In addition to apple, pear, cherry and other common fruit trees (including the fabulous columnar forms) consider including some of the following trees or shrubs in your productive landscape:
Bamboo (Phyllostachys sp.) Full sun to partial shade, moist soil, woody grass to 25’, evergreen; harvest new shoots in early spring before they exceed 10”.
Common blueberry (Vaccinium sp.) Full sun for best fruiting, height and habit varies with cultivar, good hedge plant; delicious summer berries.
Crabapple (Malus sp.) Full sun to partial shade, height and habit varies with cultivar, deciduous; abundant and showy spring flowers are followed by beautifully colorful fall fruit.
Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) Full sun to part shade, height to 20’ with a broad flat crown, deciduous; spring flowers are edible.
Evergreen huckleberry (Vaccinium ovatum) Tolerates shade growing 6-8’ without pruning; grows to just 3’ in full sun, evergreen; late summer harvest of sweet/tart blue-black berries.
Fig (Ficus carica) Full sun, height to 25’ but can be kept smaller with pruning, deciduous; late summer harvest.
Gooseberries and currants (Ribes sp.) Full sun to part shade, 4-6’ shrub, deciduous; beautiful flowers and delicious jewel-colored fruit in summer.
Himalayan huckleberry (Vaccinium glauco album) Partial shade, growth 3’x 3’, evergreen; late summer harvest of blue-black berries with a sharp flavor.
Persimmon (Diosporyus sp.) Full sun, Asian varieties to 15’, American varieties to 35’ although may be kept smaller with pruning, deciduous; gorgeous orange fruit ripens in the fall.
Pineapple guava (Feijoa sellowiana) Full sun, multi-stemmed shrub 8-10’, evergreen; Raintree Nursery says the spring flowers taste like “cinnamon cotton candy”; 2” silver fruit with a tropical flavor only ripen in our warmest regions.
Quince (Cydonia oblonga) Full sun, height 20-25’, deciduous; closely related to apples and pears the bright gold, fuzzy and strongly fragrant fruit ripens in late fall.
Rugosa Rose (Rosa rugosa) Full sun to part shade, 4-6’, deciduous; excellent as a flowering hedge, harvest fleshy hips in the fall.
Serviceberry (Amelanchier grandiflora) Full sun to part shade, single or multi-stemmed tree 15-20’, deciduous with excellent fall color; this Northwest native bears large, red berries in July.
Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) Full to part shade, creeping groundcover to 6”, evergreen; bright red pithy berries begin to ripen in August. Both berries and leaves taste strongly of wintergreen Lifesaver candy.
Chokeberry (Aronia sp.) Full sun to part shade, sprawling shrub to 5-6’ and as wide, deciduous with beautiful fall color; berries ripen in fall and like cranberries are tart, astringent and very high in vitamin C.
Elderberry (Sambucus sp.) Full sun to part shade, suckering shrub to 15-20’, deciduous, several cultivars with ornamental foliage; spring flowers may be steeped in wine or prepared as a fritter; blue, black or golden berries ripen in late summer.
In addition to these suggestions, woody herbs and fruiting vines contribute to a garden of ornamental beauty and fruitful abundance. Don’t forget citrus, pomegranate and nut trees where conditions are appropriate.