Shrubs for Shady Sites

When selecting shrubs for the home landscape, gardeners should carefully examine growing conditions at the planting site. Most shrubs perform best when grown in areas that receive partial to full sun. However, there are shrubs that can be successfully grown in partial shade. (Sites in partial shade receive 2 to 4 hours of direct light.) A list of deciduous shrubs that can be grown in partial shade is provided below.

  • Bottlebrush Buckeye (Aesculus parviflora)
  • Common Sweetshrub (Calycanthus floridus)
  • Summersweet Clethra (Clethra alnifolia)
  • Pagoda Dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)
  • Gray Dogwood (Cornus racemosa)
  • Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera)
  • Dwarf Fothergilla (Fothergilla gardenii)
  • Large Fothergilla (Fothergilla major)
  • Vernal Witchhazel (Hamamelis vernalis)
  • Common Witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
  • Smooth Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens)
  • Panicle Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata)
  • Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica)
  • Japanese Kerria (Kerria japonica)
  • Spicebush (Lindera benzoin)
  • Alpine Currant (Ribes alpinum)
  • Common Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus)
  • Indiancurrant Coralberry (Symphoricarpos orbiculatus)
  • Arrowwood Viburnum (Viburnum dentatum)
  • Blackhaw Viburnum (Viburnum prunifolium)
  • American Cranberrybush Viburnum (Viburnum trilobum)
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