Importance of Fruit Plants

Overview

Growing fruit plants is an exciting and satisfying experience that benefits the environment, human health and animal welfare. Homeowner's will also find that growing these valuable plants adds beauty and value to their property.

Types

Fruit plants and fruit trees are excellent food sources. Apples, peaches, pears, cherries and a great variety of nuts grow on trees. Strawberry and raspberry plants are garden favorites.

Significance

Fruit trees contribute to the environment by producing oxygen and cleaning pollutants like carbon dioxide from the air. One tree alone can absorb about 10 lbs. of pollution and 330 lbs. of carbon dioxide from the air every year.

Benefits

Planting fruit trees benefits agriculture. Tree roots keep waterways cleaner and help prevent erosion by holding soil in place.

Function

The blossoms from fruit trees provide nectar and pollen for bees and other insects. Animals benefit from the fruit, leaves and bark as well as the shelter the trees provide from weather and predators.

Uses

Different cultures have developed different uses for fruit plants. Nuts and dried fruits are often used in decorations or in dried floral arrangements. Plant parts are used for making dyes or candle wax in many countries.

References

  • Fruit Tree Planting Foundation: Planting Fruit Trees for a Healthier Planet
  • Borealforest.org: How Trees Work for Us
  • FAO.org: Non-Wood Forest Products of Bhutan
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About this Author

Loraine Degraff has been a writer and educator since 1999. She recently began focusing on topics pertaining to health and environmental issues. She is published in "Healthy Life Place" and "Humdinger" and also writes for Suite101. Degraff holds a Master's degree in Communications Design from Pratt Institute.