I agree with Geeme, it depends on the climate and space available.
I disagree with citrus or bay tree needing small pots, they often do better in huge pots or in the soil. I have grown cuttings side by side and find the more root space I give them the better they perform. I assume the issues ako1974 has had are due to either climate or pests such as root nematodes. Things like figs tend to fruit better with restricted roots. You can encourage figs to fruit better by getting a sharp spade and removing some roots. The wild ancestors of figs grew in rocky places so it was advantageous to take up all available space before fruiting. I can't think of too many other fruiting plants that perform better with restricted roots.