Although the process of growing and caring for a tree is generallyxzychallenging and even difficult at times, sometimes one of the hardestxzyparts is choosing which kind you want. You have to choose between the manyxzysizes, fruit, and other attributes. The different sizes include: dwarf,xzysemi-dwarf, and standard. Your choice can affect everything about yourxzygrowing experience, including the amount of work you have to put in andxzythe amount of rewards (fruit) you will obtain.
Dwarf trees are ideal if you only have a limited amount of open space inxzyyour yard. They take up as little as only as eight-foot diameter plot ofxzyland. Although the dwarf fruit trees are smaller than the others, theirxzyfruit is just the same size and the shortness makes them easier to prunexzyand harvest. Dwarf fruit trees aren't known for living quite as long asxzylarger fruit trees. They begin to bear fruit after three to five years, soxzyif you are going to buy a dwarf fruit tree from a nursery you shouldxzyalways check and see how old it is.
Semi-dwarf trees are medium sized, and when they are full grown they takexzyup a fifteen-foot diameter. Semi-dwarf fruit tree's height can range fromxzyas low as ten feet to as high as sixteen feet. To keep them from gettingxzyto large you should prune them at least once a year. Occasionallyxzysemi-dwarf fruit trees take a season off and produce little or no fruit,xzybut mostly they produce hundreds of fruit every year. Many people enjoyxzyhaving semi dwarf fruit trees because they produce more fruit than a dwarfxzytree, and they are generally easier to harvest and maintain than axzystandard fruit tree.
Standard sized fruit trees take up much more area the then any of thexzysmaller tree varieties, and they are also harder to keep manageable and toxzyharvest all of the fruit. If you do not prune them at least once a yearxzythey can grow as large as thirty feet. If you are just looking for a goodxzytree to provide you with plenty of delicious fruit from and to keep yourxzyyard shady, a standard sized tree would be the perfect tree for you.xzyStandard sized fruit trees take a very long time to reach their fullxzyheight, but they usually begin to bear fruit after only three to fivexzyyears.
The best variety of fruit tree to buy would be one that carries fruit andxzydoes well in your area, because a local fruit tree takes less work andxzygrows the best. Although fruit trees bearing other, more exotic kinds ofxzyfruit may seem more exciting, they usually won't grow as well in yourxzyarea. That's not to say it's impossible. You can definitely try to grow axzymore exotic tree, but it will take much more commitment and time.
Another factor involved in deciding on a type of tree is what kind of soilxzyyou have, because some trees do better in damp soil while others arexzybetter suited for drier soil. If it rains often in your area you would doxzywell to plant a plum tree. But if you do not get very much rain you wouldxzydo better to plant a pear tree or an apple tree. Before choosing whichxzytype of fruit tree you would like, consult your local nursery or gardeningxzyguru to find out which trees would do well in your area.
Other things that you should look for while looking for a fruit tree atxzythe nursery are things like how sturdy it is, if all of the branches arexzyevened out, how straight the tree stands, the condition of the roots thatxzysupport the tree, the length of the stem, and the height of the fruit fromxzythe ground. Making a careful and deliberate decision can mean thexzydifference between having the stunted fruit from your lopsided tree beingxzyeaten by animals all day long.