Fruit expectations vary, depending on the varieties you plant. They don’t have the side branches and the spread that the usual apple trees … Apple, pear, cherry, plum. Be sure you can provide a place in full sun, and that you have adequate space. It really isn’t necessary to prune columnar apple trees, but you may need to trim minor winter damage in early spring, while the tree is still dormant. Columnar apple trees are created to grow predominantly straight up, reach a height of 8-10 feet and are usually less than 2 feet wide. A green columnar apple tree can produce a lot of fruit in a small space. Stone fruit columnar trees need a stake (only) in the first few years to grow straight and undisturbed; and for columnar apples, we at Lubera only use low to medium-growing rootstocks (M26 and similar), which are not 100% stable. Oblique cordons are generally seen to be a more productive method of fruit cultivation. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. But due to its deep root system, it resists high winds like a champ, and it’s low-maintenance. Both of these are regular apple trees that have been manipulated by close-pruning. But what exactly are columnar trees? In addition, they require less hard summer pruning than other similar forms. The need for dwarfing apple trees that grow vertically, rather than horizontally has well and truly been met. Columnar Apple Trees are upright apple trees for small spaces, easy to prune with normal sized fruit on a compact tree. Columnar fruit trees grow well in the ground; allow at least 2 feet (61 cm. The best rootstocks for Columnar growing apple trees are as follows: If your soil is nice and fertile, choose the M27 or M9 rootstocks. It creates bright red fruits with a good flavor. Naturally dwarf trees, only 8–12' when mature, often yield fruit the first year after planting. Before you buy columnar fruit trees, it is particularly important to be aware of the difference between columnar growth in the strict sense (in the case of columnar apples) and pillar growth in the case of stone fruit. Columnar trees are extremely effective as a windbreak. Plant the trees within 100 feet (30 m.) of one another so bees and other pollinators will visit both trees. Feed the trees regularly, using either a balanced fertilizer applied throughout the growing season, or a time-release fertilizer applied once every year. It easily hits 15-20 feet tall and 4-5 feet across in size. Is the branch itself thick enough to support the weight of its foliage? Columnar fruit trees are genetically predisposed in such a way that they grow mainly upright and ideally form few side shoots. Because of their size and narrow framework, spraying columnar trees is a quick and easy task. Use small flowers or trailing vines to complete container-grown tree displays. Your columnar apple trees can suffer from the same pests and diseases as any other fruit trees. It is certainly also helpful to know that the apple columnar fruit trees bred by Lubera, the so-called Malini, are scab-resistant, so that there is no need to fight the most dangerous fungal disease when growing apples in your own garden. I am to prune all 4 in summer having only side branches (like little arms) I don't know the horticultural terms. This is because the stem’s angle successfully mimics the branch angle on a regular fruit tree. ratio of 3-20-20. Diluted fish emulsion is an ideal organic fertilizer used either in the root zone when watering or as a foliar spray, or you can opt for a time-release plant food and feed once a year. This gorgeous coniferous evergreen has silvery blue-green needles and a conical growing habit. This ideal growth type is particularly evident in the apple columnar trees. The little trees are growing, the plum is covered in leaf, I would like fruit next year??? Select a time in which fruit trees and some other species are dormant if possible. Hardy down to -20, the skyrocket juniper can grow comfortably in zones 4-9. The ‘North Pole’ cultivar of columnar apple can grow up to a height of 8-12 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide, and is perfect for USDA hardiness zones 4-8. Spread of columnar apples trees is only about 2 to 3 feet (.6 to .9 m.). If you’re looking to grow fruit-bearing trees, there are columnar trees available for you! Weeping Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana JN5), Sky Pencil Holly (Ilex crenata ‘Sky Pencil’), Slender Hinoki Cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa), Skyrocket Juniper (Juniperus virginiana ‘Skyrocket’), Spartan Juniper (Juniperus chinensis ‘Spartan’), Brodie Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana ‘Brodie’). This allows gardeners to plant a wide choice of fruit cultivars in a relatively small amount of space. Only in this way can you as a customer be sure that the columnar fruit tree will remain narrow and columnar-shaped even after a few years. Pick cultivars that won’t outgrow their space, and will bring something special to the garden. As a result, more needs to be spent planning to make the most of a more compact space. Today I’m touching on just that subject: columnar apple trees for compact urban spaces.