Full Sun Plants For Zones 8 And 7
Zone 8 Shrubs Full Sun Plants: Growing Plants And Shrubs For Zone 8 Orchards
Shrubland is a place where there are many different kinds of trees and shrubs growing together. There are some types of trees which grow only in one part of the world. They have special characteristics such as being hardy or cold resistant, having thick wood, etc..
These kind of trees are called evergreens. Evergreens have very long life span, but they do not produce any fruit at all. On the other hand, most shrubs have short life span and their fruits usually fall off within a few years. Some shrub species like the ash tree (Fraxinus) have been grown for centuries with great success even though they don’t provide much shade and are sometimes considered invasive in some parts of the world.
Evergreens are generally considered to be the best choice for zones 8 and 7 because they offer good shade, are easy to grow, and provide good food for birds. However, it is true that some shrubs will require less water than evergreens. If you live in a region where evergreens aren’t available then shrubs might be your best option.
Citrus plants are a perfect choice for zone 8 and warmer. They offer big shade, have wonderful scents, and of course they are easy to squeeze for delicious orange juice. It is true that they do not grow well in colder regions, but if you live somewhere with a relatively mild winter then a tree might be the perfect addition to your property.
Just make sure that you provide the best growing conditions possible so that your tree can survive for many years. Pomegranate trees are another popular option for zone 8 gardens. They are very sturdy, have a good root system, and they grow quickly.
Dwarf trees can be grown in large containers which can be easily moved around. This makes them a perfect choice if you want to start a garden in a new location. They can easily be transferred to a new area and they will grow much faster than other types of plants in that region.
As long as you live in a region that isn’t experiencing colder weather then there is no reason why you can’t grow dwarf trees in your backyard.
Pomegranate trees are perfect choice for zone 7 and warmer. They are not very picky when it comes to the type of soil that they grow in and they can survive in most climates. Just make sure that you provide them with enough water during the first year so that they can develop a strong root system.
If you want nutritious and delicious fruit then you will need to prune the tree regularly so that it can receive plenty of sunlight. Pomegranate trees are a very popular choice for people who live in regions with a mild winter because they have a long life span and can grow to be quite large.
Nectarine trees are perfect for growing in gardens, orchards, and parks in zones 7 and warmer. They are a bit more sensitive than pomegranate trees so you will need to make sure that they receive enough water and sunlight. However, the fruits that they produce are delicious and nutritious so many people believe that the extra care is definitely worth it.
It takes about three years before they start producing fruit so be patient!
Evergreen trees are perfect for growing in colder regions, but they will not grow as large or produce as many fruits as dwarf trees. They do tend to grow quite rapidly so you can expect your evergreen tree to grow about 6 feet per year. Some species grow even faster than that!
You should be able to harvest your first crop of cones after about 5 or 6 years. You will need to provide them with plenty of water and nutrients because they will require more care than dwarf trees, but if you live in a colder region then that won’t be a problem.
Fruit and seed production varies depending on the type of tree that you decide to grow. Dwarf trees tend to produce more fruit than their taller counterparts, but evergreen trees will produce more seeds. The best choice for a given region also depends on personal preference due to taste and dietary needs.
Here are some tips for caring for and harvesting your new trees:
Ensure that the trees grow in well-drained soil. Poorly drained or standing water will cause roots to rot which will kill the tree.
Once trees reach a certain height (about 4 feet) then you should put up a wooden fence or some sort of barrier around them so that smaller creatures (like squirrels and rodents) can’t climb up and eat your fruit before you have a chance to. Fruit thieves are another issue for you to deal with.
Water trees regularly (about once a week) during the first year to help them establish a good root system. After that, you shouldn’t have to water them quite as much since their roots should be well established at that point.
Make sure to fertilize your trees every now and then with compost and basic fertilizer (sold at most gardening stores). Not only will this result in larger and more fruitful crops, but it will also help to improve the taste of the fruit.
Pruning your trees is an iffier subject. Some people think that you should prune the trees every year in order to give them sufficient sunlight. Other people believe that it is better to let the trees grow naturally without trimming them at all.
The truth is somewhere in between. It is up to you whether or not you want to prune the trees every once in a while.
Once the fruit ripens then it is ready to be harvested. However, not ALL of the fruit should be harvested. You should leave some of the ripe fruit on the branches since it will continue to ripen and will be ready to harvest again within a few days.
Sources & references used in this article:
Grow a Butterfly Garden: Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-114 by W Potter-Springer – 1990 – books.google.com
Growth responses of tropical shrubs to treefall gap environments by JS Denslow, JC Schultz, PM Vitousek, BR Strain – Ecology, 1990 – Wiley Online Library
Wyman’s gardening encyclopedia by D Wyman – 1986 – books.google.com
Herb Gardening by CMG GardenNotes – cmg.extension.colostate.edu