Tiny fruit trees for small gardens and decks

Grow fruit trees in tiny gardens, balcony and deck

A small fruit tree is ideal for large gardens but they also fit right in to tighter spaces like a balcony, deck, terrace or small garden, both in the city and in the country.

Often very productive and quite easy to care for, the solution of having small fruit trees is perfect for a small balcony or pocket garden where it is otherwise impossible to grow larger fruit trees usually found in traditional orchards.

Here is a selection of fruit trees for picking and savoring during the entire summer season and even into fall.

Fruit trees for balconies, decks and terraces

The strawberry plant

Strawberry plant growing in a small spaceStrawberries are undoubtedly one of the favorite small fruits of all, because their incomparable taste and sweetness is a treat for all!

Easy to care for with a harvest that can extend from May to October depending on the variety, this is a great plant to grow.

Whether it is in a pot, in the ground or on a balcony garden box, it is also one of the plants that require the least space.

Here is what you need to know about strawberry plants.

Red currant bushes

Currant, here the red one, growing vertically in a small orchardRed currant bushes offer delicious tart little red berries that are as delicious nibbled on raw as they are baked in pies or processed into wine or sherbert ice cream.

Red currant is high in vitamin C and usually grows profusely on the red currant bush, so growing it shouldn’t give you any difficulties because care and maintenance are reduced.

Very hardy, this fruit shrub can be grown most anywhere.

Here is what you need to know about red currant bushes.

Grapevine

Grapevine trained in a small space to fit on a deck, terrace or small gardenA grape vine is perfectly suited to growing latticed along a wall or climbing atop a pergola or gazebo.

Its wide leaves make it the ideal fruit tree to produce shade when it runs along a pergola.

As for care, it is very easy-going because all it needs is a good place in the sun and simple pruning at the end of winter.

The advantage of grapevine is that it can be pruned repeatedly, so invasiveness isn’t an issue, even on a balcony.

Here is what you need to know about grapevines.

Blackberries

Handfull of blackberries from a container-grown blackberry bushBlackberries is a thorn bush, and if this might displease you at the beginning, simply think of how delicious soft, sweet blackberries taste and you’ll easily cope with that single small inconvenient.

What is best is to tie your thorn bush to a lattice formed of long rods you’ll have set up beforehand, to ensure proper growing and light for all your fruits.

Lastly, the blackberries you’ll harvest will be as delicious when you pick them as they will be when prepared as jam, jelly, or other berry-based desserts!

Here is what you need to know about blackberries.

Bilberry

Blueberry bush with cage on a balconyThe bilberry is a little violet-blue berry that sometimes is grouped together with lingonberry which is a lot redder.

Often used to prepare pastries and cakes, it also makes for supremely delicious jelly and jam.

Considered to be a sub-shrub, bilberry bushes never rise higher than 5 feet (1.5 meters), and is best grown directly in the ground, although it still yields good results in pots.

Here is what you need to know about bilberry.

Other container-compatible small fruit trees

Lots of other plants grow small and don’t need much space. Here, on a balcony, even leaf plants like Moringa oleifera and fruit vines like kiwi grow fine!

Small food trees on a balcony, here moringa and kiwi starting off