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Forest Gardening

Edible Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Britain (Temperate Zones)

This page list around 300 types of tree and shrubs which which have some edible part (not necessarily the fruit). We have divided this up into sub-pages for easier browsing. All these files use tables for layout. If you can't use tables or want to import the information into a database then you may find the Plain Text file of use.



CL. Climber     D. Deciduous     E. Evergreen
SH. Shrub       T. Tree

DIOECIOUS means that all the flowers on a plant are either male or female and plants of both sexes must be grown in order to produce seeds.

Temperate Zones

The five main latitude regions of the Earth's surface comprise geographical zones, divided by the major circles of latitude. The differences between them relate to climate, and the behaviour of the Sun. In the two Temperate Zones, consisting of the tepid latitudes, the Sun is never directly overhead, and the climate is mild, generally ranging from warm to cool. The four annual seasons, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter occur in these areas. The North Temperate Zone includes Great Britain, Europe, northern Asia, North America and northern Mexico. The South Temperate Zone includes southern Australia, New Zealand, southern South America and Southern Africa.

Climate Zones

The old version of this page where all the plants are listed in one very long page is also avaliable, this might be useful for searching.

You can also see our leflets on Edible Shrubs, Pioneer Species and Woodland Garden Plants for more information about trees and shrubs. Or you can see our Database.


Images taken at Martin Crawford's Forest Garden in Devon.

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