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Best location for a tree and herbaceous perennial nursery?

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Location: Central Coast, CA
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Hi everyone, thanks for the help in advance. I'm getting a nursery started for propagation of fruit and nut trees and herbaceous perennials in sunny coastal Central California. I've got a south face area of about 3/4 acre to work with, with a slight slope (<3%). I'm going to put the nursery beds on contour.

Most of the area is exposed to full sun, but there is a large oak tree in the middle that provides some dappled sunlight to a decently sized area in the area north of it. Obviously there is dappled shade to the northwest of the tree during the morning... and dappled shade to the northeast during the evening.

My question is - how best to utilize this microclimate? Are there certain tree or herbaceous perennial seedlings that do better in dappled shade? Does everything do better in dappled shade? Certain things that do better with morning dappled shade? Better with afternoon dappled shade?

I'm starting small, with just a few nursery beds, and then expanding outward. I'm trying to figure out if I should start with my first few beds in this dappled shade area, or start in the full sun.

Thank you!!
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Try some of both.
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Location: cool climate, Blue Mountains, Australia
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I would love to have more shade! A nursery is very flexible as long as you don't chuck gravel on the site. I did cardboard and woodchips, of course I have weeds. But after using the land for the nursery I always can convert it balc to garden. You will nieed sun and shade.
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