keep for up to 7 months under refrigeration, without any loss of texture or flavor.
Goldrush apples have yellow skin with a combined sweet and tart flavor that make them favorites to use in pie and cider, plus they're a treat to eat as a snack too. Plant a Fuji, Gala or Enterprise apple to pollinate the Goldrush.
The "Reliance" peach grows well in Zones 4 through 8, and blooms later than many other types of peach trees. The fragrant pink flowers start blooming in early to mid May, which is usually late enough to prevent damage from late frosts. The colorful scented flowers attract bees, which helps with pollination, and the fruit can be harvested in late August.
Reliance produces medium to large fruits with yellow flesh inside, and a dark red outer skin.
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