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Name: Karen
Fremont, CA (Zone 8b)
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Jan 28, 2017 1:48 AM CST
I just picked up a pre-ordered bare root stock semi-dwarf weeping Santa Rosa plum tree. It looks to be about 8' tall from the top of the pot. I goes straight up with about 13 branches that are very slightly turned down. does this sound like a weeping variety?

I have a small back yard in a mobile home park. How wide will the tree get? I also bought an ultra-dwarf Fuji apple tree.

If I prune them both deeply, would it keep them small so I can place them together in a smallish area (about 8' x 5')?

Can I prune the plum now or do I wait and if I wait, will I be able to prune it enough to force it to be a small tree?
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sallyg
Jan 28, 2017 8:04 AM CST
I don't know specifically, but it is good you are asking.
I got a Santa Rosa 'regular' tree from big box store about five years ago. It is a fast growing full size tree.
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Calif_Sue
Jan 28, 2017 10:57 PM CST

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My weeping one we planted 6 years ago is currently about 8 feet wide and 8-10 feet tall, not sure if it's a semi dwarf though.
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Jan 30, 2017 9:18 AM CST
Karen... Not much space. You'll have to keep up the pruning 3 or 4 times a year.but.you could do it. People are mis-led by semi-dwarf. Thinking it wont get big. Semi ! Means they dont get 20 or more feet .like a standard tree. Semi, is like Sue said, 8 to 10 feet tall and spread. If you want one that will only grow 4 or 5 feet tall you need to get a true dwarf.
Now... Find graft...it will be above roots on main stem a few inches.
When planting. Dont plant graft below soil line.
Watch out for any suckers that try to gwow off below graft and cut them off.
Pruning---- prune off at LEAST two thirds of tree. Or where you want scaffold to start. As tree starts to grow. Trim off any undesirable branches. Sculpt it the way you want it to grow. Your "forcing" it to grow the way you want.
Its a falsehood that you have to prune fruit trees or anything ! When there dormant.
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