Q: I am new to Georgia and am interested in planting a few fruit trees in my back yard. I’d like rare but hardy ones. Any suggestions?
A: “Rare” and “hardy” may not be possible. If a fruit tree is rare, it’s usually hard to grow here. If it is hardy, it’s usually easy to grow here, but it’s not rare. For the best advice, I suggest you talk directly to nurseries that specialize in fruit plants. I have a list of local and online fruit nurseries at bit.ly/fruitsources. Nearby, the Atlanta Local Food Initiative is holding a fruit tree sale soon. See www.fruittreesale.com for details.