Fruit Salad Tree

By Megan Albers


What is a Fruit Salad Tree?

A fruit salad tree is a tree that can bear up to eight different fruits, of the same family, all on the same plant. The different fruits all retain their own individuality, with staggered ripening times. This phenomenon has been made possible by the wonderful technique of grafting.


What is Grafting?


Grafting is an old and reliable method of asexual plant propagation that joins plant parts so they will grow as one plant. These techniques are used to propagate cultivars that will not root well as cuttings or whose own root systems are inadequate. One or more new cultivars can be added to existing fruit and nut trees by grafting or budding. It is best to graft plants of the same family. This will produce sufficient results.


Why buy a Fruit Salad tree?

The Fruit Salad Tree can be grown in the ground like normal fruit trees, or in pots for those people with very limited space. Rather than having many different trees with more fruit than your household can consume there is only one tree with all of the fruits ripening naturally. There can be more than one variety of an individual fruit on a tree, thus extending the picking time. This allows a household to have an orchard like they have always wanted, without needing a huge space in order to support many different trees. All the Fruit Salad trees are very practical and unique trees for the small backyard because they are multi-grafted to produce a variety of different fruits, all on the one tree. Each graft grows independently from the others on the tree and the different fruits will always retain their own characteristics, for example, flavor, appearance, ripening time and will continue to produce for many years.


There are 4 different trees available:

1. Stonefruit which grows peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots and peachcots(a peach crossed with an apricot)

2. Citrus which grows oranges, mandarins, lemons, limes, grapefruits, tangellos and pomellos


3. Variety of different apples only

4. Multi nashi fruit only. (Nashi fruit is also known as an Asian Pear. This fruit combines the juiciness of a pear with the crispness of an apple. The taste is similar to a pear but is much sweeter.)



Gardener's Choice

Fruit Salad Tree Company

The University of Arizona


Contact Info:

Megan Albers-NDSU



Phone #: 231-2012

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