Do you think that because you live in a city or urban area you cannot enjoy fresh fruit from your own trees? Thankfully there are hybrid species that are able to use small areas due to tall crowns, rather than broad spreading branches. Not only are these hybrids functional and practical, but they bring a beautiful appeal to the urban home. They can grow in tubs on your porch or patio, and can fit well in larger areas, where they can be laid out in a pleasing manner, along curb lines, or in gardens.
These special species are commonly known as urban fruit trees, or columnar fruit trees. The tree does not grow outward in a horizontal direction, but up due to short branches, often appearing as a spire and is quite dignified and elegant for the urban environment. Often they can be found providing borders or a stately entrance along a driveway. The vitality, beauty and wonderful fruit makes them a wonderful addition to any home, including small spaces.
Growing a columnar fruit tree is fairly straightforward. Take apple trees for example: they need consistent watering, not soggy but not dry for best production. A good fertilizer should be provided during the growing season. There are also time release fertilizers which may only need to be provided once a year. Initially, when the tree is young, you will want to prune the branches so to remove the weaker branches and allow branches to grow that can carry the apples as their weight increases. After this you will only need to remove damaged branches.
Columnar trees for sale
There are many columnar tree options on the market, here are some types we liked the most:
Thompson-Morgan Fruit Tree Collection (Mini Fruit Tree)
“Imagine an orchard on your own patio! These patio fruit trees have been specifically for their dwarf habit making them ideal for growing in large containers. Height if containerised: 1m (39″). Spread if containerised: 45cm (18”).
- Apple ‘Golden Delicious’ – This easy to grow variety produces good yields of attractive golden-green apples that store well over a long period after harvesting. Rootstock: M9.
- Apple ‘Gala‘ – A reliable cultivar producing attractive, red flushed fruits with a surprisingly sweet flavour when eaten straight from the tree, and make a delicious juicing apple. Rootstock: M27.
- Pear ‘Doyenne du Comice’ – Widely regarded as one of the flavoursome Pear varieties available, Pear ‘Doyenne du Commice’ has a richness that other cultivars struggle to attain. Rootstock: Quince A.
- Plum ‘Black Amber’ – This heavy bearing Plum produces plenty of rounded, firm purple fruits with a deliciously juicy texture. Rootstock: Ferlinain.
- Cherry ‘Sylvia’ – This dwarf cherry tree is perfect for the patio where it makes a great focal point in spring as pale pink cherry blossom cloaks the branches. Rootstock: Gisella 6.” Read more…