Fruit trees that grow in Florida
South Florida is home to both subtropical and tropical climate areas. Because of this we are able to grow an amazing array of fruits that are not found anywhere else in the United States. If you are looking for a way to naturally adorn your yard while also expanding your flavor pallet in the kitchen, fruit trees are an incredible addition to your homestead.
Our fruit trees here at Shell Lumber & Hardware are grown organically and are already producing fruit, so that when they are transplanted, they can have the richest flavor without all of the chemicals you may potentially be ingesting with commercial picked fruits.
Let’s take a look at the options of what can be successfully grown here in South Florida:
Custard Apple – Blooms late August to Oct.
Light greenish yellow in color they are sweet and sometimes called a Sugar Apple. They grow 2-4” in diameter and have a custard like pulp inside.
Avocado – Season: Late May to March
Though usually thought of and grouped in with vegetables, avocado are fruits. These trees grow to be huge if left unpruned and the avocados can be black, red, or green. When in bloom these trees can yield high amounts of fruit. Wait till they are soft to slice open and eat. High in nutrition, this tree is a valuable addition to any yard.
Banana- Season: Year round
Bananas are not cold tolerant and some varieties are better adapted to south Florida than others. Growth is extremely rapid during the very warm, wet summer months. Bananas like full sun and moist but well drained soil. They will tolerate partial shade, but best growth and fruit production is in full sun.
Star Fruit – Season: July-September, Nov.-Feb.
Once unknown starfruit is boosting in popularity. Starfruit range between 2 to 6” in length with a yellow waxy surface and a sweet tart inside pulp. The trees themselves can grow up to 35’ and have beautiful flowers. They need a sunny location that drains well. Caution: If you have been diagnosed with kidney disease you should not eat star fruit.
Citrus Fruits – Lemons, Limes, Oranges, Tangerines, Tangelos, etc. Season: October through February (varying by type)
Citrus fruits are the best known crops in the Sunshine State. We are known for our oranges. Sweet, juicy and ripe. Florida is the place for citrus. These trees are fairly hearty and grow easily and rapidly when planted. Pruning is needed, and you may find yourself with more fruit than you can eat so make sure to pick and give some to friends and family.
Jackfruit – Season: Spring/Fall
This unusual looking spiked fruit is delicious. The skin of the fruit must be peeled to reveal the succulent, yellowy orange pulp. Because of sticky syrup in the peel, it is very helpful coat your hands with vegetable oil (or other natural oil) prior to peeling a jackfruit or it is really tough to get off. Jackfruits taste like a mix of pineapple and banana only sweeter.
Lychee – Season: June, early July.
Lychees are small ball shaped fruits that are very sweet. Purple/pink on the outside and translucent white on the inside. Trees take 3-5 years after planting to give fruit, and may grow up to 40 feet tall.
Mango – Season: May-Oct.
Mangos are a sweet delicious fruit. When ripe they feel slightly soft. Before ripening watch out for sticky sap which is tough to get off your skin and clothes. Trees can grow up to 90 feet tall and produce an incredible amount of fruit. It may take 3-5 years after planting for a crop to be born.
Papaya – Season: year round.
Fruit are sweet, have orange to reddish-salmon colored flesh and contain numerous small black seeds in the interior cavity. Papaya fruit is typically peeled, sliced and consumed fresh. These fruits are incredibly good for your digestion.
Passion Fruit – Season June-Dec.
Passion fruit is a fast growing vine that produces purple, yellow, or reddish colored fruit containing big black seeds surrounded by an orange, sweet, watery pulp. The juice is very aromatic and is commonly used to make juice. Plant vines next to a fence or along a trellis in a well-drained soil area with full sun. Vines begin to bear within 3-6 months of planting.
Tamarind – Season: April-June.
This is a slow growing but potentially huge tree which can reach up to 80 feet in height. The fruit are brown pods measuring 3-8 inches in length containing large seeds embedded in a sticky edible brown pulp. The pulp may have a sweet to sour molasses-like flavor, can be extracted and used to flavor cooking sauces.
No matter what type of fruit tree you are considering planting, we would love to give you the benefit of our Arboriculturist’s knowledge so that your landscape can be the healthiest and most abundantly beautiful it can be.
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