Tree Fruits  
      Home grown fruits are one of the highlights of summer. What could be better than enjoying a fresh crisp fall apple from your own tree or fresh juicy raspberries from your own garden?  It is amazing the varieties of fruits that are hardy for our prairie climate, including apples, pears, hardy apricots and cherries!  While it is true that we cannot grow oranges and bananas (planted outdoors) take heart. There is an amazing variety of fruits that we can grow, many of which are surprising.
      We also have small fruits like raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, saskatoons and rhubarb. We offer old favourite varieties and newer cultivars as well. 

     Next year why not start that patch of homegrown fruit you have always dreamed about? 

  And oh, for the love of apples! They are a favourite fruit to grow, and but can be challenging to grow in our climate and soil types. The following varieties are zoned for at least a zone 3 and some for zone 2.  Most years our area is a zone 3 but the occasional bad winter we experience zone 2 conditions. Somewhere north of Ashern the zones are closer to zone 2, so bear this in mind when choosing  fruit  varieties.

Apple Trees


  • Combination Apple - This apple is perfect for limited spaces. It offers four different apples grafted onto one rootstock. It offers Parkland, Harcourt, Collet and Battleford all one one tree. Zone 3 sold out
  • Gemini - Hardy to zone 2. A tasty, sweet, large variety with good winter hardiness. 1 in stock
  • Goodland - Hardy to zone 3. An old favourite, that shows good winter hardiness in zone 3. Yellow- green in colour overlaid with a blush of red, the fruit are ready in mid- September. sold out
  • Harcourt -Hardy to zone 3. Medium sized tasty red fruit ready in late August. sold out
  • Norland - Hardy to zone 3.  A naturally dwarf tree that is a heavy producer. Fruit is ready in mid-August. Tends to produce every second year.
  • Parkland - Hardy to zone 2- 3. Fruit is yellow with a red blush. Ready to harvest in mid-August.
  • Prairie Magic - Hardy to zone 3. Fruit is ready in mid- September.
  • Red Gemini - Medium to large red fruit that store well. Harvest in late August. Zone 2. sold out

Applecrabs
  • Kerr - An applecrab hardy to zone 2 . Very red fruit are ready in mid- September after a light frost. They make excellent jams, jellies , juices and eating fresh. sold out
  • Rescue - An applecrab hardy to zone 2.  Excellent for eating fresh and canning . A productive tree , the fruit is ready in late August. sold out
Dwarf Apples all varieties sold out
 
 A good choice for limited size spaces, dwarf apples are easy to pick and prune due to their diminutive stature, yet offer full sized apples. Often dwarf apple trees bear fruit earlier in their life than a standard size tree.
  • Dwarf  Prairie magic- A prairie hardy favourite grown on dwarfing rootstock.
  • Dwarf Gemini - Large fruit on a smaller tree! No climbing to pick those apples! 
  • Dwarf Norland - A good sized apple on a short tree. Produces red apples in mid-August. 



Pears

Pears not only produce fruit but make an excellent ornamental tree. These ones are hardy for our climate and produce small fruit that taste like a mini-Bartlett.

  •  Paul's Gold- Large  fruit on a tree with an upright columnar form. Hardy to zone 3. sold out
  • Gold Spice - Yellow fruit with a red  blush.  Zone 3
  •  Ure - Small fruit ripens in mid-September. Hardy to zone 3. sold out

Apricots

  •  Manchurian - Golden -yellow fruit on a cold hardy tree. Hardy to zone 3. sold out
  •  Casino - Orange-yellow fruit is good for eating fresh or preserving. harvest mid-August. Hardy to zone 3.
  • Westcot-Golden yellow fruit on a prairie hardy tree. Large freestone fruit. Hardy to zone 3. sold out

Plums

  • Pembina - Large red-blue fruit with yellow flesh that are great for eating fresh or preserving. Ready in late August. Hardy to zone 3.
  • Brook Gold - Medium size, golden free-stone fruit for fresh eating or cooking. Hardy to zone 2.
  • Brook Red - Medium sized dark-red fruit for fresh eating or cooking. Hardy to zone 2. sold out
  • Tecumsah - A prairie hardy variety of Japanese plum with deep purple red fruit and juicy red flesh. A heavy producer . 
  • Toka - Medium sized reddish bronze fruit that are ready in late August. sold out



Starting a fruit orchard may seem a daunting task. Where to start?   These would be our first picks for starting a fruit selection:
  • A hardy old favourite apple like a Goodland, Parkland or Norland. 
    • A Rescue Applecrab. Reliable producer of tasty apples. Very hardy, it thrives despite the most brutal winters. 
    • An Evans Cherry. Productive and hardy , this self pollinating shrub blooms beautifully in the spring. Fruit are great for fresh eating, canning, freezing or drying. 
    • Definitely get a rhubarb plant going. Oh, those mouth watering rhubarb crisps!
    • You just can't go wrong with a few raspberry canes. Easy to look after and they sucker to create more of  themselves.