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Fruit trees for privacy

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We are planning on cutting down this straggly tree and planting some fruit trees along the fence for privacy from the house next door. The plan is to put a Bacon avocado slightly to the right of where the current tree is then a pineapple guava (feijoa) and an strawberry guava on the left. The tree to the far left will be removed to make room for these trees too.

Does anyone have any suggestions and things I should consider about planting these trees there, or together etc? This photo looks north.

How long till they grow at least 2 metres tall? How far apart should they be- I want them as close together as possible for screening.

Thanks!!
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Ellen says...
That is a hard one Meow

Since you're going or planning to plant something close to the fence hoping to block out the house's view , from the look of it, it doesn't look like the propose location offer very much sunlight since that 2 storey house casted it shadow over it. Only anything that is tall enough over that fence's height might catch a glimpse of any sunlight.

Oh boy, & cutting down that tree, will be alot of work, have to dig for all that roots out too .
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amanda says...
Ellen has a good point there Meow - u can plant fruit trees but they may not do well or fruit for you - it will be very cold n shady - especially thru winter. Have u thought about getting the straggly tree coppiced/pruned? It's fairly common practice with gum trees over here and works well - tree comes back nice and bushy. Then u only have one window left - maybe a columnar pine?
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meow says...
There is a fair bit of shade in winter as the sun is low in the north. It's not dark but the soil would be cool. In summer they get full sun though as the sun is high and travels over the top from right to left.

The tree can't be salvaged- it is a soft wood and has already dropped three large branches on the house so it has to go. We'll get a stump muncher in to try and remove the roots or otherwise we can use roundup apparently and it should break down easily being such soft wood.

What to do??? I want fruit trees but I also want good evergreens so we're considering natives like callistemons too.
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meow says...
Hmm... well I read in my diggers book not to plant evergreens on the north side of the yard as they'll block the sun. Good point but the sun is already blocked and we need the privacy. I guess what we need is something no taller than the house- which is about 2-3 metres.

Apparently a strawberry guava will tolerate some shade- anyone know of any others?
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meow says...
Just bumping this as we're about ready to plant...

I bought a feijoa, strawberry guava and callistemon today and I'm going to buy another callistemon to put in. So the four plants will be about 1 to 1.5 metres apart along the fence line. I don't mind if they cramp each other a little as we want a sort of hedge anyway.

I'm wondering how close I can put them to the fence? There is nothing on the other side except grass so coudl they go about 30cms from the fence? Or would they get too overcrowded with the fence on one side and each other on the other sides?

This is actaully a very sunny part of the yard so it kills me to block the sun like this but it can't be avoided. They get pretty much all day sun as it moves from right to left over head. In winter it's a bit cooler as the fence and house block some sun but it still gets at least 1/2 a day of sun and no frost. I've added a recent pic of how it currently looks.

I'm planning on planting from left to right: feijoa, strawberry guava, 2x callistemons.

The tree that is currently on the left will eventually be removed as it's pretty ordinary and we're planting an almond to the left of it. So once the almond & feijoa are bigger it'll come out.
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meow says...
And here it is with the trees...
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Violet_Cactus says...
Looks like they're growing real well, Meow... :)
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meow says...
Hahaha! Thanks ;)
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