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Put Fruit Trees on Your Holiday Wish Lists

Plan for new and exciting fruits in your orchard next year

In cooler summer locations, a peach tree (Prunus persica cv., Zones 5–8) can be pruned into an espalier along a wall. Photo: Mary Ann Newcomer

Well, that was a wild and wooly autumn! Throughout the Rockies, autumn 2019 gave us unusually early and record-breaking cold temps, a blizzard, and some of the best fall colors I’ve ever seen. Now let’s get ready for a calendar winter!

It’s not too early to think about the fruit trees you want to plant in the next gardening year. I am already finding my favorite suppliers running out of the varieties I want. So get out a notepad and start looking around. Here’s a list of the fruit trees I already grow and others I am excited to try.

Carmine Jewel™ bush cherries
Carmine Jewel™ bush cherries produce heavy yields of plump, dark red cherries. Photo: Mary Ann Newcomer

I’m already growing espaliered cherries (Prunus avium, Zones 3–8) with cultivars ‘Van’, ‘Bing’, ‘Lapins’, and ‘Black Tartarian’. We ate these cherries as fast as they ripened; that’s how excited we were…

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