Thinking about planting a tree? Are you envisioning planting a little sapling that will one day shade your home during hot summers to come or are you looking for a tree to add a specific ornamental flair to your yard or is your dream to plant a tree that provides delicious fruit throughout the summer. Many types of shade, ornamental and fruit trees can be grown in Colorado. Key factors to consider are tree hardiness, the length of time of cold dormancy, growing season length requirements, and disease susceptibility. Here are just a few examples of trees that the gardening experts at O'Toole's Garden Center know will thrive here in Colorado and recommend adding to your yard.
Shade Providing Trees
A highly aromatic, crisp and juicy apple. The Golden Delicious is excellent for cooking or eating fresh. Its long bloom season and heavy pollen production make it a great pollinator for other apple trees. Grows about 8 to 10 feet tall and wide.
Montmorency is a hardy, semi-dwarf, self-fertile cherry tree. It produces soft, juicy, bright-red fruit in late June to early August. It’s a little sweet and a little tart and perfect for pies or preserves.
Stanley plums ripen in late summer. They are medium to large, with deep purplish-blue skin. They’re great for dried prunes or for canning. A very hardy plum, perfect for this area.
A large, dark red, meaty fruit of fine flavor. Bing cherries are top quality and great for cooking or eating fresh. Ripens in the midseason and needs a Van or Black Tartarian Cherry for pollination.
Elberta is one of the most popular peaches because of its large, sweet fruit. Elberta peaches are perfect for canning or eating fresh. It is a freestone peach, which means the stone is easily removed. It grows to a height of 15 to 25 feet with an equal or greater spread.
Produces a medium size, red, firm, crisp fruit with excellent sweet-tart flavor. This apple tree is very hardy and ripens in the midseason. It does need another apple tree for pollination.
Prunus persica 'Reliance'
True to its name, reliance is a very hardy, self-fertilizing dwarf peach. Another freestone variety, reliance peaches are soft, sweet and juicy.