Food Producing Trees

Do you have any food producing trees on your property?

UPDATE: Scroll down for the list of most popular food producing trees.

“The best time to plant a tree was ’10 years ago’, and/or ‘today’.”

If you’re even a little bit into the concept of self sufficiency, I highly recommend planting a food producing tree (or several) on your property.

Why? Because it’s free food! How bout that for a bit of self sufficiency?!

Are you a procrastinator? Have you put off the idea because it might take many years before a new tree bears fruit?

Well, don’t procrastinate. Like I said a moment ago, the best time to plant a tree was 10 years ago, and today!

Years ago we lived in a climate where just about any fruit tree would grow (Zone 10). We planted quite a few in the yard during that time and eventually enjoyed the fruits of our labor. It was well worth the effort.

Funny story: One tree that we wanted to plant was an Orange tree. So we went to Home Depot and picked one from their garden section, brought it home and planted it. It thrived. However when it finally produced some fruit, guess what? They were grapefruits! That was the last time I trusted the labels on fruit trees in that particular store! Went to nurseries after that…

Having since moved away from that region and now residing in a northern colder climate (Zone 3b), my choices are limited.

However I haven’t let that stop me… Can you say, Apple trees?

 
Popular related reference book:
Holistic Orchard reference book
Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way

 

Fruit Tree Climates

Tree Climate Zones

Hardiness zones are used as a guide in selecting appropriate trees for particular areas. The climate zones are determined by average minimum yearly low temperatures.

That said, one ‘trick’ is to look around your neighborhood -see what’s growing.

GROWING ZONE
avg min low temps.

(1) Below –50° F
(2) -50° to -40° F
(3) -40° to -30° F
(4) -30° to –20° F
(5) -20° to -10° F
(6) -10° to 0° F
(7) 0° to 10° F
(8) 10° to 20° F
(9) 20° to 30° F
(10) 30° to 40° F
(11) 40° to 50° F
(12) 50° to 60° F
(13) 60° to 70° F

Hardiness Zone Map & Frost Dates

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Interactive Map

 

Most Popular Food Producing Trees

UPDATE: Based on your comments from this article’s original publish date in 2018, we had a total of 163 trees.

Here are the results for the most popular food producing trees:

Top 5 trees
1. Apple
2. Plum
3. Cherry
4. Peach
5. Pear

 

apple19
plum17
cherry15
peach12
pear12
pecan10
mulberry9
apricot8
avocado5
banana5
fig5
lemon5
orange5
walnut5
almond4
nectarine4
paw paw4
persimmon3
chestnut2
guava2
olive2
papaya2
tangerine2
coconut palm1
filbert1
key lime1
lime1
mayhaw1
pomegranate1