The striking Dragon Fruit Tree is actually a climbing cactus that grows a strange looking but delicious tropical fruit. In USDA Zones 9 to 11, you can grow this American Beauty variety of Dragon Fruit in the ground to climb upon a support such as a tree or pole. In Zones 4 to 11 you can grow the succulent climber in a pot with a vine totem or a simple post for support. The red fruit has sweet white flesh and is eaten fresh, used in salads, and made into tropical smoothies.
Dragon Fruit Trees are easy to grow and do well in dry climates or areas of a garden that gets full sun and tends to be on the dry side. They are simple to maintain, self-fertile, and resistant to deer and other fruit eating wildlife. Although the Dragon Fruit Tree is technically a cactus, it only has small, infrequent thorns that are tucked away along the ribbed edges of the branches. Sturdy gloves and long sleeves are all you need to safely prune, pick, and work with your Dragon Fruit Tree.