Mini Orchard Collections

The modern way to grow fruit trees is to train them as vertical cordons. These space-saving columnar trees (sometimes referred to as Minarettes, Pillarettes or supercolumns) are attractive as well as fruitful and are perfect for smaller gardens. They can be spaced as close as 60-90cm (2-3ft) apart and are also ideal planted in containers on a sunny patio or balcony. Cordons should have their ultimate height restricted to 1.8-2.4m (6-8ft) and their fruiting laterals pruned during the summer months in order to retain their compact columnar shape. To ensure rapid establishment, cordon fruit trees are supplied bare-rooted and will be 1.2-1.5m (4-5ft) high on despatch. Trees are available from late November to early May. Read more…

Ken Muir Minarettes


“Minarettes are slender, columnar fruit trees which bear their fruits on short spurs along the length of a vertical stem rather than on long spreading branches. They are perfect for today’s smaller gardens because they can be planted as close as 60-90cm (2-3ft) apart as well as being ideal for growing in tubs on patios or balconies. When mature, Minarettes are 1.8-2.4m (6-8ft) tall and crop prolifically. A large range of apples, pears, plums, gages, damsons and cherries are available as Minarettes.” Read more…

Starkbros Colonnade Apple Trees

“Commonly called columnar apple trees, Colonnade® apple trees, or Urban Apple® trees, present a wonderful opportunity to grow your own fresh fruit when space is limited. They have a compact, upright, narrow growth habit and mature to be about 8-10 feet tall and 18-24 inches wide. This makes them perfect for growing in containers on balconies and patios, or planting in smaller yards and gardens.

Each year these trees will give you an impressive crop of flavorful, full-size apples. Some taste great right off the tree, while others can be used for making jellies or sauces. Plus, these trees make attractive ornamental additions to any outdoor setting. They offer lovely white or pink blossoms in spring and beautiful foliage that looks great in summer before turning to feature lovely autumn shades in fall. You can plant multiple columnar apple trees in a row to create your own ‘living fence’.” Read more…

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  1. I have two of these apple trees they look great but have never giving me any fruit. I have had they 7 or 8 years now not one apple. I planted a crab apple to pollinated them didn’t work.

  2. Do you keep your apple trees indoors for the winter? That may be the problem. Apple trees need winter condition in winter time to be fruitful in the following year

      • That is not true. There is genetic selection, and genes from the male and the female of each plant get mixed and matched, but that is NOT the same as modification, much less GMO. Any idiot that claims equivilence is merely a shill for those companies that are profiting from creating non-natural organisms by mixing genes from other species into the mix.

  3. I live in Washington state. I have two of this type apple trees…not mini, though. They are now over 20 ft. tall. They fruit every year. One is golden delicious and the other is red delicious.