Q: I’m in charge of planning a fruit tree garden for elementary school students. Can you give me some ideas on fruits that will ripen before the end of May or after August?
A: Not many fruit ripen in late spring. Try serviceberry, Amelanchier x grandiflora‘Autumn Brilliance’, which may have a few sweet fruit before school lets out. In fall, apples are first to come to mind. Elisa Ford at Johnson Nursery (www.johnsonnursery.com) recommends ‘Freedom’, ‘Liberty’ and ‘Arkansas Black’ for their disease resistance and late ripening. You might also try a ‘Fuyu’Asian persimmon. The fruit is as large as a fist and does not have the astringency common to American persimmons