Which shrubs will grow in shade?


Which shrubs will grow in shade?


Most deciduous 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 sun.) 

Deciduous shrubs that can be successfully grown in partial shade include;

  • pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia), 
  • gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa),
  • bush honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera),
  • fothergilla (Fothergilla spp.),
  • common witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana),
  • smooth hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens),
  • Virginia sweetspire (Itea virginica),
  • Japanese kerria (Kerria japonica),
  • alpine currant (Ribes alpinum),
  • arrowwood viburnum (Viburnum dentatum),
  • American cranberrybush viburnum (Viburnum trilobum). 

Evergreen shrubs that can be grown in partial shade include,

  • yew (Taxus spp.),
  • arborvitae (Thuja spp.),
  • Russian cypress (Microbiota decussata).

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