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Fruit Tree Books

Please enjoy these books about fruit trees. Also see our list of fruit tree sites and videos.

Apple Appreciation

For the Home Orchardist

For the Professional Fruit Grower

  • Intensive Orchard Management: A Practical Guide to the Planning, Establishment, and Management of High Density Apple Orchards, Bruce Harold Barritt, K. Bert Van Dalfsen. The best book in the business. Order from Good Fruit Grower, 1005 Tieton Dr., Yakima WA 98902, or Amazon.
  • The Apple Grower: A Guide for the Organic Orchardist, Michael Phillips. The classic introduction for the organic-oriented orchardist.  Michael lays out the how-tos in excellent detail; he warns of the limitations. Lots of good common sense, too.   
  • Old Southern Apples, Creighton Lee Calhoun, Jr.  An exhaustive study of heirloom apple varieties, including many thought to be extinct.  Although focused on the South, many of the varieties Lee discusses have been important in the North as well.
  • Good Fruit Grower.  A very high quality monthly magazine, focused on West Coast deciduous tree fruit crops.  
  • Fruit Growers News.  A very high quality monthly newspaper, aimed at Midwest and Eastern orcharding.  PO Box 128, Sparta, MI 49345; $18/year.  
  • American Fruit Grower.  Monthly magazine covering a wide range of fruit crops across the country.  
  • Fruit Varieties Journal.  A Quarterly magazine of the American Pomological Society.  Variety and rootstock introductions and evaluations; heavy to scientific reports.  Membership $25/yr. to Dr. Rob Crassweller, 102 Tyson Bldg., University Park, PA 16802.
  • Compact Fruit Tree. Proceedings of each annual meeting of the International Dwarf Fruit Tree Assoc., the top growers' organization in North America. Annual dues $50; to Charles J. Ax, Jr., 14 So. Main, Middleburg, PA 17842.

Historical Fruit Tree Books

Children's Books

Cook Books

Don't Forget

Your local Cooperative Extension service might have excellent "how-to" publications for little or nothing.  If they don't have the answer to your question, they will refer you to somebody who probably does. See our list of fruit tree sites for a few Cooperative Extension links.






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