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A magnolia in bloom is a striking sight

A magnolia in bloom is a striking sight

Large shade trees include large deciduous trees ranging from 30 to 50 feet and very large deciduous trees reaching over 50 feet. Full shade trees require less than 2 hours of direct sunlight per day (don’t forget that these aren’t endives – they do need light), while partial shade trees require 2 to 4 hours. Bear in mind that the less sun a tree gets, the slower it usually grows.

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

Large shade trees for full shade

Large full shade trees (30 to 50 feet) require less than 2 hours of direct sunlight per day and a soil that is moist but well drained.

Scientific name Common name
Carpinus caroliniana American Hornbeam

Very large shade trees for partial shade

Very large partial shade trees (over 50 feet) 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
Acer saccharum Sugar Maple
Cornus alternifolia Pagoda Dogwood
Fagus grandifolia American Beech
Halesia monticola Mountain Silverbell
Magnolia grandiflora Southern Magnolia

Large shade trees for partial shade

Large partial shade trees (30 to 50 feet) 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
Acer carpinifolium Hornbeam Maple
Acer cissifolium Ivy-leaved Maple
Acer davidii David Maple
Alnus glutinosa Common Alder
Carpinus caroliniana American Hornbeam
Cornus florida Flowering Dogwood
Halesia monticola Mountain Silverbell
Magnolia grandiflora Southern Magnolia
Magnolia tripetala Umbrella Magnolia
Ostrya virginiana American Hophornbeam
Robinia pseudoacacia Black Locust
Tsuga canadensis Canadian Hemlock

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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