The leaf of the maple tree is a key part of Canada’s flag. Use at least three buckets of water per tree. Be prepared to get a little wet when you do this. Zone 5 Fruit Trees. We have an orchard of more than 300 hardy apple varieties which we use to test their hardiness, taste, disease and bug resistance in Canadian conditions. To order copies of Lisa in Silver Spring writes: “I have two potted gardenia trees that I’d like to bring in for the winter, but they are covered with ants. Here they are: Mulch (approx 1 inch) in spring. Toronto has been touted internationally for having a luxurious tree canopy that rivals some of the world's largest cities. Plant high, dig a wide hole about a metre in diameter and use three or four bags of quality planting soil mix. The answer is to drape a bird net over your tree and tie the four corners of it to the trunk to keep hungry birds from flying underneath the netting and getting trapped — and sometimes drunk on spoiled cherries. Md. (Keelesdale/Caledonia/Corso Italia/Oakwood Village). If you would like to plant oak trees on your property then you should definitely consider Bur Oak. Cherries ripen first starting in June, and then mulberries, peaches and plums begin in July. The leaf of the maple tree is a key part of Canada’s flag. Louise in Bethesda writes: “We have a shady area of our yard that’s pretty much just dirt with weeds here and there, and want to plant something to improve how it looks and hold the soil in place. permissions/licensing, please go to: Wait a few days, repeat, and then bring the plants inside. Apricots are the most winter-hardy and can grow in Ottawa (zone 4) while nectarines fall in between the peach and apricot in this regard. Fruit trees are usually two years old when you buy them. Thank you so much for your passion and your support! Good apple varieties include: Freedom, Liberty, Nova Mac, Red Free, Sweet 16, Wealth (heirloom), Winesap (heirloom). Although the maps above show the location of fruit trees on public property, they are surely an indication of the distribution of these species on private property as well. We sell cold-hardy fruit trees suited to Canada's northern climate. They like to be pruned back hard after winter. If you're interested in helping to make the most of Toronto's bountiful fruit harvest, check out Not Far From the Tree to register your tree, and they will literally do all the work while you get to keep 1/3 of your fruit (the rest is shared with pickers and community organizations). Seed sown in cold soil will just feed mice, rats, voles and other undesirables. Whether you are growing your grape vines in a row or over a trellis, your grape vines must be pruned each year. Pears, however, are fairly easy to care for and grow very well in the area. Download the TBG Media Kit. Choose the Right Location. Cherries ripen first starting in June, and then mulberries, peaches and plums begin in July. By appointment only 5094 route 125 Rawdon, Quebec Canada J0K 1S0 514-418-4109. You need to get someone to do the work in the next two weeks, while the soil is warm enough for germination. As cherries end in August, pears begin to ripen alongside the peaches and plums. This area is home to large portions of the city's apple, cherry and mulberry trees and are really the only neighbourhoods in Toronto where you will find peach and apricot trees. You want them to go dormant in fall. September appears to be the most productive month, as apples and hackberries start to drop along with pears, peaches and walnuts. Susan Poizner teaches a certificate in beginner fruit tree care online at All The pears, walnuts (and some apples) carry through into the late fall. On the other hand, black walnut trees can successfully grow alongside Sugar Maple, Elms, Read Oak, Elms as well as Green and White Ash Tress. Susan is the author of the award-winning fruit tree care book Growing Urban Orchards and the host of the monthly fruit tree care radio show and podcast, The Urban Forestry Radio Show on It’s recommended to plant bur oak trees in parks, expansive yards, urban and suburban yards. Wondering what is the best technique to plant a bare rooted tree? Log in to your WTOP account for notifications and alerts customized for you. Hackberries, which account for 27% (6,046) of the fruiting trees in the city are also known for being a particularly resilient species, able to grow in a variety of environmental and soil conditions, which may explain why they accounted for over a quarter of the total fruit tree species. Simple Maple is a large tree. Our fruit trees are grown naturally and have been selected from over four hundred varieties that we are testing to offer you the very best trees that can be grown in Canada. expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Toronto Have gotten peaches every year since around 1980 but the coons, birds, grasshoppers get most. You can see a lot of silver maple trees on streets in different parts of Toronto. Black Willow is also worth considering if you have a pond or lake on your property. If you are growing a fruit tree in isolation from other trees of its family, the bugs and diseases will have a hard time finding it. $2.50 per hour, FREE for TBG members. The chart below shows when each type of fruit tree is ripening throughout the summer and fall (although we're told this can vary significantly based on weather and subspecies). Oak trees are very popular in Toronto and other parts of Canada. Having American beech trees have some disadvantages. Pruning plants that produce bright ornamental berries is always a little tricky, Kathy. Etobicoke, We would love to have a peach tree I know Redhaven is the best for eating out of hand and canning. Garden Editor Mike McGrath has tips on choosing the best backyard fruit trees, as well as how to rid your plants of aphids and lawn seeding advice. We sell bare rooted trees, which are not the same as the potted trees most people are used to. presentation-ready copies of Toronto Star content for distribution Fruit trees don’t like wet feet. This large tree can create a nice shade in your yard that will protect you from sunlight during the hot summer months. Susan recommends that you dig a hole and check the soil before you even buy a tree. Star Newspapers Limited and/or its licensors. This year got hailed on twice. Whoa there, Petey — fruit trees in general require a lot of care. The tree has large oval leaves and light blue-grey bark. Like all other plants, different fruit trees have different growing requirements and choosing the right tree for your growing zone play a big role in the success or failure of your fruit production.The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is based on the average minimum annual winter temperatures of an area and helps you determine which plants will grow best where you live.Before you even start looking at fruit trees, it’s important that you know your growing zone. Headlines (Oh, and soap only works when you spray it on the actual pests, not the leaves. Welcome to Hardy Fruit Tree Nursery . But you almost never see crab apples for sale — there’s just no demand for them. to colleagues, clients or customers, or inquire about Sour or sweet cherries grow reliably in Toronto (zone 6) but not so much in Ottawa or Montreal. I thought it would be nice to make some for him as a gift, but no one at our farmers markets had even heard of such a variety. The best bet in general is to prune as little as possible, and to do it in the late winter or early spring.