growing your own fruit at home is so rewarding, and it’s not nearly as difficult as it may seem.

There are a range of fruiting trees and shrubs ideal for every situation. Unsure of what to plant and where? Check out our list of fruiting trees, shrubs and vines grouped by relative water needs:

High Water

  • Avocados: dense surface-rooting tendencies cause Avocados to thrive in evenly moist soils, but they will not tolerate waterlogged, poor-draining soil. 
  • Blueberries: do best in our climate when planted in afternoon shade, with three-to-four inches of mulch to help slow the evaporation of water from the soil. 
  • Cane Berries (Raspberries, Blackberries, etc): thrive if provided mulch that is three-to-four inches thick, leaving a space of at least three feet from the base of the plant. 


Medium Water

The following varieties can take longer periods between watering, but shouldn’t be allowed to completely dry out. 

  • Apples
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Peaches/Nectarines

Medium-Low Water

Medium-low water fruit producing plants can be allowed to dry out between watering, provided they have a three-to-four-inch thick layer of mulch, spread out to at least two feet outside the width of the canopy. 

  • Almonds: good drought tolerance, but extended dry period will reduce crop size.
  • Apricots: once established, adapt well to low-water conditions.
  • Citrus: once established, adapt well to low-water conditions.
  • Persimmons: will thrive with occasional deep watering. 
  • Pineapple Guava: very well adapted to extended dry periods.
  • Plums: the best stone fruit for low-water conditions, sufficient mulch will ensure a decent crop size.
  • Pistachios: very well adapted to low-water conditions. However, reduced water will slow growth rate.


Low Water

The following varieties thrive when allowed to dry out between watering, without sacrificing the quality of fruit.

  • Figs: able to tolerate long periods of drought and still bear an acceptable crop.
  • Grapes: thrive in low-water conditions, if grown with minimal irrigation, although the crop size will be smaller and fruit can be sweeter. 
  • Pomegranates: prefer dry conditions, although fruit size may be affected, but not severely. 
  • Olives: requires dry conditions. Severe water constrictions will affect growth rate, but not appearance. 

Did you know? You can plant up to four deciduous fruit trees (such as nectarines, apples, plums, etc.) in a single hole using a revolutionary training system pioneered by Dave Wilson Nursery known as Backyard Orchard Culture. 

Backyard Orchard Culture in a nutshell:

  • Choose dwarf trees whenever possible
  • Select varieties which will ripen successively, rather than all at once
  • Plant multiple trees in a single hole
  • Prune your trees year ’round to control their size

Learn more about how to maximize your fruit harvest without sacrificing yield or quality.