Fruit Trees

The Brisbane climate allows for a great diversity of fruit trees to be grown, however, some are more rewarding than others. This page shows the most productive fruit trees for our climate. These plants are relatively resilient however, please note that in order to fruit properly most trees require full sun and consistent watering and drainage.

It is also noted that the best time of year to plant fruit trees in during the colder months when trees can establish their roots before the spring growth spurt.

Planting your fruit tree into a square hole (rather than the usual round hole) also significantly enhances root development.

Blue Java Bananas

The blue Java bananas are ready! Also known as ice cream bananas, the flavour is vanilla like with a creamy texture. They aren’t the shortest of bananas (which is why this bunch isn’t bagged) but most survived the possums, flying foxes and birds. Blue Java bananas are a good choice for our climate and are…

White Sapote

White sapote (Casimiroa edulis). Beautiful sweet custard like flavour. Well suited to subtropical gardens. Drought hardy once established. Native to Mexico and Central America. Not actually a sapote at all but they are delicious.

Panama Berry

Descriptions of the flavour of Panama berry range from caramel to fairy floss. It is truly the queen of sweet tasting fruits. The ripe red berries range in size from 10-20mm depending on the amount of water the tree receives. The fruit can be enjoyed whole, skin, flesh and seeds but is tastiest when you…

Jerusalem Artichoke

Jerusalem Artichokes (Helianthus tuberosus) is a species of sunflower native to central North America. Also sometimes called wild sunflower, sunroot or sunchoke. As a member of the sunflower family (Asteraceae) they make beautiful additions to the garden, producing lovely bright yellow, sunflower-like flowers throughout the summer months which attract an abundance of bees and butterflies. Unlike…

Pawpaws, Papaya or Paw Paw

Pawpaws (or papaya or paw paw or the multitude of other names it goes by!). The general advice for growing pawpaws in South-East Queensland seems to be to make sure the soil is enriched with garden lime, plant in rich soil in a northerly facing location on gently sloping ground. Try varieties such as Aussie…


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