Community Fruit Tree Information Sheet
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Fruit Tree When to harvest [1 unless otherwise noted]How to know if fruit is readyPruning requirementsProblems and PestsCare Notes
Years until 1st harvest [3]
Flower & Season [1]
Freeze Risk / Cold tolerance
Sun RequirementsHeightWidth
Habit of growth [1 unless otherwise noted]
Rate of growth [1]
Companion plants
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AvocadoJuly-January
All avocados do not ripen on the tree. They need to be removed from the tree when comple
Yes. See pruning guide*(hyperlink?)
Phytophthora root rot or laurel wilt. If you think you have a disease or pest issue and want help identifying it, email us at growfood@robgreenfield.tv to help you diagnosis.
1-2"Yellow-ish green, 1/2" across. Jan-April."
No freeze risk. Flowers, thus fruit production, may be lost to late freezes. Covering may be necessary.
full sun [1 & 2]6'-40’6'-35' "Large, evergreen tree."moderate
Native wild flowers, Lamiaceae like African blue basil or hardy grasses like lemongrass or beriberi grass.
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Figearly summer to fall [1], July-fall [2]
When the fruit is soft to the touch and “bows its head” off its stem.
Yes. See pruning guide*(hyperlink?)
No major pests [2]. Birds and fig rust [2] Root nematodes [speaking to people]
"Mulched. Responds to good care and fertilization." [1]
1"Flower within fruit. Early summer to fall."no freeze risk (7°F)full sun [1], full to part [2]6’-20’6’-20’"low, spreading tree."rapid“”
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LoquatJanuary-April
"The fruit is ripe and ready to eat when it's slightly soft when squeezed between the thumb and forefinger."
None
Fire blight- Not common as far as we know, but if a tree gets it you should remove the diseased parts and burn them.
1"Whitish, terminal, fragrant. Oct.-Feb."no freeze riskfull sun/part shade6’-30’6’-20’"Small, well-shaped tree."moderate“”
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MulberryMarch-May [personal observation, no source]
All varieties go from a white/green to light red to ripe (this final color depends on the variety but can be either: black or white with a purple sheen.)
NoneNo major pests1flowers in spring [5]
No freeze risk. Flowers, thus fruit production, may be lost to late freezes. Covering may be necessary.
Full sun6’-35’6’-30’
"rounded, wide spreading tree" [6]
rapid “”
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PeachApril-June.
When fruit is soft, fragrant and easily separates from the tree stem with a light pull.
Yes. See pruning guide*(hyperlink?)
Brown rot fungus (Monolinia fructicola) and peach leaf curl. If you think you have a disease or pest issue and want help identifying it, email us at growfood@robgreenfield.tv to help you diagnosis.
1"Solitary, pink. Varies with variety"
No freeze risk. Flowers, thus fruit production, may be lost to late freezes. Covering may be necessary.
full sun [1 & 2]6’-25’6’-20’"small, open tree"moderate“”
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Persimmonearly fall [1]
"Some fruit astringent until fully ripe.” [1] For astringent varities*, harvest when fruit is soft and resembles jelly texture(inside.) Non-astringent varities*, can be eaten at the same stage of softness or when orange and crisp like an apple.
Not needed but "fruits are born on new growth so it's a good idea to lightly trim the end of the
No pests [2], "Scale insects may become a problem." [2] Fire blight- Not common as far as we know, but if a tree gets it you should remove the diseased parts and burn them.
1-2"Yellowish-white, 1/2" across, Spring."no freeze risk (15°F)
full sun [1], full or dappled, high canopy shade [2]
6’-256’-20’"Compact deciduous tree."moderate“”
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Pineapple Guava/ Feijoa
August-October
"Gray-gren in color. Ripe fruit rarely found on buch in Florida. It usually drops. Pick when mature, take indoors to ripen. Eaten fresh or in jelly." [1]
None No serious pests1-2"Thick white petals, scarlet stames. April-May."no freeze risk (14°F)full sun [1]6’-15'6’-15’' [1]"Rounded dense shrub."Slow“”
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Pomegranate*July-November
Harvest the pomegranate tree when the first fruit splits, even if it the date falls prior to the expected harvest date.
Yes. See pruning guide*(hyperlink?)
"Leaf spot disease on fruit and leaves. Fruit often split on tree. Best to pick fruit before they ripen. Suckers at base of plant require constant pruning."
2-3Showy, orange-red, to 1.5". April-June"no freeze risk(18°F)full sun [1], full to part [2]6’-15’6’-15’"small, shrubby tree."moderate“”
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Starfuit/ Carambola
Major crops summer and fall. Often 2-4 crops per year.
When fruit is dark yellow but not brown and comes easily off tree stem.
Yes. See pruning guide*(hyperlink?)
No serious pests, "Grows well with minimum care" [1], "Virtually trouble free" [2]
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"Small, rose colored, fragrant. Several times during year."
Yes- (27°F mature trees, 32°F young trees [1])
full sun or semishade[1], full [2]6’-25’6’-20' [1]"Small, symmetrical tree"moderate“”
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Suriname CherryApril-June
Ripe when it is a dark red color or black, depending on variety.*
NoneNo serious pests except Caribbean fruit fly.
"Well fed and watered plants have better and larger fruit." [1]
1-2"Creamy-white .5" across, April-May"
Yes 30°F but will come back [1]
full sun [1]6’-15'6’-15' [1]"compact, ornamental shrub."moderate“”
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Sources
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[1] Florida Fruit: Fresh Fruit for the Home, How to Choose and Grow Them
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[2] Florida Fruit & Vegetable Gardening: Plant, Grow, and Harvest the Best Edibles / Author Robert Bowden
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[3] A Natural Farm
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[4] IFAS
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[5] Growables
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[6] Floridata
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