Gardening with fruit trees is a rewarding pastime that results in edible fruit that is much fresher and tastier than most fruits found at the grocery store. Fruit trees often boast attractive flowers, many of which have an intoxicating fragrance. There are many fruit trees that you can grow in your home garden. The choices vary by growing zone.
The pomegranate (Punica granatum) is a deciduous large shrub that sports glossy green leaves and a narrow, vertical habit. In the spring, the pomegranate produces lovely waxy red flowers that give way to edible pomegranate fruits, which you have to peel before eating. Originally native to Asia, the pomegranate grows best in full sunlight in USDA zones 8 to 11. Pomegranates can handle a range of soil, from loose, well-drained sands to thick clay soils, either alkaline or acidic. Pomegranates should be watered on a regular basis. Pomegranates are commonly grown as single specimens, or as attractive container plants.
Sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) is a citrus tree that blooms remarkably early, producing heavily fragrant, butterfly attracting white blooms throughout the winter and spring. The tree, which boasts dark green oval leaves, produces edible orange fruits during the summer. Like most orange species, sweet orange requires a lot of sunlight and warmth. The tree is best suited for USDA zones 9A to 11A. Sweet orange isn't picky about soil pH and can grow in neutral, acidic and even slightly acidic soils. Soil may be well draining, or slightly clay. The tree should be watered as needed: more in the summer, less in the winter.
A member of the ebony family, American persimmon (Diospyros virginiana), also called common persimmon, is an attractive deciduous tree notable for its lush, dark green foliage and dark bark, which sports a squarish pattern. The plant produces light green flowers, followed by fleshy orange-red fruits that are juicy and sweet if harvested when ripe. American persimmon is native to the eastern United States, and grows best in USDA zones 6 to 10. The plant is adaptable to a range of conditions and soil types, and grows in dry, loose soils as well as ones that are prone to flooding. The tree should be grown in full sunlight for best results, though it will also grow in partial sun.