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List of drought tolerant fruits?

Posted by nullzero (My Page) on
Wed, Jan 23, 08 at 16:08

I am looking for fruits and nut trees that are drought tolerant... Off the top of my head I could only come up with these; Pomegrante, Olives, Prickely Pear Cactus, Date Palms, and Avocado. Is there any good fruits and nuts I am leaving out?

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RE: List of drought tolerant fruits?

I think you're better off asking about a specific climate.

Last year, we were in drought conditions where there were some water restrictions and all the lawns turned brown. And even with that happening, I didn't have to water any of my fruit trees (apples, peach, pear, persimmon, etc).

RE: List of drought tolerant fruits?

Was looking for drought tolerant fruit/nut plants in a zone 9 Mediterranean/Desert climate. Some examples like Southern California, Israel, Greece, Turkey etc.

RE: List of drought tolerant fruits?

Doing some more research, I found several fruits to add;

Australian Desert Lime (Supposely the best drought tolerant citrus)
Figs (many varieties)
Pineapple Guava
Blackberries (drought tolerant once established)

RE: List of drought tolerant fruits?

Here is what you are looking for...

RE: List of drought tolerant fruits?

We get an average of fifteen inches of rain a year, with a range of seven to twenty being common. The rain falls from late fall through spring, mostly January through March. On my property the following fruits grow without supplemental water:

oranges (yes, really, and they do bear fruit)
olives (I don't eat these)

The following grow with monthly supplemental water:


My apricot picks up some water from the irrigation of a nearby flower bed, but honestly it would be better off without the water. So, at least, the certified horticultural person at the local nursery tells me.

There are also a variety of cherry plums and nut trees planted some sixty or seventy years ago that are outside my watering zone. I don't harvest them and the wildlife get the fruit and nuts, but they definitely do flower and bear.


RE: List of drought tolerant fruits?

Jujubes like it hot and dry - see link below.

I think they are an excellent fruit, unlike some of the other uncommon fruits which have major defects. They are in fact a common fruit in China, it is only the rest of the world where they are uncommon.


Here is a link that might be useful: Jujubes info from TAMU

RE: List of drought tolerant fruits?

found out from the link posted that almonds thrive in drought enviroments.

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