Arid Orchard Plant List - The Arboretum
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Punica granatum

Grows well in dry areas. In wetter areas, they can become prone to root rot infections. They are tolerant to moderate frost, down to -12ºC. The seeds are the edible part of the plant.

Goji Berry

Lycium chinense

A deciduous shrub flowering from June to August, it prefers well-drained moist soil, and tolerates nutrient poor soils. Requires full sun. Goji berries are sweet and soft, with many medicinal uses.


Ziziphus jujuba

Domesticated in south Asia, the jujube grows well in a variety of climates, though it requires hot summers. The fruits are mildly sweet, and can be eaten fresh or dried.


Eriobotrya japonica

Native to south central China, it is an evergreen shrub or tree with fruits that ripen from early spring to early summer. The yellow pear shaped fruits are succulent and tangy, with mild acidity.

Kei Apple

Dovyalis caffra

Native to south west Africa, this small tree usually has many sharp spines and is extremely drought resistant. The fruit is acidic and it is recommended to marinate it in sugar before eating.

Common Fig

Ficus carica

Native to the Middle East, this deciduous tree grows wild in dry and sunny areas. It requires well-drained soil and can handle poor nutrient levels. The deep-rooted plant is able to access groundwater.

Mandarin Orange

Citrus reticulata

An evergreen tree that requires full sun, mandarins are more cold hardy than oranges, and the tree is more tolerant of drought conditions.

Pineapple Guava

Acca sellowiana

Native to South America, this perennial evergreen shrub is attractive to bees, butterflies, and birds. It requires at least 50 hours of winter chilling to fruit, and is frost tolerant.

Macadamia Nut

Macadamia integrifolia

Native to Australia, macadamias are large, spreading evergreen trees reaching 30-40 ft. high. It prefers full sun and blooms in mid spring.


Psidium littorale

Native to Brazil, the strawberry guava blossoms in April-May, prefers full sun, and produces fragrant white spring flowers.

Black Mulberry

Morus nigra

A deciduous tree native to southwestern Asia, with edible dark purple fruit that grows year round in full sun to partial shade.

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