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Fresh fruit, harvested from your own home garden!
There are many benefits to growing your own fruit. Not only is it fun—it saves money in the long run, and you’ll have the joy of knowing that you and your family will be able to enjoy healthy and flavorful fruit for years to come! That’s where Bower & Branch Ripe comes in. This collection of fruit-bearing trees and shrubs, fresh from our growers, will inspire you to create your very own harvest.
Want to get started? Explore our most popular fruit-bearing trees and shrubs below. You’ll find a wide variety of apple trees along with peach trees, cherry trees, pear trees, blueberry bushes, apricot trees, persimmon trees, chestnut trees, and more—all meticulously grown with the care and expertise of Bower & Branch nursery experts.
While being juicy and delicious, apples are also among the most popular and versatile fruits grown in backyard orchards today. There really is an apple for every occasion—they are used to make ciders, pies, strudels, applesauce, and salads, and they add a wonderful sweetness to many savory dishes. They’re also perfect for snacking on just as they are!
Growing tip: For a successful fruit yield, most apple varieties need to be pollinated by different varieties (for example, a Red Delicious and a McIntosh will produce lots of fruit, but a Red Delicious pollinated by another Red Delicious will not.)
Shop our full collection of available apple trees—including favorites like Granny Smith, Red Delicious, Gala, Empire, Honeycrisp, Cortland, Fuji, and many others—below!
The peach is one of the oldest known fruits, and it is grown all over the world. Today it is extremely popular, comminly used in cobblers, tarts, summer salads, smoothies, pies, and marmalades. It is incredibly juicy and sweet, and we just can’t get enough!
Growing tip: Peach trees are very susceptible to insect damage, and many succumb to the winter chill. If they are properly trained and pruned, however, they should produce plenty of fruit throughout their lives!
You can browse some of our most popular peach trees below. Varieties offered include Bonanza, Reliance, Redhaven, Empress, and more!
Prunus persica ‘Bonanza’
This dwarf peach tree is one cultivar you won’t want to overlook! Although it only grows five to six feet tall, it yields delicious medium- to large-sized peaches that are deliciously sweet when ripe in mid-to-late summer. It’s also quite the looker with its tropical foliage and hot pink flowers. Bonanza Peach is best-suited for zones 7 to 9.
Prunus persica ‘Reliance’
What’s not to love about ol’ Reliance? This peach tree is hardy in zones 4 to 8, takes up very little space in the garden, and doesn’t need to be pollinated by another tree. Its beautiful pink flowers are the frosting on the cake, and its wonderfully sweet peaches are well worth the wait when late summer comes around.
Prunus persica ‘Redhaven’
With pink flowers during spring, vibrant fruit during summer, and bright golden foliage during the fall, Redhaven is a charmer all year long. Its fruit is good for canning and freezing as well as in pies and cobblers (and for eating plain, of course!) This particular variety is hardy in zones 5 to 9.
Cherries are typically categorized in two different ways: sweet or sour. Sour or tart cherries, such as North Star, are the ones used in pies, pastries, cheesecakes, and other desserts. Sweet cherries such as Stella, on the other hand, aren’t often sold in stores due to their short shelf life (but we think this makes them perfect for growing in your own home garden!)
Growing tip: Tart cherries are self-fruitful, meaning they do not need to be pollinated by another variety. Sweet cherries, however, need two varieties for pollination.
Some of our most popular cherry varieties include North Star, Montmorency, Stella, Blackgold®, and Whitegold.
Montmorency Sour Cherry
Prunus cerasus ‘Montmorency’
This tart cherry is absolutely delicious in pies and jams. Its fruit, which ripens in June, is bright red with yellow flesh, and it stays bright red when dried or frozen. You can also expect beautiful white flowers during the summer months! Montmorency grows well in zones 4 to 7.
North Star Sour Cherry
Prunus cerasus ‘North Star’
North Star is a petite cherry tree with lots to offer. In the spring months, its gorgeous white blossoms make a grand entrance, and in fall its foliage takes on rich orange foliage. It truly shines during summer, however, when its dark red cherries are ready to be harvested. North Star is hardy in zones 4 to 8.
Blueberries are fairly easy to grow—and thank goodness for that! They’re one of nature’s superfoods, high in antioxidants and nutrients. They’re also great in pies, muffins, cobblers, and almost any other dessert you can imagine! They come in lowbush form (up to two feet tall) or highbush form (growing as tall as eight feet).
Growing tip: Blueberry bushes do well when grown in containers. This gives them protection from birds and pests, and it makes them easier to harvest.
At Bower & Branch, we grow a variety of highbush blueberry cultivars, including Blue Jay, Bluecrop, Chandler, Legacy, Spartan, and more.
Other Fruit Trees
Prunus armeniaca ‘Harcot’
We love apricots! They’re flavorful, nutricious, and versatile. The Harcot variety, first developed in Canada, has grown quite popular all across the US. It’s easy to see why—it’s frost hardy and disease-resistant, and its bright orange-gold fruits indicate that summer has arrived.
Harcot does best when planted in zones 5 to 8.
Green Gage European Plum
Prunus domestica ‘Green Gage’
Green Gage isn’t just another plum tree—this particular variety has been highly cherished since the 16th century! It’s unique in that its fruit isn’t the typical red-purple color you picture when you think of plums. Rather, they remain yellow-green. Don’t be fooled, though—they’re incredibly sweet!
We recommend planting Green Gage in zones 5 to 9.
Pyrus communis ‘Bartlett Pear’
Bartlett is the pear we all know and love. It’s sweet and versatile, complementing wine and cheese or enhancing salads. And, of course, it’s delicious right off the tree! Another plus: Bartlett is a miniature tree, so it you won’t have to worry about it overwhelming your garden.
For best results, plant Bartlett in zones 4 to 9.
This tree is tons of fun, especially if you’ve ever wanted to roast your own chestnuts during the cold winter months. You’ll appreciate its quirky catkins and its beautiful fall color along with its sweet chestnuts.
Grow them in pairs for cross-pollination, and keep them in zones 4 to 8.
Magic Fountain™ Weeping Persimmon
Diospyros virginiana ‘Magic Fountain’
Magic Fountain™ is one distinctive tree! It still remains relatively uncommon in most landscapes, but we’re hoping to change this. In spring and summer, its flowers attract all kinds of pollinators. Unlike many other fruit trees, its fruit won’t show up until fall.
This tree should be planted in zones 5 to 9.