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We can grow lots of different fruit trees in Central Texas, including peaches, apples, pears, figs and persimmons. See Drew Dremmler's list and the Aggie Horticulture list.
A few key elements for success: 1) good sunlight and 2) good drainage. Fruit trees want full sun and need at least six hours a day. And if you have poor drainage, you'll have all kinds of problems when it rains and the ground gets soggy.
On the other hand, fruit trees do need soil, so if you're on rock, bring in soil to 6-10” deep and pile it up, sort of like a pitcher's mound.
After planting, make sure to mulch your plants. Also, wrap something around the trunks to protect them from the southwestern sun. That tends to hurt them in the wintertime, so you might shade the trunks a little bit until they gets a good canopy of leaves a couple of years down the line.