What’s in the Orchard: Great Fruit Trees for Cold-Weather Climates

What’s in the Orchard: Great Fruit Trees for Cold-Weather Climates

Whether you have 2 fruit trees or 50, you’re likely to find it both fun and rewarding- we certainly do! One single apple, plum, or peach tree can produce so much fruit that you may find yourself learning about canning!

It’s amazing how many different types of trees will grow in any given zone. If you’d have asked me a few years ago what I thought would grow well here (zone 5) – I may have just said a few different kinds of apple and cherry trees, I guess. But plums, peaches, cherries, figs, apricots, etc? Really? Why yes, ma’am!

A couple of things to mention along with this list… First, this orchard was already here when we moved to this house, but we will continue to maintain it and add new trees to it. Second, while this is great list of fruit trees that have done well, there are certainly some that did not. There are a handful of stumps in the orchard where some trees clearly didn’t make it and were cut down- this is a good reminder that not every tree you plant will necessarily survive, even with the best of care. Third, the point of this list is to show that while it is great to plant a few tried-and-true fruit trees, there are also many other choices out there that can survive and be productive.


Fruit & Nut trees in the Orchard:


  • Akane Apple
  • Braeburn Apple
  • Cameo Apple
  • Courtland Apple
  • Cox Pippin Orange Apple
  • Empire Apple
  • Fireside Apple
  • Freedom Apple
  • Gala Apple
  • Goldrush Apple
  • Granny Smith Apple
  • Greening Apple
  • Honey Gold Apple
  • Liberty Apple
  • McIntosh Apple
  • Northern Spy Apple x2
  • Haralred Apple
  • Haralson Apple
  • Hazen Apple
  • Honeycrisp Apple
  • MaCoun Apple
  • Jonathan Apple
  • Red Delicious Apple
  • Red Regent Apple
  • Snow Sweet Apple
  • Spitzenburg Apple
  • State Fair Apple
  • Sundance Apple
  • Sweet Sixteen Apple
  • Yellow Delicious Apple
  • Wealthy Apple
  • Winesap Apple
  • Zestar Apple


  • Moongold Apricot
  • Sungold Apricot


  • Bing Cherry x2
  • Lappin Cherry
  • Mesabi Cherry
  • Meteor Cherry, dwarf
  • Red Diamond Cherry
  • Stella Cherry


  • Fantasia Nectarine
  • HardiRed Giant Nectarine
  • Mericrest Nectarine
  • Independence Nectarine


  • Blushing Star Peach
  • Bonfire Peach
  • Early White Giant Peach
  • El Dorado Peach
  • Flat Top Peach
  • Hale Haven Peach
  • Intrepid Peach
  • Madison Peach x 2
  • Pix Zee Peach
  • Red Haven Peach
  • Reliance Peach
  • White Lady Peach


  • 20th Century Pear
  • Bartlett Pear
  • Bosc Pear
  • Clapps Pear
  • Dutchess Pear
  • Golden Russet Bosc Pear
  • Gourmet Pear
  • Luscious Pear
  • Summer Crisp Pear


  • Hardy Pecan


  • American Persimmon x2


  • Dapple Dandy Plucot
  • Flavor Grenade Plucot
  • Splash Plucot


  • Compass Cherry Plum
  • Green Gage Plum
  • La Crescent Plum
  • Long John Plum
  • Mount Royal Plum x2
  • Pembina Plum
  • Pipestone Plum
  • President Plum
  • Santa Rosa Plum
  • Shiro Plum
  • Stanley Plum
  • Superior Plum
  • Toka Plum


Berry Trees & Bushes:


  • Rubis Black Satin Blackberry
  • Rubis Ideas Black Logan Blackberry
  • Wild Blackberry


  • Patriot Early Satin Blueberry


  • Consort Black Currant Bush


  • Pixwell Gooseberry Bush


  • Illinois Mulberry Tree


  • Autumn Britten Raspberry
  • Boyne Raspberry
  • Bristol Black Raspberry
  • Heritage Raspberry
  • Indian Spring Raspberry
  • Latham Raspberry
  • Rubis Indian Summer Raspberry
  • Rubis Occidental Raspberry
  • Wilamette Raspberry
  • Wild Raspberry


The ones that didn’t do well:


  • All-In-One Almond
  • Arctic Glow White Nectarine
  • Black Tartian Cherry
  • Brown Turkey Fig
  • Evans Bailey Cherry
  • Flavor Delight Aprium
  • Goldenbar Apricot
  • North Star Cherry

Berry Bushes:

  • Burgundy Wild Low Bush Blueberry
  • Hinnomaki Red Gooseberry
  • Northblue Blueberry
  • Northland Blueberry
  • Top Hat Blueberry


Over the next season or so, I’ll try to get pictures up of what the different trees look like, as well as what their fruits look like. I’ll also keep the list updated with new plants and berries, and also those that don’t survive (hopefully that won’t be many though). But all in good time!


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