Fruit and Nut Trees – Fruit Bearing Plants

Fruit trees, Nut Trees, Edible Nuts and Fruits, Fruiting Vines, Bushes, Shrubs and Berry Plants, Deciduous and Evergreens from Tropical, Subtropical and Temperate Regions

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Fruit and Nuts

Fruit and nut trees are special and unlike vegetables they will produce for a lot of years with a better return on effort than anything else in the garden.

In addition to fruit and nut production these trees can be value for shade, timber and as a support for climbing plants. Their crops are good sources of minerals, vitamins, protein and fats and make the perfect snacks for kids.

While the planting location of a tree is highly important for a successful production of fruit and nuts, when selecting a fruit tree or a nut tree from your local nursery, some additional factors you should consider are:

tree shape and size
taste, texture and use of fruit
time of harvest season
disease and pest resistance.

Multi-Grafted trees are an alternative for small gardens where space is limited and several types of fruit are desired.

Persimmon

Persimmon

olive grove

olive grove

Sustainable Garden

Trees provide great ecological, economic and cultural values.

A Garden with Fruit Trees and Nut Trees is a Fulfilling, Meaningful and Worthy Undertaking.

Fruit and Nut Tree Enthusiasts

Backyard orchardists are generally small-scale agriculturists of rare and exotic fruit and nut trees and/or plants. However, some of their growing methods and innovative practices are uniquely suited to both the small-scale enthusiast and the commercial grower.

  • Red Quince, Cryptocarya wyliei, also known as red-haired laurel, is an evergreen, fruit bearing, ornamental shrub or small tree, ranging from 2 to 6 meters tall. The plant is confined to Eastern Cape of South Africa‚Äôs sandstones, coastal bush and forest margins. Red Quince can make a very attractive understorey for a forest garden.

    Cryptocarya wyliei leaves are small with a relatively broad base, bi-coloured; green on the upper surface, and in the under surface, silvery blue with rust-coloured/coppery hairs along the midrib and veins. The main stem of the tree is greyish and the branch tips and leaf buds are also covered with coppery hairs. Flowers are small white developing into bright red fruit spread among the tiny green leaves.

    Red Quince Fruit

    Red Quince fruit is large, first green turning bright red-orange when ripe, scattered among the tiny green leaves. It has a fleshy pulp, taste delicious and it is very attractive to birds. The plant begins fruiting when just three years. Fruit is eaten raw or can be utilized in making jams and jellies.

    Red Quince Propagation Methods

    Plant propagation is by seeds from ripe fruit and cuttings. Seed germination under good conditions takes four to six weeks. In cultivation it is easy to grow from seeds and best suited to a sunny, warm temperate climate with high rain fall. Cryptocarya wyliei is a member of the family Lauraceae the genus Cryptocarya

    Red Quince, Cryptocarya wyliei, Red-haired laurel

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  • Velvet sweetberry, Bridelia mollis, is a spreading, fruit bearing, deciduous shrub or small tree, reaching up to 7 meters in height. Bark dark brown to grey, rough with longitudinal ridges. It is found in sandy soils among rocks or on granite small hills often with no soil at all. […] Continue Reading…

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  • Running serviceberry, Amelanchier stolonifera, also known as Quebec Berry, is a deciduous, fruit bearing shrub which typically suckers and spreads to form thickets. It generally grows up to 2 meters tall and it is found in shrub borders or in woodland, along stream banks and ponds but also does […] Continue Reading…

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  • Natal plum, Carissa macrocarpa, also known as Noem Noem, is a fruit bearing, spiny, dense evergreen shrub, native to South Africa. It is commonly found on coastal areas owing to its high tolerance to salt-laden winds. However, for best growth, the plant requires a warm, moist, subtropical climate. […] Continue Reading…

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  • Nara, Acanthosicyos horridus, is a creeping, fruit bearing plant/shrub, also known as desert melon, native to the world’s driest deserts of southern Angola, Namibia and western South Africa, where it grows along the Atlantic coast in places with ground water access. Nara is a long lived plant. It can […] Continue Reading…

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