The canopy layer forest design plants typically consists of trees that live a long lifespan and grow very tall, usually over 30-feet tall.
According to the Permaculture Research Institute, there are 7-Layers in a food forest. They are; canopy, understory, shrub, herbaceous, ground cover, vine/climbers, and root/tuber yield.
Below are pictures with links to any plants that we sell at Great Escape Nursery that could be categorized in this layer. Note that some plants may be in more than one layer. The paw paw tree, shown below, starts out as and often remains only an understory plant. But if given the right conditions, the paw paw flourishes as a canopy layer forest design plant.