Recommended Books and Journals

Link to Useful Websites

1.  D. Alexander et al.,   Some Tree Fruits for Tropical Australia (1982), CSIRO Publishing.

2.  P. Baxter,   Fruit for Australian Gardens (1991), Pan MacMillan, 269pp.

50 fruit trees covered.

3. B. Beattie et al., Postharvest diseases of horticultural produce, Vol 1. Temperate fruit (1989) CSIRO Australia, 84pp.

Information on pome fruit, citrus, stone fruit, grapes, berries and kiwifruit.

4.  C.R. Boning,  Florida’s Best Fruiting Plants (2006) 232pp Pineapple Press, US.

80 native and exotic fruit trees covered, 200 colour photos, sketches of leaves, flowers and fruit, species ratings.

5. L. Coates et al., Postharvest diseases of horticultural produce, Vol 2, Tropical fruit (1986) Department of Primary Industries, Qld, 86pp plus several pages of full-colour pictures.

Information on avocados, bananas, carambola, custard apples, litchis, mangos, pawpaws, passionfruit, pineapples and rambutan.

6.  B. Cull with P Lindsay,  Fruit growing in Warm Climates for Commercial Growers and Home Gardeners (1995) 192 pp, Reed Sydney

Eight sub-tropical fruits covered in detail, plus a further 15 more briefly, many colour photos and authoritatively written.

7. S. Facciola, Cornucopia II, A source Book of Edible Plants, (1998) Kampong Publications, 713pp.

Massive reference source giving brief details of all those rare fruits and names that are hard to track.

8.  L. Glowinski,  The Complete Book of Fruit Growing in Australia (2005), Lothian Books, 382pp.

250 photographs and illustrations.

9. J. Havlin et al, Soil Fertility and Fertilizers, An Introduction to Nutrient Management, 7thEd, (2005) Pearson Education Inc., 515pp.

Basic science underlying this most precious component of the fruit growing enterprise.

10. D Jackson and N Looney (eds),   Temperate and Subtropical Fruit Production (1999) 2ndEd, CABI Publishing, 332pp.

Good coverage of management principles and techniques, plus information on specific fruits.

11.  J. Janick and R.E. Paull (Eds), The Encylopedia of Fruit and Nuts (2008), CAB International,  954pp.

Excellent reference source with contributions on sub-tropical and tropical species by more than 100 world authorities.  Over 300 entries. 

12. W. Lewis and D Alexander, Grafting and Budding, 2ndEd, (2008) Landlinks Press, 102pp.

Description of basic techniques from an Australian perspective and includes specific information on 20 plants.

13.  H. Lorenzi, Brazilian Fruits and Cultivated Exotics (2006), 656pp.

Good reference source on 312 fruits native to Brazil and another 203 grown there.  Full colour images of fruit on a grid background to indicate size.

14.  S. Lyle, Discovering Fruit and Nuts (2006), Landlinks Press, 480pp.

More than 300 edible species. Written from an Australasian perspective.

15.  J. McMaugh,  What Garden Pest or Disease Is That? Organic and chemical solutions for every garden problem. (2000) 312 pp.

An A-Z of pests and diseases with full colour photos of each.

16.   H. Nakasone and R.E. Paull,    Tropical fruits (1998),  CAB International.

Limited number of fruits but detailed coverage.

17. Home Fruit Growing, 2ndEd, (2001), NSW Agriculture, 120pp.

Good starter reference source.

18.   T. Cooke, D. Persley and S. House (Eds), Diseases of Fruit Crops in Australia (2009), 288pp.

Authoritative, up to date, quality colour images, broad range of fruit and nut crops covered.

19. L. Taiz and E. Zeiger  Plant Physiology, 4thEd, (2006) Sinauer Associates, 764pp.

For those who wish to know something about recent advances and understanding of how plants function, this book is a gold standard in the field.

20. G. Tankard, Exotic Tree Fruit For The Australian Home Garden (1987), Thomas Nelson, 152pp.

Information is given on 45 exotic fruits which can be grown in Australia, plus a brief mention of many other very rare species.

21.  B.-E. Van Wyk,  Food Plants of the World: an illustrated guide (2005), Timber Press.

Full colour pictures of edible parts with foliage and flowers, plus a brief description of the botany and uses.

22.  E.W.M. Verheij and Coronel R.E. (Eds), Prosea 2 Edible Fruits and Nuts (2000), Wageningen CD-ROM.

Detailed descriptions of 120 important sub-tropical and tropical fruits and nuts with reduced coverage of another 270.

23.  J. A. Vozzo (Ed), Tropical Tree Seed Manual (2002), Agriculture Handbook  No 721, USDA, Washington DC.

Describes fully the germination and development of seeds to mature plants with full explanation of botanical terminology and descriptions of many tropical fruit trees by world experts.

24. R. Weir and G Creswell, Plant Nutrient Disorders 2 Tropical fruit and Nut Crops. (1995), NSW Agriculture, Inkata Press, 101pp.

                Excellent reference with many full colour photographs

25.   J. Wilkinson,  Nut grower’s Guide (2005) 240pp.

The complete book for producers and hobbyists.

26.   R.W. Bell and B. Dell,  Micronutrients for Sustainable Food, Feed, Fibre and Bioenergy Production (2008) 175pp.

Written by two established academics from Murdoch University, containing a great deal of information and a global perspective.

For those who like a story along with the information

1. D. Cannon (ed) Five decades with Tropical Fruit, A Personal Journey, W. Whitman,  (2001), Quisqualis Books, 476pp.

Bill Whitman was one of the pioneers of the Florida tropical fruit scene.

2. A. Gollner, The Fruit Hunters, 2008, Scribner, 279pp.

Explores the story of fruits around the world.

3. N. Smith et al., Amazon River Fruits, Flavors for Conservation, (2007) Grafica Biblos SA, 272pp.

Ethnobotanical coverage by Smith, Professor of Geography at the University of Florida.  The excellent photographs could be reason alone to peruse this one.



1. Journal of Tree fruit Production

Up to 4 issues/yr, smaller articles than Hort Reviews but many more per issue.

2. Horticultural Reviews

One volume/yr – fully referenced chapters written by the most eminent people on a given topic. Edited by Janick.

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