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Food forests- low tree layer plants?

 
                    
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Hi all, I'm looking for some plants defined as being in the low level tree layer in a food forest, my copy of Gaia's Garden is currently out on loan so I can't check it, any plants people can recommend are greatly appreciated! =)

Thanks!

~Dusky
 
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how tall? how big?
 
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Any dwarf fruit tree.  Citrus trees.  What sort of functions are you looking for?
 
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Where are you located?

Asian persimmon is a great one if you are zone 6 or warmer.  Paw paw is another standard choice, hardy to at least zone 5.

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hazelnut can be grown as bush or a tree if you want it.
 
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I agree with the pawpaw suggestion: they only do well under the canopy.  Huckleberries also do best in shade (7:1 production ratio in shade vs full sun).
 
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Wandering father afield -- Elderberry, Goumi, Hawthorne, tall oregon grape (dye/medicinal), Cascara (medicinal), Bamboo (fiber),
 
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