Being home to around 27,700 different plant species, Australia offers excellent growing conditions for a wide variety of trees, including fruit trees, which are becoming increasing popular with gardeners. If you’re a gardener looking to reap a harvest of fruit ASAP, fast growing fruit trees are for you!
Home–grown produce is very healthy. Fresh-off-the-tree fruits are full of flavour, and you control which, if any, fertilizers and pesticides are used. Besides, fruit trees are beautiful and help to make your garden more attractive.
Why Fast Growing Fruit Trees Are Suitable for Your Garden
These trees are perfect for your garden because:
- they grow rapidly
- they begin bearing fruit in just 1-3 years
- they are compact and fit easily into home gardens with limited space
- they are available in many varieties and tend to be highly productive
How to Choose the Best & Fast Growing Fruit Trees
With all the options out there, it can be difficult to decide which fast-growing fruit trees are the best for you and your garden. Since trees often live longer than people, they can become a constant source of either pleasure or trouble for homeowners, so it’s important to take the time to make the right choice.
A few points to consider:
- Climate and weather conditions: Research the climate and weather recommendations for particular trees carefully, since some trees may not be suited to your area.
- Desired harvest time: Because different fruits ripen and are ready for harvest in different months, select a variety of trees that will be productive at the beginning, middle and end of the year. That way you and your family will always have fresh fruit on hand.
- Reasons for planting a fast-growing fruit tree: You may want to plant a tree to make your garden more visually interesting, for shade, for privacy and/or for the delicious and healthy harvest, so choose the species and variety accordingly.
- Deciduous or evergreen fruit trees: Generally speaking, trees and shrubs can be divided into two main types:
- evergreens – plants that keep their leaves all year round
- deciduous – plants that lose their foliage in the fall and remain bare throughout the winter.
Thus, for example, those looking for year-round shade and privacy will probably want to be sure to plant some evergreens.
The Fastest-Growing Fruit Trees in Australia
In compiling this list, we’ve reviewed many wonderful fruit trees and selected those that are best in terms of such key features as productivity, form, flowering and ease of care.
One way to help your trees to grow and start bearing fruit quickly is to buy planting stock that is grafted rather than seedlings. The reason for doing so is simple – grafted stock is usually of better quality and more compact, and will usually begin producing several years earlier than trees grown from seeds.
Here are some fast-growing fruit trees that will enrich your garden; the sooner you plant them, the sooner you can start enjoying the benefits!
- Evergreen Fruit Trees
1. Avocado (Persea Americana)
2. Grapefruit (Citrus Paradisi)
3. Guava (Psidium Guajava)
4. Horseradish Tree (Moringa Oleifera)
5. Lemon (Citrus Limon)
6. Lemonade Tree (Citrus)
7. Lime Tahitian (Citrus Latifolia)
8. Mandarin Emperor (Citrus Reticulata)
9. Noni (Morinda Citrifolia)
10. Olive (Olea Europaea)
11. Orange (Citrus Sinensis)
12. Pomegranate (Punica Granatum)
13. Pummelo (Citrus Grandis)
14. Purple Passionfruit (Passiflora Edulis)
15. Tangelo Simenole (Citrus Reticulata x C.Paradisi)
- Deciduous Fruit Trees
16. Custard Apple (Annona Reticulata)
17. Fig Black Genoa (Ficus Carica)
18. Peach (Prunus Persica)
19. Sugar Apple (Annona Squamosa)
20. Soursop (Annona Muricata)
Our general advice for those who are new to gardening is to plant a blend of different varieties. That way you will be covered in case some trees fail to perform well due to weather conditions, diseases, pests and other unpredictable circumstances that can affect your garden.
So have fun growing your own fruit, and if you can please take a moment to share your experiences in the comments below. We would love to hear about your achievements!