Many fruits that are commonly produced on trees have a dwarf or bush
variety, such as the bush nectarine or bush cherries. There
are also potted varieties of a lot of fruits, specifically bred and
designed to thrive in a container and be quite compact and prolific. This Container
Orchard Plan is best for the space-restricted urban gardener.
Fruit Trees That
Grow Well in Pots Outdoors
Always check your
USDA Hardiness Zone map for appropriate varieties of trees that will
thrive in your area.
Dwarf citrus aren't hardy in my zone, but do very well in containers
indoors over the winter.
Apple – Pretty white and pink
blossoms in the spring are slightly fragrant. Harvest, late summer and autumn.
Banana – There is a wide selection of
banana varieties available to backyard growers. Choose small banana plants for
Cherry – Frequently planted for their
gorgeous blossoms. Harvest, early summer
Citrus – Evergreen tree for
frost-free climates, citrus trees like orange, tangerine, and lemon are pretty
year-round .Harvest, winter.
Fig – Many fig varieties offer
two harvests per year. Figs
are easy to grow in pots
Mulberry – Large fruit resembles
blackberries. I have 2 dwarfs in large pots. These grow fast and aren't
too needy. These can also grow indoors in pots.
Nectarine – Dark, slender green
leavesy. Harvest, late summer.
Olive – An evergreen tree with fine
leaves. Olives need to be processed before they are edible.
Pear –Delicate spring blossoms, the
tree offers beautiful fall color. Harvest, late summer.
Persimmon – A beautiful tree with
spreading branches, persimmons are most noticeable in the fall when the leaves
drop and bright orange fruit remains. Harvest, autumn.
Pineapple guava – A small tree or
upright shrub, this evergreen produces bluish-green fruit. Harvest, summer.
Plum – Flowering plum trees are used
frequently the landscape, Beautiful in Asian theme gardens. Harvest, late
spring and summer.
By choosing dwarf trees
with staggered harvest dates, you can tailor your home orchard
for up to half a year of fresh produce.
Select varieties from late, mid- and early-seasons within
their species, and grow a couple of other species with them.