Tropical Fruit Selections

We have carried this selection of tropical fruit plants. Availability and sizes change.
Please call or e-mail for specifics on varieties, pricing, and sizes.

Note: Due to heavy demand for Tropical Fruit plants, we are often sold out.

Please call ahead to confirm availability.

Plants are in alphabetical order by botanical names.

Common Name: Kiwi, Kiwifruit male
Latin Name: Actinidia deliciosa 'Matua'
Family: Actinidiaceae
Origin: China
Hardiness: USDA Zone 8-10 - leaf damage at 29° F, dormant vine damage at 10° F

Male variety 'Matua' - pollinates most all other varieties, very vigorous, cold hardy, no fruit. One male will pollinate 8 females if close enough.

Common Name: Kiwi, Kiwifruit female
Latin Name: Actinidia deliciosa 'Saanichton'
Family: Actinidiaceae
Origin: China
Hardiness: USDA Zone 8-10 - leaf damage at 29° F, dormant vine damage at 10° F

Female variety, 'Saanichton' - large, tasty fuzzy fruit pollinates with 'Matua', cold hardy. Harvest is late autumn.

Common Name: Cashew nut, Cashew Apple
Latin Name: Anacardium occidentale
Family: Anacardiaceae
Origin: Northeast Brazil
Hardiness: USDA Zone 10 - damage at 30-32° F

Fast growing, can fruit in just two years. Grows 10 to 12 feet tall, protect from freezing. Cashew nuts must be roasted before eating.

Soursop photo by Damien Boilley
Common Name: Soursop, Guanabana
Latin Name: Annona muricata
Family: Annonaceae
Origin: Caribbean and Central America
Hardiness: Damage temp: 41° F

8 to 12 inch prickly, green fruit is juicy, acid, white, and aromatic. Broadleaf, flowering, evergreen tree grows up to 13 feet tall.

Sugar Apple
Common Name: Sugar Apple
Latin Name: Annona squamosa
Family: Annonaceae
Origin: Tropical America (perhaps Caribbean)
Hardiness: Damage temp: 28° F

Softball size fruit, tasty and sweet like custard. Pulp in segments containing a seed easily separated from the fruit. Grows 8 to 10 feet tall and can produce fruit in as little as two years.

Artocarpus heterophyllus - Jackfruit
Common Name: Jackfruit
Latin Name: Artocarpus heterophyllus
Family: Moraceae
Origin: India or Malaysia
Hardiness: USDA Zone 10, can take short periods of 32° F
The fruit of the Jackfruit is the largest treeborn fruit in the world! Seldom less than 10 inches in diameter, they can weigh up to 80 pounds each (in tropical regions). The fruit is popular in many parts of the world. The taste is something of an acquired taste and said to resemble pineapple, cantaloupe, or fruit salad. The tree is frost sensitive.

Common Name: Carambola, Starfruit, Five-finger
Latin Name: Averrhoa carambola
Family: Oxalidaceae
Origin: Southeast Asia
Hardiness: USDA Zone 9b Damage temp: 26-28° F

A small symmetrical tree with prolific fruit production. The sweet citrus like flavor is delicious and refreshing and used in salads, drinks, garnishes, and eaten fresh from the tree.

Camellia sinensis
Common Name: Tea
Latin Name: Camellia sinensis
Family: Theaceae
Origin: Mainland South and Southeast Asia
Hardiness: USDA Zone 8

Tea has been cultivated for almost five thousand years in China. Today it is the most popular drink in the world next to plain water. The Tea plant is a species of Camellia and tea is made from the dried and cured new buds produced in spring. Flowers are yellow/white.

casimiroa edulis_white_sapote
Common Name: White Sapote, Mexican Apple
Latin Name: Casimiroa edulis
Family: Rutaceae
Origin: eastern Mexico and Central America south to Costa Rica
Hardiness: USDA Zone 9
Evergreen tropical persimmon tree 15 to 40 feet tall. Delicious fruit is creamy white to beige-yellow and range in flavor from banana-like to peach to pear to vanilla flan.

Cinnamomun zeylanicum
Common Name: True Cinnamon
Latin Name: Cinnamomum zeylanicum
Family: Lauraceae
Origin: Sri Lanka (Ceylon)
Hardiness: Damage temp: 30-32° F

An evergreen shrub or small tree with dark, leathery, aromatic leaves used as spice and in candy, gum, incense, and perfumes. This is true Cinnamon, not the Cassia substitute so often seen in the marketplace.

Coffea arabica
Common Name: Coffee
Latin Name: Coffea arabica
Family: Rubiaceae
Origin: Ethiopia
Hardiness: Damage temp: 28-30° F
Coffee plants are small tropical trees growing to 15 feet tall with small white, fragrant, star-shaped flowers.. They resemble gardenias to which they are related. The edible fruits are small fleshy berries changing in color from green to yellow to red. The seeds can easily be dried, roasted and ground at home. The plants are traditionally grown in the shade of larger plants but will also flourish in full sun.

Dimocarpus longan
Common Name: Longan
Latin Name: Dimocarpus longan
Family: Sapindaceae
Origin: Southeast Asia
Hardiness: Damage temp: 40° F
Like Lychee but a bit more cold hardy! Extremely sweet fruit.

Diospyros digyna
Common Name: Black Sapote, Chocolate Pudding Fruit
Latin Name: Diospyros digyna
Family: Ebanaceae
Origin: Mexico
Hardiness: Damage temp: 28-30° F
An evergreen tree with dark green glossy leaves. The fruits are greenish-brown when ripe having a thin skin and chocolate colored pulp. A spoonful of honey is mixed into the pulp making a glossy, shiny and tasty treat, living up to its popular name of The Chocolate Pudding Fruit.

Gold Nugget Loquat
Common Name: Loquat, Chinese plum
Latin Name: Eriobotrya japonica
Family: Rosaceae
Origin: Southeastern China
Hardiness: USDA Zone 7-10
Fast growing hardy tree that produces small round, yellow orange sweet fruit in clusters. Easy to grow, tropical looking tree.

Gold Nugget Loquat
Common Name: Gold Nugget Loquat
Latin Name: Eriobotrya japonica
Family: Rosaceae
Origin: Southeastern China
Hardiness: USDA Zone 7-10
Hybrid evergreen tree with small round fruits. Loquats are good for blood pressure and regulating blood sugar.

Grumichama - Eugenia brasiliensis
Common Name: Grumichama
Latin Name: Eugenia brasiliensis (syn. Eugenia dombeyi)
Family: Myrtaceae
Origin: Coastal Southern Brazil
Hardiness: USDA Zone 9b
Highly ornamental small tree (25-30 feet) growing best in rich deep loamy slightly acid soil. Fruits are 1/2-3/4" wide dark red,  berries with soft, juicy pulp with a delicious cherry like flavor. Can be trimmed as a shrub, grow in sun or shade and provide year round moisture and good mulching.

Eugenia luschnathiana
Common Name: Pitomba
Latin Name: Eugenia luschnathiana
Family: Myrtaceae
Origin: Bahia, Brazil
Hardiness: USDA Zone 10

Pitomba is an attractive, slow-growing tree to 20 or 30 feet high, with dense evergreen foliage. Pitomba fruits have a thin, tender skin and a soft juicy golden yellow aromatic pulp with a slightly acid flavor similar to apricots. The fruit is eaten fresh and makes good jellies and preserves.

Common Name: Loroco
Latin Name: Fernaldia pandurata
Family: Apocynaceae
Hardiness: 9
Tropical vine with edible flower buds. Important source of food from El Salvador to Guatemala. Grows in sun to partial shade. Limited quantities available.

Dried Star Anise Fruit Seeds
Common Name: Star Anise
Latin Name: Illicium verum
Family: Schisandraceae
Origin: northeast Vietnam and southwest China
Hardiness: 9
Fast growing evergreen, medium sized tree with straight olive green leaves and soft yellow blooms.

Litchi chinensis
Common Name: Lychee
Latin Name: Litchi chinensis
Family: Sapindaceae
Origin: Southeast China
Hardiness: USDA Zone 9 - Damage temp: 24-28° F

Lychees are one of the worlds most relished fruits. They are eaten fresh, out-of-hand, or peeled and pitted and added to fruit cups and fruit salads. For maximum productivity, there must be full exposure to light on all sides. Trees can grow 60 to 100 feet tall.

Lycium barbarum
Common Name: Goji Berry, Wolfberry
Latin Name: Lycium barbarum
Family: Solanaceae
Origin: China
Hardiness: USDA Zone 8

Rare! Viney bush produces rich, sweet berries very high in nutrients and antioxidants.

Macadamia _ macadamia integrifolia

Macadamia Fruit

Common Name: Macadamia Nut
Latin Name: Macadamia integrifolia
Family: Proteaceae
Origin: Australia
Hardiness: USDA Zone 9b-11

Macadamia can become a large evergreen tree to 35 feet tall. They can withstand some frost and brief freezing in the mid-20s. Young trees require copious amounts of watering but mature trees are quite drought tolerant.

Macadamias are considered to be among the finest table nuts in the world. They contain high quantities of oil. Macadamia nuts are eaten raw, or roasted and salted. The nuts are also used to make an edible bland salad oil. Years ago a coffee-like beverage known as "almond coffee" was marketed from the seeds. (University of California. 2004.) Macadamias are highly nutritious nuts and have the highest amount of beneficial monounsaturated fats of any known nut.

Malpighia punicifolia
Common Name: Barbados Cherry, Acerola
Latin Name: Malpighia punicifolia
Family: Malpighiaceae
Origin: West Indies, Central America
Hardiness: Damage temp: 30 to 28° F
A fast growing bushy tree to 20 feet tall that can be trained as a standard or shaped as a hedge. Fruits are sweet to sub-acid, and are used extensively in juices throughout Latin America. The cherries are very high in Vitamin C.

Mango Common Name: Mango
Latin Name: Mangifera indica
Family: Anacardiaceae
Origin: Southeast Asia and India
Hardiness: Damage temp: 25-27° F
Mangos have been grown in India for thousands of years! A world superfruit, Mango is now used worldwide as a source of food, juice, flavor, fragrance and color. They are erect and fast growing with sufficient heat, and the canopy can be broad and rounded, or more upright, with a relatively slender crown. In the tropics Mango trees can grow to 120 feet tall and 30 feet wide but are usually smaller in less tropical areas like Florida and California. They can live to be 300 years old and still produce good fruit. Mango trees make handsome landscape specimens and shade trees.

Sapodilla Common Name: Sapodilla, Chico, Zapotillo
Latin Name: Manilkara zapota
Family: Sapotaceae
Origin: Yucatan
Hardiness: Damage temp: 26-28° F
Slow growing, evergreen tree with glossy 4 inch leaves, can grow to 100 feet, but is usually half that. The tree is wind resistant, can tolerate salt spray, and prefers warmth and sun. It can take from 5 to 8 years to bear fruit, but yields twice per year. The fruit is eaten fresh, and is sweet, similar to a pear.

Jamaica Cherry - Muntingia calabura
Common Name: Strawberry Tree, Jamaica Cherry Tree
Latin Name: Muntingia calabura
Family: Elaeocarpaceae
Origin: southern Mexico, Central America, tropical South America, the Greater Antilles, St. Vincent and Trinidad
Hardiness: USDA Zone 10
Fruit is small, tasty, and almost ever bearing. Grows to about 20 feet tall. Jamaica Cherry Tree thrives in poor soil,  is able to tolerate acidic and alkaline conditions and is drought tolerant. These cherries are very sweet. The sweetness brings with it an excellent taste. These cherries are often eaten by children because they taste quite like cotton candy. They are just delicious as ripe fruit and for making jam.

Cavendish banana
Common Name: Cavendish Banana
Latin Name: Musa acuminata
Family: Musaceae
Hardiness: USDA Zone
Popular bright yellow banana

Musa Mua Hoa banana
Common Name: Hua Moa Banana
Latin Name: Musa spp. 'Hua Moa'
Family: Musaceae
Hardiness: USDA Zone
Cooking banana or can be eaten fresh.

Musa Ice Cream banana
Common Name: Ice Cream Banana
Latin Name: Musa spp. 'Ice Cream'
Family: Musaceae
Hardiness: USDA Zone
really large cluster desert banana

Myrciaria cauliflora
Common Name: Jaboticaba
Latin Name: Myrciaria cauliflora
Family: Myrtaceae
Origin: Brazil
Hardiness: Damage temp: 25-27° F

Jaboticaba is a small bushy tree with multiple stems. Fruit is cherry like in appearance with a thicker tougher skin and about 1 inch in diameter. Interestingly, the fruits form on the trunk of the tree and not on terminal branches as most other fruits. Fruits may be eaten out-of-hand, discarding the skin and seeds. They can also be used in jams and jellies, fresh fruit salads, sherbets and cobblers. The tree is cold hardy and likes plenty of water.

Common Name: Guavaberry
Latin Name: Myrciaria floribunda
Family: Myrtaceae
Origin: Central America, South America, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico
Tropical berry used in drinks that tastes like rum.

Passiflora ligularis
Common Name: Sweet Granadilla Passion Fruit
Latin Name: Passiflora ligularis
Family: Passifloraceae
Origin: Mexico through Central America and western South America, through western Bolivia to south-central Peru
Hardiness: USDA Zone 9b

Beautiful showy fragrant flowers and large delicious fruit generally eaten fresh but also used in sherbets and drinks. The vine is a vigorous, strong grower, woody at the base, climbing by tendrils. Granadilla prefers moist cool growing conditions but protect from freezing.

Passiflora quadrangularis
Common Name: Giant Granadilla Passion Fruit
Latin Name: Passiflora quadrangularis
Family: Passifloraceae
Origin: Tropical America
Hardiness: USDA Zone 10
Granadilla is the largest passion fruit and has one of the most beautiful flowers. Introduced into tropical regions around the world, it is thought to have originated in the American tropics. This vine is fast growing with a woody base and attaining a height of 30 to 50 feet or more in the tropics. Flowers are up to 5 inches in diameter and the pleasantly scented melon like fruits are 4 to 6 inches long. For maximum growth and productivity, the vine requires deep, fertile, moist but well-drained slightly acidic soil. vines are set 6.5 to 10 ft apart. Train the vines to grow on a strong, horizontal trellis about 6 feet high. Pruning may be necessary if the growth becomes too dense. Regular applications of fertilizer high in organic matter, and copious watering are necessary.

Passiflora maliformis
Common Name: Sweet Calabash Passion Fruit
Latin Name: Passiflora maliformis
Family: Passifloraceae
Origin: Carribbean and South America
Hardiness: USDA Zone 10
This passion fruit vine is woody but slender, climbing to 33 ft. Fruits are about 2 inches long with a hard outer shell. The pulpy interior is pale orange-yellow, juicy, sweet or subacid and pleasingly aromatic. In Jamaica, it is scooped from the shell and served with wine and sugar. The strained juice is excellent for making cold drinks.   

Pimenta racemosa
Common Name: Lemon Bay Rum Tree, Citrus Bay
Latin Name: Pimenta racemosa var. racemosa
Family: Myrtaceae
Origin: Caribbean
Hardiness: USDA Zone 9-10

Native to Jamaica, Lemon Bay Rum Tree is closely related to the Allspice Tree. It is a small to medium size tree reaching 20 to 25 feet with evergreen leaves that when crushed emit a lemony bay rum scent. White flowers are followed by oblong black berries. Grow in full sun to light shade.

Common Name: Avocado - Cold Hardy Varieties
Latin Name: Persea americana
Family: Sapotaceae
Origin: South America
Hardiness: USDA Zone 8-11
A large dense and attractive evergreen tree. Grow in full sun with well drained soil, watering frequently during hot weather. Avocados taste best when ripened off the tree. Pick green when mature and let ripen at room temperature. Delicious sliced, in salads, guacamole, or just cut in half and eaten with a spoon.

Psidium guajava
Common Name: Guava - Ruby Supreme
Latin Name: Psidium guajava
Family: Myrtaceae
Origin: Native from Mexico to northern South America
Hardiness: Damage temp: 25-26° F

A relatively hardy small tree to 30 feet tall, with spreading branches, the guava is easy to recognize because of its smooth, thin, copper-colored bark that flakes off, showing the greenish layer beneath. Guava is used in jellies, juice, pastries and many other uses. The fruit is smooth, sweet and aromatic. Trees can begin fruiting at one year of age.

Saccharum officinarum
Common Name: Sugarcane
Latin Name: Saccharum officinarum
Family: Poaceae
Origin:South Pacific Islands and New Guinea
Hardiness: USDA Zone 9-11
Sugarcane is a tall perennial grass native to China. It has been cultivated in India and China for more than 3,000 years. Grow it in full sun to partial shade in the ground or in large containers. Mulch well and water regularly. Overall plant height can be 12-18 feet tall with 3 foot strap like leaves on canes up to 2 inches in diameter. Children (and adults!) enjoy chewing on the sweet cane centers in fall when are ready for harvest. Sugarcane flowers in the fall with giant plum-like tufts atop the mature canes.

Also available: Red Sugarcane

Synsepalum dulcificum
Common Name: Miracle Fruit
Latin Name: Synsepalum dulcificum
Family: Sapotaceae
Origin: West Africa
Hardiness: Damage temp: 28° F

An evergreen bush growing to about 18 feet in its natural range but usually around 5 feet in a garden setting. Small white flowers are produced in flushes during the growing season followed by bright red 1 inch berries each containing a single seed. The effect of Miracle Fruit requires eating only a single berry allowing the fleshy pulp to coat the taste buds of the tongue. Within a couple of minutes sour fruit like lemons will taste sweet and delicious. The effect remains for one to two hours. Fruit can be frozen and used later.

Syzygium javanicum
Common Name: Wax Jambu, Water Apple
Latin Name: Syzygium javanicum
Family: Myrtacaea
Origin: East Indies
Hardiness: Damage temp: 28° F

A fast growing small tree 25 to 35 feet preferring acid soils for best growth and fruiting. Fruits are bright rose color with a crisp rose like flavor. Evergreen leaves are large to 6 inches long and the fragrant flowers are white and in clusters. The fruit can be eaten out of hand, as a garnish, or in fruit salads. Fruiting is prolific and can begin at just one or two years old. Keep plants around 10 feet tall for easy harvesting.

Syzygium malaccense
Common Name: Malay Apple, Otaheite Apple
Latin Name: Syzygium malaccense
Family: Myrtaceae
Origin: Southeast Asia
Hardiness: Damage temp: 30° F

An attractive fast growing evergreen tree with bell shaped fruit up to 8 inches long with a sweet mild flavor. Leaves are dark green and glossy. Red-Purple flowers are 2 inches across and set in tassel-like clusters. This tree fruits prolifically.

Tamarindus indica
Common Name: Tamarind
Latin Name: Tamarindus indica
Family: Fabaceae
Origin: tropical Africa
The tamarind is a long-lived, medium-growth bushy tree that grows to a height of 40 to 60 feet.

Theobroma cacao
Common Name: Chocolate tree, Cacao
Latin Name: Theobroma cacao
Family: Sterculiaceae
Origin: Central and South America
Hardiness: USDA Zone 9B - 11 - Damage temp: 33° F

Cultivated by the Mayas, Chocolate is a 'Food of the Gods'. Cacao is a small evergreen tropical tree with large glossy drooping leaves. It is an understory tree and prefers a constantly warm humid environment. Flowers are small and the fruit forms directly on the trunk of the tree and main branches. Fruiting starts at about 5 years of age.