fast growing fruit tree to plant in Vaughan ontario

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I want to plant two trees in my backyard,. Can you please advise me on a fast growing fruit tree to plant during August in Vaughan Ontario.

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Fruit trees thrive in sunny locations with rich and well-drained soil. If this describes your backyard, there are many varieties of fruit tree that would work well for you. Most large nurseries will have varieties that are appropriate for our weather conditions, and whose mature size will fit well into your available space. In addition location and size, there are some other considerations you should be aware of, both in regard to the kind of trees you plant, and the timing of planting.

Most experts recommend spring planting, with fall being the next best planting season. Transplanting in very hot and/or dry weather conditions can cause stress to all plants, trees included. So if it is possible to wait for cooler weather, your trees will have a better chance to establish themselves before winter. Here is some information on planting fruit trees that the Toronto Master Gardeners provided in answer to a question similar to yours: https://www.torontomastergardeners.ca/askagardener/best-time-for-planting-a-fruit-tree-semi-dwarf/

Some fruit trees are referred to as “self-fruitful”. These trees, which include sour cherry, apricot and peach, will set fruit with their own pollen. Fruit trees such as apple, pear, plum and sweet cherry are “self-unfruitful” and will not bear fruit unless they are cross-pollinated with pollen from another cultivar or variety of the same fruit. This is something you should bear in mind when you go to the nursery because if you choose any of the “self-unfruitful” trees, you will need to plant two or more trees that are “cross-compatible cultivars”.  Your nursery should be able to help you with this.

Dwarf and semi-dwarf fruit trees will mature more quickly than full-size trees, and you can expect them to produce fruit anywhere from two to four or five years after they have become established in your garden.

Fruit trees are a great addition to any garden, with their fragrant blossoms in spring and their harvest in the late summer and autumn.