Fruit trees have been a feature of gardens in Melbourne and Regional Victoria for many years. Fruit trees including Dwarf Fruit trees that are suitable for Melbourne include: Apple Trees, Lemon Trees, Peach Trees, Plum Trees and some species of Avocado Trees.
Popular fruit trees for Melbourne
Included are apple trees which are suited to the cooler climate, dwarf fruit trees which are great space savers, citrus trees especially lemon trees and plum trees. Cool climate avocado trees such as the ‘Bacon’ variety are also popular with Melbourne Gardeners as are cumquat trees which are grown as decorative trees as well as for the fruit. (Cumquats do well in containers in Melbourne)
In recent years fruit trees such as pomegranate and fig trees have increased in popularity with Melbourne gardener and along with lemon trees, apple trees and plum trees are some of the best fruit trees for the Melbourne climate.
Dwarf fruit trees are well suited to smaller inner Melbourne gardens, ‘Fruit Salad Trees’ are also popular with four and four different fruits on the one tree.
Another space saving fruit tree for smaller courtyards is the espalier type fruit trees, great for growing on a fence, as a cover for a tank or as a screen in the garden.
In many cases it is easier to buy fruit trees for Melbourne from online fruit tree suppliers, these nurseries will send bare rooted fruit trees during dormancy (winter months)
Growing Fruit Trees in Melbourne
Fruit trees are sun lovers (nearly all of them) a sunny warm position with at least 8 hours sun a day is essential if fruit is to set and ripen
Fruit trees need protection from birds (try bird netting), from frost (choose where you plant) and from strong wind (maybe plant a wind break or choose a sheltered position)
Mulch beneath fruit trees to provide a moist cool root run and prevent weeds
Many fruit trees do well in pots or containers, especially dwarf fruit trees and citrus trees, pomegranate trees also do well in containers
Fruit needs to be picked, otherwise if left to fall and rot you will encourage disease, leaves also need to be raked up.
A well drained humus rich moist soil is best for fruit trees, heavy clay soils and very sandy soils need to be amended.
Pruning Fruit trees is an important task. Fruit trees are best pruned in winter.
Fruit Trees for Melbourne are available for sale from the following growers and nurseries
We offer a wide range of quality plants (seedlings to advanced trees) delivered straight to your door. No minimum required and quality assured. We deliver Victoria wide and can plant for you too.
Mail order fruit tree nursery with over 200 temperate climate fruit trees.
Heritage varieties and dwarf fruit trees. Apple Trees, Stone Fruit, Nut Trees and Berry Fruit.
55 McDougal Rd Neerim South Victoria 3831 PH: (03) 56281507
Advanced ornamental trees and garden designs and concept plans. Direct to your property combined with specialist knowledge and outstanding service.
2505 Westernport Road, Ripplebrook, Victoria
The largest range of deciduous and evergreen advanced trees from 1-12 metres with over 100,000 trees to select from. SpringRing® grown trees from 25 litre to 1000 litre as well as field grown specimen trees and mature palms. Australia-wide delivery
EMERALD GARDENS NURSERY (Fruit Tree Specialists) – Phone: (03) 59 685 745 Mobile: 0438 684 408
77a Emerald-Monbulk Rd Emerald VIC 3782
We are open 7 days a week. Ffruit trees, camellias, magnolias, conifers and much more.
WISHING WELL NURSERY (great range of fruit trees for Melbourne) – PH 03 97566107
407 – 409 Monbulk Rd Monbulk VIC. 3793
Includes Avocados for cold climates, persimmon and Olives.
PLANT FRESH – phone: 57833900 fax: 57833900
65 Rowes Lane Wallan Victoria 3756
Growers of quality table grape varieties, figs, loquats and pomegranates. Supply to wholesale and retail nurseries and vineyards. On-site sales and delivery. Ask for availability list and prices.