> Semi-Dwarf Cherry Trees
cherry trees have many advantages to standard sized cherry trees.
First of all, semi-dwarf cherry trees are smaller. This means
that they take up less room in a garden. The reduced size of
a semi-dwarf cherry tree makes it easier to prune, spray and
harvest fruit. Additionally, semi-dwarf cherry trees will produce
fruit earlier than standard cherry trees, often only three years
after being planted, as opposed to as many as ten years.
are generally two ways to create a semi-dwarf cherry tree.
One way is to specially breed them smaller. This is very hard
to do and may take hundreds of years. A faster, and much more
common way is to graft the tree onto a rootstock that has
been selected for its dwarfing characteristics. There are
several different types of rootstock, and each works best
with specific trees.
Semi-dwarf cherry trees often require much less care than
full sized cherry trees. The rootstock chosen for the semi-dwarf
cherry tree will often be much hardier than the original root
system of the tree. Also, the smaller stature of a semi-dwarf
cherry tree will mean that less pruning needs to be done,
and the tree will require less spraying. Less tree to care
for means less work to do.
every breed of cherry tree can be dwarfed at this time. The
type of the semi-dwarf cherry tree depends on the variety
grafted, while the size depends on the rootstock used. Some
rootstocks will semi-dwarf cherry trees more than others.
It is important to select not only the breed of tree desired,
but also the size. A semi-dwarf cherry tree will grow better
in a home garden than will a full sized cherry tree.