Tropical Fruit Trees List

Tropical Fruit Trees
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Tropical Fruit Trees List

Our tropical fruit trees list includes plants that produce a wide variety of edible fruits. Indeed, these include paw paw, custard apple, guava, kumquat, rambutan & many more.

What are Tropical Fruit Trees?

Tropical Fruit Trees are fruit trees indigenous to tropical locations around the world.

List of Tropical Fruit Trees

The trees listed below are not always well known to European gardeners. However, if you live in the tropics, you need to grow food that thrives in the tropics! Some trees we have grown easily are:

Tropical Vines

Of course, not all fruit grows on trees. Our list below does not include the many tropical vines that produce wonderful fruits such as passion fruit and watermelon.

Fruit Trees in the Tropics

When we talk about tropical fruit trees we are usually talking about those that originate in the tropics. However, there are many trees from elsewhere, that also grow well in the tropics. One such example is what I consider the king of citrus trees, the Meyer lemon. The Meyer lemon is a very hardy citrus. Consequently, It can grow everywhere from snowy areas in the northern hemisphere to the heat of the tropics in Australia.

Non Tropical Fruits List

Some trees, more commonly known to other regions, that thrive in the tropics are:

In the tropics you can also grow a wide range of Tropical Vegetables.

Two Seasons in the Tropics

People living in the tropics rarely talk about four seasons. More often they will talk about just two seasons, the wet season and the dry season.

All tropical trees tolerate heavy rainfall and heaps of water during the wet season. However, some need to be placed in areas that drain well, to avoid getting ‘wet feet’. Do your research before determining the best location for your specific tree.

Dwarf Tropical Fruit Trees

Population growth has led to smaller lot sizes for residential properties. People no longer have the large gardens of the past. As a result, many gardeners are now growing ‘dwarf varieties’ of many trees.

Tropical fruit trees list - the dwarf banana
Tropical fruit trees list – dwarf banana

This is a positive development. Previously, tropical gardeners have needed ladders and other mechanical aids to harvest fruit from mature trees. Dwarf fruit trees not only allow more plants in a small area, they result in trees that fruit at a reasonable height. This also makes harvesting safe and easy.

Other Exotics

You will sometimes see tropical fruit trees referred to as ‘exotics’, though that is not our practice. We have by no means provided an exhaustive list of the types of fruit trees you can grow in the tropics. Indeed some other soo-called ‘exotics’ you may like to consider include mangosteen, soursop, Malay apple and jackfruit.

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