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Fruit Trees and Berries for the Mountain States | Regional Report

Apricots, apples, cherries, peaches, and pears add edible interest when planted right into your flower borders. For the typical suburban garden, I highly recommend semi-dwarf or dwarf trees. In my experience, the smaller the tree, the easier it is to maintain. Columnar types are relatively new but grow tall and narrow, producing up and down the trunk with few lateral branches. If you are growing fruit trees or cane fruit in pots, use very good soil, and plant in containers at least 18 inches in diameter.

Raspberries can be grown at high elevations and in the valleys. They can even take late afternoon shade. It’s hard to beat a homegrown raspberry. Most are 4 to 6 feet tall. For the best crops, water on a regular schedule, deeply and preferably at the bottom of the cane near the root system. Avoid overhead watering if possible. Raspberry Shortcake® (Rubus idaeus ‘NR7’, Zones…

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