If you’re looking to occupy your garden with some fruit plants but don’t have much sun, these 7 fruits that grow in the shade may be just what you’re looking for! Most fruits and vegetables need at least 6 hours of sunlight per day, but shade loving plants don’t need much sun at all – if any! These 7 fruits that grow in the shade will thrive in a non-sun environment AND gave you more room for other plants that DO need the sun!

Fruits That Grow in the Shade

#1. Pears

pear tree

Although pears DO need a little bit of sun, they’ll thrive easily in partial shade. The “Beth” variety loves partial shade when planted in a westerly facing area.

#2. Plums

plum tree

Plums, like pears, also prefer partial shade, especially the variety “Czar” which prefers morning sun and afternoon shade.

#3. Rhubarb

rhubarb stalks

Early varieties of rhubarb such as “Timperley Early”, “Stockbridge Arrow”, and “Victoria” thrive in shady areas when planted in rich, moist soil.

#4. Hardy Kiwi

kiwi plant

Hardy kiwis love partial shade – just an hour or two a day of sun is all they need! Make sure to set up a trellis for support.

#5. Muscadine Grapes

growing grapes in pots

Muscadine grapes are great for making wine and pies, and can thrive in partially sunny areas. Keep in mind though, that if grown in fully shaded areas, you may not get as many grapes!

#6. Pawpaw Tree


This soft, tropical fruit, will produce easily with only 1-2 hours of sunlight per day!

#7. Berries

tillamook strawberries

Berries such as blueberries, currants, elderberries, gooseberries, juneberries, lingonberries, mulberries, raspberries, and strawberries can all grow in partial shade. Keep in mind though, that although they can grow in shade, they will still require a few hours of sunlight per day, especially in the mornings.

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Fruits That Grow in the Shade