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Amelanchier canadensis is a trouble free large shade shrub

Amelanchier canadensis is a trouble free large shade shrub

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

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

Large shade shrubs for full shade

Large full shade shrubs (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
Cornus racemosa Gray Dogwood
Eleutherococcus sieboldianus Fiveleaf Aralia
Euonymus alatus Winged Euonymus
Hamamelis virginiana Common Witchhazel
Magnolia virginiana Sweetbay Magnolia
Ptelea trifoliata Hoptree
Staphylea trifolia American Bladdernut
Viburnum lentago Nannyberry Viburnum
Viburnum prunifolium Blackhaw Viburnum
Viburnum alnifolium Hobblebush

Large shade shrubs for partial shade

Large partial shade shrubs (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
Amelanchier arborea Downy Serviceberry
Amelanchier canadensis Shadblow Serviceberry
Amelanchier laevis Allegheny Serviceberry
Amelanchier stolonifera Running Serviceberry
Calycanthus floridus Common Sweetshrub
Cornus alternifolia Pagoda Dogwood
Cornus amomum Silky Dogwood
Cornus racemosa Gray Dogwood
Cornus sericea Redosier Dogwood
Corylopsis pauciflora Buttercup Winterhazel
Halesia carolina Carolina Silverbell
Hamamelis virginiana Common Witchhazel
Hamamelis vernalis Vernal Witchhazel
Hydrangea paniculata Panicle Hydrangea
Ilex decidua Possumhaw
Ligustrum amurense Amur Privet

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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