Planting a tree is usually on everyone’s bucket list, as it is one of the easiest ways to create a positive impact on the environment. Planting a tree helps cleaning the air, prevents soil erosion, supports the ecosystem, and increases property value. Trees that produce fruits or edible leaves can as well add onto an organic diet, straight out of your backyard!
Here we have a selection of beautiful species you can grow and feed on as well:
1. Wild Plum Trees
A fast-growing type of tree, the Wild Plum, is a gorgeous addition to any garden. They are very resistant to the elements, even in rough conditions, and are considered small trees as they grow approximately 15 to 25 feet in height and width.
Wild plum trees produce sweet pulses that can be eaten raw or used in a variety of recipes, as well as jams and jellies.
2. Mulberry Trees
There are over 200 varieties of mulberry trees that suit different climates and locations. As well as a fast-growing species, the mulberry tree provides a spreading canopy of shade in only a few years.
Although there are fruitless varieties of these types of trees, most people enjoy harvesting these delicious drupes for pies, jams, jellies, or simply eating them raw.
According to Tennessee Wholesale Nursery, Hazelnut trees are among the top picks for home growing. From bees to caterpillars, Hazelnut trees are an essential basis for the ecosystem surrounding it.
The nuts drop roughly every four weeks, and it makes an exceptional ingredient for desserts, recipes and roasted as a snack.
The best-hidden secret about hazelnut trees is its leaves, which have medicinal uses as they are rich in manganese and vitamin E.
4. Crab Apple Trees
When in full bloom, Crab Apple trees can be seen miles away with its beautiful shades of pink and red, and their fruity fragrance adds-on to their visual appeal.
Although the apples this tree produces are no recommended for daily consumption, they do very well on pies and jams. Another excellent use for crab apple is the production of liquor, fruit wine, or gin.
5. Hickory Trees
These magnificent trees, with their enormous height, produce a selection of nuts. The most common type is the Black Walnut, used across the country for traditional recipes like banana bread or walnut cookies.
Its lumber is highly valuable when building high-end furniture or smoking meat and even producing smoked barbecue sauces.
If you are seeking options to upgrade your landscape, trees that produce edible goods and enrich the environment should be at the top of your list.
The above selection of species provides a variety of visual effects as well as wind-blocking and shade, with the added advantage of producing yummy treats!