We bought our first house almost 5 years ago and one of the first things I did was start planting fruit trees! I now have a total of 8 fruit trees on my little city lot in Seattle! Fruit trees in the city are becoming more and more wide spread.
The very first tree we got was a Craigslist special. Someone wanted to get rid of it and was giving it away free. So I convinced my husband to go with me to dig it out of the persons yard and transplanted it into our parking strip (grass between road and sidewalk).
It was an ugly duckling with a bunch of branches low and then a big gap with branches up high so it was top heavy. We topped it so it wouldn’t get hurt in the next wind storm and we even got a few pears in season One. There are four types of pears on it: Anjou, Red Bartlett, Barlett and Bosc. Here is our ugly duckling today. It provided us with a nice harvest last fall and looks like we are in for a good one again this year!
The next tree we got was a bare root multi-graft apple: Jonagold, Melrose, Yellow Delicious, Gravenstein and Liberty. Multi-grafted trees are awesome because they self pollinate so you do not need to buy two trees! Plus you get to enjoy a variety of fruit!
Our third tree was also adopted from someone on Craigslist that had planted it in a small planter where it could not live long term. It is a dwarf (I think) Italian plum. We have had it three summers now and have gotten a few plums. We hope that it root system will continue to grow to support more fruit as each year passes…. it is a beautiful tree!
The rest of our trees we have acquired last fall or this spring! We have a Lapin Cherry and a Rainier Cherry planted right next to each other. The Lapin Cherry was courtesy of City Fruit, a local non-profit that teaches people how to care for their trees and harvests unwanted fruit for food banks! Cherry trees are mainly pollinated by the wind so they need to be 20-30 ft to allow pollination.
We also have a multi-grafted Asian pear tree that I am super excited about! 5 varieties! Kosui, Chojuro, Nijisseiki, Rescue and Hosui.
Next we have a tiny Olympic Fig tree that was developed specifically for this region. It is a mere 2 feet tall but should take off this spring! It even has a couple of figs. Needs a little re-staking to straighten it out this year.
And our last tree that completed our orchard is a Peach tree! It is a Frost Peach. They are hard to grown in this region due to peach leaf curl so I am hoping I can make it work. Just need to get through the first few years and once they are established my chances of having fresh juicy peaches will come true!
In addition to fruit trees I have strawberries, raspberries and blueberry plants! I would love to have grapes and kiwis one day but I need to ensure I can keep up with what I have before adding more!
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