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Lemayz
Feb 6, 2017 12:06 PM CST
I'm hoping for some help picking out a tree to plant. I realize that everything I'm asking for is a tall order, but I figure I can always scale back the "nice to haves" if need be. I'm trying to find something that has the following characteristics:
-does well in Zone 8
-produces edible fruit (or nuts could also work)
-is an evergreen (I need the tree to provide privacy year-round between us and a neighbor)
-doesn't have a root system that spreads too wide (we have a french drain about 6 feet away)
-grows fairly fast (we'd like to have privacy from our neighbors, and we need the tree to grow to about 15 feet, the sooner the better)

I've taken a look at Arbutus unedo, loquat, feijoa, but seems like all of those grow slowly and/or have invasive roots.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Feb 6, 2017 12:16 PM CST
Have you considered hardy orange?
While the fruit from the poncirus trifoliata isn't real edible.... It is fine to cook with, or orange drink, sugar n water n juice.

There are also a surprising number of other citrus that are hardy in zone 8.

Bummer that you don't want to grow loquat.... I've grown them from seed, and they seemed fast enough growers to me.... They just want a bit of protection.

Have you considered something like ilex vomitoria?
Not the shrubs that people plant around the foundation, the larger form that produces fruit for the birds out in the wild....

Maybe you could even make your own caffeinated beverage....

Speaking of which... How about camellia sinensis?
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Feb 6, 2017 6:00 PM CST
I agree with stone, I think maybe a small hardy citrus is a good choice for you. They won't grow too huge, and the roots aren't terribly invasive either. You can prune it so that it has a shrubby shape with foliage down to the ground.

If you could be more specific about your location, (city/state/country) we might be able to recommend more types of plants. Just a zone really doesn't tell us anything about your climatic conditions. Zone 8 extends all the way from Florida around to the Pacific Northwest.
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DaisyI
Feb 6, 2017 6:40 PM CST
I was going to say loquat also. They take forever to produce fruit if you start from seed (I did too). How about an avocado tree (Mexicola is very hardy)?

I lived in zone 8 in California and had citrus. But I had a microclimate in one small strip in my yard where I grew lots of citrus trees. The grapefruit wasn't in that strip but did great out there in the worst of the weather. My point: You can find citrus that are edible and cold hardy enough for zone 8.

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Lemayz
Feb 7, 2017 12:15 AM CST
Thanks for your responses.

My exact location is Portland, Oregon. So I'm thinking it may be too cold for citrus and avocado, no?

You've made me reconsider the loquat, but the more I research it, the more I think it may be a tad small for our purpose. I think to truly block out the neighbor, it should be a good 15-20 ft, and it seems like loquats are a max of 15, is that right? Also....what about the root system....will they invade the french drain?

The ilex vomitoria sounds interesting, but I'd love to have something that's edible by humans.
I was also thinking that I'd be open to a nut tree as well if that might be a better option?
Thanks, all!
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Feb 7, 2017 8:42 AM CST
You're probably right, not so much that you get too cold but that you don't have enough warm weather or sun to make a citrus tree happy. No chance on the avocado. They might survive but they sure wouldn't thrive let alone fruit.

There is a hardy banana that would be pretty, called Basjoo I think. Not sure if the fruits are edible or if, in fact it would set fruit in Oregon either.
Elaine

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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Feb 7, 2017 12:42 PM CST
Hear in Fresno.i've seen some tall loquat trees. 20 feet or better.
Plant them closer together to make them grow taller, faster. And trim bottom branches to force them up too..
How cold do you get ? And how long is the duration ? Any Snow ? And, How much ?
Stuart mexicola avocado is rated to 15 f. Grows to 20-25 ft. But need frost protection the first 3-5 yrs.
If its to cold for oranges. A more cold hardy citrus, is a lemon.
Dam ! If i can think of an evergreen nut trees !
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Name: greene
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greene
Feb 7, 2017 12:59 PM CST
Evergreen, grows fast...FAST, sweet smelling blossoms, edible fruit...not a tree but Elaeagnus umbellata meets the requirements.

The fruit is tangy and makes good jam or jelly.
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