I hope to plant a dwarf fruit tree in my garden in the Annapolis area. I have...

Asked February 27, 2015, 7:38 PM EST

I hope to plant a dwarf fruit tree in my garden in the Annapolis area. I have many ornamentals but am hoping to transition to include more permaculture. Can you recommend a fruit tree that is not a magnet for disease and pests. I would also like to know where I could purchase a tree that has been propagated locally.

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

Tree fruits can be a challenge to grow for the average homeowner. Peach and apples tend to have the most pest and disease problems and they need to be on a strict spray schedule. Asian pears, Japanese persimmons, and figs may be a better choice. Figs grow best in the warmer areas of Maryland but will still need some winter protection from freezing temperatures. Better yet, are small fruits like raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries which are less problematic. See the following publications on Tree Fruits http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG69_Getting_Started...

and Small Fruits http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG68_Getting_Started.. for more information. On the last page of the Tree Fruit Publication you will find sources; however, they may not be local.