21 Fast Producing Fruit Trees, Shrubs & Vines

Are you thinking about adding some fruit trees to your garden or fruit orchard this season? Fruit trees can take time to grow, but there are some that produce fruit faster than others. In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen looks at some of the fastest-growing fruit trees you can plant.

Fast Producing Fruit Tree Called PawPaw

Growing fruit trees, bushes, and shrubs at home can be incredibly rewarding. Not only will you be swimming in some of the tastiest fruits imaginable, but you will also provide a feast for pollinators, birds, squirrels, and insects of all kinds. But which types of fruit trees grow fast enough that you won’t have to wait years for your first harvest?

For fruiting trees, dwarf fruit trees are the best place to start. Dwarf fruit trees can mature and produce fruit in as little as 2-5 years. There are even a few varieties that will produce in their first year. Fruiting shrubs and bushes also reach fruiting age quickly. In fact, many produce a small yield in their first year and continue to produce more in subsequent years.

Depending on what you plant, you’ll be able to enjoy a tasty yield in as little as a year! If you purchase 3-5 year old trees from a nursery, you will also have a good head start on fruit production.

Are you ready to create your own edible landscape? You can start with just one fruit-bearing plant or incorporate several at the same time, depending on how much time and space you have available. Let’s take a look at 21 popular fruit-bearing trees, shrubs, and bushes you can grow at home.

Asian Persimmon

View from below, close-up of a ripe fruit branch of the Diospyros kaki ‘Fuyu’ tree against the blue sky in the garden. Many ripe rich orange rounded, dense fruits hang from branches surrounded by oval dark green leaves.
Asian Persimmon is a delightful little tree with deep orange fruits.
Scientific Name: Diospyros kaki ‘Fuyu’
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: 7-10
  • Chill Hours: Less than 100
  • Height: 20-30 feet
  • Fruit Production: 3-5 years
  • When to Harvest: October-November, when fruits are uniformly orange

Asian persimmon, also known as Oriental persimmon, is native to eastern Asia and India.

These trees are easy to grow in a sunny yard with well-drained soil. These are attractive small trees with beautiful rich orange autumn foliage. When combined with branches full of ripe fruits, they make an eye-catching sight.

Native persimmons produce highly astringent fruits that are difficult to eat. But the fruits of the Asian persimmon can be eaten fresh, sliced like an apple, and taste sweet. Asian persimmon trees bloom in the spring with small, insignificant-looking flowers.

Fruits develop throughout the summer months, and by autumn, they have reached their full size and turn bright orange when ripe. Fruits are long-lasting both on the tree and when stored in a cool location.

Asian Pear

Close-up of two ripe fruits of the Pyrus pyrifolia tree surrounded by green foliage under the sun. The fruits are round, golden brown in color with a textured skin in a white pimple. The leaves are ovate, dark green with serrated edges.
This delicious pear variety is similar to an apple in shape, with slightly textured skin and a very sweet taste.
Scientific Name: Pyrus pyrifolia
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: 5-9
  • Chill Hours: 450
  • Height: 8-20
  • Fruit Production: 2-5 years
  • When to Harvest: July-September, fruits will be crunchy and sweet

Asian pear tastes something like a cross between an apple and a pear. They look more like an apple in shape and size. The texture is crunchy like an apple, with a slightly textured skin and a sweet and juicy pear-like taste.

Depending on the variety, Asian pears ripen anywhere between July and November, but the most commonly available varieties ripen between July and September.

Most Asian pear varieties are not self-pollinating, which means you should plant at least two pear trees to set fruits.

Even if you do have a self-pollinating variety, you will get a larger fruit crop with cross-pollination. These trees have the potential to grow quite tall, but there are dwarf varieties available that should stay within the 8-15 foot range.

Banana

Close-up of ripe banana fruits on a Musa acuminata tree in a sunny tropical garden. A large bunch of many green oblong fruits arranged in 4-5 rows grow on a tree. The tree has huge oval leaves with parallel veins.
This tropical tree produces well-known bananas, which prefer to grow in warmth and sufficient moisture.
Scientific Name: Musa acuminata
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: 9-11
  • Chill Hours: None
  • Height: 8-10 feet
  • Fruit Production: 1 year
  • When to Harvest: When fruit is still greenish, allowing fruits to fully ripen after harvest

Bananas are a familiar tropical fruit that can be grown in the home landscape. If you want to add a bit of tropical paradise to your yard, consider planting a banana. Bananas are not officially classified as trees or shrubs but large herbaceous plants.

There are, surprisingly, banana plants that are hardy to zone 5. Although you can plant them outside, and they will withstand the winter months, they won’t have enough time to produce fruit because they simply need a longer growing season.

If you live in a warm climate, you can grow bananas outdoors year-round and harvest fruit. Other options include buying a dwarf banana plant and putting it in a container. You can move the plant outside for the summer and inside anytime it gets too cold.

It may be tricky to convince your banana to produce fruit, but it can be done if it gets enough warmth, humidity, sunlight, and moisture.

Blackberry

A close-up of ripe blackberries surrounded by bright green foliage. The leaves are alternate, consisting of three leaflets. Leaflets are 3 lobed, with serrated edges. The stems of the bush are prickly. Black, shiny, oval blackberries are formed by multiple small fruits, each one containing a seed.
Blackberry is an easy-to-grow plant that produces sweet and sour dark purple berries.
Scientific Name: Rubus spp.
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: 4-10
  • Chill Hours: 300-500
  • Height: 4-6 feet
  • Fruit Production: 2 years
  • When to Harvest: Summer, when fruits are uniformly black

Blackberries are an easily-grown berry, but they have a habit of spreading and sprawling, so give those scraggly blackberry starts plenty of space when planting. Some blackberries grow upright and can be trained to grow along a trellis.

Other varieties of blackberry are trailing and will grow long canes that form arches. The familiar wild blackberries are very thorny, and some cultivated varieties are also thorny, although there are thornless varieties available to make your berry picking much more pleasant!

Regardless of which type of blackberry you have, you will need to do some pruning. Pruning will definitely help with keeping your plant in shape, and it will help maximize fruit production.

Blackberry roots live for many years, but the above-ground canes die back in winter and will need to be removed to clean up the area and make room for fresh new growth the following spring.

Blueberry

Close-up of ripe blueberries Vaccinium spp. on a blurred background of green foliage. Large clusters of many round dark purple berries covered with a grayish dusty coating. The leaves are lanceolate, dark green with pointed tips.
Blueberries are a great tasty treat and an attractive plant for your garden.
Scientific Name: Vaccinium spp.
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: 3-9
  • Chill Hours: 300-700
  • Height: 1-10 feet
  • Fruit Production: 3 years
  • When to Harvest: Summer, when fruits are uniformly dark purple-blue

Blueberries are a tasty treat and an excellent choice for the edible landscape. Blueberries can be eaten directly from the bush. The flowers attract a multitude of pollinators, and fruit-eating birds are fond of the berries.

There are wide varieties and cultivars of blueberry to choose from, so be sure you select the ones that will grow best in your climate zone and most closely match your desired height requirements, as blueberries vary from 1 foot to 12 feet tall.

Whichever blueberries you choose, you should plant at least two different varieties for cross-pollination and an abundance of fruits. Blueberries do best in a location with full sun but will tolerate a bit of light afternoon shade. They do require acidic soil, ideally with a pH between 5 and 6, and like to be kept moist.

Columnar Apple Tree

Close-up of a ripening Columnar Apple Tree Malus domestica var. in the garden. The tree has a columnar shape. Apple fruits are round, juicy, bright red and grow along the main stem. The leaves are simple, gray-green, oval. Some leaves have brown dry edges.
Columnar Apple Tree is a compact fruit tree cultivar producing sweet apple fruits along the main stem.
Scientific Name: Malus domestica var.
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: 4-9
  • Chill Hours: 800-1200
  • Height: 8-10 feet
  • Fruit Production: 1 year
  • When to Harvest: September

Columnar apple trees are really unique variety of apple tree. They remain quite compact, and young plants look like leafy poles with apples growing along the main stem.

At maturity, these apple trees can grow between eight and ten feet tall, but they have a maximum spread of only two feet! The unique size and shape of these trees make them perfect for apartments, townhouses, and small suburban yards. They do well in containers or can create an edible hedge on the edge of your yard.

Even better than the size, Columnar apple trees start producing full-sized apples the first year you plant them! You’ll need at least two of these in any space since, like most apple trees, these are not self-pollinating. If container-grown, make sure to keep the roots moist, as container-grown plants tend to dry out very quickly.

‘Celeste’ Fig Tree

A close-up of a ripe fig on a tree surrounded by bright green leaves. The fig is a soft, teardrop-shaped fruit with a purple skin. Fig leaves are large, flat, bright green, with 3-5 lobes.
Enjoy fresh sweet figs during the first year of planting.
Scientific Name: Ficus carica ‘Celeste’
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: 6-9
  • Chill Hours: None
  • Height: 7-10 feet
  • Fruit Production: 1-2 years
  • When to Harvest: July

Figs trees are an excellent example of a quick-producing fruit tree. You’ll start enjoying fresh figs within the first year of planting! The Celeste fig, also known as a sugar fig, is well-known for producing high yields of sweet fruit.

The best way to enjoy sugar figs is fresh and raw, with the seeds and skin still intact. You can also cook figs by baking or grilling them, and they add the perfect amount of sweetness to desserts. They don’t keep long once ripe, so eat them, preserve them, or give them away to neighbors.

Celeste figs are a bit unique because they’re more cold-hardy than other fig varieties. They’ll do well in zones 6-9. But, if you live in a colder climate, plan to grow this fruit tree in a container and bring it in during the winter months.

Dancy Tangerine Tree

A close-up of the leafy branches of the Dancy Tangerine Tree with ripe bright orange fruits. Tangerines are round, bright orange, with a slightly structured wrinkled skin. The leaves are oblong, lanceolate, dark green.
The Dancy Tangerine Tree produces delicious bright orange, tart citrus fruits.
Scientific Name: Citrus reticulata
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: 9-11
  • Chill Hours: None
  • Height: 10-15 feet
  • Fruit Production: 2 year
  • When to Harvest: November-December

When it comes to citrus, some of us gravitate toward the sweet, while others enjoy the tart. If you happen to love tart flavors and live in a warm climate, a tangerine tree might be the best option for your backyard. Dancy tangerines are tart, flavorful, and easy to peel. These small orange fruits are what inspired the creation of clementines!

This dwarf tangerine tree grows to a mature height of 10-15 feet and is self-pollinating. But as with all fruit trees, you’ll want to plant a second one nearby to ensure maximum yield.

Dancies are quick to produce fruit and will provide you with a harvest in the first year of planting! Unfortunately, tangerine trees only grow in tropical climates. This one is too large for containers, so only plant one if you live in USDA zones 9-11.

Dwarf Elberta Peach Tree

Close-up of two ripening peaches surrounded by dark green lanceolate leaves with slightly serrated hazel. The fruits are large, round, and orange with red tints, the skin is slightly furry.
This dwarf peach tree makes a great addition to your orchard.
Scientific Name: Prunus persica ‘Early Elberta’
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: 5-8
  • Chill Hours: 750
  • Height: 8-10 feet
  • Fruit Production: 2-4 years
  • When to Harvest: July-September, when fruits are not completely “hard” to the touch

If you love peaches, this dwarf peach tree may be a great fit for your backyard orchard. Elberta peach trees grow to a mature height of eight to ten feet and are self-pollinating.

If space is an issue, you can get away with planting only a single tree, but you will enjoy a much better yield if you are able to plant two. The fruit itself is an heirloom variety known for being large, juicy, and perfectly sweet. Elberta peaches are delicious for eating right off the tree, desserts, and canning.

Like many fruit trees, pruning is important to the health and future yields of the tree. Prune back up to 50% of new growth each year to stimulate new growth the following season.

Fruits grow on old wood, and pruning allows the older wood to become thicker and more stable while removing the weaker and more scraggly branches.

Dwarf Everbearing Mulberry

A close-up of ripening mulberry fruits surrounded by bright, deep green leaves. Leaves are heart-shaped, toothed. The fruits are dark purple, green and deep pink, depending on maturity. The mulberry is oblong in shape, consisting of many small plump berries with seeds inside.
This dwarf tree produces an incredible amount of black, tart-sweet berries, which are used to make jams and bake pies.
Scientific Name: Morus nigra
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: 5-10
  • Chill Hours: 400
  • Height: 2-15 feet
  • Fruit Production: 2-3 years
  • When to Harvest: May through September, when fruits are fully black

Mulberry trees produce small, tasty, and really messy fruits in the summer. Native to China, many think the fruit tastes a bit like a tart grape. Others find it closer to a cross between a blueberry and grapefruit. Either way, mulberries are delicious and can be eaten fresh or made into jams, pies, and sorbets.

The dwarf everbearing mulberry tree produces an incredible number of mulberries each year from summer to fall. The tree itself is attractive and can be kept in containers if you have a small space.

If you plant it in the ground, it’ll grow to between ten and fifteen feet tall. You can keep it to between two and six feet tall if you aggressively prune back branches after fruiting each year.

Gooseberry

Close-up of a branch with ripe gooseberries on a blurred green background. The berries are small, round, pinkish and green in color depending on ripeness. The leaves are bright green, lobed, reminiscent of parsley.
The gooseberry is a small shrub that produces round, tart fruits that are green to pinkish in color.
Scientific Name: Ribes hirtellum
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: 4-6
  • Chill Hours: 1000
  • Height: 3-4 feet
  • Fruit Production: 1-3 years
  • When to Harvest: Summer, when fruit starts to get soft

Gooseberries, or American gooseberries, are small fruits that have nothing to do with geese. The fruits are about the size of blueberries but range from green to reddish, depending on the variety.

Some varieties are smooth, while others are rather spiny looking, but the spines are relatively soft. Gooseberries are quite tart, so most people use them for cooking and baking, such as making jams, jellies, and pies.

The gooseberry plant is a small shrub with attractive leaves and fruits. Gooseberries are prone to a few fungal diseases, so be sure to select a disease-resistant cultivar and give them plenty of room to grow.

Gooseberries benefit from annual pruning during the winter season. They also benefit from good air circulation and keeping the area clear of debris that can harbor pests, diseases, and unnecessary moisture.

Vining Grapes

A close-up of a ripe bunch of blue grapes surrounded by bright green foliage. The leaves are large, heart-shaped with several lobes and coarsely serrated edges. The bunch consists of many round, plump, juicy, soft berries with a dark blue skin covered with a blue-gray dusty coating.
The grape requires regular pruning and strong supports for its long, woody vines.
Scientific Name: Vitis vinifera
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: 6-10
  • Chill Hours: 150
  • Height: 6-12 feet
  • Fruit Production: 2-3 years
  • When to Harvest: Summer, when fruits are fully ripe

Grapes are a familiar fruit that you can grow in your own yard. They need a spot with good air circulation and plenty of sunlight but will tolerate some afternoon shade. Grapes grow from thick, woody vines, which can become quite large and long. They will need a sturdy trellis or arbor to support them.

Growing grapes can be a bit of a time-consuming task. They will require not only a structure to grow on but regular pruning to keep them in top form.

Grapes are also susceptible to several pests and diseases and may require diligent attention to be sure to catch any problems early and correct them promptly. If well cared for, however, grapes are a delicious and interesting plant to grow.

The Muscadine Grape (Vitis rotundifolia) is native to the southeastern United States. It grows large, round fruits that have a distinctive tart flavor. These plants are hardy in zones 6-10 and are less prone to pests and diseases than other grape varieties, but many people find them to be less palatable for eating.

Ice Cream Mango Tree

Close-up of a mango hanging from a tree against a blurred leafy background. The mango fruit is oval in shape, pale green in color with a slightly pinkish flank. The leaves are leathery, lanceolate, glossy, dark green.
Mango is a fast-growing fruit tree producing incredibly tasty sweet fruit with bright orange flesh.
Scientific Name: Mangifera indica
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: 10 or 11 (bring them indoors in the winter if you live in a colder climate)
  • Chill Hours: None
  • Height: 6 feet
  • Fruit Production: 2-3 years
  • When to Harvest: Late March

Mangoes are another quick-producing fruit tree, but full-size mango trees are enormous. This makes them mostly off-limits to the home gardener. But thanks to the horticultural science of grafting, you can find the dwarf Ice Cream mango tree that grows beautifully in containers. The tree grows to a maximum height of 6 feet, making it easy to bring inside during the winter months.

Even though the Ice Cream mango tree is small in stature, it’s huge in flavor! You’ll be able to enjoy rich, creamy mangos after just two years of planting.

These sweet mangoes are delicious to eat fresh or bake into desserts. If you find you have an abundance of fruit, cut it and freeze it for smoothies during the winter. Or preserve them in jellies or jam.

Kazake Pomegranate Tree

Close-up of many ripe pomegranate fruits hanging from branches against a blurred green background. The fruits are large, round with a smooth red leathery skin. Pomegranate leaves are opposite, glossy, oblong, dark green.
The pomegranate tree produces juicy, bright red fruits with a sweet, tart taste.
Scientific Name: Punica granatum ‘Kazake’
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: 4-10
  • Chill Hours: None
  • Height: 6 feet
  • Fruit Production: 1-2 years
  • When to Harvest: September-October

Pomegranates are an interesting fruit. They look like inedible apples on the outside, but you see a smorgasbord of tiny red jewels when you crack them open.

Pomegranate seeds, or jewels, can be found nestled into the pith of the fruit, protected by the tough outer skin. They have a distinct sweet-tart flavor that is really delicious in salads, Moroccan couscous, or fresh as a tasty snack.

The Kazake pomegranate is a 6-foot-tall dwarf fruit tree that will provide you with fruit in its first year! It can withstand freezing temperatures and be grown outdoors in the northern states. But better than all of that, this dwarf fruit tree produces the most incredible bright orange flowers in the spring. They’ll be a delightful showcase in your home garden.

Lime

Close-up of two rich green limes growing on a tree among bright green leaves. Oval-shaped fruits with a thin leathery skin.
Lime trees require lots of bright sunlight, high humidity, and well-drained soil.
Scientific Name: Citrus aurantifolia
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: 8-11
  • Chill Hours: None
  • Height: 6-20 feet
  • Fruit Production: 3-4 years
  • When to Harvest: When fruits are fully ripe, full size, and bright green

While limes are tropical fruits, dwarf lime trees that can be grown in cooler climates. Lime trees will need plenty of bright sunlight, well-drained soil, and regular moisture, but you can convince a container-grown lime to produce tasty tart green fruits! Not only are the fruits edible, but the leaves and flowers are also pleasantly citrus-scented.

Limes will need a good size pot. Give them plenty of water as they like to be kept moist but not wet. Limes are heavy feeders and will require regular fertilizer applications to stay healthy. And, of course, because they are tropical plants, they need to be kept warm.

They would do well growing outside in the summer months and moved indoors to a sunny window for the cooler winter months.

Meyer Lemon Tree

Close-up of three ripe lemons on a branch surrounded by dark green leaves against a blurred green background. Lemons are oval shaped with a thick bright yellow structured skin. The leaves are oval, simple, dark green.
Meyer Lemon Tree produces tart-sweet, sour, bright yellow fruit.
Scientific Name: Citrus x meyeri
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: 8-11
  • Chill Hours: None
  • Height: 4-6 feet
  • Fruit Production: 2 years
  • When to Harvest: Wintertime, when skins are pure bright yellow

Unless you live in the warmest parts of the country, growing citrus fruits is off-limits. That’s because citrus fruits thrive in warm climates and can die if exposed to frost. Meyer lemons are known for their tart, sweet flavor and are often used in desserts. The Meyer lemon tree also has a smaller version, called the dwarf Meyer lemon tree.

Preserved Meyer lemons can be found in specialty grocery stores but are often expensive. If you’re an avid baker, planting a Meyer lemon tree may be an excellent idea!

Meyer lemons combine the best of lemons and mandarin oranges into a single hybrid tree. They grow to a mature height of 4-6 feet and do really well in containers. Even if you live in a cold climate, you can grow this tree in a container.

You can leave it outside during the warmer months but bring it inside once temperatures start to drop. As long as it’s near a well-lit window, your Meyer lemon tree will continue to grow and produce tasty lemons. The leaves and flowers are also pleasantly citrus-scented.

Pawpaw

Close-up of two green papaya fruits growing on a branch in a blurred green background. Fruits are oval-shaped, pale green in color with a smooth skin. The leaf is large, oval, glossy.
This gorgeous pawpaw tree produces smooth, creamy fruits with orange flesh and black seeds.
Scientific Name: Asimina triloba
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: 5-8
  • Chill Hours: 400 hours
  • Height: 15-25 feet
  • Fruit Production: 2-10 years
  • When to Harvest: October, when fruits begin to feel soft

The pawpaw is a smooth and creamy fruit that look like a greenish-yellow mango. They also taste like banana custard.

These fruits are native to the eastern United States and are easily grown in the right conditions. These trees like a bit of shade and rich, moist soil. The trickiest thing about pawpaws is that they need another pawpaw nearby to cross-pollinate and set fruit.

Pawpaw fruits don’t last long, so eat them soon after harvesting. They are best eaten fresh. Cut the fruit in half, remove the large black seeds, and then use a spoon to scoop out the soft inner fruit.

Pawpaws will gradually spread by underground runners, so be prepared for your own pawpaw patch or simply prune out the sprouts you don’t want. Buy a couple of larger nursery-grown plants to give you a head start on pawpaw harvest, as they can take several years to fully mature and start fruiting.

Raspberry

Close-up of ripe raspberries surrounded by green foliage. The berries are bright pink and consist of many tiny round fruits clustered around a pith. The leaves are compound, alternate with 3-5 leaflets and serrate margins.
These sweet little berries are excellent food for wildlife and a healthy snack for humans.
Scientific Name: Rubus idaeus
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: 3-9
  • Chill Hours: 250
  • Height: 4-6 feet
  • Fruit Production: 2 years
  • When to Harvest: Summer to early fall, when fruits are fully ripe and slide easily off the plant

Raspberries are sweet little fruits that are delicious by the handful directly from the plant. The flowers attract many bees and other pollinators, and the fruits will attract fruit-eating birds, so they are an excellent wildlife food, as well as a healthy snack for humans. Raspberries may be bright red, dark red, or golden, but all taste delicious.

Raspberry plants do require a bit of maintenance. They grow as thick stems called canes. The cane produces their leaves, flowers, and fruits. Canes may be thorny or thornless and produce fruits in their second year.

After fruiting, individual canes will die back. Prune canes back to ground level each winter after fruiting to keep your raspberry patch looking neat and increase your raspberry production. Plant your raspberries in an area with good air circulation to decrease the chances of developing powdery mildew, which is a common fungal infection.

Santa Rosa Plum Tree

A close-up of ripening crimson plums against a blurred sunny garden. Bright red with a grayish coating on the skins, round plump fruits, tightly clustered on the branches.
Santa Rosa Plum Tree produces sweet, slightly tart, dark red fruits that are widely used in cooking.
Scientific Name: Prunus salicina
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: 5-9
  • Chill Hours: 500
  • Height: 8-10 feet
  • Fruit Production: 3-5 years
  • When to Harvest: June and July

The Santa Rosa plum tree is a favorite type of plum tree for home gardeners, and it has become popular in local farmer’s markets across the country. The plums are known for their sweet, slightly tart flavor and deep red color. Fruit is excellent eaten off the tree, in tarts and quick-breads, or preserved into jelly. These plums also make a delicious prune when dehydrated.

The tree itself is beautiful and can become an ornamental centerpiece of your garden. Gorgeous snowy whitish-pink flowers cascade down this tree when it blossoms in the spring.

Santa Rosa plum trees are self-pollinating, so you can get away with planting just a single tree. But for better yields, having a second plum tree nearby will make a big difference.

Sour Cherry

Close-up of a large branch of a cherry tree with ripe fruits surrounded by bright green foliage. The leaves are simple, oval with serrated edges. The fruits are small, round, firm with a glossy red skin.
Sour Cherry produces delicious sweet and tart cherries that are used to make pies or jams.
Scientific Name: Prunus cerasus
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: 4-6
  • Chill Hours: 1200
  • Height: 8-20 feet
  • Fruit Production: 3-4 years
  • When to Harvest: June, when fruits are uniformly bright red

Sour cherry trees are well suited for cooler climate zones. These deliciously tart cherries can be eaten straight from the tree or used to make pies, pastries, and preserves. Not only do they produce an abundance of tasty bright red fruits, but they also produce a beautiful display of showy spring flowers.

Sour cherry trees are self-pollinating, so don’t need a companion tree to cross-pollinate and set fruit. When mature, a single cherry tree can produce a LOT of fruits, so hopefully, you will have plenty to pick for yourself, and you can leave the cherries in the highest branches for hungry birds. Standard varieties can grow to 20 feet tall, while dwarf varieties grow to only 8 feet tall.

Stella Cherry Tree

A close-up of ripe cherries on a tree surrounded by green foliage in a sunny garden. Small, round, glossy, bright red fruits hang from thin stems. The leaves are green, oval with serrated edges.
Stella Cherry Tree blooms with incredibly beautiful white or pink flowers in spring and produces dark red sweet fruit in summer.
Scientific Name: Prunus avium ‘Stella’
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: 5-8
  • Chill Hours: 400
  • Height: 12-18 feet (semi-dwarf)
  • Fruit Production: 1-4 years
  • When to Harvest: June-July

There are few things more beautiful than being surrounded by snowy white petals in a cluster of cherry trees. These trees bloom in the spring in a dazzling display of pink or white flowers. The Stella cherry tree brings that ornamental beauty right to you own backyard.

This semi-dwarf fruiting cherry tree grows to a height of 12-15 feet and produces an abundance of dark red sweet fruit.

Stella Cherries are self-pollinating. So if you only have room for a single tree in your backyard, this could be a great choice. Stella will start producing fruit in as early as the first year after planting and increase its yield until reaching maturity. The sweet fruit is excellent to eat right off the tree and would be an incredible addition to pretty much any dessert.

Final Thoughts

Edible landscaping is a great idea for anyone who has a sunny space, enjoys a bit of gardening, and wants to grow your own choice fruits. Whether you live in a colder climate or somewhere semi-tropical, there is a fruit-bearing tree, shrub, or vine that you can grow in your landscape.

Do some advance planning and select the fruiting plants that will grow best in your landscape. Then prepare the planting area. With a bit of care and patience, you will soon be able to enjoy the fruits of your efforts.

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Are you interested in growing fruit trees in your backyard? Pears are your answer. These plants are easy to care for, grow quickly, and produce the classic fruits we all know and love. Gardening expert Madison Moulton dives into the specifics of European pear tree growing, covering absolutely everything you need to know for a thriving tree in your own backyard.