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elriba

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Small fruit trees for shaded spaces
« on: June 07, 2021, 05:25:19 PM »
Hi,
I have a small area in my backyard that is quite shady (from trees that are around it).  Are there any tropical/subtropical fruit trees that can be grown in the shade?   

I was thinking that maybe some citrus (mandarines, lemons) in containers would be a good choice.... What do you guys think?

 

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Re: Small fruit trees for shaded spaces
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2021, 06:30:01 PM »
I was thinking that maybe some citrus (mandarines, lemons) in containers would be a good choice.... What do you guys think?

Citrus trees needs full sun. In shade, they will be cover with white flies and other bugs as the tree immune system is weak to ward off the bugs.

No fruits are good in shade. Sorry but maybe vegetable only.

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Re: Small fruit trees for shaded spaces
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2021, 07:33:23 PM »
cold hardy pawpaw (asimina) is a shade tree but he is in Panama

wouldn't those tiny annona species that grow only a couple meters be good
or are those prairie annona speacies.

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Re: Small fruit trees for shaded spaces
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2021, 07:36:35 PM »
What is the best definition for full sun? The Google one of 6 hours?

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Re: Small fruit trees for shaded spaces
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2021, 07:39:54 PM »
Jaboticaba and carambola are known to do OK in dappled sunlight.

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Re: Small fruit trees for shaded spaces
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2021, 07:41:42 PM »
Jaboticaba and carambola are known to do OK in dappled sunlight.

My jabo does awesome in dappled sun, but it does get a good 3-4 hours of direct every day as well.

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Re: Small fruit trees for shaded spaces
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2021, 09:15:30 PM »
There are some fruit trees that want shade like salak and cacao.  The larger cacao family of cupuasu, pataxte, Herrania, etc.
Some garcinias like achachariu and lemon drop tolerate shade.  Maybe Luc's garcinia.
Theres more to think of.
Frankly, citrus is about the worst I can think of for shade.
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Re: Small fruit trees for shaded spaces
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2021, 10:59:31 PM »
Although not strictly fruit "trees" Pineapple and Monstera are the two that I have seen being most successful in the shade. Taro also seems to do well in shade if you want a vegetable option.

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Re: Small fruit trees for shaded spaces
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2021, 05:57:40 PM »
Eugenia repanda is a small, understory tree that is said to fruit in full shade. Some Eugenias, Plinias, and other members of the Myrtaceae family can produce good crops in shady conditions. I am sure there are plenty of Southeast Asian fruit species that do as well, but I do not know as much about fruit plants from that part of the world.

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Re: Small fruit trees for shaded spaces
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2021, 07:00:44 PM »
I have a varigated lemon and two satusma's planted next to each other. One of the satsuma's gets shade from palm trees for half the day. It has the best leaf color. I have a small variegated guava which is also shaded for half the day. It has maintained it's variegation as well. It's  currently flowering and has fruit budding. I think sometimes some shade helps with the extreme heat of summer. As for completely shaded, i have nothing under such conditions.
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Re: Small fruit trees for shaded spaces
« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2021, 08:29:57 PM »
Thanks to all for your comments.  I will try something on a container and see how it does.   The place is not 100% shaded, but gets some sunlight (I don't know how to measure this however).


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Re: Small fruit trees for shaded spaces
« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2021, 09:23:49 PM »
I read into this a while back and believe coffee, blackberry jam fruit, achacha and certain jaboticaba migh do fine in some shade like you describe.

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Re: Small fruit trees for shaded spaces
« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2021, 10:10:08 PM »
Coffee for sure does well in shade, and so does miracle fruit. Of course both are basically novelties for home growers; you're not going to snack on either really. Same with cacao.

I think monstera was a good suggestion.