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5 Dwarf Fruit Trees for Small Space Gardening


5 Dwarf Fruit Trees for Small Space Gardening

By MikeyMoose – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

What gardener doesn’t want fruit trees to provide regular access to delicious fresh fruit? Thanks to dwarf varieties, growing fruit has never been easier. Here are five dwarf fruit trees that fit the bill.

1. Honeycrisp™ Apple Tree (Malus pumila ‘MN#1711’)

This variety is a well-known home gardeners’ favorite due to its versatility and smaller stature of 8 to 10 feet in height and width, allowing it to grow well in a large container. It is also cold hardy, grows in USDA Zones 4-8 and can produce fruit in its first year if given the right growing conditions. A heavy producer of fruit, its crispy apples are juicy and sweet with a hint of tartness. And it is resistant to diseases.

2. Stark® Honeysweet Pear Tree

This dwarf pear variety is self-pollinating and has some resistance to diseases such as fire blight. Honey Sweet trees can grow to heights/widths of 8 to 10 feet and are hardy to USDA Planting Zones 5-8. If given the right growing conditions, the trees should produce fruit in 4 to 6 years during mid or late September. The large, yellow fruit are succulent, sweet and velvety. Honey Sweet Pear trees can also be grown in larger containers.

3. Meyer Lemon Bush (Citrus × meyeri ‘Improved’) 

Meyer Lemon Bush (Citrus × meyeri ‘Improved’) is a bush variety of a Meyer Lemon tree and is hardy to USDA Planting Zones 4-11. These bushes can also be planted in ground if grown in zones 8-11. However, if grown in a cooler climate, they should be grown as a container plant and brought indoors during the winters. Of special note, the leaves on this plant are toxic to animals so please be careful. Meyer Lemon bush is disease resistant, self-fertile if grown outdoors and if given the right growing conditions can generally produce fruit within the same year, generally during the months of February through late March. This hardy bush can reach heights of 5 to 10 feet and widths of 3 to 4 feet. Sold by

4. Redhaven Peach Tree (Prunus persica ‘Redhaven’)

Although smaller in stature than most peach trees, this easy-to-grow variety produces an abundance of gorgeous, sweet and delicious peaches within 2 to 4 years of planting. It grows in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 5-8 and is resistant to leaf spot diseases. Redhaven peach trees are self-pollinating and can reach heights and widths of 8 to 10 feet. They will need consistent pruning due to its vigorous growth habits.

5. Santa Rosa Plum Tree (Prunus salicina ‘Santa Rosa’)

Santa Rosa plum trees are known as home gardeners’ favorite variety. They are highly prized for their beautiful, ornamental qualities and delicious fruit, is hardy to USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 5 – 9.  This semi dwarf variety can reach heights and widths of 8 to 10 feet and are very productive. Santa Rosa plum trees are self-pollinating and generally bear fruit in 3 to 6 years. The plums which are dark red/purplish, sweet, with a hint of tartness, and are very high in fiber, vitamins and antioxidants.

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