Hello everyone , I live in zone 5b in south east Idaho we get cold snowy winters and dry summers. Wondering what fruit and nut trees , berries, cactus .. would have a decent chance of doing well in an area like this. I realize there is a running list for cold hardy fruit trees just wondering if all those could do well out west... ? Thank you
Most every State has a State Nursery including Idaho. They all grow and sell seedlings that are native to the State and that's always a good place to start. Cheap too. There are people who buy 2 year old seedlings, grow them into decent sized shrubs/trees and resell them. Buy for a buck or two and sell for $15-20 or more. Landscapers also buy them as do homeowners/land owners.
I'm in 5a. I grow apples fairly well. Contender peaches live here. I gave up trying with pears, never going to happen. I have an almond tree that's 2 years old now. Medlar lived through the winter. Blackberry does ok. Can't get raspberry to grow to save my life. lol Goji worked. Some plums work well. Elderberry.
I water a few of the plants but for the most part I don't water most things.