What could be more delightful than to be able to pluck and eat fruit from a tree that you also admire for its beauty?
Every quality valued in a landscape tree - whether it's textured bark, fall leaf color, bright flowers, even decorative fruits - can also be found in some trees bearing edible fruits.
When it comes to "luscious landscaping" with fruit trees, special considerations are needed. Think twice before planting an especially bountiful tree near a terrace or driveway. Excess dropped fruit could create a mess.
And producing fruit - especially high-quality fruit - demands an extra measure of energy from a tree, so also pay attention to choosing a site with sun and soil that suits it.
Pests might present a problem when landscaping with fruit. Yet trying to spray one fruit tree nestled among other plants or growing near a terrace brings its own set of problems. You don't want pesticides to fall on nearby plants or in areas where people frequent.
Fortunately, in every region of the country there are plenty of handsome trees that yield edible fruits without the need for spraying or, in some cases, even pruning. And some fruit trees are adaptable just about everywhere.
- Associated Press
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