10 Best Zone 4 Fruit Trees

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Cold is a limiting factor in growing fruit. Many zone 4 gardeners think apple and pear trees are their only choices. It's true that apples and pears are generally the hardiest fruit trees, and you won't be growing any citrus trees in zone 4. In fact, apples and pears need a certain amount of cold. This need is measured in "chill hours," which refers to a minimum number of consecutive hours in winter when the temperature ranges from 32°F to 45°F. But zone 4 gardeners do have a few more fruit-tree choices.

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    Lodi Apple (Malus lodi)

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    Give the Lodi and other zone 4 fruit trees full sun and a loamy soil. In Washington, Lodi apples are harvested in July, but, in other regions, the harvest may have to wait until late summer. These apples have a tart-sweet flavor.

    • USDA Growing Zones: 3 to 8
    • Mature Size: 20 feet
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun
    • Soil Needs: Well-drained
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    Gravenstein Apple (Malus gravenstein)

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    Gravenstein is one of the hardiest apple trees. But it's susceptible to a few more apple tree diseases than the Lodi. These include blight, scab, and powdery mildew. It has a tart-sweet flavor. The fruits are picked in July and August in Washington, and a bit later in some other regions.

    • USDA Growing Zones: 2 to 9
    • Mature Size: 12 to 15 feet
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun
    • Soil Needs: Well-drained
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    Early Harvest Apple (Malus domestica)

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    Early Harvest's fruit is often harvested sooner than other varieties. It can be as early as July in some regions. It's also a fast-growing tree. The fruit is tart but juicy.

    • USDA Growing Zones: 3 to 8
    • Mature Size: 25 feet
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun
    • Soil Needs: Well-drained
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    Kieffer Pear (Pyrus communis 'Kieffer')

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    Kieffer pear is self-fertile, but you'll get a bigger crop if you grow multiple trees to increase pollination. The fruit is crisp, juicy, and has a coarse texture. Harvest time is September and October.

    • USDA Growing Zones: 4 to 9
    • Mature Size: 25 feet
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun
    • Soil Needs: Well-drained
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    Bosc Pear (Pyrus communis 'Bosc')

    Bosc pears on tree.

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    Bosc is fast-growing and bears fruit that, while not the juiciest, are sweet. Greenish-brown during most of the summer, the fruit turns brownish by the time it's harvested late in the season. Bosc hates to dry out. It also needs you to till far down into the soil before planting, because it likes to strike roots deep into the ground.

    • USDA Growing Zones: 4 to 9
    • Mature Size: 20 feet
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun
    • Soil Needs: Well-drained, evenly moist
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    Moonglow Pear (Pyrus communis 'Moonglow')

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    Moonglow is somewhat fussy about its soil requirements, which mimic those of Bosc. But it's well worth the fuss if you seek a dwarf pear variety. The juicy fruit ripens in late August in zone 4.

    • USDA Growing Zones: 4 to 9
    • Mature Size: 10 to 15 feet
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun
    • Soil Needs: Well-drained, evenly moist
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    Beach Plum (Prunus maritima)

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    The cold-hardiest plum is the beach plum. At only six feet tall, it won't take up much space. It's not fussy about soil (in fact, it's salt-tolerant). This trees main requirement is excellent drainage as its native habitat is sand dunes. The small fruits, which ripen in August, are one inch round and dull purple.

    • USDA Growing Zones: 3 to 8
    • Mature Size: 6 feet
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun
    • Soil Needs: Well-drained
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    Early Richmond Cherry (Prunus cerasus 'Early Richmond')

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    While you can grow cherries in zone 4, don't expect to to grow the sweet Bing cherries (Prunus avium 'Bing') you find at the supermarket (zones 5 to 8). The cherries generally grown in zone 4 are the tart type suitable for pies and preserves. Early Richmond is self-fertile, but planting multiple trees promotes better pollination. It has some drought-tolerance but is intolerant of boggy soils, so it is best grown in somewhat sandy soil.

    • USDA Growing Zones: 4 to 8
    • Mature Size: 18 feet
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun
    • Soil Needs: Well-drained
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    Montgomery Cherry (Prunus cerasus 'Montmorency')

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    Montgomery is another tart cherry excellent for pies. It likes the same conditions as Early Richmond. While Early Richmond yields the earliest harvest, Montgomery cherries are generally ready by mid-summer and are relatively small fruits.

    • USDA Growing Zones: 4 to 7
    • Mature Size: 18 feet
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun
    • Soil Needs: Well-drained
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    Mulberry (Morus)

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    Harvest mulberries between June and August, but be aware that the unripe berries are mildly toxic. The fruit is sweet enough to eat fresh but can also used for jams. Mulberry is easy to grow if it gets full sun.

    • USDA Growing Zones: 4 to 8
    • Mature Size: 50 feet
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun
    • Soil Needs: Well-drained