Posted March 16 2010, 8:10 AM PDT by Katherine Garsi

Fruit trees for a small garden

Posted in Living by Katherine Garsi


I have a very small backyard, but I still dream of planting a garden with a few fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, kale or strawberries.  I never thought I had enough space for a fruit tree until I recently discovered dwarf fruit trees. Even if you have a large garden area, dwarf fruit trees are a great option as they take much less space.

Dwarf fruit trees:




  • Come in many types - apples, cherries, lemons, oranges, pears and more

  • Grow anywhere from 3 to 15 feet tall

  • Can grow in an 8" diameter pot or in the ground

  • Yield full size fruit

  • Require 8-10 hours of full sun

  • Usually the variety of fruit is grafted to a type of rootstock that keeps the tree shorter (a rootstock is a type of root that is specifically grown for other plants to be attached to)

Where can you find one?
Your local nursery is the best place to find a dwarf fruit tree.


Glean extra fruit for your local food bank
If you end up with more fruit than you can eat, be sure to find a gleaning organization in your area. These groups can collect the extra fruit throughout a neighborhood and donate the harvest to a local food bank.



  • Glad you like it Mahsa! Are you a gardener?

    Posted April 28 2010, 10:06 AM by Katherine Garsi

  • Great tip! Thanks for sharing.

    Posted April 27 2010, 6:24 AM by Mahsa Darabi