Tree Care

Fruit Salad Trees have 2 special care requirements:
Keep the tree balanced
Establish a well ‘balanced’ tree by pruning back the more vigorous growing grafts, any time and regularly during the growing season. Thin out branching of each graft, if needed, to equalize growth vigour! Otherwise the more vigorous growers will become bigger and stronger and dominate, at the expense of the slower growers. This should be done once a month and is especially important while the tree is young and developing! Continue to maintain a 'balance' of growth for each graft, until mature height is reached. Hint: Keep each graft confined to grow in its own area of the tree, this will assist in recognizing the faster and slower growers.     

Remove rootstock growth 
Any new shoots emerging from the main central stem of the tree or from ground level, must be removed. This is the growth of the rootstock tree. Its purpose is to nourish the attached grafts. Citrus rootstock has long thorns and a small 3 pronged leaf, always remove this growth. Hint: Identify the different grafts growing from the main central stem (e.g. put a dab of paint), these are the anchor points of each graft. Check and remove all other growth from the central stem (rootstock).

Care Instructions leaflet
Our comprehensive care instructions leaflet accompanies each tree and covers basic care requirements for all fruit trees such as planting, fertilising, watering, sun requirements, pruning, shaping, disease protection, pot growing

Click to download care instructions or see below for more information on caring for your Fruit Salad Tree!
Seasonal Care Reminder Email
We send out a seasonal Care Reminder email including growing tips, care advice and current specials to all our subscribers. If you would like to subscribe to this service and get those emails delivered to you every season, simply subscribe below.

You can also download or view past Care Reminder emails here.

How to care for my tree

How can I purchase a Fruit Salad Tree?

The best way to purchase our trees is by ordering directly from us using our website. The website has a secure banking facility with Afterpay, Paypal, Credit Card and Bank Transfer. We accept Cheques/Money Orders, so follow the ordering online method and click ‘pay by cheque or money order’, then print out your order confirmation and post us your payment with the reference of your order confirmation OR name and order number. We also attend a number of Shows / Field Days during the year and sell the trees. You can save the delivery/freight cost and pick out your own trees! Come along and see these unique trees, meet our team and ask us any questions, we’ll be happy to advise. See "Show Dates" on the Home Page for a list of Shows we are attending and dates. Please contact us by email or phone if you wish to discuss anything before making your order.

How does the delivery work?

We ship Australia wide. We ship out all orders (except WA/TAS) including Express Post, on Tuesday each week. Please have your order in by Tuesday 9AM to be included in the dispatch.

All WA & TAS orders are dispatched once a month, during the first week of each month.

Dispatch day may change if we are attending a Garden Show. 

We also offer a free tree pickup service from the Liberty Service Station at Telegraph Point, NSW. Please note that you cannot pick up your tree from our nursery. Order your tree and enter the promo code: PICKMEUP during checkout to have your tree/s dropped to the Service Station. Please order at least 72 hours before expected pickup date.

What happens if my plants are damaged in transit? The majority of our trees arrive in perfect condition as we hand pack our trees in specially designed boxes for shipping. In rare cases the plants may be damaged. We will act in good faith to explain how to revitalise your tree. Please contact in this case.

Do you ship the trees internationally?

As a general rule, we don't ship trees internationally. Some countries allow the trees to be imported under certain Quarantine conditions. Some countries only require Phytosanitary Certificates. Please enquire with the destination country as to the requirements needed to import. e.g. U.S.A. does not permit entry

Can I choose the fruits that I want?

Yes! We have each tree’s combination of fruits clearly listed on the website. You can see the description of all the fruits as well – click on Tree Info. You can also choose the ‘Best for my climate’ option and we will give the varieties of fruits that best suit your post code area.

What if I can't find the tree that I want?

If the tree you would like is sold out, please add your contact email address to the Notify me section and we will contact you once the tree becomes available. The ‘Notify me’ section can be found when you select a tree combination that has been sold out.

Can I send a tree as a Gift?

If you would like to send a tree as a gift, simply follow this guide.

1. Choose your Fruit Salad Tree or Trees

2. Click on the ADD TO CART button on any product page.

3. Click on the CHECKOUT button.

4. Select the SHIP TO MULTIPLE ADDRESSES box above your product

5. Click the SET ADDRESS button to set the address you would like the tree to be delivered to.

6. Click NEXT

7. Select which trees you would like to send to this address


9. Choose Shipping Type

10. Click CONTINUE

11. You will then be returned to your shopping cart.

12. You can now see which address each of your trees will be shipped to.

13. Click the ADD MESSAGE button to add your name and a message you would like to add to each order

14. Click SUBMIT to save the message

Once you have finished setting your gift addresses, continue through the cart process by choosing how you heard about us and then click CHECKOUT.

Enter your billing details on the next page.  You can see each product on the right side of the page, including the address each tree will be shipped to including any message you added.

Click CONTINUE TO PAYMENT METHOD button, complete your details then Click COMPLETE ORDER to Finish!  

Well done, This is exciting! You will make someone very happy when they receive their Fruit Salad Tree!

Can I purchase an E-Gift Card?

Why not send an electronic gift Card to a friend or loved one, then they can choose the tree they would like. Simply click on the Gift Card product, then select the amount and proceed to checkout.

You can also choose the Fruit Salad Tree yourself and have it delivered directly to their address.  Simply add a tree/s to cart on any product page and follow the instructions here.

Will the trees be suitable for my climate?

Yes! There are varieties of fruits to suit all climate types. You can check your climate and suitability of the fruits you would like by clicking on our Climate Map Here. You can also check specific fruit varieties and their requirements by looking at the Variety Information Table for each tree type on the Tree Info Pages here. Tropical / Warm / Temperate climates can grow the Stonefruit tree (tropical varieties), the Citrus fruits tree and the tropical Apples variety tree. Cold climates can grow the Stonefruit tree, the Citrus fruit tree (to -8 degrees), and the cold climate varieties of Apples - also the temperate Apples.

What size are the trees when I receive them?

Seasonal changes have an effect on the size of the trees in stock as we regularly balance the trees and prune them through the Winter period. New stock coming out in Spring will also be smaller because the growing season has just started. Saleable tree size is also limited by shipping requirements and costs.

Check back here to see the estimated size of trees that are currently shipping out.

Stone Fruit Salad Trees are usually between 65-85 cm tall when they are shipped out.

Citrus Fruit Salad Trees are usually between 60-75 cm tall when they are shipped out.

Apple Fruit Salad Trees are usually between 65- 85 cm tall when they are shipped out.

Are the trees available all year?

Yes, we have them available for dispatch all year and Australia wide. Due to the growing popularity of the trees, we may run out of stock of a particular line for a short time. Check our website regularly, send us an email for expected availability or give us a call.

Is there any special care needed for Fruit Salad Trees?

Yes! There are 2 special care points for Fruit Salad Trees.

1. Keep the tree ‘balanced’. While the tree is young, it's most important that a comparison is made between the growth and vigor of each fruit’s branch work (we call this branch work: graft). If one of the fruit grafts is growing faster, compared to the others, then it should be cut and stopped to ensure that each separate graft is growing at a ‘balanced’ and even rate. If all the grafts are not ‘balanced’ regularly, especially when the tree is young, then the faster growing grafts will become bigger, stronger and dominate over the others, thus depriving the slower growers of nutrients and growth. We recommend to look at the tree for ‘balancing’ about once a month. BEST TO: Keep each graft confined to grow in its own area of the tree. This separation will assist in recognizing the faster and slower growers.

2. Remove Rootstock Growth. Any ‘rootstock’ growth on the tree must be removed as soon as possible. To explain: the rootstock tree is the main central stem of the tree and its root system under the soil. This is the ‘mother’ tree and it hosts the fruit grafts that have been attached (grafted) to it. If the roots shoot any growth out from the soil, then cut it off as low as you can, as soon as you can. You don’t want that growth to take energy away from the fruit grafts attached higher up on the central stem. The anchor points of each fruit graft have been marked with some white paint on the central stem rootstock tree. This is the point from which each graft begins its growth so make sure you never cut these branches off. However, if any growth begins from a dormant eye anywhere else on the central stem rootstock tree, perhaps between the paint marks, then remove it, as it would be rootstock growth.

What is the mature height of the trees?

Mature height of the trees in the Ground are: Citrus tree is a dwarfing tree, height about 2 mtrs, width 2 mtrs Stone Fruits tree, height about 3 mtrs, width about 2 mtrs. Apples tree, height 3 mtrs, width 2 mtrs. (Good to Espalier) All 3 trees are well suited to grow in the ‘stand-alone’ position and can also be grown in pots….. or kept shorter by the ‘Espalier’ method (see Tree Care).

How are the trees shipped around Australia?

Our trees are sent around Australia with Australia Post all throughout the year. They are dispatched every Tuesday by Regular Post, with Tracking. Express Post option is available for an additional cost. See Shipping options during Checkout. Note: If EXPRESS POST is selected, your tree will be shipped out during our normal weekly dispatch day (Tuesday) but will go Express Post, not normal Parcel Post. We do not do extra dispatch runs for Express Post.

WA & TAS orders: If Express Post is selected for WA and TAS orders they will be shipped out as part of the once a month dispatch (start of each month) but go as Express Post not normal parcel post. They are shipped in specially designed boxes, that allow light and air circulation. This method of delivery has proven to be very satisfactory over the many years (20+) we have been shipping.

Some Australian States need Quarantine Inspection Certificates Some states (WA and TAS) require an Inspection Certificate from the Department of Agriculture. The cost of an Inspection Certificate is $25 per shipment (not per tree). This cost will be included in the shipping calculated during Checkout. WA and TAS dispatches are scheduled for the start of each month.

What varieties of Stone Fruits, Citrus Fruits and Apples are on the trees?

See the page Tree Info Here This lists all the variety names and their descriptions.

What about cross-pollination?

The varieties grafted onto the tree already cross pollinate each other. No additional trees are required for cross pollination.

Can I espalier my tree?

All our trees can be espaliered. This method saves space and is especially helpful for apple trees as it provides extra support for heavy cropping. Attach the branching sideways along wires or framework. Secure branches with expandable ties to allow expansion as the branches grow.

What are the sun requirements for my tree?

Best to place in a position with full day sun. There is a minimum of half day (4-5 hours) of sunshine required however, Stone Fruits and Apples trees don’t need sun during late Autumn and into Winter because they’re dormant at this time. The Citrus trees need sunshine all year. It is also best to plant your tree somewhere that is sheltered from very strong winds if possible.

When will my tree bear fruit?

First fruits will appear in approximately 6 - 18 months. It's best to remove most of these fruits when they are the size of a pea and allow the framework (branches) of all the grafts to develop first. This is especially important whilst the tree is young. As the tree grows, thin out/reduce the amount of fruit that has set, always promoting branch growth as well as fruit production. Branch framework needs to be ahead of fruit production to carry the weight of the fruit and establish correct tree shape. More fruit may be allowed to set on any faster growing grafts however, as the fruit production will slow the growth of the branches. Always reduce the number of fruit on the slower growing varieties to allow more energy to go into developing the branches.

Common Pests and Diseases

Pest and Disease guide coming soon


How does it work?

Paying with Afterpay allows you to purchase your trees and pay in four equal installments, due every 2 weeks. For example, if you purchase an item for $200, you pay 4 installments of $50. There is no additional cost to use Installments by Afterpay as long as you pay on time. All of your payments are interest free and you will receive your order right away.

Ok, how do I use it?
Select your Tree/s, add them to your Cart and Checkout. Select Installments by Afterpay as your payment method. Use your existing payment card. Complete your checkout in seconds. Pay over 4 equal payments, every two weeks. Enjoy your purchase now. It's that easy!

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