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Tree Fruits & Small Fruits

Native Plant GuideAmong the diverse selection of plants at Johnson’s Nursery is a healthy collection of tree fruits and small fruits. Every year we update our availability of fruit trees to meet the interests of our customers. These include the most popular varieties of apples, pears, peaches, cherries, blue berries, currants, raspberries and grapes. In the guide on the right you will also learn about proper fruit tree pruning techniques, edited by our in-house expert orchardist.

The fruit trees we have available are specially selected varieties that are proven to thrive in our zones and withstand Southeastern Wisconsin’s climate.

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Pear

Peach

Plum

Cherry

Blueberry

Currant

BrazelBerries

 

 


APPLE (Genus: Malus)

Malus 'Haralson'

Malus 'Royal Gala'

Malus 'Honeycrisp'

Malus 'Minnewashta' PP11,367 (Zestar!®)

Malus 'Cortland'

Malus x domestica 'AK-98' (Tangy Green)

Malus 'UEB 3727-4' (Blushing Delight)

Espalier form

Malus 'Spartan'

 

 

 

Apples must be cross-pollinated to bear fruit, meaning, you need two different apple varieties to get fruit. You can use a crabapple to pollinate the apple tree. A good rule to follow is that an early fruiting variety needs another early-fruiting variety for pollination. Or if there is blooming overlap that will also suffice, meaning a mid-season apple can pollinate ones that produce early and late.

Semi-Dwarf:

The following Johnson’s Nursery apple trees are on M7 rootstock. This will produce a semi-dwarf, free-standing tree (no staking needed) 12 feet to 15 feet tall. For best results, space trees 15 feet to 18 feet apart in Full Sun.

NEW 2017! Haralson Apple

University of MN, 1923. Named after Charles Haralson, superintendent of the Univ. of MN Fruit Breeding Farm. A natural semi-dwarf tree that produces medium-sized red fruit. Hard, crisp and tart. Good dual purpose apple. One of the most popular apples in MN. Often bears fruit the first year. Prone to biennial bearing. Keeps well, will store until March. Fine hardy, winter variety. Unsuitable pollinator for Haralred®. Zone 4.

NEW 2017! Royal Gala Apple

Branch sport of ‘Gala’, New Zealand, 1969. Great early season apple with crisp firm fruit. Fine-grained texture and excellent flavor makes a sweet snack fresh or baked. Zone 5.

Honeycrisp

A University of Minnesota introduction that has a mid-season harvest (around Sept 25th). Fruit is yellow with red overtones; flesh is exceptionally crisp and juicy with a sweet but well-balanced flavor. Great for eating in salads and fruit trays , but not recommended for baking. Has an excellent storage life, up to 6 months. A good pollinator for all apple varieties. Can sometimes be slow to bear fruit. Has become an outstanding commercial and home orchard variety because of its explosive crispness, flavor and storage life. Zone 4.

Zestar!®

An early apple variety released in 1998 by the University of Minnesota. The fruit ripens in late August/early September with nice color, making this selection a winner for the short season areas of central and northern Wisconsin. Great for fresh use and cooking, the fruit has a sweet, tart flavor and stores for up to 3 weeks (far longer than any other early apple variety). Considered one of the best for making apple crisp, this is a real star! Zone 4.

McIntosh

An old-fashioned heirloom variety from Canada that is good for cooking and eating. Medium-sized fruit ripens around Sept 20th. Common in all McIntosh crosses, the fruit is prone to dropping off the tree in the near-to-ripe stage. Zone 4.

Cortland Apple

A vigorous grower developed by Cornell University. Bright red, large-sized apples ripen in late September. This juicy apple has tender, white, sweet flesh with a hint of tartness. Holds its color well after being cut. Excellent for eating and cooking. Zone 4.

Columnar:

We are excited to offer apple trees that are ideal for small urban lots and patios, areas that usually do not have enough room for traditional apple trees. The Urban® series is relatively new and developed by Dr. Jaroslav Tupy in the Czech Republic. The trees in this series will grow to around 10 feet tall and roughly 3 feet wide. Consider using them to create an edible green screen. They are a perfect fit for small spaces — including containers! Like all apples, at least two different varieties need to be planted for cross pollination. All are Zone 4.

NEW 2017! Scarlet Sentinel Apple

Very large greenish-yellow fruit blushed with red. Crisp, juicy and sweet with pristine white flesh. Ripens early September.

Tangy Green™ Urban

Perfect for small landscapes. Good sized, green apples bear fruit the first year planted. Crisp, juicy texture and tangy, tart flavor.

Blushing Delight™ Urban® Columnar

Full-sized fruit from exceptionally narrow trees. A red/yellow mottled apple with sweet flavor. Cold-hardy. Ripens in mid September.

Golden Treat™ Urban® Columnar

Lightly-tart fruit in early fall, but get sweeter the longer they are on the tree. Compact, upright tree yields firm, crisp apples with green-gold skin.

Tasty Red™ Urban® Columnar

Tree has an elegant, stately, bottle brush shape. Apples are normal sized apples with a bright red skin that fruits in the first year of planting. Sweet flavor.

Espalier

Espalier (pronounced is-PALL-yay) is when a tree is trained to grow flat against a support, such as a wall or trellis. An interesting way to soften a fence or wall, especially where space is limited. Ours have their branches trained horizontally.

Golden Delicious

A classic! Sweet golden apples ripen a bit later than other varieties, around October 10th. Must thin fruit each year to 8 inches apart for good fruit size and quality. Somewhat self-pollinating.

Honeycrisp

The popular Honeycrisp, but in espalier form. Has become an outstanding commercial and home orchard variety because of its explosive crispness, flavor and storage life.

Spartan

A sweet dark red/purple-skinned apple developed in British Columbia. Excellent for fresh use only. A great apple for children as the fruit is small/medium in size.

Hat Trick

Three outstanding apples on one tree! Budded and grown as an espalier, this apple tree will produce ‘Honeycrisp’ on the bottom, ‘Sweet Sixteen’ in the middle and Zestar!® apples on top. No other pollinator is needed since it has 3 varieties already.

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Pyrus 'Bartlett'

Prunus 'Contender'

Prunus 'Reliance'

Prunus 'Mount Royal'

Prunus 'Mesabi'

Prunus 'Eubank' PPAF (Sweet Cherry Pie)

Prunus avium 'Rainier'

PEAR (Genus Pyrus

Related to the apple so it shares many of the same insect/disease issues and must also be cross-pollinated with another variety to bear fruit. Johnson’s Nursery pears are grafted on ‘Old Home’ x ‘Farmingdale’ 333 rootstock. The pear trees will grow about 15 feet tall. Space 15 feet apart in Full Sun.

Bartlett

Large yellow pear ripening in early September. Sweet and juicy fruit is excellent for canning and fresh use. Zone 5.

Parker

Small red-blushed fruits ripen in Late August. Suitable for canning or fresh use. Zone 4.


PEACH (Genus Prunus)

Peaches are self-pollinating, so you only need one tree to get fresh peaches! Trees will grow about 15 feet tall but can be pruned to keep at about 12 feet tall for easier harvest. Plant 15 feet apart in Full Sun.

New 2017! Contender Peach

A recent introduction from North Carolina, Contender has proven to be very hardy in the Mid-west. The fruit is bigger than Reliance with a smaller pit and ripens in late August. Zone 4.

Reliance

The hardiest peach available. Yellow-fleshed fruit ripens around August 10th and is good for fresh use and canning. Zone 4.


PLUM (Genus Prunus)

Not all plums are self-pollinating so look carefully at tags when you are purchasing trees. Plant in Full Sun.

Mount Royal

A self-pollinating European-type plum. The round blue fruits ripen in early September. Good eaten off tree. Tender, juicy flesh. Considered the best blue cultivar in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Grows 12 feet tall. Zone 4.


CHERRY (Genus Prunus)

Johnson’s Nursery carries mostly tart cherries, which are self-pollinating so only one is needed to produce fruit. However, this year we are offering a self-pollinating sweet cherry as well.

Tart Cherry

New 2017!: Mesabi

Long stemmed, red-fleshed fruits with sugar content halfway between pie cherries and ‘Bing’ cherries. Pyramidal tree grows to a height of 12 feet. Fruit resembles ‘Meteor’ but pit is smaller. Blooms in early May. Zone 4.

New 2017!: Evans Bali

This tart cherry was selected in Alberta, Canada and has extremely hardy buds which guards against late frost damage. Evans Bali produces 1-inch fruits with small pits that ripen mid-July. Sweeter than other sour cherries, they are excellent for making pies or fresh eating. Grows 12 feet to 15 feet tall. Zone 4.

Montmorency

The #1 pie cherry grown in the U.S. An “amarelle” type, the fruits have pink skin with yellow flesh. This is the same variety that grows in abundance in Door County, WI. Enjoy fresh or in pies and preserves. Grows 18 feet tall with an upright form. Zone 5, borderline Zone 4.

North Star

A University of MN introduction, this genetic dwarf grows about 8 feet to 10 feet tall and is very hardy and productive. Bright red, sour fruit with a small stone ripens early July. Best for making pies. Zone 4.

Sweet Cherry Pie™

Selected by the late Bill Eubank of River Falls, WI, this variety is extremely precocious and bears heavy crops of large, dark fleshed tart cherries. Often this tree starts bearing fruit when only 3 feet tall. As the name suggests, this is an excellent variety for making pies! Zone 4.

Sweet Cherry

Rainier

Large, beautiful golden yellow fruit with a red blush, Bears abundant crops of sweet, richly flavored, firm and juicy cherries. Pollinate with Lapins Cherry. Zone 5.

Lapins

Self-pollinating sweet cherry. Produces quality, juicy, deep red, large fruit on very upright growing trees. Will grow to 20 feet tall. Wonderful for eating fresh off the tree. Zone 4.

 

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BLUEBERRIES (Genus Vaccinium)

Vaccinium 'Northblue' (flowers)

Vaccinium 'Superior'

Vaccinium 'Jelly Bean'

Rubus 'NR7' PP22,141 (Raspberry Shortcake)

All blueberry plants prefer moist, acidic soil. In areas with heavy clay, soil amendments will be required. Consider growing your blueberries in raised beds or containers so you can control the pH more easily. We carry the “Northern Highbush” types which are self-fertile, but planting more than one variety will increase fruit size and yield.

New 2017! Northblue

A "half high" hybrid that produces mid-season fruit, often described as having a "wild", sweettart flavor. Requires a pollinator. 3-4 feet tall x 3-4 feet wide. Zone 3.

New 2017! Superior

Introduced by the University of Minnesota in 2009. Extends the blueberry season by producing one week later than most varieties. Good for fresh eating, baking, jams, and jellies. 3-4 feet tall x 3-4 feet wide. Zone 3.

Patriot

Fruit is very large, firm and has small, dry recessed scars. The berry is formed on tight clusters and it tends to be flatter than the other cultivars. Ripens early. Excellent flavor. Bush is upright, open and vigorous. Excellent landscape variety with showy white blooms in the spring, dark green foliage in the summer, and fiery orange fall colors. 3-5 feet tall by 3-5 feet wide. Zone 4-8.


DWARF FRUIT SHURBS

The Brazelton family of Fall Creek Farm & Nursery in Oregon has revolutionized patio and small-space gardening with their BrazelBerries® series of fruiting shrubs. Designed to be easy to grow and produce fruit in a compact form, they are also an appealing visual addition to your patio containers. All varieties mature to roughly 2 feet tall by 2 feet wide. As with all blueberries, make sure you use a potting mix for acid loving plants.

Jelly Bean™

Produces a bumper crop of large, flavorful blueberries mid-summer with super sweet flavor like homemade blueberry jelly. Brilliant green new foliage emerges in spring which gives way to darker greens with red hues throughout the summer and fall.

Raspberry Shortcake™

A thornless, dwarf raspberry. Bears large, tasty fruit on floricanes in July. Prune out all 2 year canes after each crop is harvested. Self-pollinating.

If you are growing BrazelBerries® in containers, it is best to overwinter them in an unheated garage or basement so they are not exposed to extreme winter weather. You can also tuck them in a corner of the yard and insulate the pots with bales of straw and evergreen boughs. More information can be found at www.brazelberries.com.

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Ribes 'Red Lake'

Ribes nigrum 'Consort'

 

CURRANTS (Genus Ribes)

Currants are self-fertile but are often grown in groupings planted 4 feet apart, in well-drained soil with lots of organic content. Prefers cooler summer climates, so in Wisconsin you may want to consider planting in partial shade rather than full sun. Prune stems older than 3 years when dormant. It may take 4-5 years for new plantings to become established and produce fruit. Like most fruits, Black Currants contain a lot of water, but they are also bursting with a wide variety of important antioxidants, fiber and energy.

Red Lake

Clusters of greenish yellow flowers in spring give way to long, pendulous clusters of bright red fruit. Can be eaten straight off the plant, though the fruit is quite tart and most often used in jams and jellies. 3-5 feet tall by 3-5 feet wide. Zone 3.

Consort Black

Take a trip to the dark side of currants! Slightly sweeter than Red Currants, with a flavor similar to blackberries. Very high in Vitamin C. Attractive orange-red fall foliage color. Prefers full sun, but tolerates shade. 5-6 feet tall by 4-5 feet wide. Zone 3.

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Note: Do not plant currants near Pinus strobus; they are a host for White Pine Blister.


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