Orchard

The orchard at the Enabling Garden demonstrates apples, cherries, and pears that grow well in an Iowa climate.  The orchard was planted in 2012 and has already begun bearing fruit for the Caring Hands Food Pantry.

North Star Cherry Tree Fruit

Cherry Tree ‘North Star’ First Year for Fruit 2014

If you are considering adding a fruit tree to your kitchen garden, stop by and see the varieties in person.

Orchard Plant List

Apple     Malus sp. ‘Braeburn’

  • Needs a pollinator
  • Hardy, zones 5-8
  • Fruit ripens in late October

Apple     Malus sp. ‘Gala’

  • Needs a pollinator
  • Hardy, zones 5-8
  • Fruit ripens in late August / early September

Apple     Malus sp. ‘Honeycrisp’

  • Needs a pollinator
  • Hardy, zones 3-6
  • Fruit ripens in early September

Cherry     Prunus sp. ‘North Star’

  • Tart cherry for pie baking
  • Self pollinating
  • Hardy, zones 4-8
  • Fruit ripens mid-June
  • Bears fruit around 3 years after planting

Cherry     Prunus sp. ‘Van’

  • Sweet cherry
  • Needs a sweet cherry pollinator
  • Hardy, zones 5-8
  • Fruit ripens in June

Pear     Pyrus sp. ‘Anjou’

  • Needs a pollinator
  • Hardy, zones 5-8
  • Fruit ripens in late September

Pear     Pyrus sp. ‘Bartlett’

  • Needs a pollinator
  • Hardy, zones 5-8
  • Fruit ripens in late August

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