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Box trees (buxus sempervirens) are very handsome large shade evergreens

Box trees (buxus sempervirens)

Large shade evergreens can measure 8 feet and up. Full shade plants require less than 2 hours of direct sunlight per day, while partial shade plants require 2 to 4 hours.

Note that, in each list, plants from different climate zones with different growing conditions may be mixed together. Before making a final choice on any given evergreens, always check all its characteristics to ensure it is the right plant for the right place.

Large shade evergreens for full shade

Large full shade evergreens (8 feet and up) that require less than 2 hours of direct sunlight per day (don’t forget that these aren’t endives – they do need light) and a soil that is moist but well drained.

Scientific name Common name
Kalmia latifolia Mountain-laurel
Mahonia aquifolium Oregon Grapeholly
Prunus laurocerasus ‘Schipkaensis’ Schip Laurel
Rhododendron maximum Rosebay Rhododendron
Taxus x media Anglojap Yew
Taxus cuspidata Japanese Yew

Large shade evergreens for partial shade

Large partial shade evergreens (8 feet and up) that require between 2 and 4 hours of direct sunlight per day and a soil that is moist but well drained.

Scientific name Common name
Buxus sempervirens Common Box
Euonymus kiautschovicus Spreading Euonymus
Ilex pedunculosa Longstalk Holly
Kalmia latifolia Mountain-laurel

Consider visiting our Shade plants page, where you will find general information on growing plants in shady locations.

Have you considered all the options available to you? If not, then have a look at our Landscaping plants page.

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