Best fruit trees for wood burning stoves

Best fruit trees for wood burning stoves in Adelaide


The ever popular apple tree features prominently in Australia’s cultural heritage, but is also an important contribution to sustainable building materials and a source of high quality firewood. In the late 1800s, Sydney’s pioneering Walter Baker burnt the first woodfire in Australia at the home of his childhood friend, botanist Henry Ridley.

The choice of fruit trees for your wood burning stove can be influenced by their height, availability of space in your garden, susceptibility to pests and disease, and the type of firewood you intend to use it for. This list of the top fruit trees for wood burning stoves in Adelaide is ideal for those with small gardens and limited space.

Australian apple trees are one of the oldest tree fruit cultivated and are believed to be of first introduction to Australia by the 1788 First Fleet. The original trees may have disappeared after European settlement but many replacements have been planted and are found today. They produce various forms of apple including crab apples, golf balls, almonds, as well as the more familiar Red Delicious apples.

The best fruit trees for wood burning stoves


This semi-dwarf apple tree can be grown in most Australian conditions and is known for its prolific fruit and superior quality firewood. Its tasty yellow apples are at their best when stored at room temperature for up to two weeks.

Harlequin apples: These yellow apples will soon turn brown and lose their flavour when left for any length of time.


One of the most striking features of this tree is the white spiky clusters of ripe fruit hanging like a papal tiara. The fruit is edible but most are green with a bright yellow centre, making them unsuitable for cooking or baking.

The Boskoop apple has been cultivated by Italians for centuries and is considered by some to be the most flavoursome fruit in Australia.

Cox’s orange

Cox’s orange is named after William Cox who successfully cultivated it in New South Wales in the 1840s and is believed to be the first tree fruit to grow in Australia. The fruit is sweeter than other citrus fruits and is commonly used in marmalade. The tree’s popularity in Central and South America has resulted in a genetic mutation, the pink Cox’s orange, which produces two to four times more fruit.

Cox’s orange is well known for its tasty pink fruit.


The Honey nectarine was introduced to Australia from Asia in 1858 and has become well known for its highly resilient tree and a sweet fleshy fruit with a mild flavour similar to an apricot. Honey nectarines ripen late and are harvested between October and January.

The Honey nectarine tree is prolific and pollination is self-fertile, meaning you don’t need to plant other varieties in the same area. This means the Honey nectarine can be grown in most areas of Australia, making it ideal for most climates.

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