Updated: May 30, 2024

Learn how to select and care for small fruits and tree fruits, and prevent and or manage their problems in the home garden.

Small fruits

  • blueberry closeup


  • ripening grapes on a vine


  • raspberries and blackberries

    Raspberries and Blackberries

  • a bowl full of homegrown strawberries


Tree fruits

  • a green pear and a yellow-red apple

    Apples and Pears

  • Hands outstretched holding blue basket full of sour cherries


  • ripe fig fruit on a tree


  • Peaches

    Peaches, Nectarines, Apricots

  • plum


Less common fruits

  • a cluster of tiny dark purple berries on an elderberry shrub


  • two green fruits that look mangoes - they are pawpaws


  • red fruits on a serviceberry tree


  • dark blue berries in a cluster - chokeberry fruit


  • ripe currants

    Currants, Gooseberries, Jostaberries

  • a cluster of green berries - hardy kiwi

    Hardy Kiwis

  • yellow fruits of persimmon - an asian variety

    Asian persimmons

Additional resources for home/community fruit growers

Planting and growing information

(PDF) Cornell Guide to Growing Fruit at Home | Cornell University
(PDF) Small Fruit In the Home Garden | Virginia Cooperative Extension
Fruit Production for the Home Gardener | PennState University ($12 hard copy)
Fruit Pages | University of Minnesota
[Video] Intro to Tree Fruit Pruning | University of Illinois Webinar
Peach FAQs | Clemson University
Tree Fruit Maturity Chart | Adams Co. Nursery (South Central PA)
Espalier | University of Wisconsin
[Video] Planting and Building a Trellis for Raspberries | University of Minnesota
Growth Stages in Fruit Trees: From Dormant to Fruit Set | Cornell University
Organic Apple Production | University of Vermont
Climacteric Fruits | Michigan State University
Backyard Fruit Growers | A network of amateur fruit growers based primarily in PA. They offer a website and hands-on classes and tours for members.

Pest management information

Pest Management Guide (click Home Fruit) | Virginia Cooperative Extension 
Berry Diagnostic Tool | Cornell University 
(PDF) Managing Pests in Home Fruit Plantings | Purdue University 
Fruit Pathology Lab | Ohio State University
Fruit Tree Pests | University of Maine
Pest-Mating Disruption | Northeast IPM Center 
Stone Fruit IPM | Michigan State University
(PDF) Disease and Insect Control Programs for Homegrown Fruit in Kentucky- Including Organic Alternatives | University of Kentucky

Fruit storage and preservation 

Home Food Preservation and Safety | University of Maryland Extension
Calendar of Maryland Harvests | State of Maryland
Storing Fruits and Vegetables from the Home Garden | University of Wisconsin
(PDF) Storing Guidelines for Fruits & Vegetables | Cornell University

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