Fruit trees for Brisbane backyards


I’ve decided to expand our selection of fruit trees in our permaculture garden. I realised that I didn’t own any useful gardening books on fruit trees, particularly ones that would help me decide which fruit trees are suitable for Brisbane’s climate and are less than 5 metres so that I can cram lots in and have lots of variety.

I ended up posting to the Brisbane Local Food ning and got a great response. I love the way online forums facilitate answers that are better than what I would have come up from reading a book. Thanks to everyone who helped me compile this list:

  • acerola cherry
  • apples, dwarf sub-tropical (Golden Dorsett , Tropical Anna, Tropical Sweet)
  • avocado, dwarf
  • banana
  • barbados cherry
  • blueberries (Sharp Blue – self-pollinating and low chill)
  • calamondin
  • crab apple
  • custard apple
  • dragon fruit
  • fig
  • grapes
  • grumichama
  • guava
  • jaboticaba
  • lemon
  • lime
  • longan (protected from birds and possums)
  • lychee
  • macadamia (pot)
  • mandarin, dwarf (freemont)
  • mango, dwarf
  • mulberry, dwarf (red shatoot)
  • native raspberry (scrambling bush)
  • nectarine (low chill)
  • orange – washington; Lanes late; Valencia and red ruby;
  • pawpaw
  • pepino
  • persimmon (but you’d need to prune it to under 5m)
  • pomegranate
  • plumcote
  • pomelo
  • sea grape tree
  • soursop
  • tamarillos
  • thai apple

I’d love to hear if you are successfully growing any other fruit trees in the Brisbane area?

If you live outside of Brisbane, you may like the list of trees for a suburban food forest.

11 thoughts on “Fruit trees for Brisbane backyards”

  1. Oranges or any citrus are good for a subtropical climate, as are, dwarf mangoes or pomegranate, and cedar bay cherry are excellent and (as close to a real cherry as you can get for the subtropics but a very slow grower).

  2. I have just bought my first sub-tropical apple, a golden dorset and hoping to find a tropical Anna to pollinate it with. Do you know any local Brisbane nurseries that stick tropical Anna apples?


    1. Hi Sarah,

      My first recommendation would be to try calling Northey Street’s nursery (Edible Landscapes – phone 07 3857 8774). Alternatively, your local nursery will most likely be able to order one in for you. I’ve never had any trouble with ordering them via courier or the post, and if you were going to order more than one you may find it more cost effective to order directly.

      The two companies that stock Tropical Anna are: and

      We recently chopped the top third off of ours (bit scary) but it has sprung back to life well.

      Hope this helps.

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  4. oh perfect timing as we are about to overhaul our garden and I’m keen to plant some fruit trees too. We have a massive macadamia tree which mostly provides a lot of shelter for our chickens, as well as a very fruity grapefruit tree, a useless mandarin tree (2 mandarins in 7 years!), kaffir lime and lemon. I want a fig tree and maybe a pomegranate tree.

  5. daleys nursery had a chill calculator somewhere in their blog, which convinced me I could grow temperate fruits here in Inala. I’ve had success with nectarines, peaches, a plum, apples. I’m keen to try the low-chill cherries (minne royal and royal lee) as soon as I can, and less desperately, an apricot (glengarry). Have hedged my bets though with grumichama to substitute for cherries, and am hoping to get apricot-like fruits from my kwai muk and pitomba. Basically, we are very lucky in Brisbane to be on-the-verge for both temperate and tropical fruits.

  6. Hi everyone, I was wondering if I could get an update on how you are all going? We live in the Redlands (bayside) & I’d love to add some fruit trees.

    1. Google “Daley’s chill hours” to get their chill calculation formula on their blog. I’ve had surprising success with low chill stone fruit. I’m at Inala, so am getting some of Ipswich’s cooler weather, maybe 2-300 hours below 7degC. Can’t seem to get citrus to thrive, but subtropicals and stone fruit do brilliantly here.
      My dwarf trees don’t do so well, but you can do cincturing to control size (again, see Daley’s for details)

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