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Re: [nafex] fruit for shade

Rhubarb is shade tolerant.  Pawpaws are not only tolerant, they need it when
young.  Cornus mas (Cornelian cherry) is an excellent small tree that is a
shade lover.  The olive-shaped fruits resemble pie cherries when ripe and
fall foliage is breathtaking.  Hidden Springs nursery has some large fruited
types for sale.
Several of the currants and gooseberries (Ed Mashburn, are you there?) will
tolerate shade.
-Lon Rombough
Grapes, unusual fruits, writing, more, at http://www.hevanet.com/lonrom

>From: Ginda Fisher <ginda@concentric.net>
>To: NAFEX <nafex@egroups.com>
>Subject: [nafex] fruit for shade
>Date: Fri, Jul 21, 2000, 9:00 PM

>I have very limited sunny space to grow fruit, but I do have a shaded
>area (under oaks) in the back where I'd like to plant some bushes as a
>visual screen.  So I wondered if there are any fruits I could grow
>instead of just planting evergreen shrubs or witch hazel.  
>Parts of the back have excellent rich soil (a prior owner tried to grow
>vegetables, and put in a lot of compost) and parts are mixed rocky/loamy
>New England dirt.  There's some scrubby, non-bearing wild blueberry, so
>I assume the native soil is pretty acid.  There's also some non-bearing
>bramble.  (Both flower.)  The area gets no hours of direct sun, but the
>shade is high and light, with dappled spots of full sun throughout the
>day.  It's the top of a hill, so gets excellent drainage, but can be
>Can anyone recommend anything good to eat that might like the spot? 
>Since the alternative is no fruit, I wouldn't mind planting something
>that would produce more with more sun, so long as it gets enough light
>to be fairly healthy and produce a little.  I'm willing to irrigate for
>a year or two, but not for the long term.  
>Ginda Fisher
>Zone 6
>Eastern Mass.
>Hate housework?...then WIN A MAID....

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