Dwarf fruit trees are common indoor trees and grow nicely in containers. However, dwarf fruit trees are also the ideal choice for small gardens and yards. They do need space, as do most trees and bushes to grow and thrive, but fortunately, they require significantly less space than their stand fruit tree counterparts.
Space trees based on the needs of the particular species you are planting. Sweet cherry dwarf trees need to be planted 5 to 10 feet apart, while tart cherry dwarf trees need to be planted 8 to 10 feet apart. Most citrus trees can be planted 6 to 10 feet apart, but Meyer dwarf lemon trees need 10 to 12 feet of spacing.
Space dwarf fruit trees of different types using the spacing guidelines for the largest tree. For example, most apple dwarf trees generally need to be planted about 10 feet apart, but pear dwarf trees need to be planted 12 to 15 feet apart. When planting the two next to each other, space them according to the pear tree's need (12 to 15 feet).
Plant dwarf fruit trees 12 feet apart when in doubt. Too much spacing will not hurt the trees, however overcrowding can. You can also plant most dwarf fruit trees in containers and spread them out as they mature.