Tall, Skinny Fruit Tree ideas.

budershankJune 22, 2010

Long story short, I need some ideas for a tall and skinny fruit tree in zone 9/10 to replace a papaya tree that disappeared.

Long story, slightly longer... I had a 3-4ft papaya plant growing by an AC unit in the backyard. I went on vacation and while on vacation the AC came out for some maintenance. When I came back, papaya tree is gone. The soil wasn't turned or anything so no one dug it up, it was just missing. I am assuming he stepped back on it or dropped something on it and then hid the evidence. Since I already have 2 other larger papaya's in the ground I am thinking I will simply use this as an opportunity to put something new in. It needs to be something that mostly grows vertical(or that I can trim to grow vertical without issues).

So far my only ideas sending a dragon fruit up a trellis, but rather not do that. If anyone has some recommendations I would be very grateful!

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caiden(HI, 11)

If you let them, tamarillos grown from seed will take a similar growth habit to papaya, growing tall and skinny with few branches, fruiting the first year.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2010 at 11:52PM
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budershank

Hm, I've never had a tamarillo. I am going to have to change that and see if it's something I'd want to grow. Thanks!

If anyone has any other ideas as well, that would be welcome!

    Bookmark   June 23, 2010 at 7:30AM
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hmhausman(FL 10B)

You can grow most of the Eugenias in any shape you want...as in tall and columnar....so that would include Pitomba, Grumichama, Pitango (surinam cherry), or Cherry of Rio grande.

Harry

    Bookmark   June 23, 2010 at 5:49PM
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hmhausman(FL 10B)

That' Pitanga...not pitanga.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2010 at 6:45PM
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hmhausman(FL 10B)

LOL....I think I'm losing it. The correct name is Pitanga...not Pitango.....and my typing is just slightly poorer than my proof reading.

Harry

    Bookmark   June 24, 2010 at 8:03PM
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budershank

When you mentioned the cherries I got excited since I have 2 capulin cherries going from seed, but then i found out they aren't in that family. Oh well.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2010 at 9:13PM
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hmhausman(FL 10B)

NO capulin cherries would make a rather poor choice for the area you mentioned.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2010 at 9:59AM
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mango_kush

black surinam cherry is nice, im looking for a good one thats not overpriced

    Bookmark   June 25, 2010 at 2:55PM
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