By growing your own fruit tree, you can enjoy easy access to fresh produce, save money, add beauty to your yard, and develop eco-friendly gardening habits. Any of the varieties in our selection will produce a convenient supply of delicious fruit — nutritious, healthy snacks available just outside your door! Over the lifetime of one of these trees, you can save thousands of dollars you would have spent at the grocery store on fruit harvested from a tree that costs very little. And they are a great way to add beauty to your outdoor space with lovely flowers in spring and cooling shade in the hot summer months. Plus, growing your own is good for the environment. Fruit trees filter the air, condition the soil, attract pollinators for other trees and plants and reduce the transportation impact of store-bought products.
Enter your zip code to find your hardiness zone, see which trees and plants are best suited for your area, and learn your next ideal planting time.
To ensure your growing success and satisfaction, there are a few things to consider when you buy a fruit tree.
Make sure you pick the right size for your space. Most of our fruit trees are available in different sizes. When they mature, they will be one of three sizes:
Grafting is the process of taking cuttings from a single “parent” tree known for its fruit taste, size, bloom period and ripening time, and joining it with the root system and trunk base (rootstock) of another tree also known for its desirable qualities. This process has been used for thousands of years to produce fruit that is consistent in flavor, shape and size. Most of our trees are grafted, creating this kind of consistency and allowing us to produce different mature tree sizes. While seed-grown fruit trees might give you unpredictable variations or a lack of results, grafted trees will give you the fruit you want and the tree size you expect.
Most of our trees are shipped bare-root (without soil) to ensure good contact with your garden soil for easier planting. These young trees arrive in a dormant (resting) state without any apparent green growth, but they will spring to life soon after planting. And, since you don’t have to pay extra shipping costs for the soil in a pot, we are able to offer a tree of superior quality at a lower price.
Your climate plays an important role in whether a tree will produce fruit or even survive. Before ordering a tree, make sure its recommended hardiness zone range includes your area.
Pollination is vital to the successful production of fruit trees. Often, inadequate pollination is the reason why trees produce poorly or don’t bear fruit at all. To create the best pollination environment for your fruit tree, make sure that you check our descriptions to see which pollinating varieties our experts recommend. Some trees are self-pollinating, which is ideal if you don’t have growing space for a second variety. If you have room, we always recommend planting another compatible variety for optimum fruit production.
Since 1816, Stark Bro's has promised to please customers with the very best fruit trees and landscaping products, no matter what. If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, let us know within a year of delivery and we will send you a free one-time replacement or a refund of the full purchase price.
Trees that are shipped without soil to ensure good contact with soil in your yard. When shipped, they are about 3-4' tall with 3/8" or larger trunk diameter. When they mature, they will be one of three sizes*:
Matures to be about 8-10' tall and wide. Provides an abundance of full-size fruit.
Matures to be about 12-15' tall and wide. Gives maximum fruit yield per square foot.
Matures to be about 15-25' tall and 20' wide. A multi-purpose fruit and shade tree.
Top-grade, bare-root trees that give you a head start on growing. When shipped, they are about 4-5' tall with 5/8" or larger trunk diameter.
Trees in bottomless pots that allow some roots to be air pruned, so that a dense mass of productive, feeder roots can grow within the pot to make transplanting easier. Mature sizes vary. When shipped, they are about 1-2' tall.
Top-grade, potted trees chosen to give you a head start on growing. When shipped to you, they are about 3-4' tall.
*Tree sizes may vary by variety. See our Growing Guide for details.