Critique my fruit tree selection please!
Hey everyone, hope your all doing well!
I recently purchased a new property and while I dont have a ton of room, I do have a half acre backyard that is all fenced in. Ive measured and walked it off and due to the shape of the lot Ive got a great area that I can put about 5 fruit trees in.
My climate has some quirks though. Im in Flagstaff, AZ up in the mountains at 7,000 feet. We have very intense AZ sun as you would expect, but we get late frosts into early/mid april. Also, our growing season is short... with typical first snow fall being around Halloween/end of Oct.
I have selected (and planted) two peach trees. Veteran and Contender. Ive heard both these are very cold hardy and the contender especially Ive read is good at handling late frosts.
I also planted a Stella self-pollinating cherry tree.
My problem is with my apples. I have a honey crip apple tree and a braeburn apple tree. Recently I discovered the braeburn probably will never ripen in my area since it very late to ripen. So I need to pull the tree.
I know braeburns are reliably self fertile, but the honey crisp is NOT. So can anyone recommend to me another type of apple tree that will handle my climate, late frosts, and not be quit so late to ripen, that will be a good pollinater for the honey crip??
Also, what do you think about my peach and cherry selections? They are already in the ground so for better or worse I suppose, but I did just put them all in within this month so if there was something really wrong with my selections I could yank them too I suppose.
Any suggestions are GREATLY appreciated. I need to get an apple tree that fits the above criteria ordered and in the ground ASAP.