Fruit tree to espalier with partial shade?

LilyBrianneOctober 9, 2012

I'm hoping to find a fruit tree that will do well in partial shade (it would be planted on the west side of my house which receives filtered sunlight due to a large but spindly tree). I have done a lot of research but am struggling to find a fruit tree that will do alright in the shade. I am planning on growing in a large container so that I can bring it to shelter during the winter, I've heard some plum varieties may do well in shade but I was really hoping I might be able to find a citrus or something more exotic since we already have an abundance of plum and apricot growing on our farm. Has anyone had good experiences growing citrus trees in partial shade?

Thanks in advance!

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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

I would grow a gooseberry or currant. They are a bush and can be fan pruned. They will fruit less in the shade but will produce tasty fruits. My favorite is the Poorman gooseberry. It is not very productive in the shade but the taste is excellent when left to hang to be a dull purple. Pawpaws are one other option, they are natural shade trees. The production will be limited in the shade but I am fine with limited production since I can't eat too many of them. I tried several other fruits in the shade and did not get good results.


    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 9:17AM
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    Bookmark   October 14, 2012 at 4:59PM
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Raspberries may do well, too. It's usually recommended that they go in full sun, but I've grown both raspberries and some blackberries in partial shade without problem.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 5:28PM
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