Dwarf Trees For Your Garden

Dwarf Trees For Your Garden

If you have a very small yard or garden space, growing dwarf trees would give you the best balance of beauty and greenery, without crowding the area too much. As the name suggests, there is a major difference in size between regular trees and dwarf trees. While standard trees grow around 25 to 50 feet tall, dwarf varieties grow only around 10 feet in height. These trees are created by a horticultural method called grafting, where the root of a dwarfing tree (rootstock) is connected through a stem piece (interstem) of a dwarfing variety to the upper portion of the intended fruit or ornamental tree (scion wood). There are several dwarf trees that you can choose. Dwarf fruit trees generally reach a height of 8 to 12 feet, depending on species and variety. Due to their small size, the trees are easy to prune and harvest. They are subject to the same pests and diseases as their full-sized counterparts. Many standard-sized species of fruit trees are available as dwarf trees, including apple, pear, fig, cherry, plum, peach, nectarine and apricot. Citrus trees, including orange, lime and lemon, are also available as dwarf trees.

Ornamental dwarf tree varieties include flowering trees, such as peach, plum, nectarine, cherry, almond, crabapple and apricot. While some ornamental dwarf trees bear fruit, they are mainly used for aesthetic purpose in a landscape, often used as specimen trees or accents. These trees are especially valued for their showy blooms in spring. Varieties of ornamental dwarf trees reach heights of 4 to 12 feet.

Front Yard Garden With Japanese Maple Dwarf Trees

Front Yard Garden With Japanese Maple Dwarf Trees

Train the Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) to grow outdoors as a dwarf or as an ornamental bonsai tree indoors.

Garden With Rose Dwarf Tree And Shrubs

Garden With Rose Dwarf Tree And Shrubs

A rose tree is measured by the trunk length, versus its overall height.

Garden With The Chinese Dogwood Dwarf Tree

Garden With The Chinese Dogwood Dwarf Tree

The Chinese dogwood (Cornus kousa) blossoms with white flowers in early spring into summer.

Garden With Ornamental Dwarf Trees

Garden With Ornamental Dwarf Trees

Dwarf trees are formed by combining two or more tree species to create a new variety that is small in size and may still be capable of bearing fruits.

Garden With Dwarf Citrus Trees

Garden With Dwarf Citrus Trees

Citrus trees make lovely landscaping trees, but they're hardy only in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 10.

Garden With Small Dwarf Peach Trees

Garden With Small Dwarf Peach Trees

Peaches need only four to five weeks of chilling temperatures and they thrive in warm, hot summers.

Garden With Weeping Dwarf Trees

Garden With Weeping Dwarf Trees

Also appreciated for their ornamental value, weeping dwarf tree varieties are distinguished by their cascading branches that dip to the ground in a graceful arch and bloom with fragrant blooms in the spring.

Backyard With Small Apple Dwarf Tree And Edging

Backyard With Small Apple Dwarf Tree And Edging

Dwarf apple trees are standard apple varieties that have been grafted onto a dwarfing rootstock.

Garden With Mulches And Dwarf Apple Trees

Garden With Mulches And Dwarf Apple Trees

When selecting a dwarf apple tree, remember that most varieties need between seven and nine weeks of chilling to break dormancy.

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