Numerous varieties of fruit trees thrive growing on the Central Coast of California. Since most of Santa Barbara County falls within zones 10a or 10b, with little frost risk, the warm weather makes it an ideal location for growing some of the most common fruit trees. The zone difference between 10a and 10b is only five degrees, meaning fruit trees rated to either zone should grow equally well.

Since most of the common fruit tree options grow here, you can select a fruit-bearing tree based on the types and flavors you and your family savor most. Most fruit trees are available in different varieties and some will do better in this zone over others. Fruit trees and the various varieties of those fruit trees have different periods of harvest. Choose breeds that bear fruit at different times so you can enjoy the fruit year round.

When planting fruit trees, make sure not to overcrowd or plant too close to structures. Check with variety recommendations for optimum space, sun, and pollination requirements. If you have a small yard, consider dwarf or semi-dwarf trees over full-size fruit trees. Full-size trees can reach heights over 20 feet.

Here is a general list of some of the fruit trees zoned for our climate: oranges, lemons, limes, peaches, nectarines, pomegranates, cherries, figs, plums, guava, avocados, pluots, tangerines, persimmons, grapefruit, and some varieties of pear and apricot.