I don’t know many people that love fruit and trees more than I do. I love eating fruit, seeing a laden tree, discovering new fruit trees, and especially successfully planting, growing, and harvesting fruit producing trees. Sharing this passion and some the information needed to really succeed is a natural progression to your benefit. Get ready to learn about a few wacky fruit trees that are easy to appreciate.
Persian Mulberry Fruit Tree
This is an excellent tall shade tree that doubles as delicious fruit producer. Pinkie sized tasty sweet berries springing in abundance. Really a very heavy producer, and early in the year. One note: don’t plant over driveway, fruit drop (and mess) is plentiful.
This true tropical is a fast-growing waxy leafed tree. Needs to be planted on the south side of your home to protect from freeze. When mature, produces many unique star shaped fruits.
The very sweet fruit is another true tropical but more cold-hardy than the star fruit. Racquet ball sized fruit with a large seed that can be considered a choking hazard. Medium to small dark green evergreen tree. Perfect for that family that loves a tropical flare.
Jujube Fruit Tree
Another fast-growing tree, this deciduous tree, however, can handle any weather. Often known as the Asian Date this thorny monster can grow hundreds of sweet and dry “mini apples”. Do be aware of the thorns (barbs and hooks) and the propensity of the roots to send up volunteers.
Dwarf Bonanza Peach
Flavor wise this is similar to a tasty robust yellow peach. Yummy! But this genetic dwarf fruit tree only grows six feet tall, and never needs pruning. Another cool fact from this sculptural wonder, it loves the shade. Watch out for root suckers, the grafted roots can overtake the small top and then…no fruit.
A Brazilian wonder that grows hundreds of ping-pong ball sized fruits right on the trunk of the tree. Smokey, dark flavors that really surprise and will become the wonder of your landscape. Tree has crepe myrtle like bark and leave, but instead of flowers you get snacks.
Growing trees is the easiest way to incorporate edible plants into to your landscape. Take this list, shop, buy, plant, and enjoy! Gotta get Growin’!