Top 10 Fruit Trees for Small Spaces

You don’t need to own acres of orchards or live in the South to grow gorgeous fruit trees.

Sure, you can walk into the grocery store and toss a bag of nectarines or Honeycrisp apples into your shopping cart, but wouldn’t it be better if you could just walk out your back door?

We found a new book, Fruit Trees in Small Spaces by Colby Eierman. It’s all about fruit trees and how to grow them, care for them and—the most important part—how to reap the rewards. Best of all, these trees won’t take over your yard. The dwarf options are endless, and some will even flourish in containers.

We’ve suggested one variety for each type of fruit tree. But, as with any new plant you’re going to try, make sure the one you choose will work in your zone and growing conditions. And keep in mind that some fruit trees, like apples, require two plants for cross pollination and fruit formation. Stop by your favorite nursery or local extension office to find out which varieties will do best in your backyard.


In order for the grapefruit on a tree to get the brilliant color we all look for, it needs intense summer heat. But the color of the fruit doesn’t determine its ripeness. If a grapefruit feels heavy on the tree, pluck it off and give it a try.

Try this: The Rio Red bears sweet, seedless grapefruits that are ideal for juice. The dwarf form of this variety is perfect for a small space.

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