Fruit trees are a very versatile addition to any garden and an absolute necessity for a lush, green tropical garden.
So if you are looking for a tropical fruit tree to provide a focal point, produce tons of healthy food or simply to throw some shade down and provide a quite place to sit and watch the world go by, check out the rest of this post below.
If you haven’t read our previous post The Top 5 Fruit Trees for Your Tropical Garden, you can view it here.
The cocoa tree can be grown from a fresh bean or from a grafted plant.
They are certainly getting more popular in Thailand as people are looking for alternative crops to grow for profit and the country’s fledgling bean to bar movement is also starting to flourish. So demand is growing.
Cocoa pods grow directly on the trunk and branches of the tree and can be in many different colours on the same tree from reds, to yellows and greens. This makes for a great talking point and an introduction to where chocolate comes from for any guest to your tropical garden.
Even if you have no plans to make chocolate at home, you can pick the ripe pods, crack them open and eat the beans and sweet, sticky white fresh. They don’t taste like chocolate at this stage, you’ll need to ferment and roast the beans first, but it is delicious and nutritious.
If you get a chocolate tree they are one hundred percent guaranteed not to melt in your tropical garden.
Katae’s favourite fruit is the pomelo.
We bought a small tree and planted in close to the gate of our permaculture food forest, so it was always the first tree we would see.
This year is the first time it has produced fruit and the tree is heavily laden.
Pomelo fruit is a large citrus and very similar to grapefruit with a thick green skin and a segmented pale-yellow fruit within.
We found the pomelo tree to be very hardy and easy to grow in the tropics. So if you have the space, we’d highly recommend it.
The jackfruit tree is a fast-growing tree that produces a sweet, yellow fruit that’s protected by a knarly green skin.
They can be grown from grafts or directly from the seeds very easily.
I grew all my jackfruit trees from the seeds of a jackfruit I bought to eat. I planted them in pots and then transferred them to our food forest. The trees produced an abundance of fruit within only 3 years.
There are many varieties of mangos, so before you buy a tree, find out the name of your favourite.
There’s something very satisfying about picking a mango straight of a tree to eat. I remember fondly doing just that in Granada years ago. Over there they grow everywhere!
The mango tree is a nice feature in any tropical garden as they can be pruned when young to keep them at a reasonable height. Easy pickin!
There’s nothing that says ‘totally tropical’ more than the sight of a coconut tree.
For a tropical garden we would recommend getting a dwarf variety so you can easily harvest the sweet young coconuts to drink the water and eat the meat.
A tall coconut tree’s fruit generally isn’t the best to drink, but the meat can be cold pressed to produce an excellent oil for a multitude of uses.
The husk of the nut breaks down to make coconut coir which can be used as a mulch in your garden, so there is no waste from this amazing tree.
What’s better than a coconut tree in your garden? Well, two coconut trees, that’s what!
When you have two coconut trees you can suspend a hammock between them both. Then open a fresh coconut, lie back, enjoy the healthy juice and later take an afternoon nap beneath the shade of your trees in the tranquil paradise of your own tropical garden.
What trees would you plant in your tropical garden? Let us know in the comment section below.
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