Summer Gardening: The Top 21 Fruits to Plant in Your Garden This Summer

Walking out into your backyard on a bright summer morning to pick some perfectly ripe raspberries, or enjoying a juicy, home-grown peach from your very own tree, or making a lovely cherry pie out of the tart cherries harvested from your own garden are some small pleasures that are hard to beat. Plus, with the price of fresh fruit in the grocery stores, how can you not justify simply growing your own fruit right out of your own backyard or garden? To help inspire you to grow your own fruit, we have put together a list of some of the best fruit trees to plant in Northern Colorado.

Best Apple Trees to Grow in Colorado

Apple hanging from a tree in a orchard

There are many different varieties of apple trees that are hardy and will grow well in Colorado’s arid climate. In general, if you are going to plant an apple tree, it is best to plant more than one variety. This encourages the productivity of both of the trees if they both bloom at the same time and are within a quarter-mile of each other. This is the distance a bee can fly and making sure they are within range of each other helps with the pollination of the trees when they are in bloom.

Jonathan Apple

This classic variety of apple trees produces sweet and tart fruit that is ideal for a variety of uses. They are wonderful raw and also serve as excellent fruit for cooking and baking. Jonathan apple trees grow approximately 15-20 feet in height and spread, are hardy to zone 4, and can be planted at the maximum elevation of 8,500 feet.

Gala Apple

This variety is quite popular and is a cross between Kidd’s Orange Red apples and Golden Delicious apples. Being one of the most widely grown varieties in the world, this apple tree produces fruit reliably and is delicious to eat with its sweet, punchy flavor. Gala apple trees grow approximately 12-16 feet in height and spread and are hardy to zone 4 with a max elevation of 7,500 feet.

Honeycrisp Apple

Honeycrisp apples have to be a favorite for the majority of people out there. They have a wonderful sweetness to them and are perfectly crispy and juicy. Another perk of these apples is that they store very well and can last up to five months after harvesting. This variety of apple trees grows approximately 12-16 feet in height and spread, are hardy to zone 4, and can be planted at a max elevation of 7,000 feet.

Red Delicious Apple

Possibly some of the most aesthetically pleasing, Red Delicious apples grow large and are deep red in color with a satisfyingly sweet flavor. Allow these apples to ripen on the tree for best results! These trees must be properly thinned in order for the tree to produce a full crop every year. Red Delicious apple trees grow to be 12-16 feet in height and spread. They are hardy to zone 4 and can be planted anywhere under 8,500 feet in elevation.

Best Apricot Trees to Grow in Colorado

Apricots hanging from a tree

Apricot trees can be somewhat hard to collect a harvest from due to the late spring frosts we often experience here in Colorado. So, if you are wanting to plant an apricot tree purely for the fruit they produce, you may be disappointed. There is a chance of the tree producing fruit if the cold weather stays away, but this is hard to predict here in Northern Colorado. The good thing is these trees are good for more than their fruit! They also make a lovely addition to any landscape with their ornamental qualities, beautiful fall color, and lovely spring foliage. These trees do best when planted in close proximity to another variety of apricot trees.

Moorpark Apricot

This variety of apricot trees produces fruit that is high in sugar content, making them sweeter than most fruit and perfect for canning at home. These trees reach approximately 10-20 feet tall and around 10-20 feet wide. They are hardy to zone 5 and can be planted at a maximum elevation of 6,000 feet.

Goldcot Apricot

Goldcot apricot trees are hardier than other varieties and can withstand cold winters. They are self-pollinating, however, it is still recommended to plant two varieties for the best results. The fruit of this tree is deep and tangy and is wonderful eaten fresh or canned. These trees grow around 15-20 feet tall and wide, are hardy to zone 4, and can be planted at a max elevation of 6,500 feet.

Some Other Apricot Varieties to Check Out:

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