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    I'm thinking of getting a small fruit tree to go in my garden but much to my shame I've never grown/had a fruit tree in my life!

    I'd like a tree for blossom, wildlife and birds and to break up the lines in a newly(ish) landscaped garden with lots of square edges... any fruit would be a bonus really, I'm expecting the birds to get the majority!

    I'm thinking of getting a dwarf tree as I'm short and not keen on ladders (neither is OH) so want maintenance at high levels to be kept to a minimum! *I also don't want to deprive next door of light unnecessarily!

    I'm thinking of a self fertile cherry.

    The pic below shows where I'm thinking of putting the tree.

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    Would that position be suitable?

    Would a tree like this work? I'm wondering if something that only reaches 2m high with a spread of 1.5m will just look odd!

    Cherry Kordia (Patio) - J Parker Dutch Bulbs

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    I don't think Kordia cherry is self-fertile. Try Stella or Sunburst or Sweetheart.

    I also don't think you will be able to keep a cherry tree to a spread of just 1.5m.

    If are a complete novice then apple trees or plum trees are arguably a bit easier than cherries - although the birds will certainly be very pleased if you plant a cherry tree.

    Crab apples are worth considering if feeding the wildlife is important - some of them have "persistent" fruits which hang on into December, providing food at a time when there is not much else around.

    Your proposed location looks good - full sun is best.

    Dwarf trees need a permanent post to support them. Buy a tree post, 6ft-7ft or so, and bang it in about 2ft, then tie the tree to it.

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    If you are only planting one then the most important is that it is self fertile otherwise no fruit .

    Otherwise just plant what you like to eat

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    Quote Originally Posted by orangepippin View Post
    I don't think Kordia cherry is self-fertile. Try Stella or Sunburst or Sweetheart.

    I also don't think you will be able to keep a cherry tree to a spread of just 1.5m.

    If are a complete novice then apple trees or plum trees are arguably a bit easier than cherries - although the birds will certainly be very pleased if you plant a cherry tree.

    Crab apples are worth considering if feeding the wildlife is important - some of them have "persistent" fruits which hang on into December, providing food at a time when there is not much else around.

    Your proposed location looks good - full sun is best.

    Dwarf trees need a permanent post to support them. Buy a tree post, 6ft-7ft or so, and bang it in about 2ft, then tie the tree to it.
    Some really interesting points!

    Strangely, having dug a bit deeper, there seem to be a few websites seling Kordia as 'self fertile' one as 'poorly self fertile' and a few saying not self fertile!

    Our neighbours have a couple of cherry trees but they have no idea what type they are so no idea if they would work.

    I'm glad the location looks good.

    I think I'll have a ponder and also consider apple or plum as an alternative... fortunately Veggielot we like to eat all the above! ; )

    Thanks!

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    hello i am also a novice but i thought what the heck and bought a cherry, peach, apricot and apple i ordered them and have them in 30L pots so i can move my cherry into the greenhouse when its in fruit, (sorry not sharing my cherries with the birds they get enough food from me <3 )
    anyway sorry to ramble, i got mine off gardenbargains.com for only 7 it's worth a gamble. good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rita1 View Post
    hello i am also a novice but i thought what the heck and bought a cherry, peach, apricot and apple i ordered them and have them in 30L pots so i can move my cherry into the greenhouse when its in fruit, (sorry not sharing my cherries with the birds they get enough food from me <3 )
    anyway sorry to ramble, i got mine off gardenbargains.com for only 7 it's worth a gamble. good luck.
    I saw your other post about that site, Rita. I did have a look but they don't seem to do any dwarf trees from what I can see.

    I'll have another look though as I may well have missed them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vikkib View Post
    I saw your other post about that site, Rita. I did have a look but they don't seem to do any dwarf trees from what I can see.

    I'll have another look though as I may well have missed them!
    you dont really need to buy dwarf trees if you were to keep them in big pots/tubs,you could train them to the height required,i did this with a red haven peach and last year it gave 13 lovely fruit and it looks like 20+ this year,train them early and you could succeed and be able to move it about as req.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BUFFS View Post
    you dont really need to buy dwarf trees if you were to keep them in big pots/tubs,you could train them to the height required,i did this with a red haven peach and last year it gave 13 lovely fruit and it looks like 20+ this year,train them early and you could succeed and be able to move it about as req.
    Buffs, that sounds really interesting.

    Could you explain what you mean by 'train them to the height required'?

    As I say - complete novice!

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