What fruit tree to plant?
We would like to plant a fruit tree that we might get fruit from. We are replacing a peach tree that has completely died that was here when we moved in. It is located on the west side of the house and about 30 feet from the house. We are open to getting another peach tree but the one we are replacing only produced fruit 2 years out of the 14 we have lived here. We live at Tower Road and I-70 area of Aurora, CO. There is a crab apple tree located about 15 feet north of the area we are planting. The area receives some shade from two honey locust trees that are located west of it. The ground is hard clay soil.
Adams County Colorado trees and shrubs
One of our Colorado master gardeners did some research on your questions. Below is her response, if you have any further questions please let me know."Growing fruit in Colorado can be a pleasure and a challenge. Because your soil is a heavy clay type you should amend it with organic material before planting your new tree (not just the planting whole but as larg an area as possible). We have a great fact sheet on soil, to give you more details. http://www.ext.colostate.edu/mg/gardennotes/633.pdf
Peaches are not as dependable for this area as are apples, plums and sour cherries. Pears are not usually stocked by nurseries. They also have the fire blight problems. Apricots are much like peaches and are not dependable for fruiting. They bloom too early and get frosted. Several varieties of plums are among the hardiest tree fruits for your area. Plums are relatively dependable as far as fruit set. Recomended varieties include Green Gage and Blue Damson. Apples biggest problem is fire blight (a bacterial disease) It is more prevalent in crabapples. There are varieties that are more resistant than others. http://www.ext.colostate.edu/mg/gardennotes/771.html
The most dependable cherries are the tart (sour) type. Sweet cherries will have about the same success rate as your peaches. Sweet cherries generally require a second variety nearby as a pollinizer. Sweet cherries are also very suceptable to the cold."