The tropical fruit garden after citrus canker eradication

Carlos Balerdi


The citrus canker eradication program in Florida has mandated the removal of infected citrus trees and any citrus tree within a 1900 ft radius of an infected one. In the 5 years that this program has been in effect in southeastern Florida, thousands of backyard citrus trees have been removed. As of July, 2000, the total was 323,000. Dooryard growers have the option of replacing trees which have been removed with either ornamental or tropical fruit trees. Many tropical fruit trees have the advantage of being both aesthetically attractive and producing delicious, nutritious fruit. The characteristics of 17 tropical fruit trees that are well adapted to gardens in south eastern Florida are summarized.

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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283