We recommend the following consideration of fruit tree for planting in Wyoming. Some eating apples include the Red Delicious which has resistance to fire blight. Fire blight is a bacterial infection which can be a major problem for our fruit tree growers here in the basin. Golden Delicious which bears sooner than most varieties is recommended. This is a good pollinator with other varieties as well. It is moderately resistant to fire blight. McIntosh is considered an all purpose red apple. Jonathan grows well but is very susceptible to fire blight.
Other varieties to consider include Northern Greening, Joyce, Wealthy Lodi, Harrelson ( a good pie apple for our area), Styman's Prairie, Cox Orange and Famuese. We have the best growing season for fruit production than any other area in the state. In addition to apples, apricots, cherries, and plums are grown successfully in the area as well.
Again, it's important to emphasize that spring is the best window of opportunity to plant a tree in Wyoming. Don't wait till we get our hot summer weather. The success of a transplanted tree growing and thriving continues to diminish as we get into late summer and fall.