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Standard & Dwarf Sizes + Exotic

You have come to the right place if you are looking for the best zone 5 fruit trees. Fruit trees are not only for individuals living in a warm climate; there are hardy fruit-bearing trees that do well in cold winters.

We will discuss some of the best varieties for those living in colder climates. Not all fruit trees are suitable for zone 5 – it is essential to choose wisely. So, whether you are just starting with fruit trees or looking to add more variety to your garden, read on for some great ideas.

Dwarf Fruit Trees for Zone 5

Most gardening and horticultural techniques and innovations have been invented in the 21st century. However, the best invention for homeowners is how to utilize your small space to grow food.

Currently, homeowners can produce fruits in their small zone 5 yards by selecting dwarf cultivators of specific fruit trees. 

Some dwarf fruit trees can even yield fruits even when planted in containers. In addition to food, dwarf trees add beauty to the landscape and scent your yard with fragrant blooms.

Most dwarf variety fruits are self-fertile as they don’t depend on other trees to cross-pollinate with them to produce fruits. Thus always confirm with your vendor before buying to confirm that the shrub or tree is self-fertile. Check if it requires a second tree or a different variety for cross-pollination. A small yard might have no space for several second fruit trees.

Whether planting your tree in a container or ground, ensure you choose a location with excellent drainage and sun.

Cherry Trees

A perfect Cherry tree (Prunus avium) for growing in the backyard is the semi-dwarf (Stella) that uses a Colt rootstock. The Stella varieties are self-pollinating, unlike most cherry trees.

In addition, these varieties reach maturity at ten feet producing dark red and sweet fruits. Cherries thrive well in USDA Zone 5.

Cherries are high in anti-oxidants and delicious for a healthy snack. Bing cherries are one of the most famous and finest sweet cherry varieties. 

During early spring, cherry trees in zone 5 are covered with dazzling white flowers. Later during spring and summer, cherry trees acquire bright green leaves, an excellent contrast to the deep garnet, shiny Fruit.

Finally, during fall, the leaves develop a pretty yellow hue.

The cherries are pretty juicy and firm and have a rich, classic, sweet cherry flavor. Bing produces numerous crops great for eating alone or as preserves, baking, or wine.

Apple Trees

Various apple varieties thrive well in Zone 5. These include Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, and Honeycrisp. Some of these apple trees are most widely planted in northern climates. Therefore, they are the most dependable and most accessible apple trees to grow.

The dwarf apple tree ‘Cameron Select’ is common for home gardeners. it is fire-bight resistant, the scourge that affects most apple trees. ‘Cameron Select’ is a famous dwarf Honeycrisp apple variety.

The small tree grows 8-10 feet in USDA zone 3-6. They yield bright red fruits that ripen in September with sweet, juicy, and crispy white flesh. This variety requires a different type of apple tree for cross-pollination.

Apple trees are one of the hardiest fruit trees. However, like most fruit trees, they are susceptible to pests, insects, and diseases. Ensure you check out for varieties that are disease resistant.

Banana Trees

Japanese Fiber Banana (Musa basjoo)

Bananas don’t grow on trees. Instead, the plants are herbaceous, comprising a perennial rootstock.

They are cut each year after harvest, and they sprout the following year again. Bananas are the largest herbaceous plants globally.

However, that shouldn’t worry you if you have minimal space. There are a variety of small banana plants (Musa spp) perfect for small yards. But, choose variety carefully as most will die off in the winter in zone 5.

The Japanese Fiber Banana (Musa basjoo) banana tree matures at 15 feet tall and does well in USDA zone 5-11. The large tropical leaves offer a nice effect to your landscape and can be planted in pots indoors. Also, banana plants are self-pollinating.

Standard Fruit Trees for Zone 5

Pear Trees

It’s an ideal zone 5 fruit tree; but opt for delicious, cold, hardy, and disease-resistant varieties. Two cultivators to try to include Warren and Harrow Delight, juicy pear with a butterfly taste.

You can start enjoying pears from summer with the prolific and charming Summer Crisp Pear. It’s a great taste with a juicy, crisp texture and mildly sweet flavor that can be used for various purposes.

The rugged trees are more cold-hardy since they are developed at the University of Minnesota.

However, the summer crisp pears trees will leave you enjoying a well-deserved reputation and a reliable production annually. Late winter frosts rarely affect the variety, unlike other pear varieties.

Summer crisp pear can serve the purpose of an ‘edible ornamental’ tree since it requires minimal space due to its tiny stature.

Plum Trees

Plums are among the fruit trees that thrive well in zone 5, but they are many varieties to choose from. For example, Emerald Beaty is a yellowish-green plum with the best taste and an extended harvest.

Also, you can opt for a cold-hardy Superior, a hybrid of American and Japanese plums.

Stanley Standard Plums are perfect plums for jelly, jam, and preserves. They grow up to 18′ tall and flower white during spring. Also, they are the most planted European plum in the Midwest, East, and South.

The Stanley Standard Plum produces a large, dark blue fruit with tasty yellow flesh. It’s hardy into central Lowa, thus a superb option for the northern population.

During late September, the Fruit ripens, making the pits easy to remove.

Plums have adequate natural sugar allowing them to dry in the sun without fermenting. The golden and firm flesh has a delicious fresh taste and holds well.

You can dehydrate them for a healthy snack. They are perfect for sauces, preserves, and baking puddings.

These amazing plum trees don’t require a pollinator. However, they can yield more fruits than other plum trees due to pollen availability.

They also act as excellent pollinators for other plum trees. Methley and Santa Rosa are other plum trees that can perfectly do well in zone 5.

Peach Trees

Peach fruit trees can do well in zone 5. Select a cold-hardy variety and disease-resistant.

Choose between Reliance, a white-fleshed peach with a red hue, or Red Haven with yellowish flesh and red skin. The beautiful Snow Beauty has white flesh, red skin, and sweetness.

Also, you can opt for White Lady, a perfect white peach comprising high sugar content.

Elberta is among the most delicate peaches grown and most planted in the United States. It’s one of the most delicate fresh edible peaches. The hallmarks of Elberta peach are incredible flavor and firm flesh. Elberta is a precious tree for your backyard due to its vast production. 

It’s a perfect choice for baking and cooking. A pie or cobbler made with fresh Elberta peaches tastes excellent. In addition, it’s easy for canning since the freestone renders prepping faster, and the Fruit is firm, pleasant, and simple to work with.

Finally, you can easily maintain the variety by pruning to your preferred height. Plan to keep the size below 8 feet to make maintenance easy and quick while comfortably harvesting your crops.

Your peaches will be ready for harvest in September, but some areas mature earlier in August. Its self-fruitful ad doesn’t need a pollinator, but it does much better if two are planted near each other and will prolong your harvest.

Peach varieties that thrive well in zone 5 include Hale Haven, Golden Jubille, Reliance, and Red Haven.

Unique & Exotic Fruit Varieties for Zone 5

When growing fruit trees in zone 5, you can also try exotic varieties. Apart from the usual zone 5 fruits trees, you can opt for something different and daring.

Pawpaw Trees

Pawpaw is a tropical fruit that can be grown in zone 5 with proper care. The ornamental tree grows about 20-30 feet tall and produces sweet, fleshy fruits.

It has fragrant, large dark purple blooms and drooping leaves. In addition, pawpaw produces files, oblong-shaped fruits with custardy texture, perfect for preparing tasty pastries and bread.  

The fruits grow up to 3-5 inches long and weigh about eight oz. Most individuals describe it as a banana flavor with various accents, including mango, vanilla, papaya, and pineapple.

Pawpaw fruits are favorite of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, and it remains an incredible native fruit bringing the taste of the tropics home. 

Although pawpaw trees seem like they belong in the jungle, they are cold, hardy, and perfect for zone 5. The understory tree is excellent in the shade and does perfectly in the sun. Pawpaw tree fruits grow in the Midwest and Southeast of the U.S. as understory trees in the woods.

They are cold, hardy, and insect-free. You need to plant two trees for cross-pollination.

Cold Hardy Kiwis

The cold-hardy kiwis survive winter temperatures as low as -25 degrees F. However, cold-hardy kiwis don’t have fuzzy skin like most commercial kiwis. The zone 5 fruit is relatively tiny with smooth skin. You will have to plant both sexes for pollination and vine support.

Mulberry Trees

Mulberry trees are perfect for people looking to add an exotic touch to their landscape. The fruit trees require little care and can survive in hot and cold climates. However, they need full sun for optimal growth.

Mulberries are fast-growing shade trees that can grow up to 50 feet tall. They tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, from clay to sand. The tree produces small, dark-purple fruits that are sweet and delicious.

Fig Trees

Figs are another excellent choice for those looking for an exotic fruit tree. Figs do well in full sun and require little care.

They are deciduous trees that can grow 10-15′ tall. They produce small, sweet fruits that are rich in flavor. The tree is also quite ornamental and makes an excellent addition to any landscape.

The perfect fig variety for cooler climates is the Desert king fig. it’s a significant deep green fig coupled with strawberry-red flesh.

In July, the fruits ripen to offer a delicious, sweet, firm, and meaty delicacy. The Desert King fig tree is a heavy producer of excellent quality sweet fruits. Its sets huge early crops from June to August and later secondary crops.

Note: The Desert King fig is USDA zones 6-10, which will only work in zone 5 if placed in a warmer microclimate. You can also lean it over and bury the entire tree during the winter months.

Figs are perfect for canning, eating fresh, and drying. The plants usually produce fruits the first year after planting. You will enjoy lovely yellow leaves during autumn and fragrant pink flowers in spring.

Serviceberry Trees

Serviceberry trees are perfect for those who want to add a touch of elegance to their landscape. The trees are pretty beautiful and produce small, white flowers in the spring.

They also have small, dark-purple fruits that are pretty tasty.

Serviceberry trees are deciduous trees that can grow up to 30 feet tall. They require full sun and well-drained soil for optimal growth.  

Quince Trees

Quince is a perfect choice for those looking for an exotic fruit tree. The tree is quite beautiful and produces small, fabulous, white flowers in the spring. It also has small, yellowish-green fruits that are pretty tasty.

Quince is a deciduous tree that can grow up to 20 feet tall. It requires full sun and well-drained soil for optimal growth. The tree is also quite drought-tolerant.

Apricot Trees

You can opt for Manchurian Bush, a variety of Apricots native to colder regions with short summers. It is pretty hardy and can survive in zone 5.

The fruit tree grows about 8-12 feet tall and produces small, yellowish-orange, tasty fruits.

Although the tree thrives ideally in zone 5, the late frosts can destroy buds and hinder fruiting in the coldest climates.

Plant in a micro-climate melting out late or protecting the trees during late frosts. It requires full sun and well-drained soil for optimal growth.

Also, the tree is relatively drought-tolerant and is capable of withstanding cold climates.

Persimmon Trees

If you are looking for a fruit tree native to colder regions with short summers, you should try the American Persimmon.

It is pretty hardy and can survive in zone 5. The fruit tree grows about 20-30 feet tall and produces small, pretty tasty orange fruits.

Pomegranate Trees

Pomegranates are the perfect option for those looking for an exotic fruit tree. The pomegranate fruit trees are pretty amazing and produce small, red fruits that are tasty.

Pomegranates are deciduous (lose their leaves) trees that can grow up to 20 feet tall.

They require full sun and well-drained soil for optimal growth. The tree is also quite drought-tolerant.

Note: Pomegranate will need protection in winters in zone 5. Either in a microclimate or potted and brought indoors during winter. You will also need to ensure you select a cold-hardy variety.

Zone 5 Fruit Bushes/Shrubs


Cloudberries are perfect for those looking for exotic fruit. These are not technically a tree but more a shrub. They’re pretty beautiful and produce small, white flowers in the spring.

They also have small, red fruits that are pretty tasty. Cloudberries are deciduous that can grow to 8-10 feet tall.

The variety Rubus idaeus var. strigosus is hardy in zones 2-7 and does best in full sun to partial shade. Cloudberries are also a pretty drought-tolerant.


Tayberries are perfect for individuals looking for exotic fruit. The tayberries fruit trees are pretty beautiful and produce white flowers in the spring.

They also have small, dark-red fruits that are pretty tasty. Tayberries are deciduous trees that can grow up to 10 feet tall.

The variety Rubus fruticosus is hardy in zones 4-8 and does best in full sun to partial shade. 


Elderberries recently experienced a revival due to their health properties.

Now individuals use elderberry to create elderberry syrup used as a medicine when one feels unwell or under the weather. Elderberries are native plants in America, and many cultures use them for their healing properties.

The tree can grow as high as 25 feet and 15 feet wide, making them perfect for hedges and elderberries like full sun but can also tolerate partial shade.

They are easy to take care of and don’t need much watering once established.

Elderberries are perfect for those looking for an exotic fruit tree. The trees are pretty beautiful and produce small, white flowers in the spring. They also have small, dark-purple fruits that are pretty tasty.


There are many different fruit trees that you can try in zone 5. Each tree has its unique benefits and drawbacks.

You will need to decide which tree is right for you based on your needs and preferences.

Cherries, pomegranates, cloudberries, tayberries, and elderberries are all great options for those looking for fruit plants in zone 5. 

American persimmons are also a good option for a hardy tree that produces tasty fruits.

Whichever tree you choose, make sure to do your research so that you can provide the tree with the optimal conditions for growth.

You can try any of these fruit trees in your landscape to add a touch of beauty and flavor to your home. These zone 5 fruit trees are pretty hardy and can survive in colder regions with short summers. Just be sure to give them full sun and well-drained soil for optimal growth.

Frequently Asked Questions

When to prune fruit trees in zone 5?

It is best to prune fruit trees in zone 5 in the early spring while the trees are still dormant, and the buds have not broken.

5 fruit trees that you can easily grow at home from seeds or seeds

Any organism, as you know, constantly needs microelements and minerals that fruit fruits are rich in. In modern supermarkets, you can get almost any fruit, but they will not always be of the desired quality or freshness.

If you're willing to dedicate a little time on a regular basis to tending your own home orchard, our next resource is for you.

1. Tangerines

Mandarin is an evergreen fruit tree that can be grown at home. In height, it reaches no more than 4 meters, but do not be afraid - this is only by the age of 30. For the first 10-15 years, it will easily fit even in a small apartment.

Mandarin begins to bear fruit in 5-7 years. If you are ready to enlist patience, then remember the following simple tips:

2. Lemon

Growing homemade lemons is also quite a feasible task, but more seasonal. The fact is that a sprouting lemon tree needs about 11-14 hours of light per day, while an adult tree needs 8 hours. It is better to start germinating seeds in the spring.

The first lemons should appear on your table in 5 years, if the tree receives proper care.

3. Avocado

Avocado is perhaps the most exotic guest in our selection today, but if you wish, you can easily cope with it. Before planting an avocado in the ground, you will have to prepare seedlings. Cut a ripe fruit and fix it over a container of water, as shown in the picture. The bone itself should be immersed in water by 2-2.5 centimeters.

Place the structure in a warm place away from direct sunlight and wait for sprouts to appear in 2-6 weeks. After that, your plant can be transplanted into a pot.

Your efforts will bear fruit in 5-13 years.

4. Cherry

Cherry culture also adapts quite well to home conditions. To germinate cherry pits, you will need to place them in an airtight plastic container and refrigerate for up to 10 weeks. After sprouts appear, you can transplant them into the ground.

You will have to wait a little longer for your own cherry - from 7 to 10 years.

5. Pear

You need a little more patience to germinate pear seeds. Put them in a plastic container on a layer of moist soil and leave in the refrigerator for 2-3 months until sprouts appear. After that, the germinated seeds should be placed in a container with warm water for two days so that they take root better when planted.

Now you can plant your future tree in a pot. You can hope for the first fruits in 3 years.

If fruit trees, with proper care, can only benefit you, then some plants at home are better not to plant at all. Especially for you, "Reedus" found out which ones.

Top 5 fruit plants preferred by gardeners

The topic of fruit trees is perhaps one of the most popular among gardeners. What is a garden without an apple, cherry or pear tree?

Even Russian writers in their works used the symbolism of the garden and trees to convey their thoughts and emotions, immersing us in the world of our own feelings and sensations. ..

a cold and wet apple, and for some reason it will seem unusually tasty, not at all like the others ”(“ Antonov apples ”, I. A. Bunin). And you can only hear such forgotten names as “bell lady”, borovinka, “prolific fruit” in the stories: “She will come out important, but friendly, and now, under endless talk about antiquity, about inheritances, treats begin to appear: first “Duli”, apples - Antonov, “Bel-lady”, Borovinka, “fruit”, - and then an amazing dinner ... ”(“ Antonov apples ”, I. A. Bunin). By the way, “duli” is a kind of pear in some regional dialect, but “Bel-lady”, Borovinka, “fruit” are old varieties of apples.

How can our country gardens be diversified now? What do domestic producers of fruit seedlings offer to gardeners? The Association of Planting Material Producers (APPM) conducted research among its members. So, for example, the data showed that the supply of domestic producers is 93% formed from seedlings under the age of 2 years. Buying older fruit trees by gardeners is also possible - but, as a rule, on order. In addition, according to the results of the study, the top 5 fruit trees were identified, which are grown more than others in Russian nurseries.

Apple tree

The queen of the garden, the apple tree, heads the top five. In production, it accounts for 36%. Of the 23 subjects of the Federation where this genus of trees is produced, the top three include the Tyumen region (16%), the Sverdlovsk region (15%) and the Voronezh region (14%).

It is interesting to note that the Ural Federal District, which includes the Tyumen and Sverdlovsk regions, occupies a leading position in terms of the total production of all fruit trees. The Central Federal District is in second place. Meanwhile, Siberia excelled not only in this.

Expert's comment

Elena Sedova, teacher, head of landscape design and construction of Sadko Garden Company , mentioned breakthrough selection in horticulture in her report at the XI APPM Conference, which took place in February 2018: “ Scientists of the Research Institute of Horticulture of Siberia named after M. A. Lisavenko and the Sverdlovsk Experimental Horticulture Station created apple varieties capable of growing in the vast territories of the Urals, Siberia and the Far East. the weight of their fruits is increased tenfold compared to the previous varieties, and the taste qualities are at the level of the European assortment.”

Almost all nurseries and garden centers include fruit tree seedlings in their offer. If the enterprise does not specialize in the production of fruit trees, then the trees are purchased from partners. Preference is given to specialized producers of fruit and berry crops, whose product has already proven itself from the best side.

Expert's comment

Andrey Nagaytsev, head of the Dedov Sad nursery (Moscow region) says:
– Our garden collection contains about 200 varieties, from ancient to modern, representing different breeding schools. from the old varieties of folk selection, I would like to note the early variety ‘arcade summer sugar’, which is distinguished by very tasty, sweet fruits.
A special place in the gardens is occupied by a variety of Oryol selection. of these, we will single out the summer variety ‘Orlovim’, which surpasses the classic ‘Melba’ in winter hardiness and disease resistance and is a worthy replacement. there are many interesting varieties of selection by S. I. Isaev, among which we note the autumn variety ‘Young naturalist’, which is distinguished by high winter hardiness and resistance to scab, good fruit quality.
Among foreign varieties, we note the winter variety ‘Beforest’, which has an interesting feature: its consumer maturity coincides with the harvested one, that is, the fruits gain their taste and are ready for use already when harvested, but at the same time they are also stored for a long time, like a winter variety.
In recent years, Belarusian varieties are gaining more and more popularity. Variety "Hurry" in our garden proved to be early-growing, with a compact and well-folded crown, convenient for care. It is resistant to scab, the fruits are bright, burgundy, dense, well stored, winter term of consumption.


The second place in the top five most popular fruit trees in the production is occupied by the beautiful cherry. Nothing can replace its unique aroma. The share of production of this truly folk tree is 18% of the total production of all fruit trees produced by nurseries-participants of the Association. Cherry seedlings are grown in 19 Russian regions and most of all in the Chelyabinsk (27%), Tula (25%) and Voronezh (16%) regions. And everything would be fine if the cherry in our central zone of Russia was not so vulnerable to dangerous diseases.

Expert's comment

“It is sad to write about cherries, a culture that in the middle lane is almost doomed due to diseases - moniliosis and coccomycosis, - Mikhail Molkov, an expert from the Sadko Garden Company near Moscow, declares with regret and concern. – But it is impossible to imagine a garden without cherries.
We recommend choosing late-flowering and self-fertile varieties that are not so affected by these fungi: 'Apukhtinskaya', 'Youth', 'Lyubskaya', 'Robin', 'Radonezh', 'Novella'.
You can switch to sweet cherry, for example, northern varieties bred by M.V. Kanshina: 'Iput', 'Revna', 'Sadko', 'Baby', 'In memory of Astakhov', which grow and bear fruit well.


In the third place of honor with a share of production of 14% is a pear. With all due respect to the apple tree and cherry, I prefer the pear, its juicy soft fruits and delicate sweet aroma, when the fruit is so tasty that almost only a tail remains of it. Pear seedlings are grown in 18 subjects. All the same regions are in the lead: Chelyabinsk (33%), Tyumen (19%) and Voronezh (10%).

Specialist comment

Here are the recommendations for choosing varieties given by Natalia Shukareva, agronomist of the Kashirsky Plant Nursery PlantMarket (Moscow Region): processing and conservation.
When choosing a variety, you need to take into account the conditions of climate, ground cover and your readiness for careful (or vice versa - not very) care. Remember the three main rules: regularly fluff the ground, water it, and when planting, give preference to the most illuminated place on the site.
To the list of recommended varieties, I would include the pear ‘Children’s’ - the variety is considered early summer, because the fruits appear earlier than on other trees. Wood is known for its durability. The yield of the variety is regular and high. The pulp of the fruits of the variety is very juicy and sweet. The variety is frost-resistant. Trees are able to survive low temperatures without any consequences. They also tolerate spring frosts after a thaw.
Able to survive high summer temperatures:
‘Autumn Yakovleva’ – autumn pear variety, most common in the middle lane. The pulp of the fruit is juicy, melting, without astringency, the taste is sweet. Winter hardiness in the conditions of the middle lane is satisfactory. Relatively high drought tolerance.
‘Honey’ is a variety with very large fruits, which adds several advantages to this variety. The pulp of the fruit is oily, fragrant, juicy, very tender, melts in the mouth and has an excellent honey taste. Its taste and commercial qualities are evaluated on a five-point scale by almost five points.
‘Noyabrskaya’ - the pear is recognized as one of the most delicious. Its flesh is juicy, tender, aromatic. The taste is standard, sweet and sour. Advantages: early maturity, high yield, not afraid of frost, resistant to scab and bacterial burn. There are simply no downsides to this pear.
‘Wonder Woman’ – winter variety. The pulp is sweet and sour, slightly firm. This is one of the most favorite varieties among gardeners because of the high yield, excellent winter hardiness, long (150 days) fruit shelf life and disease resistance.

Plum and apricot

The fourth and fifth places are occupied by plum and apricot. Their production figures are as follows - respectively 12% and 7% in the total volume of grown fruit seedlings. If plums are grown in 20 subjects, then apricots are grown in 14, which is not surprising.

Specialist comment

According to Mikhail Molkov (Sadko Gardening Company):
– Apricot is still exotic. Our prolonged thaws in winter and return frosts leave little chance for this culture to please with its flowering and fruiting. Nevertheless, apricots are also produced in the Chelyabinsk, Tyumen, and Voronezh regions.
Let's return to the above-mentioned report of Elena Sedova at the XI APPM Conference, in which she talks about the possibility of growing apricots in Khakassia, Siberia, the Urals, in the Voronezh, Kursk regions, thanks to the breakthrough selection of Russian scientists. And also about the breeders of the Crimean Experimental Breeding Station, who, according to her, created a new fruit crop - a hybrid cherry plum, which received the name Russian Plum (Prunus rossica) in accordance with the international botanical classification, with fruit sizes up to 40–50 g and a growing area from the Krasnodar Territory and the Crimea to St.

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