If you’re considering which of the many different types of fruit trees could be right for you, then this post will tell you everything you might want to know before deciding which type of fruit tree to buy or grow at your property.

Having fruit trees in your garden is a wonderful way to make your outside space functional and beautiful at the same time.  Aside from the fact they look good, fruit trees will give you a source of ingredients for a variety of dishes.  Before you make your grand plans, it’s important to know how much space is needed between each tree to ensure they get the nutrients needed to produce healthy fruits for many years to come.

Is there room in your yard for fruit trees?

Because fruit trees vary greatly in size, including dwarf, semi-dwarf, and standard sizes, they will each reach different heights and widths. Dwarf ~  7-10' in height and width Semi-dwarf ~  12-15' in height and width Standard ~ 18-25' in height

Firstly, you need to determine which types of fruit tree you want in your garden.

The majority of standard-sized fruit trees will require 20x20 feet of space in order to grow fully.  However, cherry and apple trees will need a little more space, often around 35x35 feet each.  If you’re considering growing fruit trees in your Californian garden, then these will only need around 8-feet in order to grow fully.

Secondly, you need to consider how many trees you would like.

Figs are known to grow particularly well across California, particularly in the South. They will reach heights of between 10-30-feet and are ideally grown in areas with lots of space.

Fig Trees

There are lots of varieties of apple trees that grow and produce well. Certain apple trees do require exposure to colder temperatures; these are also known as low-chill varieties and can include Gala, Fuji, Anna, Dorset Golden, and Beverly Hills.


Jujubes will grow well in most of California, particularly in Southern California. They’re also great for inland valleys with higher temperatures during the summer months. They can grow up to a height of around 15-feet tall, and their fruit is said to taste like dates when dry or like crispy apples.


These fruit trees tend to ripen during Fall once the leaves have fallen. They’ll grow well in part-shade and full sun. They’re another date-like fruit when eaten dried, but they can also be eaten fresh too.


This is a relatively small-to-medium-sized fruit tree that grows anything between 10-20-feet high. The fruits are easy to grow and popular in various types of sauces, jams, and garnishes.


These fruit trees are ideal for most of our local climates. They can grow up to 15-feet high, and they’re highly resistant to disease and pests. Pomegranates are a popular choice due to their health properties and versatility in terms of the various ways they can be used.


Other popular fruit trees that are planted in California include: – Guavas – Grapefruit – Pear – Apple – Mangos – Peaches – Lemons – Oranges – Avocados – Nectarines – Pineapple guavas

The general rule of thumb is to plant fruit trees with similar care requirements and similar rootstocks. Here are a few suggestions that pair-up well together.

What fruit trees can you plant together?