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Peking cotoneaster (cotoneaster acutifolia)

Peking cotoneaster (cotoneaster acutifolia)

Large sun shrubs are deciduous plants that can measure over 6 feet and that require over 6 hours of sunlight per day.

Shrubs from different climate zones with different growing conditions are listed in the following table. Some may grow well in poor soil, while others may need richer, more humid soil. Before making a final choice on any given large sun shrub, always check all its characteristics to ensure it is the right plant for the right place.

Scientific name Common name
Eleutherococcus sieboldianus Fiveleaf Aralia
Acertataricum Tatarian Maple
Aesculus parviflora Bottlebrush Buckeye
Aesculus pavia Red Buckeye
Amelanchier arborea Downy Serviceberry
Amelanchier canadensis Shadblow Serviceberry
Amelanchier laevis Allegheny Serviceberry
Amelanchier stolonifera Running Serviceberry
Amelanchier x grandiflora Apple Serviceberry
Asimina triloba Common Pawpaw
Buddleia davidii Butterfly Bush
Calycanthus floridus Common Sweetshrub
Caragana arborescens Siberian Peashrub
Chaenomeles speciosa Common Floweringquince
Clethra barbinervis Japanese Clethra
Cornus alternifolia Pagoda Dogwood
Cornus amomum Silky Dogwood
Cornus racemosa Gray Dogwood
Cornus sericea Redosier Dogwood
Corylopsis glabrescens Fragrant Winterhazel
Corylopsis pauciflora Buttercup Winterhazel
Corylus avellana European Filbert
Cotinus coggygria Common Smoketree
Cotoneaster lucidus Hedge Cotoneaster
Cotoneaster multiflorus Many-flowered Cotoneaster
Cotoneaster acutifolius Peking Cotoneaster
Deutzia scabra Fuzzy Deutzia
Elaeagnus angustifolia Russian Olive
Elaeagnus umbellata Autumn Olive
Enkianthus campanulatus Redvein Enkianthus
Euonymus alatus Winged Euonymus
Euonymus europaeus European Euonymus
Euonymus bungeanus Winterberry Euonymus
Euonymus kiautschovicus Spreading Euonymus
Exochorda racemosa Common Pearlbush
Forsythiax intermedia Border Forsythia
Forsythiasuspensa var. sieboldii Weeping Forsythia
Forsythia mandschurica Manchurian Forsythia
Fothergilla major Large Fothergilla
Franklinia alatamaha Franklinia
Halesia carolina Carolina Silverbell
Hamamelisx intermedia Hybrid Witchhazel
Hamamelis mollis Chinese Witchhazel
Hamamelis virginiana Common Witchhazel
Hamamelis vernalis Vernal Witchhazel
Heptacodium miconioides Seven-son Flower
Hibiscus syriacus Rose-of-sharon
Hippophae rhamnoides Common Seabuckthorn
Hydrangea paniculata Panicle Hydrangea
Ilex decidua Possumhaw
Ilex verticillata Common Winterberry
Kolkwitzia amabilis Beautybush
Laburnumx watereri Waterer Laburnum
Ligustrum amurense Amur Privet
Ligustrum obtusifolium Border Privet
Ligustrum vulgare European Privet
Ligustrum x vicaryi Golden Privet
Ligustrumx ibolium Ibolium Privet
Lindera benzoin Spicebush
Lonicera fragrantissima Winter Honeysuckle
Lonicera maackii Amur Honeysuckle
Lonicera tatarica Tatarian Honeysuckle
Lonicera xylosteum European Fly Honeysuckle
Maclura pomifera Osage Orange
Magnolia liliiflora Lily Magnolia
Magnolia stellata Star Magnolia
Magnolia virginiana Sweetbay Magnolia
Malus sargentii Sargent Crabapple
Myrica pensylvanica Northern Bayberry
Philadephus coronarius Sweet Mockorange
Photinia villosa Oriental Photinia
Physocarpus opulifolius Common Ninebark
Poncirus trifoliata Trifoliate Orange
Prinsepia sinensis Cherry Prinsepia
Prunus americana American Plum
Prunusx cistena Purpleleaf Sand Cherry
Prunus maritima Beach Plum
Prunus triloba var. multiplex Double Flowering Plum
Prunus virginiana Schubert Common Chokecherry
Pseudocydonia sinensis Chinese Quince
Ptelea trifoliata Hoptree
Pyracantha coccinea Scarlet Firethorn
Quercus illicifolia Bear Oak
Rhamnus cathartica Common Buckthorn
Rhamnus frangula Glossy Buckthorn
Rhododendron calendulaceum Flame Azalea
Rhododendron prunifolium Plumleaf Azalea
Rhododendron arborescens Sweet Azalea
Rhododendron hybrids Deciduous Azalea
Rhododendron luteum Pontic Azalea
Rhododendron ‘Exbury hybrids’ Exbury Hybrid Azalea
Rhus typhina Staghorn Sumac
Rhus glabra Smooth Sumac
Rosa glauca Redleaf Rose
Rosa hybrids Hybrid Rose
Salix melanostachys Black Pussy Willow
Salix purpurea Purpleosier Willow
Salixs achalinensis ‘Sekka’ Japanese Fantail Willow
Salix discolor True Pussy Willow
Salix hastata Pussy Willow
Sambucus canadensis American Elder
Sambucus racemosa European Red Elder
Shepherdia argentea Silver Buffaloberry
Sorbaria sorbifolia Ural Falsespirea
Spiraea prunifolia Bridalwreath Spirea
Spiraeax vanhouttei Vanhoutte Spirea
Spiraea x arguta Garland Spirea
Staphylea trifolia American Bladdernut
Stewartia ovata Mountain Stewartia
Styrax americanus American Snowbell
Symplocos paniculata Sapphireberry
Syringa oblata Early Lilac
Syringa reticulata Japanese Tree Lilac
Syringa villosa Late Lilac
Syringa x chinensis Chinese Lilac
Syringa vulgaris Common Lilac
Syringa microphylla Littleleaf Lilac
Tamarix parviflora Small-flowered Tamarix
Vaccinium corymbosum Highbush Blueberry
Viburnum cassinoides Witherod Viburnum
Viburnum dentatum Arrowwood Viburnum
Viburnum dilatatum Linden Viburnum
Viburnum farreri Fragrant Viburnum
Viburnum wrightii Wright Viburnum
Viburnum lantana Wayfaringtree Viburnum
Viburnum lentago Nannyberry Viburnum
Viburnum opulus European Cranberrybush Viburnum
Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum Doublefile Viburnum
Viburnum prunifolium Blackhaw Viburnum
Viburnum x rhytidophylloides Lantanaphyllum Viburnum
Viburnum sargentii Sargent Viburnum
Viburnum setigerum Tea Viburnum
Viburnum sieboldii Siebold Viburnum
Viburnum trilobum American Cranberrybush Viburnum
Viburnum x juddii Judd Viburnum
Viburnum x carlcephalum Fragrant Viburnum
Viburnum x burkwoodii Burkwood Viburnum
Viburnum alnifolium Hobblebush
Weigela florida Old Fashioned Weigela
Xanthoceras sorbifolium Yellowhorn
Zanthoxylum americanum Prickly-ash
Corylus americana American Filbert

For spaces where a large sun shrub would be too much, have a look at our medium sun shrubs and small sun shrubs pages. For information on plants that grow in shady locations, visit our Shade plants page. 

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

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