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Tropical fruit trees that prefer shade
« on: June 21, 2022, 06:26:14 PM »
I have a small cleared section on my property that is inside a section of forest. The canopy is closed so there is basically no direct sunlight. At the moment, I am doing nothing with this spot. It's a nice little place in the dry season but pretty much a no go section in wet season due to mosquitoes. I wouldn't mind planting some fruit trees in this location but the heavy shade does reduce options considerably. Any suggestions for fruit trees that prefer shade/forest under story? If it's relevant, the soil in this location has lots of clay but the drainage is excellent since it is on the side of a hill.

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Re: Tropical fruit trees that prefer shade
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2022, 09:06:04 PM »
My best performing shade-lovers are cacao and coffee.  You could plant some vanilla vines and let them go up the bigger trees. 

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Re: Tropical fruit trees that prefer shade
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2022, 10:36:53 PM »
Salak could work there.  Depending on just how shady it is kepel and some garcinias might do alright.
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Re: Tropical fruit trees that prefer shade
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2022, 11:04:11 PM »
Pineapple would be an easy option. It is perfectly at home in dapeled shade.

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Re: Tropical fruit trees that prefer shade
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2022, 11:46:06 PM »
Coffee loves shade?  I have always had mine in full sun and they look very happy.

I agree cacao and garcinias seem to like shade.

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Re: Tropical fruit trees that prefer shade
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2022, 01:58:52 AM »
Tea.  Loquat, but not sure about productivity in heavy shade.

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Re: Tropical fruit trees that prefer shade
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2022, 02:12:32 AM »
Thanks for the suggestions. Definitely keen to give these suggestions a try!

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Re: Tropical fruit trees that prefer shade
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2022, 03:27:35 AM »
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Have you considered Australian native fruit species ?
Fingerlimes, Cedar Bay Cherry, etc
or go for similar understory species from overseas.

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Re: Tropical fruit trees that prefer shade
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2022, 10:11:50 AM »
Pineapples, black pepper, katuk

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Re: Tropical fruit trees that prefer shade
« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2022, 01:22:48 PM »
Coffee loves shade?  I have always had mine in full sun and they look very happy.

I agree cacao and garcinias seem to like shade.

Probably depends on where you are. I am in high desert at almost 3,000 ft and not a single cloud all summer long.  You could probably ROAST coffee in the sun here in the summer  :P

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Re: Tropical fruit trees that prefer shade
« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2022, 01:59:37 PM »
I have read that starfruit prefers shade? Mine are doing pretty good in a not so hot spot sun wise.

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Re: Tropical fruit trees that prefer shade
« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2022, 02:16:10 PM »
Coffee and its relatives do well in the shade. Not sure what is best for productivity in particular climates.

Carambola does well in partial shade for me, and fruits heavily year round.

Yehuda loquat is said to do well in shade. Mine is in the shade. Looks happy, but no flowers yet.

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Re: Tropical fruit trees that prefer shade
« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2022, 09:37:28 PM »
Carambola does fruit in shade, but it seems to me that fruits from trees in full sun have slightly sweeter fruit. Maybe it is just perception on my part.

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Re: Tropical fruit trees that prefer shade
« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2022, 10:19:38 PM »
i moved grumichama, rainforest plum and some jaboticabas into shade and they're doing much better than in previous sunny spots. Grumichama's taste improved, too, but could also be from soil change. They all seem to like soils rich in minerals.

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Re: Tropical fruit trees that prefer shade
« Reply #14 on: June 23, 2022, 06:32:13 AM »
Carambola does fruit in shade, but it seems to me that fruits from trees in full sun have slightly sweeter fruit. Maybe it is just perception on my part.
Science supports your claim, Stronger light intensity =increased photosynthesis= increased Glucose content in Fruit.

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Re: Tropical fruit trees that prefer shade
« Reply #15 on: June 23, 2022, 06:47:02 AM »
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Have you considered Australian native fruit species ?
Fingerlimes, Cedar Bay Cherry, etc
or go for similar understory species from overseas.

Interesting idea, I do have one native fruit tree growing on my property. Perhaps a Davison plum could be suitable for the area.

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Re: Tropical fruit trees that prefer shade
« Reply #16 on: June 23, 2022, 11:17:09 AM »
Carambola does fruit in shade, but it seems to me that fruits from trees in full sun have slightly sweeter fruit. Maybe it is just perception on my part.
Science supports your claim, Stronger light intensity =increased photosynthesis= increased Glucose content in Fruit.
Just what I was thinking!
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Re: Tropical fruit trees that prefer shade
« Reply #17 on: June 24, 2022, 02:57:30 AM »
Coffee and carambolla are also shade lovers for me.

I would suggest monstera deliciosa, i havent tried the fruit but i havent read a bad reviel on it yet. The plant is shade loving and will climb trees and looks verry decorative also.
Another one could be salak as suggested above.
Not a fruit, but vanilla vines could also do well but you'll have a hard time harvesting the pods from the trees canopy .....

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Re: Tropical fruit trees that prefer shade
« Reply #18 on: June 24, 2022, 08:38:52 AM »
Vanilla would do fine grown on posts under the trees that are at a manageable height.

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Re: Tropical fruit trees that prefer shade
« Reply #19 on: July 01, 2022, 05:26:03 AM »
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Re: Tropical fruit trees that prefer shade
« Reply #20 on: July 01, 2022, 09:19:11 AM »
Ugni/Chilean Guava

 

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