Selecting Fruit Trees

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A successful orchard is no accident. Good planning, high-quality fruit selections, and intense management are required for quality output. Most fruit trees require full sun and well-drained soils. Do not plant fruit trees in wet areas. When shopping for fruit, make sure you are selecting:

  1. Cultivars best suited for North Carolina soils and climate.
  2. Selections that match pollination requirements.
  3. Dwarf sizes that are manageable for home settings.

Chart of recommended selections

For more information on growing fruit trees at home, contact Area Horticulture Agent Katy Shook at (252) 482-6585 or