Fruit trees for Brisbane backyards

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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.

6 thoughts on “Fruit trees for Brisbane backyards

  1. Mark

    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).

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  2. Sarah

    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?

    Thanks

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    1. Gustoso

      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: http://www.daleysfruit.com.au/plant/Apple-Tropical.htm and http://www.forbiddenfruitsnursery.com.au/products/pricelist.htm.

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

      Hope this helps.
      Emma

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  4. Mel @ The cook's notebook

    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.

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