Decorative apple tree

How dwarf apple trees differ from columnar ones

Columnar apple trees are often confused with dwarf ones. However, these are two different forms of fruit trees. Dwarf apple trees are short trees with a spreading crown that can reach a diameter of 3 m. Columnar apple trees have a well-defined trunk with short lateral branches. In shape, it resembles a column, in the upper part and along which fruits grow

In order not to be mistaken when choosing a seedling, pay attention to the following signs:

  • the columnar apple tree grows in one trunk, practically without lateral branches;
  • the root system of the dwarf apple tree is fibrous (in the columnar apple tree it is pivotal), the more elastic it is, the healthier tree.

However, among the columnar apple trees there are varieties on dwarf rootstocks.

Dwarf apple varieties are intended for small areas with a close location of groundwater. They take up little space, quickly bear fruit and give a bountiful harvest. The fruits of low-growing apple trees are stored for a rather long time, have a marketable appearance and have a pleasant taste and aroma. Be sure to plant them in your garden to appreciate all the benefits of plants.

Compositions with decorative apple trees

If you plant a decorative solo apple tree on the lawn, then your only concern will be maintaining the shape of the crown, watering and feeding, and the apple tree itself will be responsible for the decorative effect. However, you can try a more complex version of decorating a corner of the garden with the involvement of other woody and / or herbaceous plants, that is, compose a composition.

A win-win option for large gardens is to plant several varieties of ornamental apple trees, differing in the shade of flowers and leaves. At the same time, the character it is desirable to have similar crowns and final size of the tree. For example, the varieties Hopa (Nora) with pale pink flowers and Royalty with deep red flowers look great together. A spectacular neighborhood of white and pink-flowered varieties will also be with the drooping birch Purpurea, the dark foliage of which will shade the tenderness of the apple-tree flowers.

If the size of the garden is limited and the space allows you to plant only one apple tree, then mountain pine varieties, large varieties of western thuja (with a haircut in the future) can be successful partners in a composition with it.

From deciduous shrubs, decorative deciduous species can be used, choosing a variety depending on the shade of the apple tree flowers. Purple-leaved vesicles, Ottawa barberry varieties or large varieties of Thunberg barberry will look good with white and pink-flowered apple trees.

In a warm area, a reliable and long-term decorative combination can be obtained using purple-leaved varieties of black elderberry. Elderberry is easy to shape, so you can always keep the volume of the bush in the right size. With red-flowered apple trees in one composition, you can plant thuja western Albospicata, variegated varieties of white deren, mock orange Variegatus, black elderberry Pulvirulenta or Albovariegata.

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