what to plant for tall canopy?

cousinfloydJuly 25, 2013

I've got a couple little clearings in the middle of tall hardwood stands that I've been wondering about whether I could plant something. Some of these spots might get up to 4 or 5 hours of sunlight now, but the canopy will probably close in more with time, so unless the tree I planted could get pretty tall it probably wouldn't get much sunlight for long. Is there anything edible I could plant that would do well? I know there are some shade tolerant edibles, but I'm more interested in trees that might compete to some degree in a tall canopy. A grafted hickory was one thought, although I might need to plant hickories out in the open if I don't want the squirrels to get them all. Is my best bet just to grow lumber? What about a native persimmon? I know it wouldn't really compete with oaks, but would it do any good? Are persimmons too slow growing to take advantage of a temporary opening?
Thanks!
Eric

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canadianplant

I would try some of the species magnolia (yes im know, not a fruit tree).

My first thought are a type of edible oak. They are late in terms of succession and can take quite a bit of shade before growing in sun. Same idea for chestnuts and hickory (which i would try myself in your situation). May want to try some other nut trees as well. I belive ive read texas persimmion or american persimmion taking shade, at least when young.

What about pawpaw?

    Bookmark   July 25, 2013 at 5:35PM
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Bradybb WA-Zone8

Mulberry trees can get big.Like to climb? Brady

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 1:12AM
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