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Edible Plants for Temperate Food Forests

For food forest design we've suggested a number of plants that are useful in a forest garden. Rated good (3) to excellent (5) for edibility.

You may also want to use the food forest plant search at Food Forest Database search

Perennials/Herbs for Food Forests

0-15cm  0-6in Prostrate
15-50cm  6-18in. Small
0.5-1m 18-36in. Medium
1-2m 3-6ft Large
2+m  6+ft Very Large

Climbers for Food Forests

0-4m  0-12ft Low
4+ 12+ ft High

Shrubs and Bamboos for Food Forests

0-15cm  0-6in Prostrate
15-100 cm 6-36in. Small
1-2m 3-6ft Medium
2-4m 6-12ft Large
4-8m 12-25ft Very Large
8+ m 25+ ft Extra Large

Trees for Food Forest

0-4m 0-12ft Dwarf Trees
4-8m 12-25ft Small
8-15m 25-50ft Medium
15-30m 50-100ft Large
30+ m 100+ft Very Large


100 Nitrogen fixing Plants for Temperate Food Forests

A selection of nitrogen fixing plants that are ideal for forest gardens


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