Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Ornamental fruit trees

What is the point of ornamental fruit trees?  Sure they are big and pretty when the bloom in the spring, but so are real fruit trees.  If you do not prune a fruit tree it will get just as big and bloom as heavily as an ornamental, but it will still produce fruit every other year.  If you do prune them then you will get less shade and a less beautiful tree, but you will get bigger fruit, more fruit, and fruit almost every year.  Did you know that an apple tree can produce 200-500 pounds of fruit when it reaches maturity?

So the problem you will have is too much fruit!  There are always family, friends, or charities that you can give the excess to.  If you like to BBQ, you can use the pruned wood for smoking meats.  So why do I see 50-100 ornamental fruit trees planted for each real fruit tree?


  1. It seems you feel about ornamental fruit trees the way I feel about lawns. :)

  2. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment.

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