I am looking for a few good candidate plants to grow in the shade of large
redwood trees. Would Avocado trees do well there? I understand these
plants normally grow in shade of the canopy in the forest. This is for
California Bay Area climate.
Sunset's "Western Garden Book" indicates avocados require full sun.
While part-shade might be okay in desert areas, you might not get enough
heat in the shade in your climate for the fruit to ripen.
In any case, make sure you get a variety suitable for your climate. Not
all avocados do well that far north, even in full sun.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean, see
Perhaps there are different answers for different cultivars. I read in one
source that the Avocado tree's bark cannot protect it from full sun. They
grow in the forest canopy and then pop out of the canopy as adults. Of
course at that point it is the leaves and not the bark that get full sun
Adjust your thinking to the tropical climates such as Guatemala and
avocados are native plants. Quite a different environment from CA Bay
There they may pop out of forest canopy, but that is a near the
equator, and a very
different solar exposure....
They are definitely NOT going to do well, popping out of a forest of
Avocados need rich soil, perfect drainage, ample moisture in fruit,
FULL SUN, and shelter
from strong winds.
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