Planting alternative backyard fruit trees in Southern California can help stop citrus threat

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Alternatives backyard citrus trees include apples, peaches, avocados, persimmons, mangos, guavas, pineapple guavas, peaches, nectarines and pears. Courtesy photo
RIVERSIDE – Southern California’s mild Mediterranean climate makes it ideal for growing fruit trees in backyards, community gardens and school gardens. The trees provide wholesome fruit along with shade, beauty and enrichment for families and communities. “With fresh fruit close at hand, it’s easier to follow dietary guidelines that encourage filling half our plates with fruits and vegetables for good health,” Rachel Surls, University of California Cooperative Extension sustainable food systems adviser, said. “Besides, gardening is a great activity. Tending fruit trees teaches natural science, responsibility and appreciation for fresh food. And a garden gets people outside and engaged in physical activity.” Citrus trees are favorites for Southern California backyards,
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