I have a relatively small portion of my yard that is viable for fruit trees. Due to the limited amount of space I have, if I were to want to plant different types of fruit trees I would only be able to have a couple of different kinds, since most varieties of fruit trees need two plants to pollinate. Thanks to the genetic engineering that has taken place over the years, a number of self-pollinating fruit trees has been created. This means I could potentially have 5 or 6 different fruit choices in my yard, as opposed to only 2 or 3. Here are 5 fruit trees that don’t require two plants for pollination.
September is the month when this variety of self-pollinating plum tree produces magnificent clusters of dark purple fruit. This type of plum tree is a heavy producer, so there will be plenty of fruit to make preserves, jams, and jellies. It will only reach a height of around 8 feet tall and does well in zones 5 thru 9.
Large persimmons fill the branches of this delightful tree over a long period of time. It is a popular variety in Japan and does well in the states in zones 7 thru 11. This tree does well in most types of soil too. Fall foliage of the Fuyu includes hues of red, orange, and gold. Be careful where you plant this tree because it can grow to be 40 feet tall and wide.
Pineapple-flavored fruit appears on this tree during the fall and are ready to harvest near the month of October. This tree needs full sun and gets to be around 10 to 15 feet tall when fully mature. Zones 4 to 9 provide the perfect weather for this self-fertile tree. It not only produces a lot of fruit, but it is also very resistant to disease. It will take around 2 to 3 years before this tree is mature enough to begin bearing fruit.
If you’re looking for a great tree for a container, this is a perfect one. This dwarf lemon tree only grows to be 5 feet tall, making it the right size for keeping indoors during the winter months. Zones 9 and 10 are the only climates where this type of lemon tree can survive outside year around. During the middle of winter, fragrant white blooms appear, followed by large full-sized lemons. Providing plenty of sunshine and watering it weekly, this little tree will produce lemons for many years.
Self-fertilization is no problem for this peach tree. It grows best in full sun and bears 3 inch fruit in the early to mid-summer months. Each peach weighs around 6 ounces, are flattened, and the skin is rose colored. This particular peach tree is also hardy to negative 20 degrees. The maximum height is between 12 to 15 feet, with preferred planting zones of 5 thru 9.
Have you thought about planting self-pollinating fruit trees in your yard? If you know of any other types of self-fertilizing fruit trees, please feel free to comment on them.
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