The Q&A Archives: Fruit Trees

Question: I have a space 40' L x 15" W in the North part of the lawn.
I want to grow fruit trees. What self-polinating fruit trees should I grow. I'd like a small avocado, and a dwarf fuju. How many trees will fit in that space? Which combination?

Answer: There are some nice fruit trees grafted onto dwarfing rootstock that will grow well in the area you describe, as long as it's in full sunshine. Avocado grows into huge trees and I'm afraid there's not quite enough room for one. Fuji apples have a relatively low chill requirement and will probably set fruit for you. While they are somewhat self-fertile, you'll get a much better crop if you have a second apple tree. If you want two different types of fruit, why not plant apricot, pear or plum, and two apple trees? I'd suggest 'Ein Shemer' and 'Anna' apples rather than Fuji. Both are available on dwarfing rootstock and will only need a 10'-12' diameter spot per tree. Then you could plant a different kind of fruit tree in the remaining part of the yard. Enjoy your edible landscape!

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