Sustainable Living


This May 13, 2016 photo shows a Japanese plum tree photographed in a Langley, Wash., orchard. Miniature trees have become a popular way to grow fruit in backyards. Dwarf and semi-dwarf trees, like this Japanese plum tree are smaller than the standard varieties but faster to mature and produce. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

“Smaller trees are more efficient for labor. They’re also more efficient for space,” said Michael Parker, an extension horticulture specialist and associate professor at North Carolina A&T State University. “Why put up one tree when you can plant six small trees with lots of apple varieties? If you lose one tree, it’s no big deal. You’ll have other trees producing.”