We live in NC zone 7b, so the best time to plant fruit trees is actually the fall/beginning of winter here. This gives the roots a chance to get in deep before the heat and dryness of summer comes. Further up north, you have to do the opposite and plant in the spring. So at the end of the summer, I started looking around and trying to figure out exactly what I wanted.
Modern conventional apple trees would not do well here, everyone else has proved it. But heritage trees have a good chance because of their history across the United States. Here’s how I picked our trees, and how we planted them.