Central Coast Chapter CRFG

Fruit Trees in the Central Coast Area

Our members share information about the fruiting plants they grow in the Central Coast area.

Please help contribute to this effort: you do not need to be an "expert!" We welcome everything from paragraphs about specific fruit trees to comments sharing information about growing varieties of fruit trees in your area of the Central Coast.

Cherimoya hanging on tree Feijoa hanging on tree


Cherimoya


Fruit growing on Cherimoya tree


Cherimoya flower


The cherimoya (Annona cherimola), is thought to be native to Ecuador, Colombia, Peru and Bolivia. Today cherimoya are grown in tropical regions throughout the world.

Mark Twain called the cherimoya "the most delicious fruit known to men." The creamy texture of the flesh gives the fruit its secondary name: custard apple.

Young plants are susceptible to frost but trees become more cold tolerant with age and do well in coastal areas of Central California.


Small cherimoya fruit beginning to grow

Both seedling and grafted trees can produce tasty fruit when 3-5 years of age. Smaller trees may require hand pollination to set fruit, older and larger trees seem to set fruit without being hand pollinated, likely due to a combination of wind and various pollinators doing the pollinating.

Cherimoya trees are fast growing and require aggressive pruning to keep them small enough to avoid the use of orchard ladders.

Information provided by Larry Hollis
See also the CRFG Cherimoya Fruit Facts


Feijoa


Flowering Feijoa tree


Feijoa flowers, also edible

Acca sellowiana, a species of flowering plant in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae, is native to the highlands of southern Brazil, eastern Paraguay, Uruguay, northern Argentina, and Colombia. It is widely cultivated as a garden plant and fruiting tree.

The variety we grow in Shell Beach is Coolidge. The bush is about 20 years old and grows fruit up to about 12 cm long x 4 to 5 cm in diameter. The bush is growing within a hundred yards of San Luis Bay.

Information provided by Marv Daniels
See also the CRFG Feijoa Fruit Facts