Varieties of fastest growing fruit trees?

metaphoraMay 21, 2013

Hi all:

Looking for specific varieties of fastest-growing fruit trees for zone 6b. Time to fruit, and type of fruit is irrelevant.

My co-worker, who knows nothing about plants, has asked me to help her pick out a tree for her backyard. She is not picky, just as long as it "looks like a tree" and can handle periodic drought, as they do not have a water source in their backyard and she's not likely going to be a dedicated waterer.

My experience with fruit trees is limited to the established trees that I grew up with in San Diego, so I have little experience with young, cold-hardy varieties. I'm hoping to get recommendations for specific varieties of trees that my co-worker can plant and which will add instant greenery to her currently barren backyard.

I've been reading and it appears that peach, apples, and pears grow the fastest. I know that mulberry trees shoot up, but am hesitant to recommend them because of the mess the berries can make when they are ripe. Thoughts? Recommendations? Thanks!

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dmtaylor(5a (WI))

Peaches grow pretty dang fast. Apples sometimes grow fast for one year, then pretty slow after that. Cherries are somewhere in between. I have no experience with pears or plums. My gut and my mouth say, go with peach. Not sure of which cultivar is fastest for your climate but I bet just about any will be fine. Perhaps Contender or Elberta if you are concerned at all about the occasional spring cold snaps killing the flower buds, although in 6b it's probably not too huge a concern. Peaches need full sun and some water to keep them going. If you can't assure good watering, cherry might be the better way to go.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2013 at 3:26PM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

It would help to know the state. Some trees like apricot are much better in some climates than another. Also many fruits besides mulberry make a mess with fallen fruit if not cared for. Unless she wants fruit a pure shade tree would be a better bet.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2013 at 4:05PM
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alan haigh

J. plums and peaches can be nice bearing trees from whips in about 3 years if you grow them in a perfect environment.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2013 at 7:18PM
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mamuang_gw

May I ask why a fruit tree? Almost all fruit trees need some level of care otherwise; it could be a mess when diseases or insects attack the tree and/or its fruit. It's not pretty to have fruit drops everywhere or tree limbs ooze with something that could also end up killing that tree.

There are a number of beautiful flowering trees around. Would your friend consider that?

When my friends asked if they could plant a fruit tree with no care in my zone, I could not think of anything to recommend because even an easy-care, disease resistant apple tree still needs some attention. I suggest they plant a flowering tree.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2013 at 7:44PM
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Chris-7b-GA(7b)

As far as peaches, I guess where you live affects the growth. I am in north Georgia and planted 2 peach tree whips a year and a half ago, pruned to knee high at planting and was shocked at how fast they grew - 15 foot spread by the end of the 1st growing season. They are now at the second leaf and each tree is producing somewhere between 25 and 50 fruit.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2013 at 7:53PM
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mrsg47(7)

Flowering Japanese Cherries are beautiful; so are flowering crabapples. Great flowers!

    Bookmark   May 21, 2013 at 8:17PM
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Bradybb(wa8)

So far the most trouble free tree that I grow is Cornus mas,Cornelian Cherry.
Nothing attacks and all I've ever done is fertilize and water once in a while.From what I understand,it can take very cold temps.
It puts out beautiful yellow flowers in early Spring and it even fruits on its own,something that some sources don't agree with and the fruit makes a delicious sauce for ice cream and even meat.
Mine is in a container,but they can go in ground and grow to about twelve feet.Fast growing?Well maybe not the fastest,but they do get a lot of leaves. Brady

    Bookmark   May 21, 2013 at 10:50PM
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curtis(5)

you will definitely want to consider disease and pest resistance as your friend is not going to stay on top of it. For example I have a Haralred and a Honeycrisp apple trees in my back yard. without a lot of attention that honey crisp would have died each year so far. the Haralred is a trooper and would have been fine without me. Although I do the organic thing, If someone is going to spray them on schedule that helps the survival.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 12:04AM
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franktank232(z5 WI)

Apricots grow very fast, but they grow very long thin branches..and can be prone ot breakage if you don't thin...peaches grow very fast..but of course you are going to deal with a lot of fruit at some point (self pollinating). Apple seedlings or on a std rootstock should grow big/fast quickly. Pears grow fast enough, but grow in a Chrstmas tree shape.

Maples grow like weeds around here....

I'd go with oak trees...

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 9:01AM
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