Growing your own fruit can be a gratifying experience. While many trees require years of growth from seed before producing, there are many options for getting fruit much sooner. Consider buying a grafted tree that will produce fruit in the first year or buying mature trees that are already producing. Take into consideration the schedule for ripe fruit and plan a garden that will provide nearly year-round!
Florida has the perfect climate to grow a wide range of fruit trees. We have a tropical, subtropical and temperate climate here in the state of Florida. North Florida sees plenty of chilly nights while south Florida sees a warm, humid climate most of the year.
Best Fruit Trees to Grow Here
Want to get your Vitamin C straight from your yard? In Tampa Bay, considered West Central Florida, here are the best fruit trees to grow:
- Apple Tree
- Avocado Tree
- Banana Tree
- Citrus Tree
- Fig Tree
- Guava Tree
- Jackfruit Tree
- Loquat Tree
- Lychee Tree
- Mango Tree
- Mulberry Tree
- Papaya Tree
- Peach Tree
- Persimmon Tree
- Tamarind Tree
There are a few names on this list that some people may not know much about. Here are some explanations in case you aren’t familiar with them. You can also contact a Tampa Bay tree expect to discuss the planting and care of a local fruit tree.
The jack tree is also the jackfruit. This tree is in the fig, mulberry, and breadfruit family species.
A loquat is sweet, juicy, and full of juice and flavor. The flavor is a pleasant blend of cherry, plum, and apricot, and is very sweet when ripe. You’ll love loquats if like already like plums, apricots, and peaches.
The lychee is a subtropical fruit tree that’s as beautiful as it is delicious. The seed looks like a giant raspberry. The texture of a Lychee is similar to grapes. It has a sweet flavor of citrus with a hint of rose water. People can them or eat them fresh.
Persimmon trees are slow-growing and produce large edible fruits. This fruit can be eaten, but it is highly bitter, causing mouths to pucker. It is recommended that you wait until after the first frost or when the skin is wrinkled, and the pulp is mushy for a delightful taste. It is sometimes used in making wine.
Tamarind is a hardwood tree which produces bean-like pods filled with seeds surrounded by a fibrous pulp. Tamarind pulp is green and sour. The polyphenols in tamarind have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Contact Warner Tree Service to consult with Rick Warner who is an ISA Certified Arborist since 2008.
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