Gardening with fruit trees often results in spring flowers and sweet summer fruits. Fresh fruit plucked from a tree often tastes much better than commercial fare, and can be given out to friends and family. There are many fruit trees that can be cultivated in the home garden with a little care.
Known for its intolerance to cold weather, the hardy orange (Poncirus trifoliata) grows to USDA Hardiness Zone 6A. Hardy orange is on the small side, reaching an average height of between 10 and 20 feet. The plant offers glossy green foliage and sweet, edible orange fruit. The tree blooms attractive, delicately fragrant white flowers in the spring. Cultivate the hardy orange in full sunlight. The tree tolerates a range of soils from acidic to alkaline or neutral. Regularly water the tree, more in the summer, less in the winter.
Rangpur lime (Citrus x limonia) reaches an average height of between 15 and 20 feet. The plant has attractive foliage and sweet little flowers with a purplish hue. Although the fruits of the tree resemble tangerines, complete with textured orange peel, the fruits have the decidedly tart taste of a lime. The tree produces its juicy fruits quite late in the year, usually beginning in November and continuing on throughout the winter. Rangpur lime can be grown in USDA Hardiness Zones 8 to 11, ideally in full sunlight. The tree will tolerate some shade, but will produce more fruits if grown in all day sun. The tree does best in a well-drained soil and watered on a regular basis.
The deciduous American persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) tree is native to the Southern and Eastern United States. The slow growing tree may reach heights as high as 50 feet. The tree boasts dark green leaves and coarse bark that has a distinct square-shaped pattern. American persimmon produces unremarkable greenish white flowers followed by juicy orange persimmon fruits, which have an apricot-like texture. Pick the fruits by shaking the tree and collecting fallen fruits. Fruits on the tree that aren't ready to come down can be bitter. Grow the tree in USDA Hardiness Zones 6 to 10, preferably in full sunlight. The tree tolerates different soil types and will tolerate both drought and flooding.