Vegetables and Fruit forum: Can you keep your fruit or nut trees short?

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California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
RenaeC
Jan 21, 2017 7:16 PM CST
I know there are many types of dwarf trees, but I wanted to know if it was possible to prune a tree to keep it short, but have it still be able to bare its fruit or nuts? I ask because I have only found dwarf olive trees that were non-fruiting and I don't want a tree to become too large when I decide to plant one at the new location when I move. Thanks in advance!
Name: Paul Fish
Brownville, Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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PaulF
Jan 21, 2017 9:32 PM CST
Peaches, pears and apples can and should be pruned. Pruning fruit trees is an art and a science. Properly pruned trees will produce more and better fruit in most cases.

No comment on nut trees since I do not know.
California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
RenaeC
Jan 21, 2017 9:47 PM CST
Okay, thank you for the information!
Name: tarev
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tarev
Jan 22, 2017 5:57 PM CST
Yup, I have seen bonsai trees with fruits and flowers, really impressive.
California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
RenaeC
Jan 22, 2017 6:10 PM CST
Ok, thanks Tarev! Smiling
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Jan 22, 2017 7:21 PM CST
PaulF said:Peaches, pears and apples can and should be pruned. Pruning fruit trees is an art and a science. Properly pruned trees will produce more and better fruit in most cases.

No comment on nut trees since I do not know.
Full size trees can be trimmed but depending on how often you do it, and from experience the more you trim the more branches will sprout that have to be trimmed.
It will set more fruit but the new branches are never as strong as the original; again from experience, if you do not remove a lot of fruit when it first sets, within x amount of years it will fruit so heavily that the branches, including ones many inches in diameter will simply break off, or as my neighbors tree did, half the tree snapped off.
Now this process will take years but the trees life will be shortened.

You can use boards to prop up the branches but that is ugly and only works to a degree.

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California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
RenaeC
Jan 22, 2017 7:53 PM CST
So, it seems like leaving the trees as is or investing in dwarf trees is the best bet and to just be sure to pick them often so the tree stays healthy and to prune only when acceptable during the seasons for its health. Thanks!
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