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A tree with green feijoa's on it
Add these varieties to your yard to enjoy a bountiful harvest in every season.

Fruit bowls faves

Dreaming of a backyard bursting with juicy fruit? Whether it’s baskets overflowing with vibrant plums, refreshing lemonade from your own citrus tree, or crisp apple pies made with homegrown crunchy gems, there’s a fruit tree for every taste. To take the hassle out of choosing between the delicious options, we’ve narrowed down these four fabulous varieties guaranteed to turn your backyard into a year-round orchard.

1. Unique feijoa (Acca sellowiana ‘Unique’)

This popular variety is great for small sections as it’s self-fertile, so you only need to plant one tree. It ripens earlier in the season, around April. Plant in full sun to part shade. It can grow up to 4m high and responds well to pruning. It can even be grown as a hedge. Tolerant of coastal environments and dry periods, but areas prone to heavy frost should be avoided.

2.Cox’s Orange Pippin apple (Malus domestica ‘Cox’s Orange Pippin’)

These spring-harvest heritage apples have a sweet nutty-tasting flesh. Plant near another variety, such as Peasgood Nonsuch or Granny Smith, to aid crosspollination. Grow in a sunny spot, sheltered from strong winds, and stake young trees until established. Encourage bumper crops by pruning apple trees every winter to a height you can easily reach.

A cluster of red Pippin apples on an apple tree.

3. Meyer lemon (Citrus x meyeri)

Enjoy fruit from this tough variety of lemon tree for most of the year. If you experience frosts, position it against a north-facing wall and cover in frost cloth for the first few winters. Or grow in a large pot that can be moved under eaves or brought inside. Apply citrus food every six weeks between September and March. Plant citrus trees in full sun in good-quality free-draining soil. Water weekly during dry summers.

Close up shot of yellow Meyer lemons hanging for a lemon tree.

4. Purple King plum (Prunus domestica ‘Purple King’)

A large, sweet and juicy plum with purple skin and yellow flesh. After harvesting in summer, prune into a vase shape to open the tree to air and light which can lead to better fruiting. Plum trees produce pretty white blossoms in spring that are beloved by bees. Place close to another plum variety, such as ‘Santa Rosa’ or ‘Omega’, to produce fruit.

Close up shot of many purple king plums in a neon green tub

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