They say that variety is the spice of life and a Fruit Salad Tree is testimony to that particular philosophy. Australian couple James and Kerry West came up with the idea of the Fruit Salad Tree in the 1990s.
From a seed of an idea (pun intended), the Wests started experimenting by grafting different types of trees until they came up with one tree, successfully growing several species of fruit.
The Fruit Salad Tree can be made from up to six types of trees within the same family. For instance there are stone fruit or citrus varieties. All these trees are suited to Australia where they are raised, but they can be shipped to anywhere in the world.
For urbanites, the obvious advantage is space; the one Fruit Salad Tree will garnish you up to six different types of fruit. The Fruit Salad Tree can be grown in the ground as for normal fruit trees, or in pots for those people with very limited space.
The originality of the Fruit Salad Tree is also attractive, making it a great gift or for yourself – and we all know, the more trees on the planet the better. Another advantage is because there are several varieties on the one tree, you will be harvesting fruit over an extended period of time as the different varieties come into season.
There are trees available to suit different climatic conditions, whether cool, warm, tropical or subtropical. Trees are grown so that the fruiting branches begin from approximately 10cms above soil level, keeping the height to a minimum, which allows easy picking of the fruit so ladders are not necessary!
There are four different types of fruit salad trees you can choose from, and one will definitely suit the climate where you live. There is the Stone Fruits Tree, which grows peaches, plums, nectarines and apricots. There can be more than one variety of a peach, nectarine, plum or apricot on the one tree with each variety ripening at different times.
There are trees with varieties of fruits to suit warm to temperate climates, with other varieties for colder climates. There are citrus trees that grow winter and summer oranges, mandarins, lemons, limes, grapefruits, tangelos and pomelos. These trees can withstand cold temperatures down to minus 8 degrees centigrade.
The multi-apples trees have up to four grafts per tree and do well in warm, temperate and cold climates. The multi-nashis (Japanese Pears) can have up to four grafts per tree and grow in cold and temperate climates only.
All the trees can be delivered to anywhere in Australia and come with comprehensive instructions to ensure your Fruit Salad Tree flourishes.
For more information on the Fruit Salad Tree, take a look at the website.
Here’s some footage of a bona fide Fruit Salad Tree: