Half day sun enough for peaches (or other fruit trees)?

Hi, All,
I am thinking to add a few peach trees next year, but the two spots available only get half day sun.
Spot #1: East side of the house, receiving direct sun light 9AM - 2PM, 5hrs sunlight. After 2PM, it is under the shadow of the house.
Spot #2: South side of the house, receiving direct sun light 12PM - Sun down, 6hrs sun light. That’s because a huge tree is on the east side, blocking the sun.
I know peaches are strong sun lovers. More than any other fruit trees. So:

  1. Do these two spots get enough sun light to grow peaches? I mean healthy enough to produce fruits. It’s fine if unable to get a full crop.
  2. If I had to choose one from the two spots, which spot is better? I think spot #2 would be better.
  3. If peaches are definitely no go here, what else can I grow in these 2 spots? I know Pawpaws can fruit in half shade, but two are needed for pollination and I haven’t tasted a pawpaw fruit yet. So I wouldn’t consider growing it yet.

Thank you for your comments!

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I have peaches in a wide array of different sun. Usually as you decrease the sun the fruit size decreases with it. As for cropping it just means less thinning. Not really noticed a big difference in taste. Maybe a little sweater in full sun. You have to remember it will get bigger and as it gets bigger it will be able to access more sun which would make spot #1 better (if only one story height).

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Thank you Robert!
That is encouraging!

Based on your experiences, the fruits will be smaller size compared to the ones grown in full sun? Or the size will be pretty much the same, but the number of fruits will be less? If latter, I will use spot #2 for a peach tree. Maybe both spots. :grin:

Seems pears and plums are good choices for sites with less than full day sun.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/fegen/fruit-bearing-shade-plants.htm

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Peaches with less sun will be a little smaller. They load up with crop no matter where they are though. Most anything will work there, but they will have smaller fruit and less of it. Your best bet for quantity would be with peaches. In the peak of summer the sun is straight over head. So there will be some time with near full sun.

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We have peaches in a spot similar to your #1. For me, hot afternoon sun during the heat of the summer is hard on establishing peaches here for the lack of rain we often get and the amount of attention I give them (i.e., no care at all other than maybe an occasional hose if drought is high and my time is available…which is rare). Planted on the east side of a summer sun block works fine for us. Size might be slightly smaller but not terrible. Here is one of those old peaches in the afternoon last year.

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Thank you John for sharing!
The size of the fruits is pretty good. I will be happy with this size. Now I don’t have any concerns growing peaches in these 2 spots. Thanks again!

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