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.

  • Cape Nutmeg, Horsfieldia Australiana, also known as Nutmeg Tree is a tropical evergreen tree, native to northern Australia and New Guinea. The plant can grow 10-20 meters tall, has a slightly buttressed base, brown closely creviced bark and a dense spreading crown. It is found growing wild near freshwater streams and dense monsoon forest but also in cultivation.

    Horsfieldia Australiana leaves are arranged in two vertical rows on opposite sides of the stem. They are glossy green above, when new, but dull and paler beneath. Leaf veins obscure on the upper surface, but strongly rose on the lower. Flowers are small, rounded, numerous, 2–2.5 mm long, 2.2–2.5 mm wide, mostly with short flower stems. Female flowers are slightly larger than male.

    Cape Nutmeg Fruit

    Cape Nutmeg fruit is edible, ellipsoidal shaped, 4cm long and 2.5cm wide, green early on with a yellowish pericarp when ripe. Fruit splits when ripe to expose an orange to red aril totally covering a single white seed (nut). The white kernel of the fruit is eaten raw or roasted. The nut has a coconut like taste.

    Cape Nutmeg Propagation Methods

    Cape Nutmeg propagation is by seed. The plant requires a deep, well drained soil and ample moisture. As a dioecious species, it needs both male and female forms to be grown if fruit and seed are required. It has being grown commercially for its seed (nut) in northern Australia. Horsfieldia Australiana is a member of the Myristicaceae family the genus Horsfieldia.

    Cape Nutmeg, Horsfieldia Australiana

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  • Milky Plum, Persoonia falcata, also known as Wild pear, is a fruit bearing woody shrub or small tree, native to northern Australia. It is generally found within 300 km of the coastline in Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, or mixed open woodland along watercourses, gorges and sandstone outcrops. Milky Plum reaches a […] Continue Reading…

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  • Frost Grape, Vitis riparia, also known as River bank grape, is a wild form of grapevine that is found in many parts of the North America. It is a long-lived, strong climbing or trailing plant, reaching more than 12meters in height and with up to 2meters of annual growth […] Continue Reading…

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  • Issai Kiwi, Actinidia issai, is a vigorous, fast-growing, fruit bearing deciduous woody vine that grows 8-9 meters long but can fill more than 60 square meters trellis in time. The plant is native to Asia, hardy to around -35°C and thrives almost anywhere, except in extremely wet soil. Issai […] Continue Reading…

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  • 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’s sandstones, coastal bush and forest margins. Red Quince can make […] Continue Reading…

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