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.

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


apple 19
plum 17
cherry 15
peach 12
pear 12
pecan 10
mulberry 9
apricot 8
avocado 5
banana 5
fig 5
lemon 5
orange 5
walnut 5
almond 4
nectarine 4
paw paw 4
persimmon 3
chestnut 2
guava 2
olive 2
papaya 2
tangerine 2
coconut palm 1
filbert 1
key lime 1
lime 1
mayhaw 1
pomegranate 1
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