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Are bush cherries tolerant to shade? Do they grow well under the drip line of fruit trees?
 
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From what I've heard from a landscape architect/botanist friend of mine, his hybrid bush cherry not only grows well in the shade, it actually produces a good yield of cherries. This is in zone 7b/8a in north georgia. YMMV
 
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Thanks Bob. I'm in zone 3-4, but I'll try a few.
 
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My experience is with the Jan/Joel/Joy line of bush cherries. I haven't tried them in full shade, but as an in-between planting to fig trees they worked very well. So long as they got a few hours of sun and had fairly loose soil, they grew very fast and produced ~10lbs of fruit each year.

I tried some in our native clay and they grew much more slowly, irrespective of sun intensity. I have a couple planted at our new place on the edges of the hugelkultur beds and they put on good growth their first year. Should have a nice crop this coming season.
 
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Thanks Kay. I've now got'em built into my site plan.
 
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Rick Freeman wrote:Are bush cherries tolerant to shade? Do they grow well under the drip line of fruit trees?



In my case (6a), yes to both. However, my best producing Bush Cherry is actually right at the base of 30' tall Mulberry.
 
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put in two Hansens last year, eventually it will be an edible food forest garden but right now everything is pretty much babies..but they will be in shade or partial shade..I hope they do well also, I'm zone 4/5
 
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Thanks for all this information. Look'n forward to planting time!! For now, enjoying the snow.
 
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Bob Dobbs wrote:From what I've heard from a landscape architect/botanist friend of mine, his hybrid bush cherry not only grows well in the shade, it actually produces a good yield of cherries. This is in zone 7b/8a in north georgia. YMMV



So glad to come here and find this comment, because I'm in 8a, too. I ordered six Hansen bush cherries to go in my front yard, then found out they would not tolerate the intended site because of flooding. The place I will put them now is in a back forest garden area I didn't intend to get around to for a few years, in dappled shade, because it does get a little sun in the afternoon.
 
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