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There's something about growing your own fruit trees that makes the fruit so much tastier than the supermarket variety.  Fruit plucked straight from trees just has that special flavor that is unsurpassed and once you've tasted it, you'll start to wonder why you've ever settled for anything less.  Swinging off mulberry trees with their generous branches and picking off the fruit leaving tell-tale stains on your lips and clothes were just one of the many childhood tales that you'd tell your children and grandchildren.  With our smaller plots of land nowadays and the added busy lives that we lead, sometimes, we think that growing fruit trees is something of a distant memory.

So it would come as a relief for you to know that there are some fruit trees that can be grown in large flower pots and they will provide some fruit for you too!  Citrus trees are a great example of fruit trees that can grow in large containers.  I have pots of dwarf navel oranges, mandarins and lemons all growing fairly well in large terra cotta flower potsand they are flourishing.  As with most fruit trees, they need to be watered and fertilized regularly to provide good fruit set.  They are prone to the same diseases and bugs that all citrus trees grown in the ground are prone to.  Their delicious perfumed flowers that waft fragrances that are almost dizzying are appreciated even more as I've used them as accents around my patio furniture.  The Meyer lemon is particulary suited for pot culture.  It is hardier than most lemons and is very adaptable.

If you are fortunate to own a large garden then your choice of fruit trees would be far greater - you lucky thing!  As with most gardening, you'll have to pick trees that are suitable for your climate and conditions eg apple trees will just not bear a good crop without proper chilling.  Also take note of the special requirements of certain fruit trees eg most apple trees will require another to pollinate it so you would either need to plant 2 or to get your neighbour to plant one next door.  The following are fruit trees that are available from Nature Hills Nursery.  Late winter, early spring is peak fruit tree planting time.

Apple Trees - find out more about how to grow and plant your apple trees

The Honeycrisp apple is a high quality apple which keeps well for 5-6 months in common storage. The tree is one of the most vigorous and hardy of apple trees, showing little damage at -40 degrees. Needs to be thinned heavily. Honeycrisp fruit is characterized by an exceptionally crisp and juicy texture. Its flesh is cream colored and coarse. The flavor is sub-acid and ranges from mild and well-balanced to strongly aromatic, depending on the degree of maturity. Great eating apple with its subacid flavor. Develops its full aromatic flavor if left on the tree until mid October.

For the full range of apple trees, visit Nature Hills Nursery.

Plum trees

The Improved Duarte Plum tree produces very large fruit that is heart shaped and blood red in color. The flavor is excellent and widely regarded as one of the best tasting plums on the market. The fruit dries well and has a long storage life. The fruit has a slightly tart taste when cooked. The tree is a prolific producer of fine quality plums.

For the full range of plum trees, visit Nature Hills Nursery.

Cherry Trees - find out more about

The Montmorency cherry is the most popular sour cherry in America and it is the classic pie cherry tree. Montmorency cherries have proven over the years to be outstanding for cooking and pie-making. The tree ripens the fruit in June and grows about 15 feet tall. The Montmorency cherry tree is self fertile and produces medium sized, dark red, cherries with good flavor and quality. Flesh is clear and yellow in color.

For the full range of cherry trees, visit Nature Hills Nursery.

Apricot Trees

The Goldstrike apricot has large and firm fruit. The fruit is round to slightly oval and is very large when well-thinned. The skin is a light-orange color and slightly glossy. A reddish blush covers up to 20% of the side that is exposed to the sun. The flesh is light orange, firm, meaty and moderately juicy. Some acidity is associated with the skin. The pit is medium-large and free from the flesh. Goldstrike is not suitable for canning. Goldstrike trees bloom heavily but fruit set is often moderate to light under natural pollination. This apricot has excellent eating quality. It will cross-pollinate with the Goldbar.

For the full range of apricot trees, visit Nature Hills Nursery.

Crabapple Trees

The Indian Summer Crabapple has abundant pink flowers with an extended blooming period. It blooms with King bloom of Red Delicious apple tree. Attractive rose-red flowers in spring followed by bright red fruit 3/4" in diameter. Excellent disease resistance. Indian Summer crabapples can take cold, shifts in temperatures, semi-arid climate and brisk winds. With sweeping branches, symmetrical shapes and modest proportions they add beauty as well as providing good pollen.

For the full range of crabapple trees, visit Nature Hills Nursery.

Pear Trees

The Comice Pear produces a large pear with a very juicy, melting flesh. It has an outstanding flavor. The Comice is not self-pollinating and requires a pollinator. Grow these and put them in your own gift boxes. The giant, juicy, rich-flavored pears are golden with a trace of red. It's also blight-resistant. It is sometimes referred to as the "connoisseur's" pear.

For the full range of pear trees, visit Nature Hills Nursery.

Peach Trees

The Elberta Peach tree has very large fruit. It is the best known yellow canning peach. The skin is red blushed over a deep golden yellow color. This is a high quality eating and canning peach. Elberta peaches has the smallest pit-to-fruit ratio of any peach tree we offer. It's as sweet a peach as you could imagine that you could have on the table. Along with the delicious fruit, it?s a beautiful tree. In the spring, rose-red blossoms will fill the air with fragrance. And it grows well in a wide geographic belt, from Zone 5 all the way through the northern portion of Zone 9. In our opinion no finer or lovelier peach tree exists anywhere.

For the full range of peach trees, visit Nature Hills Nursery.

Nectarine Trees

The Red Gold nectarine delivers a high quality fruit with a great shelf life. The fruit is large sized, spherical shape, and it has a deep yellow peel that covers for 50-70% by dark red. The flesh is yellow, highly consistent, and with a good taste. The skin is a glossy red and gold color. It is a very popular variety with medium-high vigour and productivity. Nectarine cultivars do not require cross pollination and set satisfactory crops with their own pollen. The Red Gold is the most widely planted nectarine.

For the full range of nectarine trees, visit Nature Hills Nursery.

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