Sweeten Your Lawn with Fruit Trees!
To add a bit of whimsy to your yard, or if you have a literal desire to enjoy the fruits; there are fruit trees, several of which grow nicely in the seasonal climate of New Jersey.
- Pear – Anjou, Bartlett, and Bosc are great for the New Jersey climate. If you have a hill, plant them there. These trees need drainage. A single pear tree will produce the occasional pear; two pear trees will pollinate and can produce pounds of pears.
- Apple – Lovely blossoms in the spring and globes of fruit in the summer. Apple tree do better with a ‘hard’ winter i.e. cold. Plant two so they can pollinate. Trees do not need to be the same. Some popular NJ apple tree varieties are Gala, Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, and Red McIntosh.
- Cherry – The English Morello and the Early Richmond are some of the best cherries for New Jersey’s seasonal weather climate. Fruit from these trees is usually for pies, jams or jellies. These are smaller trees and you only need one, so they’re perfect if you don’t have a lot of space. They do need a frosty winter to produce cherries, so if you don’t get any in a particular season, don’t dig up your tree! Hold off until next year. Sweet cherries also enjoy a chilled winter, are often larger trees and produce earlier in the spring. Hedelfingen is a popular tree as well as Sweetheart and BlackGold which are both self-pollinating.