About our trees
All our plant varieties have been chosen according to the climate here in the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon. Almost all have been tested to thrive and produce fruit in this region. A few will need some protection in the event of an unusually cold winter, however most varieties will tolerate temperatures well below 0 degrees.
We offer our trees already established in containers,staked and pruned with training cuts to shape them according to the growth habit they need. Most can continue in containers or be planted in the garden at any time of the year except when the ground is actually frozen. Refer to our Planting Guide when you are ready to plant.
What is a dwarf fruit tree ?
A dwarf fruit tree is usually a proven variety of fruit tree that is grown on a dwarf or semi-dwarf rootstock.In other words the two trees are grafted together. The rootstock itself has been specially bred for characteristics of strong and vigorous root system, cold hardiness,disease resistance,early fruit production and especially the fact that the tree will be significantly smaller than a standard variety.
Then a scion or shoot of the desired tree is grafted onto to this rootstock and the two become one. The rootstock becomes the "Brain or Command Center" of the tree and dictates all of the above genetic information to the tree in total. The fruit on the other hand will be identical to the tree that the scion or shoot was taken from.
Dwarf Fruit Trees are ideal for small spaces, gardens, patios, and orchards. Many orchards have changed over to using dwarf or semi dwarf trees for their ease of management- no need to climb on large ladders to pick or prune. They are also achieving significantly higher yields per acre.
Benefits of growing your own fruit
Several fruits, like peaches, never ripen once picked. They are always picked early for ease of shipping/storage and so most people never get to enjoy their true flavor. Nothing compares with the taste of fresh-picked fruit, fresh from the tree.
Dwarf Trees make great kids' projects. In recent times Mini-dwarf trees have been introduced that only grow 4 - 6 ft.
A dwarf tree can produce 50 to 100 pounds of fruit a season, depending on variety. If one multiplies that by the current price per pound of market fruit we can see that a fruit tree is also a very worthwhile investment over the course of it's life. Who says that "Money doesn't grow on Trees ! ? "