Will any of my plants do well in this low-sun spot

tamtrible(9)October 7, 2013

I live in the Phoenix metro area.

I have a baby lychee sapling, a baby mango sapling (both from seed, both 1' tall or less), and a decent-sized young pomegranate tree (maybe 3' tall).

I have a spot in front of my house that's... maybe 2'x3'. There is a wall directly to the south, my carport is about a foot to the east, my house is maybe 4' to the north, and there's a ~5' wall, then another house, a bit to the west. And my house is kind of tall (1 story, just tall) So I don't think the spot ever gets more than a few hours of sun a day, and a tree will have to be pretty tall to get where there's decent sun.

Any of those trees that don't go there will instead be in large pots in my back yard, where there's plenty of sun during the summer, but absolutely none during the winter.

Are any of my little trees likely to thrive, or at least survive relatively cheerfully, in that spot? Will any of them at least do better there than they will in my back yard? Anything else edible that would do well there if none of those will cut it? Any other advice?

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GeeS 9b

Not familiar with the other two, but your Pom is deciduous, so it won't mind the lack of winter sun.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2013 at 2:40PM
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Raimeiken - z9b - Peoria, AZ

tropical plants need lots of sun to thrive. They might survive in those spots for years but will definitely not reach their full potential, and probably will not bear fruit as well.

Lychees will need protection from the sun during the summer months especially when it's young. Afternoon shade will be good for it but will still need some morning sun at least.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2013 at 6:54PM
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I'll actually be moderately surprised, and rather pleased, if either of them get big enough to bear fruit.

Sounds like the pom's not in the running, it will likely be happier in the back yard where it will get sun whenever it actually wants it.

Which, generally, would be preferable for either remaining tree, a pot in the back yard with sun all summer and none at all in the winter, or a rather larger patch of dirt with some sun all year?... it's sort of sounding like the lychee might be happier in the front, what with the lower wind and the summer shade.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2013 at 11:09AM
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Most fruit trees need a certain amount of sunlight to produce a good amount of fruit, so they may look healthy but not produce much fruit. If you are just looking for some pretty desert plants for part sunny, you could try golden columbines or aloes or agave

    Bookmark   October 19, 2013 at 7:19PM
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It's more a matter of... I have these seedlings, and I want to put them somewhere, and I'm wondering if either will do better there than they will in the back yard. I suspect a tree will do better than a low-lying plant will, since there's more sun higher up. I'll be posting a picture at some point soon.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2013 at 1:49AM
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Actually the point being made was the pom WOULD be the best for the spot you described because it doesn't care about sun in the winter since it is dormant. Plus it fruits late so the sun in the late spring - summer would work well.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2013 at 9:50AM
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Here's the front area, the grass is in the spot where I'm thinking of putting one of the trees. There's no roof directly above the spot, but there is a roof just to the west, just to the north (you can see the edge of that), and at the top of the wall that's just south of the plot of dirt. You can see the roof a bit to the east, it's maybe 3 yards away.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2013 at 3:49AM
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MaryMcP Zone 8b - Phx AZ

Hmmmm, maybe a rubber plant would do well there. It looks a bit small and enclosed for a tree to me.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2013 at 8:20AM
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Basically, the question is, will either tree (the mango or the lychee) do better there than they will in a large pot in the back yard, with absolutely no sun in the winter. Those are the possible fates, for those 2 seedlings.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2013 at 11:50AM
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