Facebook LinkedIn Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram YouTube Icon Navigation Search Icon Main Search Icon Video Play Icon Audio Play Icon Headphones Icon Plus Icon Minus Icon Check Icon Print Icon Note Icon Heart Icon Filled Heart Icon Single Arrow Icon Double Arrow Icon Hamburger Icon TV Icon Close Icon Sorted Hamburger/Search Icon

This member-only article is part of our All Access subscription.

Member only
Mountain West Regional Reports

Fruit Trees and Berries for the Mountain States | Regional Report

'Fallgold' raspberries (Rubus idaeus var. strigosus, Zones 5-9). Photo: Mary Ann Newcomer

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…

This article is only available to All Access members

This article is available online for the first time ever exclusively for All Access members. Sign up for a free trial to access our entire collection of articles, videos, and plant records.

Start Free Trial

View Comments


Log in or become a member to post a comment on this article.

Related Articles

The Latest

Magazine Cover

Take your passion for plants to the next level

Subscribe today and save up to 44%

"As a recently identified gardening nut I have tried all the magazines and this one is head and shoulders above the pack."


View All