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Title: What are the most ornamental fruit trees?
Post by: BonsaiBeast on March 14, 2019, 03:45:14 PM
I have a spot in the front yard that could use a nice fruit tree. But, I want the tree to be evergreen and have good tasting fruit.

I was thinking of something like a loquat, although I already have one. Any other ideas?
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Post by: spaugh on March 14, 2019, 03:47:29 PM
Dragonfruit post!   ;D
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Post by: brian on March 14, 2019, 04:23:45 PM
Sunquat is very pretty
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Post by: roblack on March 14, 2019, 04:37:03 PM
Carambola is a pretty tree.
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Post by: pineislander on March 14, 2019, 04:43:02 PM
Sapodilla
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Post by: Ulfr on March 14, 2019, 04:47:31 PM
Second sapodilla

My favourite looking fruit tree.
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Post by: Cookie Monster on March 14, 2019, 04:51:22 PM
sapodilla, lychee, or tamarindo.
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Post by: spaugh on March 14, 2019, 05:05:04 PM
Those tropicals dont stay looking as beautiful all year here in CA. 
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Post by: BonsaiBeast on March 14, 2019, 05:10:26 PM
Dragonfruit post!   ;D

Wait, you're kidding right??   ;D
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Post by: gnappi on March 14, 2019, 06:30:56 PM
Lychee. My two are duds, but they're so handsome I can't bring myself to cut them down.
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Post by: FMfruitforest on March 14, 2019, 06:34:56 PM
Sapodilla or Mango tree.
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Post by: shot on March 14, 2019, 07:02:11 PM
malay apple stunning flowering.Imagine thousands of blooms with a hundred hummingbirds after the necter.
Or blooming durian tree.



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Post by: spaugh on March 14, 2019, 07:37:06 PM
Dragonfruit post!   ;D

Wait, you're kidding right??   ;D

What you don't want a dragonfruit post as the centerpiece of your front yard?   ;D.  All your neighbors can admire the huge blooms.  At 2AM.   ;)
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Post by: Alejandro45 on March 14, 2019, 07:46:06 PM
By far Lychee is my most handsome tree. A slow grower and just great waxy shiny leaves.
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Post by: barath on March 14, 2019, 08:03:41 PM
Breadfruit is one of the ones I've liked the best, but it won't grow here...  (I wish there were another Artocarpus with similarly large leaves that would grow here.)
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Post by: johnb51 on March 14, 2019, 08:12:27 PM
I like sapodilla also.  I have one right next to the street.  Even the fruit looks pretty, and it's so freakin' delicious!  People don't touch them.  (Only squirrels--damn rodents!)  And as large, mature trees they're still beautiful.
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Post by: ofdsurfer on March 14, 2019, 08:44:52 PM
Star apple or sapodilla
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Post by: achetadomestica on March 14, 2019, 09:48:19 PM
Don't know about your dry air but jaboticabas are pretty nice looking. I have
several in pots and a couple sabaras in the ground. I also have a contorted
mulberry that fruits. In the summer it has big impressive leaves and it is one
of the few I have that loses every leaf in the Winter. It is also one of the last
trees to flush in the spring.  And last I have a So jujube that is also a contorted
tree. It hasn't produced and probably never will. It's a dwarf tree and looks really
different. I just can't dig it up for something productive.
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Post by: Dimitry Fisher on March 15, 2019, 01:01:09 AM
Syzygium malaccense is gorgeous.  Pitanga (E. unifflora) can be really pretty when trained as a tree.  Actually, most trees / large shrubs in Myrtle subfamily are quite decorative when properly pruned.  Another option is Arbutus unedo - there's a bunch of them next to Qualcomm W building.  The fruit tastes like rotten carrot though. Bleh!   Mexican manzanita is gorgeous but picky about conditions.  Native cherries (hollyleaf, catalina, chokecherry) are pretty but usually deciduous. Date palm is impressive when well taken care of.  Queen palm (they're all over San Diego) has edible fruit, but it's a bit of an acquired taste. Citrus are great.  Black sapote is pretty but may or may not do well depending on where you are in San Diego. White sapote is pretty but messy. There's a bunch more - just pick whichever you like!  It's the space that's the problem most of the time O_o
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Post by: Dimitry Fisher on March 15, 2019, 01:17:40 AM
Also, pomegranate.
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Post by: greenbean88 on March 15, 2019, 03:21:08 AM
I have always thought guava was I good looking tree. Ice cream bean is a good looking tree that is very different
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Post by: EvilFruit on March 15, 2019, 06:23:45 AM
Purple Guava
Healthy looking mango
Star apple
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Post by: TnTrobbie on March 15, 2019, 06:44:07 AM
I second jaboticaba. Go for a nice sized red (~2" diameter trunkt). Keep the soul acidic and auromatic frequent irrigation....the peeling bark and flowering every 2 months or so that results in green redish fruits....cant go worng.
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Post by: Cookie Monster on March 15, 2019, 09:49:26 AM
Only problem with jaboticaba is that it will be a good 50 years before it provides some shade :-). For all practical purposes, I would consider jabo to be a fruit "bush."
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Post by: Mikey on March 15, 2019, 11:03:29 AM
Stone fruit such as the nectazee or the red Ilama are very pretty.
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Post by: skhan on March 15, 2019, 11:50:52 AM
Loquats are nice but i find them dusty when you have to walk underneath.

Lychee or Longan make nice shade trees.
Possibly Kwai Muk

The Wax Jambus I've seen out there look pretty nice as well

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Post by: roblack on March 15, 2019, 02:37:51 PM
+1 for starapple/caimito. Beautiful tree, deep green leaves with bronze underside, and nice growth habit.
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Post by: CGameProgrammer on March 18, 2019, 01:48:26 AM
The red-fruited surinam cherries are the most beautiful in my opinion because they fruit often with extremely vivid yellow/orange/red fruit, and even the leaves are glossy and decent-looking, and of course are red when young.

Bananas are another obvious option.
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Post by: MameyDisco on March 18, 2019, 05:51:24 AM
Calamondin x Citrofortunella microcarpa is well known as an indoor / outdoor container ornamental.

Aside from the beautiful, somewhat flattened, vivid bright-orange globular shaped fruits, the plant itself is quite handsome, and makes an excellent houseplant for the indoors. Calamondin has been praised by scores of writers of indoor plant books. Alfred Byrd Graf mentioned the calamondin in ‘Exotica’ (1957) & his ‘Exotic House Plants’ (1976) book, along with Charles Marden Fitch in ‘The Complete Book of Houseplants’ (1972). Considering this acclaim, it’s no doubt that the calamondin is an excellent plant not just for the tropics, but for northern cities as well, when pruned as a small bush.

“The small flowers are fragrant and bear white petals... In the opinion of many, the calamondin is among the most ornamental and beautiful of all citrus trees and its fruits among the more intriguing for culinary use” (Hawkes, Alex D.). (https://i.postimg.cc/3kqRWnj8/835-C1-A12-C5-F5-430-D-8-CF6-3-E59-A143-B709.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/3kqRWnj8)
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Post by: BonsaiBeast on March 18, 2019, 05:20:17 PM
Calamondin x Citrofortunella microcarpa is well known as an indoor / outdoor container ornamental.

Aside from the beautiful, somewhat flattened, vivid bright-orange globular shaped fruits, the plant itself is quite handsome, and makes an excellent houseplant for the indoors. Calamondin has been praised by scores of writers of indoor plant books. Alfred Byrd Graf mentioned the calamondin in ‘Exotica’ (1957) & his ‘Exotic House Plants’ (1976) book, along with Charles Marden Fitch in ‘The Complete Book of Houseplants’ (1972). Considering this acclaim, it’s no doubt that the calamondin is an excellent plant not just for the tropics, but for northern cities as well, when pruned as a small bush.

“The small flowers are fragrant and bear white petals... In the opinion of many, the calamondin is among the most ornamental and beautiful of all citrus trees and its fruits among the more intriguing for culinary use” (Hawkes, Alex D.). (https://i.postimg.cc/3kqRWnj8/835-C1-A12-C5-F5-430-D-8-CF6-3-E59-A143-B709.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/3kqRWnj8)

What makes this species of citrus more ornamental than others?
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Post by: WGphil on March 18, 2019, 06:13:29 PM
Macadamia nut

Fragrant blooms and pretty tree
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Post by: forumfool on March 18, 2019, 07:47:41 PM
Féin is is very ornamental
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Post by: zands on March 19, 2019, 03:38:13 PM
Red banana but longan when putting out panicles and fruits. Not that I have Longan. Lychee was a fail for me. Too much calcium ph in the soil. A neighbor has a lychee that has not grown in 7 years but I see zero mulch and mostly likely zero fert/ This house previously had many papaya outside.