columnar apple trees

cheryl1054July 26, 2007

About 10 years ago I ordered a group of 3 different columnar apple trees. Unfortunately I never saved the tags, so I dont recall the variety nor the nursery I purchased them from. 1 died and the other 2 almost never produce fruit, if so its maybe only 1 or 2 apples. The trees themselves look very healthy. I dont have polination problems with my other fruit trees. So what could it be? After all this time a few more apples would be great!!!

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jellyman(6/7VA)

Cheryl:

Columnar apple trees are a novelty item, developed to sell nursery stock to people who lack the space for in-ground trees and want to try container growing. They are not for producing apples.

I have seen a very few cases where people report growing as many as 10 or a dozen apples on these trees, but most people who try them are disappointed. My personal view is that, if you truly don't have space to plant in the ground, and have a very large container, planting a branched tree on a full-dwarfing rootstock like M-27 is a better alternative than the columnar trees.

Don Yellman, Great Falls, VA

    Bookmark   July 27, 2007 at 11:19PM
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