Pruning fig tree for small space near house?

jbrooklyn(6)February 20, 2014

I have a small area in front of my house (an attached townhouse) where I want to plant a small fruit tree to replace a Japanese maple that died. The space receives a ton of sun, but the space is only about 8' by 8' (roughly).

In my backyard I have a Brown Turkey Fig that has never born edible fruit, over 5 years, I suspect because it doesn't get enough sun. It is a beautiful tree, though, and has survived harsh freezes and piled-up snow, so I'd like to try one in the front of my house. I found information about planting a fig near a house here -- -- which mentions using a spade to keep the roots from spreading.

My question, though: can I prune a fig tree down to small (bush) size so it will grow in that space without outgrowing the space?

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bonsaist(Z6/ Bethlehem, Pa)

It seems like you should have enough room to plant a fig tree in this space. Fig trees can be pruned to maintain a small size. The best location for a fig for us in the Northeast is against a wall facing south, where it's protected from cold wind and gets enough sun.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2014 at 6:06AM
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