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Do trees that go dormant in winter need sun?

 
Tom Wootton
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Location: North Florida near Hart Springs zone 8b
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I'm planning to plant a couple of apple trees in my yard, and one otherwise ideal spot gets a good 7 hours of sun 8-9 months of the year, but because of some tall trees to the south, is in dappled shade all day from mid November to February. I'm in north Florida. So: do deciduous trees need sun when they have no leaves?
 
Jordan Lowery
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On very rare occasions they do but when it comes to your fruit trees it's ok if they are in shade when dormant.
 
chrissy bauman
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Location: Sunset Zone 27, Florida
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make sure you get low-chill varieties of fruit trees.
loquats, persimmons, and a few others do not need chilling.
 
Michael Milligan
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It's fine. In nature deciduous trees are often covered in snow for months on end.
 
Tom Wootton
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Thanks for the replies. I have two apple varieties: Anna, developed in Israel, and Dorsett Golden. Also a peach tree, Flordaking. All require less than 200 chill hours, suitable for my part of North Florida, or so I'm told.
 
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