Fruit Trees

Blueberries, raspberries, grapes… How about adding apples, pears, cherries, nectarines, peaches and more to your yard? What could be better than going into your own backyard and harvesting your own fresh fruit from your own fruit trees?

Why buy your fruit trees from Chuck Hafner’s?

Our fruit trees and small fruiting shrub varieties are individually selected because we know they perform well in CNY conditions. Additionally, each year our buyer travels to our growing partners and selects only the highest quality trees for our nursery. We carry trees that are container grown for a season ensuring our customers are getting a tree with an established root system. This results in outstanding performance in your garden.

Each year we have roughly 350 fruit trees available with 40 different varieties between all the apple, cherry, peach, nectarine, apricot, plum, prune, and pear. You can click here for a copy of this years varieties to download and keep.

Apples

Require two different varieties to cross pollinate and produce fruit.

Cortland: Bright red, crisp, and slightly tart.  Once cut, flesh doesn’t brown rapidly.  Apples ripen late September. Zone 4.

Empire:  Bright red skin with white interior.  Flesh is crisp and juicy with the sweetness of a Red Delicious and tartness of a McIntosh.  Grows 12’ tall and wide.  Zone 4.

Ginger Gold: Pale yellow skin with slight russeting on the surface. Flesh is crisp, cream-colored with a sweet, mildly tart taste.  Does not brown immediately when cut, making it great for fruit salads and as a fresh-cut snack. One of the earlier apples to ripen in late August. Zone 5.

Honeycrisp:  Light green-yellow skin with a pink-orange blush.  White flesh is crisp and sweet with little acidity.  Apples ripen mid-season.  Developed for cold climates and is zone 3.

McIntosh:  Red skin with crisp, white flesh.  Produces a heavy, reliable crop that ripens early to mid-season.  Zone 4.

North Pole: McIntosh like fruit. Columnar form is excellent for large containers and small gardens. Needs a pollinizer so use Scarlett Sentinel to pollinize. Ripens early to mid-season. Grows 12’ tall and 2’ wide. Zone 4.

Royal Gala:  Red-orange with red speckled skin over sweet, crisp flesh.  Apples ripen early to mid-season.  Zone 4.

Scarlet Sentinel: Yellow-green fruit with red blush. Crisp light flesh. Columnar form is excellent for large containers and small gardens. Needs a pollinizer so use North Pole to pollinize. Ripens mid-season. Grows 12’ tall and 2’ wide.  Zone 4.

 4N1 Grafted Cold Climate:  Only one plant needed because the different grafts will pollinize each other. Zone 4.

Cherries

Sweet Cherry: Varieties will cross pollinate, but some do require at least two different varieties to do so.

Bing:  Requires a second variety.  Deep purple-red fruit has rich flavor and is freestone.  Fruit ripen early July.  Zone 5.

Black York:  Needs a pollinizer. This is an improved Bing-Type cherry that’s been developed for home orchards. Dark red to black fruit ripen mid-season. Zone 5.

Lapins:  Self-fertile.  Dark red fruit are some of the largest and juiciest of the sweet cherry varieties.  Cherries ripen in July.  Zone 4.

Stella: Self-fertile. Can be used to pollinize other sweet cherries. Dark red, sweet fruit, ripens mid-July. Zone 5.

Sweetheart:  Self-fertile. Great for the home orchard, large crops of bright red cherries will ripen around the beginning of August. Turns red before its fully ripe, so leave it on the tree till it’s ready. Ripens later in the season. Zone 5.

4 n 1 Grafted Cold Climate: Only one plant needed because the different grafts will pollinize each other.

Sour Cherry: Varieties are self-fertile.

Montmorency:  Large, red cherries are perfect for baking and canning.  Fruit ripens late July. Zone 4.

North Star:  Bright red cherries are great for baking and canning.  Fruit ripens mid-June.  This dwarf variety grows 10’ tall and wide.  Zone 4.

Apricots

Their early bloom time makes them susceptible to late-frost damage.  Planting in a protected area will help mitigate this issue.

Goldcot:  Yellow skin with a red blush.  Freestone and orange flesh.  Fruit ripens in early July.  Best production with another variety to pollinate. Zone 5.

Perfection: Large fruit early in the season. Orange-yellow flesh with a firm texture. This variety requires another variety to pollinate. Zone 4.

Tomcot: Orange skin with a slight red blush.  Freestone.  Ripens earlier than many varieties.  Zone 5.

Nectarines

While they are self-fertile, it does help the yield to plant multiple varieties.

Arctic Glow:  Ruby-red skin covers white flesh. Semi-freestone. Fruit ripens late July to early August.  Zone 5.

Independence: Gold skin with red. Yellow, extremely juicy and sweet flesh is great for eating fresh. Great for home orchards with a very dependable crop ripening the beginning of July. Free stone. Zone 5.

Red Gold:  Skin is yellow with a red blush.  Freestone.  Zone 5.

Peaches

Planting multiple varieties isn’t necessary for these self-fertile plants, but it can help increase the yield.

Blushing Star: Large red fruit with white flesh which doesn’t brown quickly after cutting. Prolific harvest in late season. Zone 4.

Canadian Harmony: Orange skin with red blush. Freestone with orange flesh. This is not the prettiest peach, but it is the most flavorful and juicy. Ripens mid-August. Zone 4.

Contender: Red skinned with super juicy orange flesh that resists browning when cut. Freestone. Zone 4.

Elberta: Gold yellow with red blush, freestone. Ripens late August. Best canning peach. Zone 5.

Madison:  Bright red skin and juicy, yellow-orange flesh. One of the best for northern orchards. Zone 4.

Pears

Most types of pears require multiple varieties for cross pollination; the ones that are semi-self-fertile still perform best when cross pollinated.

European Pears

European varieties require multiple varieties for cross pollination but will not cross pollinate with Asian varieties. Fruit should not be left on the tree to ripen, but instead removed when pears are still yellow-green and hard.  Allow fruit to ripen for several weeks off the tree.

Bartlett:  Golden skin covers buttery, juicy fruit.  The large fruit is great for both canning and eating.  Ripens in late August.  Zone 5.

Bosc:  Russet brown fruit with very creamy white flesh. Ripens late season. Zone 5.

Luscious: Bright yellow with a red blush. Medium sized, crisp and sweet fruit in September. Taste is like Bartlett but more intense. Zone 4.

Moonglow: Yellow pears with red blush the 2nd or 3rd year after planting. Flesh is soft with a mild flavor, moderately juicy. Harvest late summer. A strong pollinator. Zone 4.

4 n 1 Grafted Cold Climate: Only one plant needed because the different grafts will pollinize each other. Zone 5.

Asian Pears

Pears will ripen on the tree.  Ripe pears are ready when they are easy to remove by lifting and gently twisting.

20th Century (Nijiseiki):  Japanese pear has smooth, green-yellow skin with crisp, super-sweet flesh.  Pears ripen late August.  Grows 18’ tall and 10’ wide.  Zone 5.

New Century (Shinseiki):  Japanese pear has smooth fruit with light yellow skin and firm, sweet flesh.  Zone 5.

Plums & Prunes

Most Japanese plums require another Japanese variety to pollinate for fruit.

Elephant Heart (Japanese Plum): Deep purple skin covers purple-red flesh.  Tastes of vanilla, honey, and berries.  Freestone.  Zone 5.

Green Gage (European Plum): Green fruit with yellow green flesh that’s very sweet and juicy. Heavy fruit production that ripens in July. Self-fertile. Zone 4.

Mount Royal (European Plum): Deep purple skin with white, sweet and juicy flesh. Free stone. Fruit ripens in July. Zone 4.

Santa Rosa (Japanese Plum):  Self-fertile, though it will produce better when planted with another variety. Purple-red skin covers sweet-tart flesh.  Ripens mid-August. Zone 5.

Shiro Plum (Japanese Plum): Needs pollinizer, use Santa Rosa. Do not use Elephant Heart. Red skin and flesh. Juicy and very sweet. Ripens in mid-July. Zone 5.

4 n 1 Grafted Cold Climate: Only one plant needed because the different grafts will pollinize each other. Zone 5.

To download a list of this. years Fruit trees please click here.

Small Fruit

Blackberries

Planting multiple varieties in the same berry patch can help increase your crop yield as some varieties will ripen at different times. See below for information on one crop versus everbearing varieties of blackberries and raspberries (primocane versus floricane).

‘Chester’ (fruticosus):  One crop in late season. Thornless canes. Large, sweet berries in July on floricanes.  Resistant to cane blight.  Grows 4-6’ tall and wide.  Zone 5.

‘Jewel’ (occidentalis):  One crop of large, flavorful fruit in July produced on floricanes. Black cap, black raspberry.  Most disease resistant variety.  Grows 4-6’ tall and wide.  Zone 4.

Raspberries

When planting raspberries be sure to check if they are everbearing or one crop as this changes the pruning technique.  Plants that bear fruit produced on canes grown in the current year (primocanes) and on canes produced the previous year (floricanes) are called “everbearing”. Berries will ripen in summer and fall. Plants that produce fruit on canes grown the previous year (floricanes) are called “one crop” and will produce berries in the summer only. Prune floricanes out after they have produced berries. Select varieties that will ripen at different times to extend your berry harvests.

Bushel and Berry Series ‘Raspberry Shortcake’:  One crop variety produces full-size, red berries that ripen midseason.  Dwarf plant grows 2-3’ tall and wide and is excellent for container gardens.  If you overwinter your plant in its container, place in a sheltered, unheated area like a garage or shed once leaves have fallen off. Zone 4.

‘Anne’:  Everbearing. Late season variety produces yellow berries that ripen 2-3 weeks later than Heritage. Grows 5-7’ tall and wide.  Zone 4.

‘Caroline’:  Everbearing. Early season variety produces berries two weeks earlier than ‘Heritage’. Large, red, very sweet berries. Grows 5-7’ tall and wide. Zone 4.

‘Heritage’:  Everbearing. Mid-season variety produces large, red fruit mid-July, then again in September.  Fruit stays firm even when overripe.  Grows 5-7’ tall and wide.  Zone 4.

‘Joan J’:  Everbearing. Early season variety produces a crop of extra large red berries in July and September. Thornless canes make picking much easier. Zone 3.

‘Polana’:  Everbearing. Early season variety produces large berries about 3 weeks earlier than ‘Heritage’ in July, then again in September.  Grows 5-7’ tall and wide.  Zone 3.

‘Rockin Double’: Everbearing. Variety produces heavy crop of extra large, juicy berries in summer, then again in early fall. Grows 5-7’ tall and wide. Zone 4.

Blueberries

These native plants are excellent for not only their fruit, but for their ornamental value as well.  They provide spring flowers, deep green foliage, summer berries, and bright red fall color.  Planting multiple varieties for cross-pollination can increase fruit production and increase the length of harvest time.  Harvest time is indicated by early, mid, or late season.

Bushel & Berry Series ‘Jelly Bean’:  Brilliant spring growth gives way in summer to dark, glossy leaves edged with red.  Is self-fertile and produces an abundance of large, super sweet berries mid-summer.  This super dwarf variety grows 2-3’ tall and wide and is a great choice for container gardens.  Zone 4.

Bushel & Berry Series ‘Peach Sorbet’:  Foliage color ranges from peachy-pink to a bright green.  In fall, foliage turns a deep, purplish red.  Produces a crop of sweet blueberries in summer.  This dwarf variety grows 3-5’ tall and wide and can be grown in container gardens.  Zone 5.

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