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Growing Fruit and Berries in Hot, Dry Climates


Gardening in Tucson, Phoenix

Arizona and California

Growing Fruit and Berries in Hot, Dry Climates

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Plant List

FOOD PLANTS
Fruit and Berries
Herbs
Peppers, Chilies
Strawberries
Tomatoes

ORNAMENTALS
Grasses
Ground Cover
Perennials
Shrubs
Trees
Vines

SPECIALTY GARDENS
Butterfly Garden
Erosion Control
Hummingbird Garden
Long-Blooming
Winter-Blooming

GARDENING TIPS
Dealing with Critters
Digging Holes for Plants
Fruit: Selection, Cultivation
Garden Bed: Sterilizing
Landscaping
Microclimates
Plant Placement
Selecting Plants
Soil Preparation
USDA Hardiness Zones
Trees: Planting, Watering
Vegetable Calendar Zone 9

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Overview

Acca sellowiana: Pineapple Guava

The United Nations estimates for water usage per crop are stated below on plants for which data is available. See Fruit Selection and Cultivation Tips for more information.

Best Tasting symbol = Top 10 best tasting fruits of the world when harvested fully ripe (selected varieties only).

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Low to Intermediate

Apple: Malus pumila
Fruit tree. Moderate drought tolerance. Estimated water use: 98 gallons per pound of fruit harvested. Hot dry climate suitability (some cultivars) 3 stars = extra water.

Apple Cactus: Cereus repandus
A columnar cactus with edible fruit. Hot dry climate suitability 3 stars = protect tips from freezing, part shade in first year.

Apricot / Aprium: Prunus armeniaca
Fruit tree. Drought tolerant. Estimated water use: 154 gallons per pound of fruit harvested. Hot dry climate suitability (some cultivars) 2 stars = afternoon shade, extra water.

Barbados Cherry: Malpighia
Fruit tree. Moderate drought tolerance. Hot dry climate suitability 3 stars = protect from freezes.

Banana: Musa
Fruiting herb. Not drought tolerant. Estimated water use: 94 gallons per pound of bananas harvested, 192 gallons per pound of plantains harvested. Hot dry climate suitability (some cultivars) 2 stars = extra water, extra shade, wind protection, extensive winter protection to ensure fruiting.

Blackberry / Boysenberry: Rubus ursinus
A fruiting cane thicket. Drought tolerant. Estimated water use: 45 gallons per pound of fruit harvested. Hot dry climate suitability (some cultivars) 3 stars = may need part shade, roots need thick mulch as heat shield.

Carob / Locust Bean: Ceratonia siliqua
Tree with edible seedpods. Drought tolerant. Estimated water use: 668 gallons per pound of dried fruit harvested. Hot dry climate suitability 4 stars = excellent.

Citrus
Grapefruit: Citrus paradisi
Estimated water use: 61 gallons per pound of fruit harvested. Hot dry climate suitability (some cultivars) 3 stars = sunscald protection.

Kumquat: Citrus japonica
Drought tolerant. Hot dry climate suitability (some cultivars) 3 stars = afternoon shade, sunscald protection.

Lemon: Citrus limon
Estimated water use: 77 gallons per pound of fruit harvested. Hot dry climate suitability (some cultivars) 3 stars = sunscald protection.

Lime: Citrus latifolia, etc.
Estimated water use: 77 gallons per pound of fruit harvested. Hot dry climate suitability (some cultivars) 3 stars = sunscald protection.

Mandarin / Tangerine: Citrus reticulata
More cold hardy than most citrus. Estimated water use: 90 gallons per pound of fruit harvested. Hot dry climate suitability (some cultivars) 3 stars = sunscald protection.

Orange: Citrus sinensis
Estimated water use: 67 gallons per pound of fruit harvested. Hot dry climate suitability (some cultivars) 3 stars = sunscald protection.

Date: Phoenix dactylifera
A fruiting palm. Drought tolerant. Estimated water use: 273 gallons per pound of fruit harvested. Hot dry climate suitability 4 stars = extra water when fruiting.

Elderberry: Sambucus
A fruiting shrub or small tree. Drought tolerant. Hot dry climate suitability (most cultivars) 3 stars = extra water to carry fruit and retain leaves.

Fig: Ficus carica
A tree where green figs are flowers and ripe figs are fruit. Drought tolerant with loss of crop. Estimated water use: 94 gallons per pound of fresh fruit harvested. Hot dry climate suitability 3 stars = extra water in hottest months.

Golden Berry / Cape Gooseberry: Physalis peruviana
A fruiting herb. Hot dry climate suitability (some cultivars) 2 stars = protection from frost, all day 50% shade, extra water.

Grape: Vitis vinifera
A vine with clustered fruit. Drought tolerant. Estimated water use: 73 gallons per pound of fruit harvested. Hot dry climate suitability (some cultivars) 4 stars = excellent.

Guamuchil: Pithecellobium dulce
Bean pod tree with tasty filling. Hot dry climate suitability 2 stars = protect from freezing temperatures.

Guava: Psidium guajava
Fruit tree or shrub. Estimated water use: 216 gallons per pound of fruit harvested. Hot dry climate suitability (some cultivars) 2 stars = protection from frost, afternoon shade, extra water.

Jamaican Cherry: Muntingia calabura
Tropical fruit tree. Hot dry climate suitability 2 stars = protection from frost, part shade in high temperatures, extra water.

Jelly Palm / Pindo Palm: Butia capitata
Fruiting palm tree. Drought and heat tolerant. Hot dry climate suitability 4 stars = excellent.

Jujube: Ziziphus jujuba
Fruit tree. Drought and heat tolerant. Hot dry climate suitability (most cultivars) 4 stars = excellent.

Loquat: Eriobotrya japonica
Fruit tree. Not drought tolerant in high temperatures. Hot dry climate suitability 2 stars = extra water, afternoon shade.

Mandarin Melon Berry / Che: Maclura tricuspidata
Fruit tree. Hot dry climate suitability 3 stars = extra water when fruiting.

Mango: Mangifera indica Best Tasting symbol
Fruit tree. Drought tolerant. Estimated water use: 216 gallons per pound of fruit harvested. Hot dry climate suitability 2 stars = protection from freezing, afternoon shade, extra water.

Moringa: Moringa oleifera
A tree with edible seedpods, leaves and flowers. Drought tolerant. Hot dry climate suitability (some cultivars) 3 stars = protect from freezes.

Mulberry: Morus species
Fruit, shade or ornamental tree. Somewhat drought tolerant. Hot dry climate suitability (some cultivars) 3 stars = extra water when fruiting.

Natal Plum: Carissa macrocarpa
A fruiting shrub, small tree or groundcover. Drought tolerant. Hot dry climate suitability 3 stars = proper location.

Olive: Olea europaea
A highly ornamental fruit tree. Drought tolerant. Estimated water use: 361 gallons per pound of fruit harvested. Hot dry climate suitability 4 stars = excellent.

Papaya: Carica papaya
A single-stemmed, giant herb, taking the form of a palm tree as it grows. Not drought tolerant. Estimated water use: 55 gallons per pound of fruit harvested. Hot dry climate suitability 2 stars = protect from freezes, water according to temperature.

Passion Fruit: Passiflora
A vine with large, elaborate flowers and fruit. Not drought tolerant. Hot dry climate suitability (some cultivars) 2 stars = frequent water, afternoon shade.

Acca sellowiana
Acca sellowiana: Pineapple Guava

Peach / Nectarine: Prunus persica Best Tasting symbol
Fruit tree. Moderate drought tolerance. Estimated water use: 109 gallons per pound of fruit harvested. Hot dry climate suitability 3 stars = extra water.

Pear, Asian: Pyrus pyrifolia
Fruit tree. Drought tolerant. Estimated water use: 110 gallons per pound of fruit harvested. Hot dry climate suitability (some cultivars) 3 stars = extra water.

Peppers, Chilies: Capsicum annuum
A fruiting herb. Drought tolerant. Estimated water use: 45 gallons per pound of fresh fruit harvested. Hot dry climate suitability (some cultivars) 3 stars = raised garden bed, consistent water schedule.

Pineapple Guava / Feijoa: Acca sellowiana
An evergreen shrub or small tree with exotic edible flowers and fruit. Loses appearance at high temperatures without afternoon shade and extra water. Hot dry climate suitability 3 stars = afternoon shade, extra water.

Pitangatuba / Star Cherry: Eugenia selloi
A tropical, evergreen shrub with ribbed, yellow fruit. Hot dry climate suitability 2 stars = protect from freezes when young, extra water.

Plum / Pluot: Prunus domestica / Prunus salicina
Fruit tree. Drought tolerant. Estimated water use: 260 gallons per pound of fruit harvested. Hot dry climate suitability (some cultivars) 3 stars = extra water.

Pomegranate: Punica granatum
Fruit shrub or tree. Drought tolerant. Hot dry climate suitability (some cultivars) 4 stars = excellent.

Quince: Cydonia oblonga
A tree with apple-like, aromatic fruit. Moderate drought tolerance. Hot dry climate suitability 3 stars = proper location.

Sherbet Berry / Phalsa: Grewia asiatica
Fruit shrub. Partly drought tolerant. Hot dry climate suitability 2 stars = protect from freezes when young, slightly acidic soil.

Strawberry: Fragaria x ananassa Best Tasting symbol
A fruiting herb. No drought tolerance without loss of crop. Estimated water use: 41.5 gallons per pound of fruit harvested. Hot dry climate suitability 2 stars = plant in early fall, all day part shade, daily water, proper soil and enclosure.

Surinam Cherry: Eugenia uniflora
Tropical fruit tree. Hot dry climate suitability 2 stars = protect from freezes when young, extra water.

Tamarind: Tamarindus indica
Tropical bean pod tree with edible pulp. Hot dry climate suitability 2 stars = protect from freezing, proper water.

Tomato: Solanum lycopersicum
A fruiting herb. Some cultivars have moderate drought tolerance. Estimated water use: 26 gallons per pound of fruit harvested. Hot dry climate suitability (some cultivars) 2 stars = consistent water schedule, 50% shade all day, proper soil, raised garden bed.

White Sapote: Casimiroa edulis
Fruit tree. Drought tolerant. Hot dry climate suitability 2 stars = proper location, branch breakage in strong winds.


DIFFICULTY LEVEL: High

Avocado: Persea americana
Fruit tree. Drought tolerant. Estimated water use: 237 gallons per pound of fruit harvested. Hot dry climate suitability (some cultivars) 1 star = proper soil and mulch, regular water, proper microclimate, extra shade, special care first three years.

Blueberry: Vaccinium
A fruiting shrub. Not drought tolerant. Estimated water use: 101 gallons per pound of fruit harvested. Hot dry climate suitability 1 star = grow in container with acidic soil, daily water, afternoon shade.

Capulin Cherry: Prunus salicifolia
Fruit tree. Not drought tolerant. Hot dry climate suitability 1 star = extra water, slightly acidic soil, saline sensitive, does poorly in a container, difficult to establish.

Cherry of the Rio Grande: Eugenia involucrata
Tropical fruit tree. Drought tolerant with loss of fruit. Hot dry climate suitability 1 star = enriched soil, full shade, basin irrigation.

Cherry, Sweet: Prunus avium
Fruit tree. Drought tolerant with proper rootstock. Estimated water use: 192 gallons per pound of fruit harvested. Hot dry climate suitability no stars = flowers and fruits poorly in USDA zone 9 and above.

Cherimoya: Annona cherimola Best Tasting symbol
Fruit tree. Not drought tolerant at high temperatures. Hot dry climate suitability 1 star = protect from freezing, high temperatures and drying wind, provide all day part shade in hot months.

Dragon Fruit: Hylocereus
A fruiting cactus vine. Drought tolerant. Hot dry climate suitability 1 star = protect from freezing and high temperatures, continuously moist soil while fruiting, part shade most of day in hot months.

Goji Berry: Lycium Barbarum
A fruiting shrub. Not drought tolerant at high temperatures. Hot dry climate suitability no stars = fruits poorly in high temperatures.

Ice Cream Bean: Inga
Tropical bean pod tree with edible filling. Hot dry climate suitability 1 star = all day part shade and extra water in high temperatures, protect from freezing when young.

Kiwifruit: Actinidia deliciosa
A vine with fuzzy brown fruit. Not drought tolerant. Estimated water use: 62 gallons per pound of fruit harvested. Hot dry climate suitability 1 star = all day part shade, frequent irrigation.

Lychee: Litchi chinensis Best Tasting symbol
A tree with red, rough-skinned fruit. Not drought tolerant at high temperatures. Hot dry climate suitability 1 star = afternoon shade, all day shade in hottest months, extra water, saline sensitive.

Persimmon, Asian: Diospyros kaki
Fruit tree. Not drought tolerant at high temperatures. Hot dry climate suitability 1 star = afternoon shade, extra water.

Raspberry: Rubus idaeus
A cane thicket with berries. Not drought tolerant. Estimated water use: 49 gallons per pound of fruit harvested. Hot dry climate suitability no stars = fruits poorly without sufficient winter chill hours.

Spanish Lime: Melicoccus bijugatus
Tropical fruit tree. Drought tolerant. Hot dry climate suitability 1 star = protect from freezes when young, all day part shade, extra water.

Starfruit: Averrhoa carambola
Tropical fruit tree. Not drought tolerant. Hot dry climate suitability 1 star = protect from freezes, all day part shade, extra water.


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