Popular Fruit Trees

Fruit trees can add beauty to your yard and provide a harvest you can use. Different types of fruit are appropriate for different areas of the country, but no matter where you live there’s a fruit tree that will grow and produce in your yard.



Fruit trees can add beauty to your yard and provide a harvest you can use. Different types of fruit are appropriate for different areas of the country, but no matter where you live there’s a fruit tree that will grow and produce in your yard.

Some of the most popular fruit trees include:

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  • Apple. Apple trees have beautiful spring blossoms and there are many varieties that can grown in Northern or Southern climates. Most varieties require a second tree for cross-pollination.
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  • Cherry. Cherry trees add vibrant color to the yard and attract birds that eat insects. There are tart and sweet varieties that do well in zones 4 to 8.
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  • Pear. There are thousands of pear varieties, but only a few types that are sold in stores. Pear trees do best when not exposed to extreme heat or cold and, like apples, need other trees for cross-pollination.
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  • Mandarin orange. Mandarin orange trees are best suited for the warm Southern climates of zones 8 to 11. Mandarins are hardier than other orange tree varieties.
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  • Lemon. Lemon trees are a beautiful, fragrant addition to the yard. They do best in zones 8 to 10.
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  • Pomegranate. Pomegranate trees are an attractive accent to any landscape. They do best in regions with hot, sunny summers and mild winters.
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  • Plum. Different plum tree varieties are suited for different climates. Japanese plums bloom early and do well in warm climates; American plums are hardier and better for regions with colder winters.

No matter what fruit tree you plant, they have mainly the same requirements. Pick a location that’s sunny with well-drained soil. Full-size trees generally need 15 to 20 feet to spread out, so dwarf trees in containers are a great option for smaller yards.

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