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Shade tolerant fruit tree

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I have a spot adjacent to the southeastern corner of the house it has a little shade. The olive tree in this position at the moment is not a very happy looking tree. It would be about 5m and all the branches that are not getting full sun are dead. I would like another fruit tree here but something not so picky about full sun. It is shaded mostly in winter but from Oct-Mar it has more lengthy periods of sun.
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Heather Little says...
I have a Davidson's Plum growing well in quiet a lot of shade .. I heard that some people get a rash from the leaves so maybe not a good idea if it's a place where people are likely to brush against it. Good luck
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fit4fun4life says...
I have self seeded pawpaws growing up in all sorts of conditions and it seems as long as they get sun when they have grown tall they are quite happy. Good luck
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selfsufficientme says...
Hi, shade is a difficult problem most of us food gardeners face. Fruit trees will grow 'okish' in a semi-shaded place but they won't thrive and because of the energy needed to produce fruit, production is better in full sun.
If your particular spot can handle a large tree an avocado may be alright as they do like a little shade when young then hopefully it will grow high enough to get its own sun. Or, (it's not a tree) but passionfruit do well in shaded areas. Perhaps you could erect a vertical trellis (see pic) and train the vine up to look like a passionfruit tree :) Cheers, Mark
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gledy says...
wow mark that is such a great idea,is that a passion fruit vine? Ive always wantd to grow one but has been hesistant since lack of space.
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gledy says...
wow mark that is such a great idea,is that a passion fruit vine? Ive always wantd to grow one but has been hesistant since lack of space.
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
One fruiting tree whose growth in the shade has really impressed me is the Giant Lau Lau. Although it hasn't fruited yet it seems to thrive in part or full shade. Probably related to Wax Jambu, it's one of the Eugenias. I got my tree from the Bangalow Market, Nth NSW,
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Tom says...
Here are some which we have in nearly full or complete shade all year, and they're doing well: Ceylon Gooseberry, Miracle Fruit, Bolivian Mangosteen (which I think you might call Achachairú or Achacha), Giant Leaf Madroņo (which you might call Bacupari), and Madroņo (aka Bumpy Lemon or Charichuela). We also have these happily fruiting in similar circumstances to you, Ann, i.e., shaded in winter but lots of sun in summer: Yellow Cattley (Lemon) Guava, Carambola, Pitomba, and Loquats.

I think that our climate is more like southern QLD, though; so I'm not sure how well those choices correlate with Sydney's. As long as you can protect them from heavy frost if you have that, any of them may work well for you. Freeze won't hurt the Loquats.

I covet your Giant Lau Lau, Phil. (Three days in Pergatory for me then, eh?)
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john says...
Add ugni , and surprisingly persimmon and American paw paw (Asimina triloba)
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SelfSufficientMe says...
Yes Gledy, it's a passion fruit vine on a cross-like trellis. I wanted a tree in this part of my yard but the soil gets water logged in summer mounding didn't help and everything kept dying so I came up with this idea and it worked. When my brother visits he always says when's the crucifixion ha,ha..? Cheers, Mark
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