Most of these trees can be grown in a home garden but require a lot of space because they are fast growing. Fruit trees should be planted in the spring and require a partial shade. Save money by growing your own fruits and take pride in harvesting fruit directly out of your garden.
The apple tree can reach heights of 40 feet tall and produces flowering white blossoms that have a slight pink tint. The tree originated in Asia, but the United States is currently the second-highest producer of apples in the world. China is the number one producer. Apples usually flower in May.
Cherry trees produce fruit that is said to be high in antioxidants, which are thought to help lower cholesterol. Cherries have a very short growing time. Turkey and the United States produce about half of the cherries grown in the world.
The orange tree is a small citrus tree that originated in Southeast Asia. Orange trees prefer the warm tropical climates and like well-drained soil. According to Sunkist, Christopher Columbus brought the first orange seeds and seedlings to the New World on his second voyage in 1493.
The plum tree flowers in early spring and is covered with blossoms that range from white to purple. Plums are a juicy fruit that can be dried to make prunes. The trees need moist, well-drained soil and partial shade to thrive. Moths can be pests to the plum trees and can destroy the fruit if the tree is not treated for insects.
Banana trees are native to Southeast Asia. Bananas grow in clusters that are called hands. They can grow up to 200 fruit in one bunch, but the average "hands" of bunches have around 20 bananas. In western cultures, only the outside of the banana is eaten. In Asia both the inside and the outside of the banana is eaten. The banana plant grows up to heights of 25 feet tall.