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Fruit Tree Transplant Season

Pacific Northwest Fruit TreesMarch & early April, and late Summer are the perfect times of year to plant new fruit trees here Western Washington.  Believe it or not, Eastern Washington isn’t the only place that can grow and produce fruit.  If fact, there many varieties of fruit trees that do very well here.

The coastal maritime climate of Western Washington, particularly the Puget Sound region, is characterized by mild wet winters and relatively dry summers and can accommodate a wide variety of fruit trees.

Whether you are choosing two or three favorite varieties for a small urban backyard or have a larger orchard for family and even farmers-market production, you will find a wonderful selection here at Johnsons Home & Garden.

The list below represents the varieties we have in stock right now!

Check out this great Fruit Tree Resource Guide from the Washington State University Extension office of Western Washington.

Apples

Liberty

Ripe early to mid October. Attractive, uniform red fruit with good flavor, very similar to Spartan in appearance and quality. 

Honeycrisp

Ripe mid September to early October. Large bicolor, red stripe over yellow, needs selective harvesting for best storage quality.

Espaliered Honeycrisp

Espaliered varieties can be grown along fence lines, or in tight/small places like patios.

Fuji

Ripe mid September to early October. Very firm, sweet flavor, excellent keeping quality

Fuji Mini Dwarf

Ripe mid September to early October. Very firm, sweet flavor, excellent keeping quality

King

Large, smooth-skinned yellow apple with orange-red blush on a yellow background skin color.

Gravensteins

Ripe early September. Both Red and Common strains are widely grown in western Washington.

Northern Spy

Late season, large and stout apple with carmine red skin married with streaks of yellow and pale green.

Chehalis

Ripe early to mid September. Yellow apple with good natural resistance to scab but susceptible to mildew.

Gala

Ripe mid September. Very firm dense flesh with sweet flavor.

Pear

Red Bartlett

Pick early to mid September. Used widely for both fresh eating and canning.

Bosc

Pick late September. Old French variety, classic late dessert pear.

Shinko Oriental

Pick in September. Medium to large fruit with a brown to golden-brown skin.

Shinseiki Oriental

Ripe in early to mid September. Yellow skin, high quality with crisp, white, juicy flesh, a mild, sweet flavor.

Nijisseiki Oriental

Medium sized, round, yellow fruit are said to be the most flavorsome of all Asian variety of Pears.

4 Way Oriental Pear

Shinko Asian pear, Nijisseiki Asian pear, Shinseiki Asian pear, and Chojuro Asian pear. With four types of pair each branch will pollinate the other, and other pear trees likewise even English pairs such as Bartlett.

Plum Trees

Shiro plum

Ripe late July to early August. Yellow skin and flesh, large very juicy fruit, sweet, very productive.

Seneca plum

Ripe mid August to early September. Completely free stone, high quality, either eaten fresh or used for drying and canning

4 Way plum

Four plums grafted on a single trunk. They are Shiro plum, Santa Rosa plum, Italian prune, and beauty plum. Since there are different plums on this tree, it becomes self fertile, one branch to the other. It will likewise pollinate other cherry trees.

Cherry Trees

Rainier

Ripe mid July.  Skin color is a bright red blush over yellow.

Sam cherry

Ripen through July.  Ripe color leans toward blackened red and sweet tasting.

Royal Ann cherry

Ripens through July.  Large sweet cherry that is yellow in color with a red blush.

Lapin cherry

Ripe mid to late July. Self Fertile. A sweet black cherry variety that is highly successful in Western Washington.

Fruiting & Nut Trees

Jefferson hazelnut

Harvest in late summer to early fall. Sweet buttery taste.  Disease and drought tolerant.

Halls Hardy Almond

Harvest in Fall. Self Fertile. Begins production often in the third year and will produce 12-15 lbs. of nuts at maturity.

Aromatnaya Russian Quince

Ripens in October. From southern Russia, extremely aromatic, with a fresh pineapple-like flavor.

Smyrna Turkish Quince

Ripens in Early Fall. Tolerates wet soil. Very productive with excellent flavor for preserves and baking.

NC-1 Pawpaw tree

Ripens in late September.  With few seeds, this tropical-tasting treat is great for fresh-eating and desserts.

Mango Pawpaw tree

Ripens in October. Vigorous growing tree produces large, flavorful fruit that tastes like vanilla custard.

So Jujube tree

Ripens in late Summer.  Makes a good container tree. Fruit is round with a crisp apple-like flavor. Good fresh eating variety.

Li Jujube tree

Harvest in early Fall.  Reddish brown, dry and wrinkled, sweet and chewy (like dates) when fully ripe.

Puget gold apricot

Harvest in early Fall.  This is one of the few apricot varieties that does well in Western Washington. Very Flavorful.

Frost Peach

Ripe mid August.  Self Fertile.  Semi-free stone, natural resistance to leaf curl develops in older trees. Good home orchard peach.

Italian prune

Ripe mid to late August. Self Fertile. They have dense sweet flesh, suited for both drying and canning as well as fresh.

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