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Semi-Dwarf Fruit Trees

Semi-dwarf fruit trees are larger than dwarf fruit trees, but smaller than standard fruit trees. The typical semi-dwarf fruit tree will be 12 to 15 feet tall and wide at maturity. This means that trees should be spaced about 12 to 15 feet apart from one another. Once semi-dwarf fruit trees are mature enough to harvest, a 6-foot tall person can reach a majority of the fruit while standing on the ground. The average semi-dwarf fruit tree may yield nearly twice as much fruit as their dwarf counterparts, without taking up much more space. Semi-dwarf fruit trees tend to be well-anchored, but we still recommend using tree stakes in high-wind areas. You can even plant semi-dwarf fruit trees in containers to save space and grow fruit trees without needing a spacious yard.

Semi-dwarf sweet cherry trees are the exception, as they are about 15 to 18 feet tall and wide at maturity — still a great fit for a modest yard.

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