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If you have a back yard large enough to plant a fruit tree, then it is time to look at the choices to fit your own situation. When choosing a tree you may want to base it on the type of fruit you like the most. However, if you haven’t thought in terms of a specific kind, but are wanting the joy of trying this for the first time, then you can pick from one of several options. Each will give you fresh fruit, and not require any more care than any other tree. The place you buy the tree will be able to provide any details about its care and upkeep. Here are ten fruit-bearing trees you should consider when looking for that first purchase.
Apricot. The fruit provides a great source for Vitamin A. It also includes minerals like calcium, manganese, iron and also sodium. The fruit doesn’t store well for long times and is best when eaten right after it is picked. Its tree does best in soil that is moderately fertile and drains easily.
Apple. There are so many varieties of apples that you can easily find one you will enjoy, whether it is the Granny Smith or the Fuji, or another variety. Most apple trees will grow to between 10 and 20 feet when mature.
Cherry. With this fruit, you can plant either sweet or sour versions. They do best in Northern and Southern regions. It is a self pollinating fruit whose tree will grow from 12 to 25 feet in height.
Pear. There are more than 3,000 types of pears you can plant. They do well in the same climates where apples are grown. The tree can be between 15 and 30 feet in height.
Peach. A tasty ripened peach, just picked off the tree, is a very amazing experience. They grow best in Northern and Southern climates with mild temperatures. A peach tree’s height can vary between 4 and 30 feet.
Plum. This is a soft and very juicy fruit. Its tree will do best in warmer climates when they bear Japanese plums. With the American versions, they will do better in colder winter climates. Plum trees will rise between 10 and 25 feet when mature.
Nectarine. These do best when planted where there is full exposure to the sun. They do well in the same climates as peaches. This is a fruit that is primarily grown in California. The trees vary in height from 4 to 20 feet.
Pomegranate. The fruit of this tree is relatively pest free, and does best in full sun. It thrives well in warmer climates. Although it is very popular to eat it when first picked, it does do well when stored. The trees can grow between 12 and 30 feet.
Mandarin. This tree does best in full sun and well drained soil. Its blossoms are very fragrant, and it has beautiful foliage. Mandarin trees grow to a height between 8 and 25 feet.
Lemon. The lemon tree has a fragrance that rivals many flowers for how it fills the air. It is best to plant this tree where there is no frost. Lemon trees grow to a height of between 4 and 30 feet.
Fruit trees can truly add a special quality to any house. They are easy to plant and maintain with limited instructions. Adding one to your yard can give it wonderful fragrances in the springtime.