Edible Screen

by travis bacon
(tampa, fl)

Area To Screen Viewed From Living Room

Area To Screen Viewed From Living Room

Area To Screen Viewed From Living Room
More Sunny Area
More Shady Area

Hi, the adjacent lot has just cleared out their 'jungle' growth that was so nicely providing a screen between me and the neighborhood.

I would like to put up an edible screen. The location is on the south side of the property with some shading from oak trees.

It is hard for me to say but I believe the section that is shaded by one oak will be hit with more sun than shade. However there is an area that is shaded by two oaks and there may be more shade than sun in that spot.

The plants need to be:
-perennial(probably freeze tolerant down to 25 degrees),
-edible and
-approximately 12-13 feet high.

Ideally, but not necessarily, they would be:
-drought tolerant,
-fairly long living,
-informal in appearance and
-low maintenance

I live in Tampa, Fl right on the cusp of hardiness zone 9B and 10A. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


Hi, Travis --

The two plants I would consider first are Fuchsia coccinea and clumping bamboo.

(do not use regular bamboo unless you want it all over the place, it can get invasive)

Most of the tropical fruits will do well in your area as well. Here's a nice place I found that lists a lot of them: Trade Winds Fruit

Let us know how it goes!


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May 14, 2013
Edible hedge
by: Sarabeth

I am currently using elderberry plants, rosa rugosa, blackberries (I prefer upright thornless), passionflower and boysenberries for different "fence covers." We are in OK, so there are probably more available to you. These are all perennials, many native options also. It may take a year or two, check the varieties for height and oak tolerance. (Grapes aren't supposed to be planted where oaks have been.)
Good luck on your search and planting!

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