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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.
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:
- Black Sapote
- Custard Apple
- Dragon Fruit
- Guava tree
- Mamey Sapote
- Paw Paw
- Star Apple
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:
- Lemon Trees
- Lemonade Trees
- Mandarin Trees
- Mulberry (bushes not trees)
- Orange Trees
In the tropics you can also grow a wide range of Tropical Vegetables.
Two Seasons in the Tropics
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.
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.
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.