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Apples on tree.
Blueberry fruit on plant.

Fruit trees, berries and melons can do well in northern climates. Get advice on selecting and growing fruit in Minnesota yards and gardens.

Growing fruit means balancing expectations and effort

Because fruits are perennial plants, they require a bit more commitment than vegetables. Spend some time thinking about why you want to grow fruit.

  • Do you want to spend more time outside?
  • Do you want to make jam or pies to share with friends and family?
  • Do you want to learn how to prune trees?
  • Do you want to make wine or cider?
  • Or do you simply want a few berries to put on your morning cereal?

Your answers to questions like these will help you decide which fruits to grow and how much effort you’re willing to put into it.


Apples and pears


Apricots, cherries, peaches and plums




Grapes and other fruits


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