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Tree reccomendations between house and driveway

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Cin starts with ...
I am looking for some reccomendations for a fruit/nut tree for my front garden.

If possible I am trying to plant out all my gardens with only edible plants but having a hard time trying to find something for the front of the house.

The garden is about 2m wide and is jammed between our front bedroom windows and the neighbours driveways.

I guess I am looking for something that will be unobtrusive and not intefere with any foundations.

The area gets sun 24/7 but does also get wind, it's quite open.

I'll try get a chance to post a photo of the spot this weekend.

Something I could underplant would be really lovely :)
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1st September 2008 9:02pm
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Anonymous says...
hi cin, are you near the ocean?. Did you get any frost over the winter? The micro-climate can play a big part in your decision of what to plant here on the central coast.
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2nd September 2008 8:22am
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Anonymous says...
We are about 20 minutes drive from the ocean?

We did get frost this year but not a lot. There was probably only about 5 days where we had to take the icicles off the car windscreen :)

Thanks!
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15th September 2008 6:29pm
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Cin says...
Sorry that was my response above - i forgot to log in :)

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Justin says...
You might want to be careful with what you plant so close to the house, not only in terms of the foundation but also the water. Many fruit trees require a lot of water, and you don't want the water you apply to drain under the house - that can cause big problems. It's often advised not to have garden beds directly against the house.

So, having said that, if you do want to plant something there, I would go for a plant that is very drought tolerant so you don't need to water it often. So the first tree that comes to mind is the Feijoa, which is very tough and drought tolerant once established. Actually, I think they're tough as soon as they go in. I recently planted two in my in-laws' garden in Japan in the middle of summer and hardly watered them after the first day and they're doing great, although it is higher humidity there.

You could also try the Chilean Guava (Myrtus Ugni), which can be drought tolerant (although less water means less fruit).

You could also go with a hardy herb garden, such as oregano, thyme, and other mediterranean herbs that grow in rocky areas.
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Cin says...
Thanks for the thoughts Justin. I might look into the guavas and see if they will work in that area.

They make the yards so small these days it is so hard to try and have a decent amount of fruit trees!
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Leona says...
I would probably go with a cherry guava or maybe a dwarf citrus tree. Good luck and let us know what you choose!
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