I recently made the following list on another forum for someone from my state. This shows my successes, failures and items still under evaluation. I thought it might be helpful to post it on this forum too. However, keep in mind that something which seems to work at one location might not do well in another. Apples: The following will give you a pretty wide variety of drop times and good disease resistance. These are proven varieties in South Central KY without spraying. Don't plant just any apple in KY unless you want to be spraying and babying them to keep them alive. Get the wrong apple and you will never have any fruit on it without constant life support. Liberty Priscilla Arkansas Black Dozier Crab Yates Betsey Deaton (minor CAR but great annual cropper)) Black Limbertwig Black Oxford Horse Bevan’s Favorite Margret (aka Striped June) Callaway Crabapple (good DR and good Crops, but fruit doesn't drop without shaking tree) Other Apples that could possibly work – need more time to evaluate Sundance (just recently planted – need time) Brushy Mtn Limbertwig (Has shown moderate FB but bears big apple crops. Still Watching.) Summer Champion (Excellent crop in 2018. Need to evaluate more) (no disease so far) Myers Royal Limbertwig (slow bearing so far. DR looks good) Caney Fork Limbertwig (slow bearing so far. DR looks good) Terry Winter (not great so far. Lots of apples rot on tree. Need more time to eval.) William’s Pride (only recently planted – need time) Eliza’s Choice Crabapple (only recently planted – need time) Freedom (only recently planted – need time) Franklin Cider (only recently planted - need time) Enterprise (only recently planted - need time) Several varieties from Northern Whitetail Crabs (only recently planted – need time) Roxbury Russet (slow bearing so far. DR looks good) Dolgo Crab (slow bearing so far. DR looks good. Seedlings have a lot of variability) Old Fashioned Limbertwig (Was looking good, but had to move tree. Small crop last year. Looks DR and clean so far) Apples to avoid in KY: Goldrush (Gets CAR bad) Winter King (aka Stark) premature fruit fall and rotting American Summer Pearmain (FB and other diseases bad) Mrs. Bryan (FB magnet) For persimmons, I would suggest: Topworking any existing male trees that aren't too large with female scions that cover a long drop period. For instance, an early variety is Morris Burton and a late variety is Deer Magnet. This is the best thing you can do to get persimmons fast. You can also set seedlings and start having fruit on the females in about 10+ years if all goes well. You can also topwork the males. You can buy grafted persimmons from the following places, but they are high dollar: Wildlife Group, Stark Brothers, Nolin River Nut Tree Nursery, Chestnut Hills Nursery and England's Orchard. Check out their web sites. Look at England's first. Don't forget Pears: Deer love them and they are easier to grow than apples in KY. They are also faster fruiting than persimmons. My pears look supermarket quality without any spraying, but you have to get the right ones. Grafted pears can also be bought for about 1/2 the price of a grafted persimmon. Recommended Varieties: Kieffer (beware of fake Kieffers...they are toxic like FAKE NEWS) Moonglow Ayers Senator Clark Gallaway (minor Fireblight. Good cropping.) Several different ones that Wildlife Group sells that they advertise as fireblight resistant. Read the descriptions on the web site and decide which you want. Just make sure they are disease resistant. Pears under evaluation that look Promising – but need more time: Gate (super clean growing so far) (Planted in 14 and no fruit yet. Blooms Froze in 18) Mrs. Lanene (same info as Gate) Becton (super clean growing so far (Planted in 16) Hunter’s Choice (Planted in 16. Clean growing so far. WG says it can show FB but productive) Olympic Giant (Planted in 17. Need more time) I also wanted to mention that we have some great local varieties that are not available commercially, so I have not included them in this list.