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Fruit trees

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Here is a list of fruit trees commonly planted in gardens of the arid Southern African region:

  1. Mango (Mangifera indica): A popular tropical fruit tree known for its sweet and juicy fruit.
  2. Pomegranate (Punica granatum): Pomegranates thrive in arid climates and produce delicious and nutritious red seeds surrounded by a tangy juice.
  3. Fig (Ficus carica): Figs are well-suited for arid regions and produce sweet and nutritious fruits.
  4. Date Palm (Phoenix dactylifera): Date palms are iconic trees of arid regions, known for their sweet and energy-rich dates.
  5. Olive (Olea europaea): Olive trees are adapted to arid climates and produce olives that can be used for oil and eating.
  6. Guava (Psidium guajava): Guava trees thrive in warm and arid conditions and bear tasty, aromatic fruits.
  7. Citrus Trees (Citrus spp.): Varieties like oranges, lemons, grapefruits, and mandarins can be grown in arid regions, provided they receive proper irrigation.
  8. Pawpaw (Carica papaya): Also known as papaya, this tropical fruit tree can thrive in arid climates if provided with adequate water.
  9. Mulberry (Morus spp.): Mulberry trees can tolerate arid conditions and produce sweet and juicy berries.
  10. Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica): Loquats can adapt to arid environments and produce small, flavorful fruits.
  11. Carob (Ceratonia siliqua): Carob trees are well-suited to arid regions and produce pods that can be used as a cocoa substitute.
  12. Granadilla (Passiflora ligularis): Also known as passion fruit, granadilla vines produce sweet and tangy fruits.
  13. Cape Gooseberry (Physalis peruviana): This fruit-bearing shrub produces small, orange berries with a unique sweet-tart flavor.
  14. Kei Apple (Dovyalis caffra): This native African tree produces edible yellow fruit and is well-adapted to arid climates.
  15. Quince (Cydonia oblonga): Quince trees can tolerate arid conditions and produce fragrant, hard fruits often used for preserves.
  16. Jujube (Ziziphus jujuba): Also known as red or Chinese date, jujube trees produce sweet, reddish-brown fruits.
  17. Apricot (Prunus armeniaca): Apricot trees can be grown in arid regions, producing sweet and flavorful fruits.
  18. Almond (Prunus dulcis): Almond trees are well-suited to arid climates and produce edible nuts.
  19. Pecan (Carya illinoinensis): Pecan trees can thrive in arid regions, yielding delicious and nutritious nuts.
  20. African Horned Cucumber (Cucumis metuliferus): Also known as kiwano, this fruiting vine produces spiky, orange fruits with a unique taste.
  21. Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia): Not a tree..but sort of belongs in this category :). Produces lovely green or red prickly pears to eat or make jams and juice. Is happy with only rainfall in the arid regions.

Remember that successful cultivation of these fruit trees in arid regions will often require careful water management, soil preparation, and appropriate care based on the specific needs of each tree species.

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