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Best "full sun" fruit trees for partial shade

 
Sam Boisseau
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Location: PNW, British Columbia
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I think there's been similar topics before, but this might be a bit different.


I have an area on the property that is going to be logged, and am wondering what fruit trees to plant there.


I've made a sunmap, and I estimate that we can get 6 hours of direct sunlight during the growing season. This isn't accurate (hard to sun map before it gets logged), so I want to be cautious.


Now I've read that most fruit trees require full sun, and that the definition of full sun is 6 hours of direct sun minimum.


But if you're right at the edge of "full sun", would some trees be better choices than others?

In my climate, a short list would be apple, pear, plums, cherries, mulberries, walnut, hazel,...


Do softer fruits (e.g. plums) tolerate shade more than apples?
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Do smaller fruits do better than bigger ones?

Do dwarf trees do better than standards?

Do shorter season apples (e.g. transparent) do better than storage apples?

What about pears compared to apples?

What about nuts (hazelnut, walnut)?


Thanks!
 
Thea Olsen
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Location: suburbs of Chicago USDA zone 5b
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Hazelnuts and sour cherries do well in part shade.
 
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