I have five loquat trees, but only my Genoa Loquat is doing really well. The others are 'Texas' loquats (unnamed variety) that I planted in the front yard, where they just don't get enough sun. They're tall, but leggy, and they just don't compare to the Genoa loquat I planted in the back yard. The Genoa loquat is actually a seedling of John Panzarella's Genoa loquats in Lake Jackson, and I'm hoping its fruit is as large as its mother's. Unlike my Texas loquats, this tree was planted in full sun, and as a result is healthy and vigorous. It is larger than any of the other loquat trees, even though it was half their size when first planted.
None of my trees have flowered yet, but I'm hoping the Genoa loquat does in the next year or two. Even though they might fruit eventually, their sluggish growth compared to the Genoa loquat has convinced me that they will never be really productive in such a shady spot. I think that I may wind up replacing the Texas loquats with pawpaws. Pawpaws are said to like shade, and since my previous pawpaw planting failed, I would like to try again. I may also try a pineapple guava (feijoa). If you have a fruit tree that grows well and is productive in shade or partial shade, I'd love to hear about it. There's lots more room in the shady front flower bed, and I need to sneak in as many fruiting plants as I can before Dr. Wife fills it with flowers.
Finally, happy birthday to thebellhouse.weebly.com! I am very proud to say that with this post, I have met my goal of writing two fruit-related articles every week for one full year. Going forward, my goal is to continue to write at least one post each week. Thanks!