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I want to plant 4 fruit trees along the border of my garden. How much space must I give each tree between the brick wall border and between each tree? I am not sure if I should plant a semi-dwarf or dwarf tree for apricots and peaches but I would like a regular sized apple tree. Also, can Gala Apple trees grow here in Utah?

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When planting trees, including fruit trees you always want to keep in mind and plan for the mature tree’s height and spread.  You can find this information on the tag that is attached to the tree when you purchase it.  Once you know the general height and spread you can choose a variety that will be best suited to your location.  Below is a table with basic spacing needs for fruit trees. You can find a more detailed list of spacing needs at http://www.ext.vt.edu/pubs/envirohort/426-841/426-841.html.

 

Gala apples are rated at a USDA hardiness zone of 5 and are one variety that can be grown successfully in Utah.  Others you may want to consider are Cameo, Jonathan, Melrose, or Rome Beauty.  If you would like to check the hardiness zone for your specific area you can find a map at the USDA website http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usdahome

 

Another useful tool for fruit tree growers is the USU Tree Fruit IPM Advisories.  It provides updates on current insect and disease sightings and outbreak predictions, and highlights upcoming concerns for tree fruit growers.  A new advisory is posted each week of the growing season.  You can find this information at http://utahpests.usu.edu/ipm/htm/advisories/treefruit.

 

 

 

Posted on 11 Oct 2007

Heidi Wayman
Horticulture Intern, Salt Lake County

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