The most common fruit trees usually require at least a day of sunshine. When planted in the shade, these trees take longer to grow and to develop fruit. Only a few species provide full, healthy fruit while growing in partial to full shade areas.
The chokecherry tree can typically grow up to 25 feet and produces a dark purple to red colored fruit. The fruit is typically used for wine, medical antibiotics and jams. The chokecherry is a hardy tree that will grow in shade conditions and different types of soils but you must water it regularly. It is native to North Dakota.
The serviceberry tree is a small tree that grows to only about 20 feet tall. It needs mild to warmer climates to flourish and will typically grow in the understory of forests. The tree produces small white flowers that turn yellow, orange and red in fall. The serviceberry also produces berries, which you may use for jams. This tree is a strong plant that grows in the shade and adapts to limited soil or water conditions.
Chickasaw Plum Tree
The Chickasaw plum short-stemmed tree that grows to a maximum of 25 feet in height. The tree is commonly found on the banks of streams and thickets in Illinois. This plum tree produces small yellow and red fruit the size of cherries. Gardeners use these trees for the large white flowers and attractive foliage as decoration beneath larger trees because of chickasaw's ability to thrive in partial shade.