What is a Fruit Salad Tree?

IMAG0487.jpgSince buying a house, my wife and I figured it would be a great idea to start a garden. This year we are rockin’ pumpkins, zucchini, strawberries, peas, green beans, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, sunflowers, carrots and corn.  We are pretty excited and can’t wait to harvest at the end of the summer.  We have also been in the process of cleaning up our back yard, which has been a hassle and looks like you could stash dead bodies back there.

 

Our neighbor, on the other hand, has a pristine back yard with a coy pond, salamanders the whole works.  He also has an amazing assortment of flowers and fruit plants such as an apple tree and a plumb tree.  It would make since that his yard looks this way considering he is a mater gardener at Red Butte Gardens.

Anyways, we are kind of jealous of his fruit variety and have been looking to add fruit to our backyard, considering peaches, oranges, grapefruits and lemons.  We would love to have them all but there really isn’t enough room for all those plants.  And truthfully that would be a TON of fruit if it all came to harvest.

Wouldn’t it be cool if we could have one plant that grew all of those?

Well they have them.  They are called Fruit Salad Trees!!!!!!!!!

These are a real thing!

They take a few plants and graft them together.

Basically they cut slices in some plant and then stick a piece of the fruit tree in that cut, tie it up and then over time they grow together and become one plant, CRAZY.

This is actually a very common practice in vineyards.

Grape graftingThis is fairly common in wine grapes and seedless grapes (I think).  I am fairly sure this is how seedless grapes are grown.  Take a shoot from an already known seedless plant and then graft it onto a root plant and then it will grow and start producing more seedless grapes.

Anyways these plants are pretty amazing.

The combinations of fruit are:

Citrus Fruitsfruit salad trees from fruitsaladtree.com

  • Oranges
  • Mandarin
  • Lemon
  • Tangelo
  • Lime
  • Pomelo
  • Grapefruit

 Stone Fruit

  • Peaches
  • Nectarines
  • Plums
  • Apricots
  • Peachcots

 Multi Apples

  • Red
  • Green
  • Yellow

Multi Nashis

  • Rustic
  • Green
  • Yellow

These plants, because they are an anomaly, need some care to keep growing.  Because there are so many types of fruits they try to out compete each other in rates of growth, surface area and domination, so you do have to trim them back yearly so that they grow up evenly.  After a few years of close monitoring you will have a fully functional Fruit Salad Tree!

Would you grow one of these at your house?

 

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