Apple tree for home garden

Asked October 22, 2019, 2:37 PM EDT

Hi, I'm looking for expert advise for apple tree in Chevy chase, MD area. I planted 2 apple trees 4 years ago and they are not doing well, no fruits and weak tree. I'm thinking to replace them with 2 other apples. Can you please advise what type of trees do I have to get. Thank you,

District of Columbia County District of Columbia

1 Response

Tree fruits can be a challenge to grow for the average homeowner. Apples (and peaches) tend to have the most pest and disease problems and they need to be on a strict spray schedule, which is carefully timed and repeated.

Are you set on apples?

Would you consider Asian pears, Japanese persimmons, or figs? Figs grow best in the warmer areas of Maryland and D.C. but will still need some winter protection from freezing temperatures.

Better yet, are small fruits like raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries which are less problematic. See our publications HG 69 Getting Started with Tree Fruits, including recommended varieties:

and HG 68 Getting Started with Small Fruits for more information:

Here too is our fig page: