Pomegranate Optimal Spacing from SE Wall for Winters VA/DC z7
Hi everyone. I'm planting some cold hardy pomegranates against a SE facing wall. Options are 6 feet away or about 9 feet away. The spot shades the last few hours of the day, the farther you get away from the wall the more shade you escape but also perhaps not as much cold protection?
6 Feet away = 4.5-5hrs of sun, more aesthetically pleasing spot for me
9 Feet away = ~6.5hrs of sun
I'm hoping/thinking the fact that it's against a wall will offset the relative lack of full sun in terms of warmth helping fruit ripening and tree growth. Thoughts?
The poms are 3-5 gallons, I was thinking to plant them nearer to the wall (6 feet away) so the main trunk is cold protected a bit better and either watch it naturally happen or train the main fruiting branches to come out in the sun's direction and when the trees get bigger the 3 foot difference to get to sunnier spot will be overcome.
What do you guys think?