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Growing edible fruits and nuts

Quick facts

  • There are many cold hardy trees and shrubs that can provide edible fruit and nuts in your home landscape.

Gathering wild foods from the woods and environment is a common practice in many cultures. But did you know there are many wild fruits and nuts that can also be planted in your yard to provide food and enjoyment?

There are many species of trees and shrubs that produce fruits and nuts that can be planted in home landscapes. Shrubs are smaller and preferred when space is limited.

When choosing plants for Minnesota yards and gardens, select cold hardy varieties for best results. See other pages on this site about growing stone fruitsraspberries, strawberries, apples and grapes in home gardens.

The list of fruits and nuts in the following table is not complete but gives information about many trees and shrubs that can be planted in home landscapes.


Gary Wyatt, Extension educator

Reviewed in 2019

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