Fruit Links

Rare Fruit Links for San Diego

There are many places on the internet that you can visit to learn about growing sub-tropical and tropical fruit trees.  The links on this page are to sites that may be of interest to the San Diego Area fruit growers.

The first place to visit is the site of our parent organization,

Other Forums about Fruits in San Diego

Fig Forum:
Banana Form:
Kiwi site:

CRFG Chapters Near San Diego

North San Diego County California Rare Fruit Growers
Orange County
Los Angeles

Chapter Members Web Sites

Leo Manuel
Jon Verdicks’ Bananas and Figs

Rare Fruit Information for San Diego

“Fruits of Warm Climates” by Julia F. Morton, 

Chill hours for parts of San Diego,

Our Chapter in the News

Rare fruits were the focus of the articles published in the San Diego Union Tribune by Nan Sterman back in August 28, 2005:

Rare Treats
Rare Fruits
CRFG members share their passion, prowess
San Diego is avocado country

Botanic Gardens

San Diego Botanic Gardens, Subtropical Fruit Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, (760) 436-3036

South Bay Botanic Garden ,at Southwestern College, 900 Otay Lakes, Chula Vista CA  91910; Phone:  619-421-6700 ext 5371

Water Conservation Garden,at Cuyamaca College, 12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West, El Cajon CA  921019; Phone:  619.660.014   ext. 10, email:

Fruit Tree Nurseries in San Diego County

Click here to view the map with these nurseries

Aloha Tropicals
Online Nursery
By appointment only.
Call or e-mail for appointment time and directions.
(760) 631-2880.

Anderson’s La Costa Nursery
Open Daily
400 La Costa Ave., Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 753-3153.

Atkins Nursery, Inc.
Open Daily
3129 Reche Road, Fallbrook , CA 92028-3799
(760) 728-1610.

CRFG Members Discount Participant:

Bonita Creek Nurseries
David Archer, proprietor, CRFG Member
By appointment only.
Call for appointment time and directions.
6036 Bonita Meadows Ln, Bonita, CA 91902-2903
(619)  470-2005

Briggs Tree Company, Inc.
Open Daily
1111 Poinsettia Ave., Vista, CA 92081
(760) 727-2727.

California Tropical Fruit Tree Nursery
By appointment only
2081 Elevado Road, Vista, CA 92084-2811
(760) 434-5085.

CRFG Members Discount Participant:

City Farmers Nursery
Open Monday through Saturday, 9am to 6pm
4832 Home Avenue, San Diego, CA 92105
(619) 284-6358.

CRFG Members Discount Participant:

Clausen Nursery
Open Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm and Saturday. 8am to 4pm
3132 Blackwell Drive, Vista, CA 92084-1426
(760) 724-3143.

El Plantio Nursery-Landscaping 
1322 San Pasqual Valley Rd.
Escondido, CA 92027
Phone: (760) 745-8736

Encanto Farms.
Jon Verdick, proprietor, CRFG Member
By appointment only.
6143 Fulmar Street, San Diego, CA 92114-1311

Evergreen Nursery
Open Daily.
13650 Carmel Valley Rd, San Diego CA 92130
Phone: (858) 481-0622

Exotica Nursery, Inc.
Steve Spangler, proprietor, CRFG Member
Open Daily.
2508-B East Vista Way Vista, CA 92083
(760) 724-9093.

Fantasia Gardens Nursery
Tom del Hotal, proprietor, CRFG Member
By appointment only.
Call or e-mail for appointment time and directions.
(619) 454-2628.

J.D. Andersen Nursery
Open Daily.
2790 Marvinga Lane, Fallbrook, CA 92028
(949) 361-3652.

CRFG Members Discount Participant:

Kniffing’s Discount Nursery
Open daily.
14940 Oak Creek Road, El Cajon, CA 92021
(619) 561-0611.

Las Pilitas Nursery
Open daily.
8331 Nelson Way, Escondido , CA, 92026
(760) 749-5930.

CRFG Members Discount Participant:

Merritt Mountain Nursery
Paul Fisher, proprietor, CRFG Member 
By appointment only.
(619) 322-4141

Ong Nursery 
Quang Ong, proprietor, CRFG Member
Open on Saturday and Sunday 8 am to 5 pm
2528 Crandall Drive, San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 277-8167

Ben & Mary Poirier
Ben & Mary Poirier, proprietors, CRFG Member
By appointment only.
Call or e-mail for appointment time and directions.
(760) 751-1605

Tropic World Nursery
Opne Tuesday through Sunday, 9am to 5pm
26437 North Centre City Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92026
(760) 746-6108.

Walter Andersen Nurseries.
Open daily.
3642 Enterprise Street, San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 224-8271
12755 Danielson Court, Poway, CA 92064
(858) 513-4900

CRFG Member Nurseries and Fruit Sources For the California Rare Fruit Grower website.

Some additional links: – USDA Genetic Resource Information Network Information on rare and rnusual fruit varieties. – Home of the Giant Pumpkins. – UC Davis Pomology Department – (information on the lower part of the page) Cloudforest Cafe, Rare fruit discussion, largely California. – Agrodesierto arid region agriculture, Canary Islands. Spanish, same latitude as San Diego – USDA agricultural research news.

North American Fruit Explorers (NAFEX) – Mailing list, discussion, etc.


San Diego Edible Society
How to grow edibles in San Diego, including vegetables, fruit trees, and berries.
SD Edible Society
La Mesa Honey Company
Bee facts for San Diego, and photos of Africanized bee hives.