Apple tree questions
I've wanted apple trees for years, and I think I may finally take the plunge, but....
I wanted to get dwarf or semi-dwarf trees to keep it manageable. My wife wants to spend the money to get established trees (i.e. not the 4' bare root sapling) so we don't spend 5 years waiting for them to grow.
The only more developed trees (~10') I've been able to find are standard varieties, not dwarf.
1. Can a standard tree be "pruned" into a more manageable size, or is that a losing battle?
2. Anybody know a good source for trees? I've found 3-4 websites, and one local nursery, but I'm struggling, and maybe there's an awesome nursery out there that has what we are looking for.
3. Will a crabapple still produce flowers/pollen as a pollinator if it is in partial shade, e.g. against the east side of the house?
4. Any good resources for identifying appropriate pollinators? If I find two varieties I'm interested in, it seems like the pollination chart I look at is guaranteed to only have one of them.