Buy Vermont Fruit Trees, Shade Trees, Grape Vines, Nut Tree, Flowering Tree, Berry Plants, and Bamboo Plants
Cold temperatures is the primary limiting factor for successful fruit tree planting in Vermont. Winter in Vermont can be harsh, and the USDA zones in Burlington, Vt. is limited to zone 3-5, that means that minus 30 degrees F. temperature drops are not uncommon in Burlington, Vt. To insure cold hardiness, for a successful fruit tree in Vermont, it is important to remember several factors. Healthy fruit trees should be maintained during the season, and when normal growth slows in early fall, the fruit tree should not be pruned and fertilization should be stopped at summer's end, so that hardening off will begin in the fruit tree twigs and trunks. Many Vermont gardeners paint the trunks of the trees white with lime or either whitewash, so as to reflect the light during the winter warm ups and to prevent sun scald. In Vermont the fruit trees should be planted in a sheltered location of the garden and heavily mulched, preferably in a site that shelters the tree from windy winters.
The Japanese Magnolia flowering tree in the spring is laden with numerous huge pink flowers that are very aromatic. White Dogwood trees Crabapple tree and Redbud flowering trees are native to Vermont, and the purple Wisteria tree will flower with a sweet fragrance in the spring and stand up to the coldest frigid winters in Vermont.
The Lodi apple trees will show considerable cold hardiness in zone 3, and therefore, Lodi apple trees are recommended to grow throughout Vermont. The Red Delicious and Golden Delicious apple trees will be cold hardy in most Vermont gardens located in USDA zones 4. Braeburn Apple and Red Rome apple trees will be cold hardy in zones 5 and 4. It is important to remember that apple trees are not self pollinating, so that two separate apple tree cultivars must be planted to produce apples.
Sweet cherry trees are usually not as cold hardy in Vermont cherry orchards, as are the sour cherry trees. The Montmorency cherries and North Star cherries are cold hardy throughout Vermont from zone 3-5. The Red Haven peach tree and the Hale Haven peach trees will be satisfactory to grow as cold hardy in zone 5 of Vermont, and a few pear trees and native plum trees or the Stanley plum and purple Damson plum tree will survive Vermont winter freezes.
The Black Walnut tree is a native American Nut Tree, English walnut trees and the grafted Thomas black walnut trees bear large walnuts much earlier than the seedlings. Chestnut trees and Hickory trees will survive the cold temperatures in Vermont. The Chinese chestnut and the American native chestnut trees will bear excellent quality chestnuts during the fall.
The Classic bunch grapevines that were introduced from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, such as the Blue Concord grape vines the Cataba red grape, and the white Niagara grapes are cold hardy enough to survive the winters in Vermont. The Red Flame Seedless grape vines are productive in Vermont vineyards. There are also white and black seedless grapevines that are cold hardy enough to grow in this State.
Apricot trees produce sweet delicious Apricot Fruit in USDA zone 6 of Vt. The official State tree of Vermont is the Sugar Maple tree that makes an excellent shade tree, and the Sugar Maple tree is a basic tourist attraction. Vermont tourists love to buy Sugar Maple Syrup with its unique, sweet maple flavor.
Red Oak shade trees are popular Vermont trees for vibrant fall color (Quercus rubra.) Both the Sugar maple tree, Acer saccharum, and Red Maple tree, Acer rubrum, both exhibit bright fall color, and both trees are native Vermont shade trees. The Sugar Maple tree leaves turn into an orange- red, color in the fall. The American Hophornbeam, Ostrya virginiana, Sassafras trees and the Weeping Willow tree are planted as a common shade trees for at Vermont homes. The Lombardy poplar trees are cold hardy even in zone 3, and for a fast growing privacy screen or a windbreak, the Lombardy poplar are fast growing trees, that have the capacity of growing over 10 feet the very first season that they are transplanted.
Bird watchers, animal lovers and hunters want to preserve the food sources of wildlife animals and birds, so that the proper plants must be chosen that can survive in the cold temperatures of Vermont winters. Cold hardy black mulberry trees, elderberry plants and the strawberry bushes will produce lots of berries for deer and game birds. In zone 4, the Kieffer pear tree, the crabapple tree and the hickory nut trees will survive to produce wildlife food for deer and birds. In zone 5 the Chinese chestnut tree, the autumn olive tree and several oaks will produce acorns for deer and game birds. The sawtooth oak tree, the Gobbler oak tree and the white oak trees are good sources for acorns that fall from the trees intermittently during the year.
Blueberry bushes, raspberry plants and blackberry bushes are grown commonly at Vermont pick-your-own, commercial berry farms. The blueberry plant is naturally occurring as a native plant that flourishes in Vermont organic soils. Several types of organically grown raspberry bushes have been successfully grown on Vermont farms, including the red raspberry plant, black raspberries and the variants, fall gold and purple brandywine, raspberry plants. In Vermont the raspberry plants are usually harvested, first at organic farms in July, followed in late July by blueberry bushes, and the organic blackberry bushes ripen for the picking in September.
Many Vermonters are growing plants such as banana trees, fig tree and pomegranate bushes, Japanese persimmon trees and loquat trees have been grown outside during the summer and carried into greenhouses during the winter in Vermont. Two kinds of fig trees have been recommended for growing in USDA climatic zone 5 in Vermont, Chicago Hardy Fig trees and the Tennessee Mountain Fig tree when properly mulched in the fall.
Vermont bamboo plants grow into very
good privacy barriers, regardless of whether you live at Montpelier,
Burlington or West Rutland. Bamboo plants are fast growing canes
(culms,poles, stems), and the stalks may be colored in brilliant
yellow, waxy blue or black-green, and the thick matted leaves will
screen out loud automobile noises and exhaust fumes that are
transformed into breathable oxygen.. VT bamboo plants are cold hardy
and must survive very cold temperatures of minus 20 degrees below
zero. The bamboo canes will reduce wind problems and the dense roots
and rhizomes will stop soil erosion. You can order a fast shipment
from Ty Ty Bamboo Nursery, tytyga.com, that will be delivered
directly to your front door or business address by UPS at any time
during the year.
For plant collectors and garden lovers in Vermont, Aloe plants, Agave plants and Yucca trees are very easy to containerize and grow and require no maintenance or attention, no water, and no fertilizer, since these desert plants are storehouses for reserves of water. The Spanish Bayonet, Agave gloriosa grows to 16 feet tall and has white flowers in the spring that are lily-like. The native American Century plant, Agave americana 'Marginata' grows into very large fleshy specimens, and the Agave tequilana plant is used to make the alcohol beverage, tequila. The Aloe vera plant is used to heal skin burns, wounds on the flesh and bites and stings of yellow jackets, hornets and fire ants.