Fruit Trees Buyer's Guide

Fruit trees can be planted any time of year as long as the soil is not frozen and the temperatures have not reached their peak heat. Tender fruit trees, like citrus and tropical trees, can be planted in pots and brought indoors for winter protection. Most fruit trees require another compatible variety for cross-pollination and fruit production; however, to save room and still get fruit, choose self-pollinating fruit trees. Some trees fruit within a year, while most bear fruit 2 to 4 years after planting. Once you taste that first piece of home-grown fruit picked perfectly ripe from the tree, it will be well worth the wait. Choose from our wide selection of trees for the perfect addition to your fruit garden.

  • Disease-Resistant — Grow healthier trees with minimal spraying
  • Heirloom — Add historical significance and diversity to your orchard
  • Indoor — Grow fresh fruit inside your own home
  • Multi-Grafted — The convenience of cross-pollinating varieties on one tree
  • Stark Picks — Our easy-to-grow fruit trees

To ensure your growing success and satisfaction, there are a few things to consider when you buy a fruit tree.

Mature Tree Size

Make sure you pick the right size tree for your available space.

  • Columnar Fruit Trees bear full-sized fruit on trees that stay under four feet wide. They are space-saving additions to your garden.
  • Dwarf Fruit Trees are perfect when space is limited; they provide an abundance of full-size fruit that can be picked without using a ladder.
  • Semi-Dwarf Fruit Trees are medium-sized and very productive; they give you maximum fruit yield per square foot.
  • Standard Fruit Trees are a good choice if you have plenty of space or want a multi-purpose fruit & shade tree.

Proper Pollination

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 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.

Zone Compatibility

Your climate plays an important role in whether a tree will produce fruit or even survive. Before ordering a fruit tree, make sure its recommended hardiness zone range includes your area.

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