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Yews are a popular medium shade evergreen

Yews are a popular medium shade evergreen

Medium shade evergreens are non-deciduous plants measuring between 4 and 8 feet in height. 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 plant, always check all its characteristics to ensure it is the right evergreen for the right place.

Medium shade evergreens for full shade

Medium size full shade evergreens (between 4 and 8 feet) 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
Ilex crenata Japanese Holly
Ilex glabra Inkberry
Leucothoe fontanesiana Drooping Leucothoe
Leucothoe racemosa Sweetbells Leucothoe
Mahonia aquifolium Oregon Grapeholly
Prunus laurocerasus ‘Schipkaensis’ Schip Laurel
Taxus baccata Repandens English Yew
Taxus canadensis Canadian Yew

Medium shade evergreens for partial shade

Medium size partial shade evergreens (between 4 and 8 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
Buxus sempervirens Common Box
Ilex crenata Japanese Holly
Ilex glabra Inkberry
Leucothoe fontanesiana Drooping Leucothoe
Leucothoe racemosa Sweetbells Leucothoe
Mahonia aquifolium Oregon Grapeholly
Mahonia japonica Japanese Mahonia
Prunus laurocerasus ‘Schipkaensis’ Schip 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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