Medium sun shrubs

Azaleas are a favorite medium sun shrub
Azaleas require acidic soil

Medium sun shrubs are deciduous shrubs measuring 4 to 8 feet in height and requiring 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 well drained soil, while others may need lots of water. 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.

Note that those medium sun shrubs that have a star next to their common name may have an invasive tendency.

Scientific name Common name
Amelanchier stolonifera Running Serviceberry
Aroniaar butifolia Red Chokeberry
Berberisthunbergii Japanese Barberry *
Berberis koreana Korean Barberry
Berberis x mentorensis Mentor Barberry
Buddleia davidii Butterfly Bush *
Callicarpa japonica Japanese Beautyberry
Calycanthus floridus Common Sweetshrub
Caragana frutex Russian Peashrub
Cephalanthus occidentalis Buttonbush
Chaenomeles speciosa Common Floweringquince
Chaenomeles japonica Japanese Floweringquince
Clethra alnifolia Summersweet
Comptonia peregrina Sweetfern
Cornus alba Tatarian Dogwood
Corylopsis pauciflora Buttercup Winterhazel
Cotoneaster divaricatus Spreading Cotoneaster
Cotoneaster lucidus Hedge Cotoneaster
Cotoneaster acutifolius Peking Cotoneaster
Cytisus scoparius Scotch Broom *
Daphne x burkwoodii Burkwood Daphne
Deutzia gracilis Slender Deutzia
Deutzia scabra Fuzzy Deutzia
Deutzia x lemoinei Lemoine Deutzia
Enkianthus campanulatus Redvein Enkianthus
Forsythia ovata Early Forsythia
Forsythia viridissima Bronx Greenstem Forsythia
Forsythia mandschurica Manchurian Forsythia
Hydrangea quercifolia Oakleaf Hydrangea
Hydrangea arborescens Smooth Hydrangea
Hypericum densiflorum Dense Hypericum
Itea virginica Virginia Sweetspire
Kerria japonica Japanese Kerria
Kolkwitzia amabilis Beautybush
Lindera benzoin Spicebush
Lonicera maackii Amur Honeysuckle *
Lonicera morrowii Morrow Honeysuckle *
Lonicera tatarica Tatarian Honeysuckle *
Malus sargentii Sargent Crabapple
Myrica pensylvanica Northern Bayberry
Neviusia alabamensis Alabama Snow-wreath
Physocarpus opulifolius Common Ninebark
Prunus glandulosa Dwarf Flowering Almond
Prunus maritima Beach Plum
Rhododendron calendulaceum Flame Azalea
Rhododendron dauricum Dahurian Rhododendron
Rhododendron mucronulatum Korean Rhododendron
Rhododendron viscosum Swamp Azalea
Rhododendron vaseyi Pinkshell Azalea
Rhododendron schlippenbachii Royal Azalea
Rhododendron bakeri Cumberland Azalea
Rhododendron prinophyllum Roseshell Azalea
Rhododendron japonicum Japanese Azalea
Rhodotypos scandens Black Jetbead
Rhus aromatica Fragrant Sumac
Ribes alpinum Alpine Currant
Ribes odoratum Clove Currant
Robinia hispida Bristly Locust *
Rosa multiflora Japanese Rose *
Rosa glauca Redleaf Rose
Rosa hugonis Father Hugo Rose
Rosa moyesii Moye’s Rose
Rosa virginiana Virginia Rose
Rosa rugosa Rugosa Rose *
Salix melanostachys Black Pussy Willow
Shepherdia canadensis Russet Buffaloberry
Sorbaria sorbifolia Ural Falsespirea
Spiraea nipponica Snowmound Nippon Spirea
Spiraea prunifolia Bridalwreath Spirea
Spiraea thunbergii Thunberg Spirea
Spiraea x vanhouttei Vanhoutte Spirea
Spiraea x cinerea Spirea
Spiraea x arguta Garland Spirea
Staphylea bumalda Bumald Bladdernut
Stephandra incisa Cutleaf Stephandra
Symphoricarpos orbiculatus Indiancurrant Coralberry
Syringa laciniata Cutleaf Lilac
Syringa meyeri Meyer Lilac
Syringa patula ‘Miss Kim’ Miss Kim Manchurian Lilac
Syringa villosa Late Lilac
Syringa microphylla Littleleaf Lilac
Vaccinium corymbosum Highbush Blueberry
Viburnum carlesii Koreanspice Viburnum
Viburnum acerifolium Mapleleaf Viburnum
Viburnum cassinoides Witherod Viburnum
Viburnum dentatum Arrowwood Viburnum
Viburnum dilatatum Linden Viburnum *
Viburnum wrightii Wright Viburnum
Viburnum x juddii Judd Viburnum
Viburnum x carlcephalum Fragrant Viburnum
Weigela florida Old Fashioned Weigela
Weigela ‘Carnival’ Carnival Weigela
Daphne mezureum February Daphne

For larger or smaller spaces, consider large sun shrubs or small sun shrubs. 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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