HOW TO USE THE EDIBLE TREE GUIDE AT THIS WEBSITE
The LEAF Network’s Growing Edible Arizona Forests, An Illustrated Guide, helps you LEARN, CHOOSE, PLANT, CARE for, and HARVEST edible trees. We use the term edible trees to describe trees that produce fruits, nuts, seeds and pods that suit human tastes. Trees in people’s yards, communities, orchards and open spaces create Arizona’s Edible Forests.
You can download the entire Edible Tree Guide or go to the LEARN, CHOOSE, PLANT, CARE and HARVEST tabs above to find more detailed explanations, photos, illustrations, and resources on each topic and download PDFs of individual sections.
THIS GUIDE PROVIDES GENERAL ADVICE: CONSULT LOCAL EXPERTS
The information provided in Growing Edible Arizona Forests, An Illustrated Guide, along with the additional information at this website, is intended as general guidance.
Consult experts in local government, Cooperative Extension and plant nurseries to discuss which tree species, planting locations and strategies will work best for your Arizona location.
COMPLY WITH REGULATIONS AND RESTRICTIONS
Understand and comply with all regulatory requirements and restrictions that might apply to planting and managing trees, especially trees in the vicinity of overhead and buried utility lines. Before implementing any actions described herein, readers should review all regulations that might pertain to their location and/or adjacent properties and adhere to all requirements. If in doubt, consult with local regulatory experts.
CONTRIBUTORS TO THE EDIBLE TREE GUIDE AND AFFILIATIONS AT THE TIME IT WAS WRITTEN
Ann Audrey, Environmental Consultant
Beverly Babb, Arizona Community Tree Council
Wendy Burroughs, Pima County Natural Resources Parks and Recreation
Barbara Eiswerth, Ph.D., Iskashitaa Refugee Network
Chris Erickson, Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management
Katie Gannon, Trees for Tucson/Tucson Clean & Beautiful, Inc.
Rafael de Grenade, Ph.D., University of Arizona Southwest Center
Brad Lancaster, Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond
Melanie Lenart, Ph.D., Tohono O’odham Community College
Alix Rogstad, Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management
Barbara Rose, Bean Tree Farm
You can download a PDF of the LEAF Network's publication, Growing Edible Arizona Forests, An Illustrated Guide. Downloads of the Guide are for personal use only and are not to be reprinted for distribution or separate use of copyrighted images.
This website provides additional explanations, photos, illustrations, resources and printable PDFs on the Guide topics LEARN, CHOOSE, PLANT, CARE and HARVEST. The website Navigation Map below lists the subsections under each of these topics. Click the map to download a PDF of the image.
CAUTION: Never eat anything that is not properly identified. It is your responsibility to ensure that all fruits, nuts, seeds, pods and other edible products of trees and shrubs are correctly identified and safe to eat before eating them or serving them to others.
LEAF is under the fiduciary stewardship of the Arizona Community Tree Council, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
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