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Weeping Fruit Tree Options?

Posted by Schlemoc 5 (My Page) on
Fri, Nov 30, 12 at 8:34

Hi,
I have a small island style bed that is fully visible in front of my house from all windows. It is roughly 8'x 15'. There was a bunch of scraggly bushes that I recently removed. I will be putting in a lamp post somewhere in the bed.

There is currently a whole mess of strawberries as groundcover there. What I would like to do is add a dwarf weeping fruit tree, possibly a sweet cherry, or any other "pretty" tree. I would look to keep it around 8'-10' or less in mature height. I was also considering adding in a quince of some sort.

I would be using lillies/tulips for the spring season. Any other thoughts/additions that could be added? I am not sure if there are any fruiting weeping trees, so asking the group here. I'm east of Pittsburgh in Zone 5 for location.


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RE: Weeping Fruit Tree Options?

Perhaps a weeping mulberry? Given the photos that I've seen, though, I suspect that it might look a little messy unless it was trained/pruned carefully.

Here is a link that might be useful: Weeping Mulberry at Edible Landscaping


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RE: Weeping Fruit Tree Options?

  • Posted by fruitnut z7b-8a,4500ft SW TX (My Page) on
    Fri, Nov 30, 12 at 9:53

The weeping trees I'm aware of would be the weeping mulberry. That would be well adapted to your climate because we had one in northern Illinois as a kid. The other is the weeping Santa Rosa plum. May not be well adapted due to cold, disease, and pests.


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RE: Weeping Fruit Tree Options?

Ginger Gold is an apple variety exceptionally easy to train to a weep- the branches naturally grow downwards once fruiting begins. If you grow it on M26 it will be easy to keep in the space you describe. Check Adams County Nursery.

I routinely train tall old apple trees to a weep to reduce vigor and bring the crop to lower position. Most varieties can be trained this way once fruiting begins.


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RE: Weeping Fruit Tree Options?

Harvestman,

Do you have any tips/recommendations on how to train it to weep? Are there any other apple varieties that can be trained at an early age to weep?

I do know of the weeping mulberry and weeping santa rosa. I'm hoping to see if I can find something a little different.

Thanks everyone for thoughts. Any others out there?


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RE: Weeping Fruit Tree Options?

Weeping mulberry - as others indicated - immediately came to mind. Just be sure you get a fruiting cultivar, not the fruitless 'male' clones, like Chaparral

'Callaway' crab is a favorite in my family for eating, and often assumes a semi-weeping form, mainly due to the massive fruit load it typically sets. Tasty little 1-1.5" crabs; good for jelly, or filling your pocket and munching away. Pretty decent disease resistance, so it's not necessarily defoliated early like many of the older ornamental crabapple selections.


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