Experienced Fruit Tree Growers,
I suspect that all you experienced fruit growers hate subjective questions like "what is the best kind of tree"....but I'm going to try anyway! If a few of you will be kind enough to recommend 1-3 of your favorite trees in a few categories then this thread will become a favorite for beginners. I know "best" is very subjective and depends on everything from geographical area, personal tastes, intended use, etc. However, your answers would still be far better than beginners such as me just blindly selecting a tree from a nursery list, which for me is just like picking a doctor by looking at ads in the yellow pages. So please take a moment and give us some of your favorite trees for the fruits below.
BTW, if it matters: I live in middle Tennessee, zone 7a near 6b. Sweetness is my # 1 priority in any fruit. I grow in a tiny backyard orchard for fresh eating (no shipping, storing). I space my trees at 16-18 feet and prefer semi-dwarf. I plan to buy 2-3 trees of each type of fruit for proper pollination, so please mention your top 2-3 trees.
Sorry for long prelude, and thank-you for participating in this informal poll to help beginner pick a decent tree!
#1.) Please recommend top 2-3 varieties of Pawpaw trees for me to grow.
#2.) Please recommend top 2-3 Varieties of ASTRINGENT Asian (or similar) Persimmons. (I love the taste of soft Hachiya, dislike FUYU)
#3.) Please recommend 2-3 varieties of apricots.
#4.) Please recommend 2-3 varieties of Nectarines.
#5.) Please recommend 2-3 varieties of SWEET cherries
#6.) Please recommend your top 2-3 (a.)Chestnuts & (b.) Pecans.
I am absolutely going to order all the above trees in the next week, so they are the ones I need help with. But other newbies doing "fruit tree recommendations" type searches who end up here might appreciate you all mentioning you favorites in other popular types (pear, peach, etc. Sorry this got so long. Thanks for your help.