Small fruits and fruit trees make excellent additions to any garden or landscape. Each has several available varieties to satisfy any taste. Fresh fruit is a great natural source of vitamins, fiber, and water to the human diet. Fruit trees can contribute shade and protection to any area and nearby plants, in addition to their delicious and beautiful produce. Growing fruit can be achieved in several ways, and will surely prove a delightful addition to your current collection of plants.

Due to just how extensive the full range of fruit species is, it's best to select which types of fruit plants you wish to grow before educating yourself on the details of their requirements and preferences. There are many different methods of categorization, which usually reach back to each fruit's scientific classifications, but one of the simpler layman's systems uses six divisions: berries, melons, citrus fruits, tropical fruits, pits, and cores.


Berries are considered highly perishable fruits, and some familiar examples include strawberries, blueberries, and grapes. Growing berries can be a good choice if not much room in your garden is available, since they take up much less space as trees and larger fruit plants because they can be grown vertically. Melons like honeydew and cantaloupe require multiple consecutive months of heat, so though not impossible, growing melons in the northern states can be more challenging.

Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and grapefruit thrive in coastal areas like in California and Florida, but aren't limited to these locations. If your garden doesn't have enough room for full-sized citrus trees, smaller dwarf varieties are also available. Though commonly seen in America, fruits like bananas and pineapple can be referred to as exotic fruit. Like citrus, these tropical fruits need warm environments with winter protection and well-draining soil.

As the name suggests, fruit that falls into the pit category forms around a hard, stone-like pit which contains the seed. These seeds can be dried and planted to grow new peach, cherry, or other related trees. Similarly, fruit plants with cores like apples and pears also contain their own seeds which can then be used for planting.

No matter which fruits you wish to grow, the process and outcome will undoubtedly prove both enjoyable and rewarding. Check which fruits are best suited for your region's climate by identifying the zone you live in. This can be done by entering your zip code in the bottom menu. You can also browse our selection of all recommended small fruits and fruit trees below to learn more about each variety.