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 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 vitamins, minerals, fats and protein and make 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.

olive grove

olive grove

Fruit and Nuts

Fruit and Nut Bearing Trees are Value for Money on Effort.

Persimmon

Persimmon

Sustainable Garden

Sustainable Garden

Trees provide great ecological, economic and cultural values.

A Garden with Fruit Trees, 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 growers.

  • 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 live 100 years and can cover up to 1500 square meters, growing up to a meter tall and having an extensive deep root system traveling deep into the earth to reach the water table. If the plant is covered by wind-blown sand, an internal mechanism promotes plant growth and is able to grow upward to emerge from the sand.

    Only the young stems of the Acanthosicyos horridus have leaves, the oldest lack them but, in its totality this leafless plant with its long paired thorns forms a fiercely spiny shrub. Spines in place of leaves reduce water loss by transpiration and its energy needs through photosynthesis, takes place on its stems and thorns. Thorns also prevent most animals browsing on it. The male plants produce attractive waxy green flowers. The near white flowers of the female plants, although resembling those of the male, have swollen bases below the petals which grow into the green melon-shaped fruit.

    Nara Fruit

    The delicious watery fruit (melon) of nara, is sweet, nutty tasting, weigh up to 1 kg and grows up to 15 cm in diameter. It holds many edible, tasty, oil and protein-rich creamy colored seeds known as butterpips. Both fruit and seeds are an important food source and traditional medicine for indigenous people of the Namib Desert. The fruit pulp is boiled down to a thick consistency and is dried into fruit ‘leather’ and stored for later consumption. It can either be chewed as it is or eaten with porridge.

    Nara Propagation Methods

    The Plant is wild and not in cultivation. Propagation is mostly by seed through wild animals but it is possible from woody stem cuttings. Nara survives in the desert extremes through ingenious adaptations, providing food for humans and animals. Acanthosicyos horridus is a member of the family Cucurbitaceae the genus Acanthosicyos.

    Acanthosicyos horridus, Nara

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  • Snowy Mespilus, Amelanchier ovalis, is a rather rare North European fruit bearing, deciduous, upright small tree or shrub. It is found growing mainly on limestone rocky places and stony woods, reaching up to 5 meters in height at a very slow rate.

    Amelanchier ovalis leaves are alternate, ovate to [...] Continue Reading…

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  • Beetberry, Chenopodium capitatum, is a centuries old heirloom, fruit bearing, edible vegetable. It is generally growing as a garden annual that reaches to a mature height of 50cm. Beetberry is fairly low maintenance and quite easy to grow and propagate plant.

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  • Moriche Palm, Mauritia flexuosa, also known as the Buriti Palm, is a graceful fruit bearing palm-tree native to tropical South America, east of the Andes region. The Palm grows near permanently swampy areas; it can reach up to 35 meters in height and forms a large rounded crown. There [...] Continue Reading…

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  • Ozark chinkapin, Castanea ozarkensis, is a deciduous nut bearing tree, growing to 20 meters in height and attaining a trunk diameter of up to 1 meter under ideal conditions. It is a cousin of the chestnut tree and a native to eastern North America of the Southern Appalachian belt. [...] Continue Reading…

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