Dwarf Apple Trees

For apple loving gardeners who are a bit cramped for space, dwarf apple trees are an excellent solution. As opposed to regular apple trees which grow to 25 feet tall, these handsome specimens top out at about nine to ten feet tall.

These trees also require less space surrounding them (about six feet), making them ideal for smaller yards or garden plots. And it’s only the tree that’s smaller in size, the apples are full size, sweet, juicy, and delicious!

Indoor apple tree

Benefits of Growing Dwarf Apple Trees

In addition to space considerations, there are several other reasons why a smaller apple tree is a good choice. Most importantly, it produces fruit much faster. These trees usually mature at five years of age, and at that point they’re producing two bushels of fruit per year. They start producing at the three year mark, and steadily deliver more fruit until they’re fully mature.

For some reason, these small trees require less care than standard apple trees. They tolerate poor soil conditions, and don’t need to be sprayed or pruned. They do well in either full sun or partial sun, and after they mature, there’s no need for special watering unless you’re in the midst of drought conditions.

These trees tend to do best in growing zones 6-9, and typically live 20 years or longer. It is not recommended to grow these trees indoors or in containers, although it may be worth trying container growing and possibly transplanting the tree later.

If you plant one of these trees in the ground, use a tree guard to protect the lower part of the trunk, especially while the tree is in adolescence. Mice and moles tend to like these trees, but a tree guard keeps them away from the trunk and keeps your tree safe and healthy.

The Most Common Variety of Dwarf Apple Tree

The most common dwarf apple tree is the Fuji. This variety originated in Japan and is known for its crisp, delicious fruit. The tree begins to flower in mid spring, and produces fruit in October. The fruit is ready to pick when the apple seeds change color from white to brown.

These trees are not self pollinating, so you’ll need another apple tree to ensure continued fruit production. We recommend having a Granny Smith or a Yellow Delicious apple tree nearby, if possible. If your neighbor has an apple tree in close proximity to your garden, this will work too. The other tree does not need to be dwarf for pollination to occur, and you can certainly cross pollinate with another dwarf apple.

The Fuji tops out at 10-12 feet in height, still very manageable for even very small garden spaces. Their width span is about ten feet total. The tree itself grows quickly and reaches relative maturity between four and five years …

Be sure to explore the rest of our site to view all the other types of dwarf trees available. They’re ideal for any level of gardener, even beginners, and do well in small garden spaces. They’re perfect as a gardening gift too!

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