Thanks for the head’s up. Yeah, we have a Lowe’s, WM, Tractor Supply and Southern States in the closest sizeable town, which have sold fruit trees/plants in the past. I was at Lowe’s last week and they had just a few fruit trees in containers, and quite a few berry plants-in-a-box. TS had berry plants, and a few bare root trees. SS just had a few trees, and I haven’t been to WM recently. I would imagine all of them will get more trees in soon. Rural King had more than I’ve seen in a while.
The only trees I’ve bought from these places are a Moonglow pear and Winesap apple, both “semi-dwarf” trees from Lowe’s in a 5gal pot two years ago. The Winesap was about 4-5ft tall then and now it’s over 10ft tall, a real beast. The Moonglow was about 4ft tall then, and now about 8ft, it’s done pretty good, but not as well as the WS. I don’t know what rootstock the apple is on, I suspect M7, as it has put up some suckers over the last couple years. No idea what is under the MG.
We ought to get some fruit off the Winesap this year, it’s certainly big enough for them. But, it’s also asymmetrical and will need some significant pruning to balance it out.