Do you wish you had that lemon or lime tree just outside your door?
Well for heaven's sake why not plant one, and a few other fruit trees while your at it. Most tropical fruit trees are easy to grow here in Northern Australia. Just imagine the world growing outside your door, waiting to be plucked and sampled; and while you happily chomp away, imagine the Spanish Main, or the outriggers paddled by lusty brown men, or the stately Pasadoble and the orchid between the teeth, or the shadow play of the Ramayana, told once again for another generation's enlightenment; or recall simply the market place, open before dawn with the fresh sweet fruit of a simple people hard won from the soil, being attractively laid out for you to see, to buy and to enjoy.
Alan Carle prepared a landscaping plan for the average tropical house block which ought to fulfil the needs both of the fiercely practical and the incurably romantic. From his first-hand local knowledge, he has devised a set of fruit trees which everyone can grow, not too weird, and no dearer to buy than ornamentals. Eat your landscaping is the message of this beautiful garden. Make it yours.
(Note the lime tree - just where you wanted it!)
When apples and oranges grown a thousand miles away are the only common fruit, it's time to do something about it. From Abiu to Zizyphus, from Albuquerque to Zanzibar, we've got something going for us. We love eating fruit, and we love growing it. Let's make the Rare Fruit Common.
tropical suburban house and garden1/10 ha or 1/4 acre
design by a w carle
|1. Chrysophyllum cainito||Star Apple||13. Syzygium malaccense||Malay Apple|
|2. Quararibea cordata||South American Sapote||14. Citrus aurantifolia||Lime|
|3. Lansium domesticum||Duku/Langsat||15. Citrus nobilis||Mandarin|
|4. Garcinia mangostana||Mangosteen||16. Averrhoa carambola||Carambola|
|5. Rheedia madruno||Madrono||17. Persea americana||Avocado|
|6. Pouteria sapota||Mamey Sapote||a. Myrciaria cauliflora||Jaboticaba|
|7. Rollinia deliciosa||Rollinia||b. Synsepalum dulcificum||Miracle fruit|
|8. Mangifera indica||Mango||c. Passiflora quadrangularis||Granadilla|
|9. Artocarpus altilis||Breadfruit||d. Carica papaya||Papaya|
|10. Nephelium lappaceum||Rambutan||e. Passiflora edulis||Passionfruit|
|11. Mammea americana||Mammea||f. Bactris gasipaes||Pejibaye|
|12. Citrus grandis||Pommelo||g. Salacca edulis||Salak|
DATE: May 1982
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