San Francisco Department of the Environment

Which fruit trees grow well in San Francisco and the Bay Area?

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

You can grow delicious fruit trees in San Francisco. That said, much of the local fruit we eat comes from hotter areas to the east or south of the Bay Area.

Grow in most San Francisco neighborhoods:

  • Lemons (Eureka)
  • Plums (Green Gage, Santa Rosa)
  • Pluots (Dapple Dandy, Flavor King, Flavor Queen)

Grow best in sunny neighborhoods:

  • Apples (Anna, Braeburn, Gravensteins, Fuji, Pippin, and many other varieties0
  • Avocadoes (Haas)
  • Loquats
  • Mulberry (Persian)
  • Pears (Asian)

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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,& Berry Crops for Home Gardens in San Mateo and San Francisco Counties (PDF) - UC Davis
How to Grow Loquat in the Shade - SF Gate