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dwarf pillar fruit tree

Discussion in 'Edible Gardening' started by Gizmo, May 15, 2021.

  1. Gizmo

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    hi we are thinking of putting a small tree in our garden in between our raised flower beds and raised veg bed , and was thinking of a fruit pillar tree but unsure if they sprout out like a normal tree or just grow up . if a pillar tree is not a good idea can you recommend a dwarf fruit tree or colourfull tree with flowers
    thanks for your advice
     
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      Hi what sort of fruit tree were you thinking of?
      We have a few Apple pillar trees but they still have to be pruned to keep them like it.
       
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        Hi thanks for your reply this is where we was thinking of having a fruit tree red. Apple. Or pear. Or orange. In a box.. The idea is to have a small tree. I front of bird nest camera box. So the birds will land on tree and hopefully nest in our bird box..
         

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        Ok you will still have to prune them to get fruit and keep in shape.
         
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          OK thanks for your reply what would happen if you didn't prune them would you still get fruit. As our idea was to put tree in front of birdbox so birds would see it and to hide it from neighbours cats
           
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            Your welcome:)
            I'm not sure about that, cats are very
            clever it might help them more to get at it.
            We have a nest box and it's not covered at all and the cats don't bother with it. They're more interested in the birds feeding at the bird feeders and table.
             
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              Hi @Gizmo , I can't seem to do a link but we have ordinary column Apple trees from Ken Muir, they also have Minarette fruit trees too , have a Google and a browse.:dbgrtmb:
               
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                Many thanks for your reply with regards to cats my wife was quite upset over nexr door cat catching a starling in our garden all though its natural for the cat to hunt...

                I have looked at Ken muir website today but for mini trees not dispatching untill late autum.. I will keep looking around www

                Thanks for your help and advice
                 
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                  Ah Ok, hope you find what you're looking for .:fingers crossed:
                   
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                    ="Gizmo, post: 1316614, member: 27669"]I have looked at Ken muir website today but for mini trees not dispatching untill late autum.. I will keep looking around www[/QUOTE]

                    You won't get bare root this time of the year but you might be able to get potted ones but will cost more.

                    Yes it's very upsetting to see that but it's difficult to stop them, I know I've tried a few things but they don't work.
                     
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                      You might like to take a look at a columnar crab apple tree called Laura. I've got one here and it is staying nice and slender and is very pretty - pink flowers, bronze foliage, dark red apples. Can't eat the fruits raw, but they make a good jelly or the birds will like them. Again as @Logan says you would need to find a container-grown one, at this time of year.
                       
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                        We have a dwarf pillar apple tree. But to call it a "tree" would be an overstatement. :biggrin:

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                        Little stumpy here barely reaches my knee. I wonder if those blossoms all turn into apples.
                         
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                          This is one of ours, it's been in for a few years.the weight of the apples made it bend a bit.
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                            Thanks for your reply unfortunately my wife has decided on a orange tree which should be here soon but I am not 100% sure it will grow enough to get oranges on the tree
                             
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                              our tree arrived today i managed to plant out before rain .. should we feed the tree ? approx height 1 to 2 meter tall when fully grown
                              thanks for your advice

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