Dwarf Fruit Trees


dwarf citrus kumquat can easily be grown in a bonsai bag picture taken at Daleys Nursery up against the shed in 2004

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There are many ways to have Dwarf Fruit Trees suitable for turning your small backyard into a thriving orchard. To grow dwarf trees successfully in containers all you need to do is supply a rich potting mix and re-pot regularly. Feed the trees every 6 months with a slow release fertiliser, provide plenty of sunlight, and keep the tree moist. The secret with keeping trees healthy and productive in containers is to re-pot and prune (roots and tops) at least every two years.

Naturally Dwarf Plants

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These plant varieties are naturally small and often very good for growing in pots. They are usually very easy to keep under 2m tall via pruning when grown in the ground or via root restriction in a pot.

Semi Dwarf Plants

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When compared to the average size of this plant they are usually much smaller. Eg. If a mulberry naturally grows to 10m but this particular mulberry is known to be 2-5m then this is a semi dwarf fruit tree. Often produced by growing them from cuttings but can be just unique to the particular variety.

True Dwarf Plants

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A true dwarf uses grafting or cuttings to produce a tree that is very compact and small but produces the same sized fruit. Examples would be citrus where the tree usually grows over 5m but when dwarf it can be under 2m.

Dwarf Coffee - Catuai

$17.75 ($17.75-$79.00 choose a size)

A dwarf coffee selection suitable for handpicking. Makes an ideal selection for growing in a pot as an ornamental. Prolific cropper of quality roasting beans.



Originating in Africa, this tree bears a small plum like fruit bright orange in colour. A thin layer of acid-sweet, watery pulp surrounds the seed. The rather tender skin tends to prevent packing and shipping of the fruit, but it deserves to be more widely cultivated as a home fruit. Hardy to most conditions. Dark green leathery leaves and ornamental structure make it appealing as an interesting and edible landscape plant. Grows to a bush or small tree to 4-6 m. Imbes have good salt tolerance and are also wind tolerant. Trees are dioecious, so one each of a male and female are needed for pollination and fruit set. Plant a minimum of 3 seedlings to increase the chances of having one of each. Isolated female trees will set a few small fruit parthenocarpically but the quality and size is always better with a male pollinator.

Dwarf Macadamia - A16

$40.95 ($19.75-$49.00 choose a size)

An Australian selection that shows dwarfing tendencies. High yielder, excellent nut quality. Slow growing and wind tolerant. Med - large nut and high kernal recovery. A semi-dwarfing small, compact tree.

Dwarf Avocado - Wurtz (A)

$79.00 ($64.00-$79.00 choose a size)

A small tree to about 4m popular for the back yard. A moderate cropper of medium sized rich, high quality fruit. Pear-shaped with dark green skin using Guatamalan rootstock. Aug - Oct Does best if grown with a B type pollinator.

Acerola - Florida Sweet

$29.00 ($19.75-$79.00 choose a size)

This bright red cherry like fruit has varying tastes during different stages as it ripens. When fully ripe the fruit is juicy and aromatic with its acid content giving it a sweet acid apple-like flavour. The tree can produce a number or crops each year, making for quite a long harvest season. Our selection is called the acerola Florida Sweet Cherry and is a pleasant eating variety that is not too sour. The acerola is well suited to pot culture where it can be kept to a smaller size. It could also be grown this way in cooler climates where it can be moved to a warmer position in the winter. A word of warning the foliage of the plant is covered in tiny irritating stinging hairs that can produce an allergic reaction. When pruning your trees wear a long sleeved shirt and a pair of gloves.

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