When looking for a tree to create shade in a backyard, look no further than a fruiting tree. That way you get the best of both worlds delicious tasty fruit and a cool spot to sit in summer.
Top 10 fruiting small trees for urban backyards
- Quince – Historically, this small tree was highly valued by the Ancient Civilisations as a symbol of love and fertility. It has been grown for its fruits and flowers for thousands of year and deserves a position in any garden. It loves full hot sun, looks amazing when planted on a border or to create a terrace along a fence and is one of the hardiest small fruiting trees available. It has a semi branching habit, soft pink flowers and slightly furry foliage. (Deciduous)
- Strawberry Guava – Is an evergreen small tree that will tolerate salt laden winds. Its hard leathery foliage ensures it’s not susceptible to burning and can be planted in exposed positions. Being more cold hardy than its tropical cousins it will thrive just as well in the cooler areas of the state. Small red fruit are sweet, with a tangy aftertaste and will fruit prolifically once the tree is mature. The Strawberry Guava is slow growing and will grow in a large pot if needed for many years. (Evergreen)
- Pomegranate – This small tree has been cultivated for thousands of years and has been associated with many different religions and cultures. Few trees are as well known as the Pomegranate. What many don’t know about this tree is just how easy it is to grow. This tree requires hot summers to produce an abundance of fruit. (Deciduous)
- Shatoot Mulberry – The King Mulberry or ‘Shatoot Mulberry’ is a well behaved small tree with the most incredible sweet fruit. Many of the other Mulberry cultivars are larger growing, but the Shatoot is ideally suited to a smaller backyard. The fruit does not stain as it is light green in colour and the longer it’s left on the tree the sweeter it becomes. A great super healthy snack for children that will sure to become a firm favourite amongst the family. (Deciduous)