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Small shade evergreens are non-deciduous plants measuring up to 4 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.

Small shade evergreens for full shade

Small full shade evergreens (up to 4 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
Euonymus fortunei Wintercreeper Euonymus
Ilex crenata Japanese Holly
Ilex glabra Inkberry
Leucothoe fontanesiana Drooping Leucothoe
Leucothoe axillaris Coast Leucothoe
Leucothoe racemosa Sweetbells Leucothoe
Taxus baccata Repandens English Yew
Taxus canadensis Canadian Yew

Small shade evergreens for partial shade

Small partial shade evergreens (up to 4 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
Euonymus fortunei Wintercreeper Euonymus
Ilex crenata Japanese Holly
Ilex glabra Inkberry
Kalmia angustifolia Sheep Laurel
Leucothoe fontanesiana Drooping Leucothoe
Leucothoe axillaris Coast Leucothoe
Leucothoe racemosa Sweetbells Leucothoe
Microbiota decussata Russian Arborvitae
Pieris floribunda Mountain Pieris
Rhododendron canadense Rhodora
Rhododendron carolinianum Carolina Rhododendron
Rhododendron viscosum Swamp Azalea
Rhododendron periclymenoides Pinxterbloom Azalea
Rhododendron atlanticum Coast Azalea
Rhododendron bakeri Cumberland Azalea

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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