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by Lizzie on January 07, 2005 09:01 PM
Hope someone is able to un-confuse me. I would like to start an orchard using very small fruit trees. How tall do dwarf/semi dwarf trees get?
I appreciate any reply.
by Jiffymouse on January 08, 2005 04:06 AM
lizzie, it all depends on the type of fruit you are talking about. a dwarf peach tree (if there is such thing) is a very small tree indeed (the peach tree orchards in middle georgia have trees no more than 6 feet tall for some of them). but a dwarf apple might be taller because it is a taller tree to start with. but, there are so many variations, you really have to look at the fruit you want to grow.
by papito on January 10, 2005 07:25 PM
Hi Lizzie,

Welcome to The Gardener's Forum.


Standard-20ft-25ft, and up to 35ft unchecked.
Dwarf- 6ft-10ft.

Dwarf: 12ft-15ft.

Semidwarf-16ft. or less

Standard-22ft. or less
Dwarf-15ft. or less

Peaches & Nectarines:
Standard-15ft plus
Dwarf-7ft. or less

Standard-20ft or less (modified central leader)
Standard-15ft. or less (Open center)

Standard-15ft. or less (Central leader)

Plums & Prunes:
Standard-15ft. plus
Semidwarf-15ft. or less

Standard-15ft. plus (Open center)
Standard-13ft. or less (Shrub)

All of our home orchard trees are either dwarf or semidwarf planted in containers, (except Apples) and are much shorter than the dwarf/semidward sizes given above.

Hope this helps although quite late.

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by Lizzie on January 14, 2005 08:38 PM
Thank you much for the terrific answer to my question. I will happily start my orchard. I am going to try one of those "5 different peaches on one tree" type. Sounds interesting to me.

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