San Francisco Department of the Environment

Which fruit trees grow well in San Francisco?

A.Prunus x domestica leaves and fruit (photo credit: FUF)

Much of the local fruit we eat comes from hotter areas to the east or south of the Bay Area. Still, you can grow some delicious varieties of fruits in San Francisco. 

Fruit trees that will grow in most San Francisco neighborhoods:

  • Lemons
  • Plums
  • Pluots

Fruit trees that will grow best in sunny neighborhoods (like the Mission district):

  • Apples
  • Avocadoes
  • Loquats
  • Pears


Additional Resources
Grow a mini home orchard - SF Gate
Grow Fruit in the Yard, Never Mind the Fog - SF Gate
Fruit Growing in the San Francisco Bay Area (PDF) - California Rare Fruit Growers
Selecting Fruit, Nut, and Berry Crops for Home Gardens in San Mateo and San Francisco Counties (PDF) - University of California, Davis
How to Grow Loquat in the Shade - SF Gate