Lyoshka
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Recommend a site for ordering fruit/flowering trees?

I'd like to give the fruit trees a try next summer. I'd like to plant maybe a couple of apple trees. I'm not sure what else will happily fruit in zone 5 (Chicagoland), open to suggestions... as well as a flowering tree for the front yard (a more dwarf variety, max 10 ft tall).

Any recommendations for a good website-a place that explains things well to a novice like myself, has a guarantee if things don't take, and of course, good quality plants?

thanks!!

Lyoshka
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this thread probably belongs better in the Trees subforum... oops. If somebody could move it for me, I'd appreciate it ;)

pumpkinlover
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This may be a little late...

Zone 5 is perfect for many fruit trees, including apples, pears, quince, apricots, plums, and many others.

When planting apples and other pomes, the rootstock is the most important part. If your nursery can't or won't tell you what rootstock they use, find another nursery.

For apples, the best rootstock that will probably grow well in most of zone 5 areas and grows a tree under 10 ft tall without pruning is Bud 9 (B9). Bud 9 is a fairly new rootstock (1970's), so many nurseries don't carry it yet.

M7 (EMLA 7) is probably the best apple rootstock for most people. It has been used for hundreds of years. Earliest known documentation is from the late 1600's. Probably quite a bit older. With pruning, it can be kept well below 10 ft tall, however, without pruning, it might reach 12 ft on some varieties, so it is considered semi-dwarf. Compact spur (compspur) type apples seldom grow over 8 ft tall on M7.

Stay clear of M26 unless you know for a fact that phytopthora (late blight aka crown rot aka collar rot) is not in your area, otherwise your tree will most likely be dead within 2 years.

If you decide on M7, Miller Nurseries in New York is great. All of their semi-dwarf sized and compspur apples are on M7. They guarantee their plants for a year, even if it dies due to the customers fault. I have never received a bad plant from them, and I've ordered many times. Often the apple trees I have received from them are mature bearing age and have bloomed and fruited the same year that I planted them. A lot of other nurseries charge close to $100 for a bearing age apple tree. They have Golden Sentinel, which is an extremely compact compspur, is scab resistant, takes up very little space, and is loaded with apples that taste like a cross between McIntosh and Golden Delicious.

https://www.millernurseries.com

lulu1107
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Another great place to buy fruit trees and other edibles....

I strongly recommend Raintree Nurseries. They are based out of the Pacific Norhwest, Oregon or Washington state. I have been ordering from catalog nurseries for a while now and have had consistently great results from them. Their products are good sized, healthy and well packaged for shipping. I've regularly called with questions and seeking advice and someone has always had an answer for me. Unlike the wonderful, but a bit quirky place in Virginia (E.L.), the information proves to be very accurate. Raintree also processes orders in a timely and responsible manner. I hope this is helpful.
Rhonda, the Wearer of Many Hats

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