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Garden Center:Fruit Plants

Tree Fruits & Small Fruits

Fruit Guide

Among the diverse selection of plants at Johnson’s Nursery and Johnson's Gardens is a healthy collection of tree fruits and small fruits. Every year we update our availability of fruit trees to meet the interests of our customers. These include the most popular varieties of apples, pears, peaches, cherries, blue berries, currants, raspberries and grapes. In the guide on the right you will also learn about proper fruit tree pruning techniques, edited by our in-house expert orchardist.

The fruit trees we have available are specially selected varieties that are proven to thrive in our zones and withstand Southeastern Wisconsin’s climate.

Please Call for Availability as Fruit Plants Sell Out Quickly

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2017 Fruit Guide

Malus 'KinderKrisp'

Malus 'KinderKrisp'

Malus 'Honeycrisp'

Malus 'Cortland'

Malus 'AK-98' (Tangy Green)

Malus 'UEB 3727-4' (Blushing Delight)

Espalier form

Malus 'Spartan'

APPLE (Genus: Malus)

Apples must be cross-pollinated to bear fruit, meaning, you need two different apple varieties to get fruit. You can use a crabapple to pollinate the apple tree. A good rule to follow is that an early fruiting variety needs another early-fruiting variety for pollination. Or if there is blooming overlap that will also suffice, meaning a mid-season apple can pollinate ones that produce early and late.


The following Johnson’s Nursery apple trees are on M7 rootstock. This will produce a semi-dwarf, free-standing tree (no staking needed) 12 feet to 15 feet tall. For best results, space trees 15 feet to 18 feet apart in Full Sun.


A recent introduction made by a private fruit breeder in Minnesota. KinderKrisp flowers early in the season and ripens in late August/early September. This variety produces lots of smaller sized red apples that are sweet and very crispy. Their size makes them ideal for packing in children’s lunch boxes. An outstanding variety for homeowners. Zone 4.


Developed by the University of Minnesota’s fantastic fruit breeding program. This variety is a cross of ‘Connell Red’ x ‘Sharon’. It is large fruited with a dull red skin color and is very cold hardy. SnowSweet® has a deliciously sweet, slightly tart taste. The flesh is very slow to oxidize (brown) when exposed to the air, so it works well for fruit salads or fruit trays. Since it ripens early October, pollinate with mid and late season apples only. ‘Honeycrisp’ is a good option as a pollinator. Above average resistance to scab and fire blight. Zone 4.


A University of Minnesota introduction that has a mid-season harvest (around Sept 25th). Fruit is yellow with red overtones; flesh is exceptionally crisp and juicy with a sweet but well-balanced flavor. Great for eating in salads and fruit trays , but not recommended for baking. Has an excellent storage life, up to 6 months. A good pollinator for all apple varieties. Can sometimes be slow to bear fruit. Has become an outstanding commercial and home orchard variety because of its explosive crispness, flavor and storage life. Zone 4.


An early apple variety released in 1998 by the University of Minnesota. The fruit ripens in late August/early September with nice color, making this selection a winner for the short season areas of central and northern Wisconsin. Great for fresh use and cooking, the fruit has a sweet, tart flavor and stores for up to 3 weeks (far longer than any other early apple variety). Considered one of the best for making apple crisp, this is a real star! Zone 4.


An old-fashioned heirloom variety from Canada that is good for cooking and eating. Medium-sized fruit ripens around Sept 20th. Common in all McIntosh crosses, the fruit is prone to dropping off the tree in the near-to-ripe stage. Zone 4.


A vigorous grower developed by Cornell University. Bright red, large-sized apples ripen in late September. This juicy apple has tender, white, sweet flesh with a hint of tartness. Holds its color well after being cut. Excellent for eating and cooking. Zone 4.


This tree has it all. 5 different varieties all grafted on the same tree resulting in a long picking season. Great for those who have small yards as a second variety need not be planted for pollination. This tree is self- pollinating! The varieties present (in order of ripening) are Yellow Transparent, Summer Red, McIntosh, Cortland & Golden Delicious. Zone 5.


We are excited to offer apple trees that are ideal for small urban lots and patios, areas that usually do not have enough room for traditional apple trees. The Urban® series is relatively new and developed by Dr. Jaroslav Tupy in the Czech Republic. The trees in this series will grow to around 10 feet tall and roughly 3 feet wide. Consider using them to create an edible green screen. They are a perfect fit for small spaces — including containers! Like all apples, at least two different varieties need to be planted for cross pollination. All are Zone 4.

Tangy Green® Urban

Perfect for small landscapes. Good sized, green apples bear fruit the first year planted. Crisp, juicy texture and tangy, tart flavor.

Blushing Delight™ Urban

Full-sized fruit from exceptionally narrow trees. A red/yellow mottled apple with sweet flavor. Cold-hardy. Ripens in mid September.

Golden Treat™ Urban

Lightly-tart fruit in early fall, but get sweeter the longer they are on the tree. Compact, upright tree yields firm, crisp apples with green-gold skin.

Tasty Red™ Urban

Tree has an elegant, stately, bottle brush shape. Apples are normal sized apples with a bright red skin that fruits in the first year of planting. Sweet flavor.


Espalier (pronounced is-PALL-yay) is when a tree is trained to grow flat against a support, such as a wall or trellis. An interesting way to soften a fence or wall, especially where space is limited. Ours have their branches trained horizontally.


A well-known older apple. Sprightly flavor. Medium storage life. Nearly solid, bright red skin. Heavy bearer. Good for eating and baking. Fruit tends to drop when ripe.

Golden Delicious

A classic! Sweet golden apples ripen a bit later than other varieties, around October 10th. Must thin fruit each year to 8 inches apart for good fruit size and quality. Somewhat self-pollinating.


The popular Honeycrisp, but in espalier form. Has become an outstanding commercial and home orchard variety because of its explosive crispness, flavor and storage life.


A sweet dark red/purple-skinned apple developed in British Columbia. Excellent for fresh use only. A great apple for children as the fruit is small/medium in size.

Hat Trick

Three outstanding apples on one tree! Budded and grown as an espalier, this apple tree will produce ‘Honeycrisp’ on the bottom, ‘Sweet Sixteen’ in the middle and Zestar!® apples on top. No other pollinator is needed since it has 3 varieties already.

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Pyrus 'Parker'

Prunus 'Reliance'

Prunus domestica 'Italian'

Prunus 'Montmorency'

Prunus 'Eubank' PPAF (Sweet Cherry Pie)

Prunus avium 'Rainier'

PEAR (Genus Pyrus)

Related to the apple so it shares many of the same insect/disease issues and must also be cross-pollinated with another variety to bear fruit. Johnson’s Nursery pears are grafted on ‘Old Home’ x ‘Farmingdale’ 333 rootstock. The pear trees will grow about 15 feet tall. Space 15 feet apart in Full Sun.


Large yellow pear ripening in early September. Sweet and juicy fruit is excellent for canning and fresh use. Zone 5.


Small red-blushed fruits ripen in Late August. Suitable for canning or fresh use. Zone 4.


A University of MN introduction. Small, very sweet pears ripen early-mid August but do not pick when ripe! This variety is best picked and eaten when hard and sweet as the fruit just nears ripe stage. The small tasty fruit is excellent for children’s lunches or other fresh use. Zone 4.

PEACH (Genus Prunus)

Peaches are self-pollinating, so you only need one tree to get fresh peaches! Trees will grow about 15 feet tall but can be pruned to keep at about 12 feet tall for easier harvest. Plant 15 feet apart in Full Sun.


The hardiest peach available. Yellow-fleshed fruit ripens around August 10th and is good for fresh use and canning. Zone 4.

PLUM (Genus Prunus)

Not all plums are self-pollinating so look carefully at tags when you are purchasing trees. Plant in Full Sun.

Italian Plum

Mostly self fertile, but benefits by cross pollination to get bigger crops. Ripens mid-season and is a beautiful dark purple, with sweet, firm yellow flesh.

Mount Royal

A self-pollinating European-type plum. The round blue fruits ripen in early September. Good eaten off tree. Tender, juicy flesh. Considered the best blue cultivar in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Grows 12 feet tall. Zone 4.

CHERRY (Genus Prunus)

Johnson’s Nursery and Johnson's Gardens carries mostly tart cherries, which are self-pollinating so only one is needed to produce fruit. However, this year we are offering a self-pollinating sweet cherry as well.

Tart Cherry


The #1 pie cherry grown in the U.S. An “amarelle” type, the fruits have pink skin with yellow flesh. This is the same variety that grows in abundance in Door County, WI. Enjoy fresh or in pies and preserves. Grows 18 feet tall with an upright form. Zone 5, borderline Zone 4.

North Star

A University of MN introduction, this genetic dwarf grows about 8 feet to 10 feet tall and is very hardy and productive. Bright red, sour fruit with a small stone ripens early July. Best for making pies. Zone 4.

Sweet Cherry Pie™

Selected by the late Bill Eubank of River Falls, WI, this variety is extremely precocious and bears heavy crops of large, dark fleshed tart cherries. Often this tree starts bearing fruit when only 3 feet tall. As the name suggests, this is an excellent variety for making pies! Zone 4.

Sweet Cherry


Large, beautiful golden yellow fruit with a red blush, Bears abundant crops of sweet, richly flavored, firm and juicy cherries. Pollinate with Lapins Cherry. Zone 5.


Self-pollinating sweet cherry. Produces quality, juicy, deep red, large fruit on very upright growing trees. Will grow to 20 feet tall. Wonderful for eating fresh off the tree. Zone 4.




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Vaccinium 'Patriot' (flowers)

Vaccinium 'Pink Lemonade'

Vaccinium 'Blueberry Glaze'

Vaccinium 'Pink Icing'

Vaccinium 'Peach Sorbet'

BLUEBERRIES (Genus Vaccinium)

All blueberry plants prefer moist, acidic soil. In areas with heavy clay, soil amendments will be required. Consider growing your blueberries in raised beds or containers so you can control the pH more easily. We carry the “Northern Highbush” types which are self-fertile, but planting more than one variety will increase fruit size and yield.


Fruit is very large, firm and has small, dry recessed scars. The berry is formed on tight clusters and it tends to be flatter than the other cultivars. Ripens early. Excellent flavor. Bush is upright, open and vigorous. Excellent landscape variety with showy white blooms in the spring, dark green foliage in the summer, and fiery orange fall colors. 3-5 feet tall by 3-5 feet wide. Zone 4-8.

Pink Lemonade

It’s madness! The first pink blueberry! A new pink blueberry provides year-around interest. Pinkish-white, bell shaped blooms in spring followed by pale green fruit that turns deep pink for harvest. Glossy and firm, the fruit has a mild, sweet flavor. In fall the leaves turn orange fading to deep red, dropping to reveal reddish-brown stems. 4-5 feet tall by 4-5 feet wide. Zone 4-7.

RASPBERRY (Genus Rubus)



An old Canadian variety. Canes are biennial and should be planted 24 inches apart. They will fill in fast. Red fruit ripens in July and is only born on 2nd year canes. Prune canes that bore fruit to ground after harvested. Zone 4.


The Brazelton family of Fall Creek Farm & Nursery in Oregon has revolutionized patio and small-space gardening with their BrazelBerries® series of fruiting shrubs. Designed to be easy to grow and produce fruit in a compact form, they are also an appealing visual addition to your patio containers. All varieties mature to roughly 2 feet tall by 2 feet wide. As with all blueberries, make sure you use a potting mix for acid loving plants.

Blueberry Glaze™

With their small stature and incredibly glossy, dark green leaves, Blueberry Glaze™ is reminiscent of a boxwood and can easily be sheared as such. White and pink spring flowers. Small, dark (almost black) berries present in mid-summer.

Pink Icing™

Spring brings lovely new growth foliage color with varying shades of pink, blue and deeper greens. In the winter, Pink Icing™ foliage takes on stunning iridescent turquoise blue hues which is impressive when planted en masse.

Jelly Bean™

Produces a bumper crop of large, flavorful blueberries mid-summer with super sweet flavor like homemade blueberry jelly. Brilliant green new foliage emerges in spring which gives way to darker greens with red hues throughout the summer and fall.

Peach Sorbet™

Stunning leaves ranging from peach to pink to orange to emerald green. Spring’s white, bell-shaped flowers give way to an abundant summer crop of healthy, sweet blueberries mid-summer. In most climates, Peach Sorbet™ keeps its leaves through the winter when the foliage transitions to a rich eggplant purple.

Raspberry Shortcake™

A thornless, dwarf raspberry. Bears large, tasty fruit on floricanes in July. Prune out all 2 year canes after each crop is harvested. Self-pollinating.

If you are growing BrazelBerries® in containers, it is best to overwinter them in an unheated garage or basement so they are not exposed to extreme winter weather. You can also tuck them in a corner of the yard and insulate the pots with bales of straw and evergreen boughs. More information can be found at

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Vitis 'Bluebell'

Ribes 'Red Lake'

Ribes nigrum 'Consort'

GRAPE (Genus Vitis)


: Bluebell

A black, seeded grape developed by the University of Minnesota. Resembles ‘Concord’ in size and color but with more tender skin, greater hardiness, and it ripens earlier. Great for juice and jelly. Very good table quality. Zone 4.


A red/pink, seedless variety that blooms late to avoid frosts. Fruit ripens mid-August. Like all grapes, ‘Reliance’ requires annual pruning, adequate fertility and maximum sunlight. Well suited for fresh eating and juice. Plant 8 feet apart on trellis. Bears fruit on one year old wood. Zone 5.

CURRANTS (Genus Ribes)

Currants are self-fertile but are often grown in groupings planted 4 feet apart, in well-drained soil with lots of organic content. Prefers cooler summer climates, so in Wisconsin you may want to consider planting in partial shade rather than full sun. Prune stems older than 3 years when dormant. It may take 4-5 years for new plantings to become established and produce fruit. Like most fruits, Black Currants contain a lot of water, but they are also bursting with a wide variety of important antioxidants, fiber and energy.

Red Lake

Clusters of greenish yellow flowers in spring give way to long, pendulous clusters of bright red fruit. Can be eaten straight off the plant, though the fruit is quite tart and most often used in jams and jellies. 3-5 feet tall by 3-5 feet wide. Zone 3.

Consort Black

Take a trip to the dark side of currants! Slightly sweeter than Red Currants, with a flavor similar to blackberries. Very high in Vitamin C. Attractive orange-red fall foliage color. Prefers full sun, but tolerates shade. 5-6 feet tall by 4-5 feet wide. Zone 3.




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