The recent drought conditions in California have highlighted the need for homeowners to choose plants with water requirements in mind. This is especially true for fruit trees, which traditionally take up a large portion of your water budget each week. However, there are plenty of fruits that have adapted to the lack of water prevalent in their native lands, and choosing these trees can give you delicious produce while still conserving water resources.
While some of the fruits that are particularly drought-tolerant are not well-known in California, such as the pitaya or loquat, citrus fruits are often surprisingly water-friendly as well. Once a fruit tree has been established, it often needs to be watered only once a week or even less; some can survive on natural rainfall alone, even in times of drought.
A list of great fruits to consider when planting a drought-tolerant yard include olives, grapes, lingaro, persimmons, figs and pomegranates. Most do not require fertilizers and grow best in full sun, leaving enough room to prune them at intervals for the best growth.
When you are considering where to place a new fruit tree, consider some of these options:
For more information on integrating fruit trees into your San Diego landscape, call Juniper Landscape Company today. We can help you make your yard everything you want it to be!