Fruit Trees

The Best Bare Root Fruit Trees for Sale

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There is definitely a joy to having these bare root fruit trees for sale in your yard or garden, as well as having a little bit of reality to face. Some of these trees take a little bit of time before they are ready to bear fruit. However, until the bare root fruit trees are established as fruit-bearing trees, they will bedazzle you with their beautiful buds in the springtime and their colorful leaves in the fall.

Be sure when planting bare root fruit trees to provide ample room both width and depth-wise to allow the roots to expand freely to have a good beginning the first two to three years in the soil.

I find that bare root trees are easier to plant and grow than traditional trees. They are also 10-20% of the total cost of a traditional tree.

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  1. Early Harvest Apple

    The Early Harvest Apple is great for early picking, as soon as July. These apples have a smooth, pale yellow skin and grow to be a medium to large size apple. They are juicy and crisp, and tart and tangy; great for pies!

    • Buy apple trees in pairs, but different varieties for proper cross-pollination by bees.
    • Hardiness zones 3 through 8.
    • Plant in well-drained soil on the Northside of the house in a well ventilated area (away from trees).
    • Apples are best eaten soon or processed in applesauce for pie fillings.
  2. Lodi Apple

    Lodi apple shares many of the same characteristics as the Early Harvest Apple Tree. It is a larger apple and it also needs to be planted with another, different variety of apple trees for cross-pollination.

    • Two types of trees, one grows to be 20-feet tall with a 25-foot spread; the other grows to be 15 feet tall.
    • It takes about 6 years before tree is fruit-bearing, and then apples are prolific.
    • Lodi apple trees need fungicides in early spring, as they are susceptible to cedar-apple rust.
    • Use sticky traps and horticultural oils to prevent high infestations of bug borers and larva.
  3. Tifblue Rabbiteye Blueberry

    The Tifblue Rabbiteye Blueberry not only produces an abundance of blueberries, it is a great hedge because of its 6 to 8-foot height. 

    • Resistant to disease and heat, and drought tolerant.
    • Hardiness zones 7 to 9; grow it in a container and bring it inside for zones outside of 7 to 9.
    • White blooms in March, blueberries mid-June to July, and beautiful burgundy leaves in fall.
    • It requires cross-pollination with another variety of blueberry by bees to produce blueberries.
  4. Bartlett Pear

    The Bartlett Pear is America’s favorite pear. The blooms are beautiful, showing in the springtime. It’s best to harvest the fruits when they are mature rather than when they are ripe, and let them ripen afterward.

    • Regular irrigation is needed for these pear trees, as they are not drought tolerant.
    • Trees grow to about 20 feet in height and 13 feet wide.
    • This tree needs another pear tree for cross-pollination to occur with bees. The Stark, Starking, and Moonglow trees are recommended as compatible trees.
  5. Bing Cherry

    The Bing Cherry tree will reward you with beautiful white fragrant blooms every year until it is able to bear 50 to 100 pounds of fruit for you. When it is fruit-bearing, make sure not to pull the berries off before they are ripe. And consider placing a net over the tree to keep birds from eating berries off the tree. 

    • Begins producing fruit 4 to 7 years after planting.
    • The full-size tree can get 35 feet or you can purchase a dwarf tree at 15 feet tall.
    • The tree needs well-draining soil on the sandy side.
    • Pruning is an important part of caring for this tree.
  6. Black Walnut

    The Black Walnut is a favorite across the Nation. It can grow to 50 feet tall and about that in width. It takes 12 to 15 years before it bears nuts. The leaves turn a beautiful yellow in the fall. 

    • Don’t grow trees like apples, pears, and berry or lilac bushes in close proximity to this tree because it produces a toxic chemical called juglone that prevents many plants from living close to them. It also includes potatoes, tomatoes, azaleas, and rhododendrons.
    • Prior to it bearing nuts for you, it is an excellent shade tree.
  7. Burbank Plum

    The Burbank Plum is a semi-dwarf tree that requires minimum pruning. Branches hang relatively low to the ground for harvesting fruits. 

    • A great fruit tree for beginners to start with.
    • The fruit is able to hang on the tree for a long time and flavor increases with time.
    • Cross-pollinating isn’t mandatory, but it is recommended for better harvest yields.
  8. Montmorency Cherry

    The Montmorency Cherry is a tart red cherry that is ripe in late June and is excellent for pies and jams. 

    • These trees can grow in a sandy, drought-tolerant, well-drained soil.
    • Cross-pollinating isn’t mandatory, but it is recommended for better harvest yields.
    • Prune your tree annually to produce good airflow and reduce the opportunities for disease to occur.
  9. Shellbark Hickory

    The Shellbark Hickory is a slow-growing and long-lived tree. It produces the largest of all the hickory nuts. The wood is frequently used to make tool handles.

    • The trees require deep fertile and moist soils and will tolerate some alkalinity.
    • Leaves grow to be 15 to 24” long with 5 to 9 pinnately compounded leaflets.
    • Shellbark Hickory nuts are the largest of all hickory nuts.
  10. Red Delicious Apple

    The Red Delicious is America’s favorite snacking apple. The tree has beautiful white and pink colored flowers in the spring and it bears fruit in September. Learn more about fruit trees here. 

    • Apples have a long storage life; they last longer when wrapped in paper and placed in a dark location.
    • Cross-pollinate with other apple trees (s); Golden Delicious or Gala are recommended.
    • Plant 12-15 feet apart for full-grown trees and 10-feet apart if planting the dwarf variety.
    • The tree needs well-drained but humid soils. This can be achieved by covering the area around the tree trunk with hay or another nutrient-rich type of mulch.
    • The tree is not drought tolerant.
  11. Arapaho Blackberry

    This thornless self-supporting and disease-resistant variety of blackberry was released in 1993 by the University of Arkansas. It is one of the earliest producing blackberries—the whole first month of summer.

    • Berries can last as long as 16 days in the refrigerator.
    • Do not grow next to other varieties of wild blackberries, to avoid pests.
    • Use well-drained soil with pH 6.0 to 6.8.
    • Berries possible 2nd year. Remove floricanes after the fruit has been pulled from plant to discourage pests.
  12. Heritage Everbearing Raspberry

    The Heritage variety produces two crops per year; one light crop in the early summer and a heavier crop in the fall. White rose-like flowers bloom prior to fruiting raspberries that are great for canning, freezing or eating them fresh.

    • Grow in full sun to part shade in a rich, slightly acidic, well-drained soil that is kept moist, but not wet.
    • Grows well along a trellis, but can be grown in containers.
    • Prune after fruiting and harvest in summer.
  13. Pawpaw

    The Pawpaw tree is a clonal tree that forms in an understory where there is deep well-drained and fertile bottom-land and hilly upland habitat. From botany’s perspective, they are considered a fruit, but from a culinary perspective, they are considered a vegetable. If you like this small tree, check out our article on the top small trees available.  

    • In optimum surroundings, the tree can grow to 35-feet tall and 12 inches in diameter.
    • The flowers of the pawpaw are perfect, with three sepals and 6 petals. They have a yeasty smell.
    • The fruit is large, yellowish-green to brown, and is 2 to 6 inches long and 1 to 3 inches wide. There are black seeds embedded in the edible fruit pulp inside. Harvest time is about September.

Tyler loves the challenge of finding the right trees for any piece of land.