Want a Produce Department? Add Fruit Trees to Your Yard
Growing up, we had a variety of fruit trees in our yard. Our fruit tree orchard included apples, pears, apricots, and walnuts. I have many fond memories of running out back to find the best looking apple on the tree before school and collecting walnuts for homemade chocolate chip cookies. Fruit trees are a great addition to any landscape for a variety of reasons, and growing fruit trees in Oregon can be very fruitful (Ha! Sorry, I couldn’t help it).
A fruit tree bursting with cherries in Portland, Oregon.
Reasons To Plant Fruit Trees in Your Yard
- Some fruit and nut trees provide excellent shade.
- It is possible that adding large fruit trees that produce food as well as shade in your landscape will raise the value of your house. Fruit trees can be a great selling point for a home.
- Having your own fruit trees will allow you to harvest, can, and gift lots of yummy goodies like fruit jam, pies, and more. You will save money all year round by producing all of your own fruits.
- If you have extra space in your landscape that isn’t being utilized, planting fruit trees will add beauty with colorful blossoms and bright fruits for much of the year.
Now that you have some great reasons to plant, I’ll suggest the best fruit trees to grow in Portland, Oregon, how to plant them, and when to expect to see the fruits of your labor (okay, okay, enough now – I know!).
Best Fruit Trees to Grow In Portland, Oregon
The following fruits and nuts are perfect for growing in our rainy Portland climate.
- Sweet Cherries
- Sour Cherries
- Hazelnuts, AKA: Filberts
- Less popular are Butternuts, Hickory, and Papaws
Planting Fruit Trees
Before you turn to the internet to buy your fruit trees, I suggest checking with your local nursery. They will have the best selection of fruit varieties that are the best suited to your climate. Plant your fruit trees as soon as possible in winter or early spring. Dig a hole approximately 2′ wide by 1.5′ deep. The uppermost roots should not be buried more than 2″ under the soil. Planting it too deep will suffocate the roots. When your fruit trees are sent to the nursery they have lost a big portion of their root system from being dug up. You will need to immediately prune the top of your tree by 1/4 or 1/2 of the top. This will balance out the root to top ratio, and the pruned trees will soon be larger and fuller than those that you don’t prune. Trust us!
Be sure to properly irrigate your young fruit trees. 3-5 gallons of water per tree each week should do the trick. Be careful not to over-water, it can quickly cause root and trunk rots. Now where to plant your fruit trees?
Planning Your Landscape With Fruit Trees
Apple tree blossoms will add a touch of beauty to any landscape design.
Just because commercial orchards place their fruit trees in tidy rows, does not mean you have to do that. Be creative and use the flowers and bright fruits to complement the rest of your landscape design. There are many ways to incorporate fruit trees into your landscape design such as; single specimen trees, espaliered against a wall or fence, as a fruiting hedge, shade trees, rows of windbreaks, around the outside of your landscape to define the limits. There are a few places not to plant trees. You never want to plant them over drains, too close to property lines, or over top walkways or patios. Overripe fruit has a tendency to stain and make a perfectly appealing walkway a mushy mess.
Make planting your fruit trees easy by letting All Oregon Landscaping do the planning for you. Elida Rivera has the experience, talent, and ability to help you create fruit orchards your friends and neighbors will be jealous of! Check out one of Elida’s landscape designs in our past post: Lake Oswego Landscape Design by Elida Rivera.
Call All Oregon Landscaping today to set up a consultation with Elida about your landscape ideas, fruit trees or not. Working with her is easy and fun.
Photo Apple Blossom by Rosser1954 (self-made – Roger Griffith) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons