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Planting Fruit Trees in Colder Regions

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Planting fruit trees is a fantastic choice for any garden, no matter which hardiness zone. Trees in general make a big impact on any landscape and simultaneously provide lots of new options for the way you use your garden. For example, they provide shade, a place to hang a swing or support for a treehouse!

Planting Fruit Trees in Colder Regions

Trees also have an inherent appeal as they are able to stick around for so long. It’s easy to get sentimentally attached to a tree that you planted decades ago and watched grow alongside you!
Planting fruit trees only adds to the appeal. In addition, they add an impressive dash of color, bring the rewarding feeling of creating food, and attract more animals into your garden.

The good news? You don’t need to live in a warm climate to grow fruit trees! Here are just a few of the fruit trees that will grow well in colder areas. The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is a useful tool for determining your typical temperature extremes.

Top Fruit Trees for Cool Climates

Apple Trees

Commonly found in England, apple trees are hardy and can survive just fine in cold climates. Likewise, you probably know that the McIntosh apple is a popular fruit grown in Wisconsin.
Apples are extremely healthy, being packed with vitamin C, and covered in fiber. They’re also sweet and can be turned into juice. What many people don’t realize is that apples also contain a nutrient called epicatechin. This is a vasodilator (means it opens up the veins) and contributes to improved muscle mass, mental clarity, and mood!

Apples also feature in a number of delicious desserts, including apple pie! While apple trees do fine in cold weather, it’s advisable to at least begin growing them in warmer seasons. They particularly like sandy soils, and you should make sure to give them plenty of water.

Apple trees grow big and are perfect for the aforementioned treehouses and swings. A great choice for a young family!

Pear Trees

Another type of fruit tree that creates juicy, wholesome fruit, is the pear tree. These grow extremely well in pretty much any weather, though if you want to make life easier for them, consider growing them on a slope. They do also like a bit of sun where possible, so find the part of the garden that gets the most light.

Try to water young trees with around an inch of water every week. Once it’s a little older, it will be able to take care of itself and prove mighty hardy!

Plum Trees

European plums grow throughout Europe, including those areas with slightly cooler climes. That said, plum trees are a little harder to grow than the previous two entries on this list and have a few requirements: they like slopes with plenty of drainages, they prefer sandy soil, and they definitely like their sun.

For success with plums, it’s a good idea to plant them in spring once it is starting to get a little warmer. Plum trees once again require roughly 1-2 inches of water each week when they are still growing. You should continue doing this all year round.

It’s also important that you prune plumb trees when you first plant them. This can be tricky if you’re new to it, but it’s important for the health of the tree. Make sure that all the branches can receive ample sunlight and avoid those that are shading other parts of the tree. It’s also important to prune a plum tree in order to make sure it doesn’t outgrow the space and start encroaching on your other plants.

Once the plum tree is up and running through, it’s going to deliver delicious fruit and do just fine in the colder weather!

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