The Q&A Archives: Dwarf Fruit Trees

Question: Are dwarf fruit trees grafted with a standard fruit tree branch on a dwarf root stock, or a dwarf branch on a standard root stock?

Answer: The most common means of dwarfing a fruit tree is to graft a standard variety onto a dwarfing rootstock. This is how most apples and pears are dwarfed.

However, recent breeding efforts have produced a few "genetic dwarf" varieties. These are special varieties that are dwarf, typically due to very short internodes (the space between leaves on a shoot.

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