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Small sun evergreens are non deciduous shrubs measuring up to 4 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 poor soil, while others may need richer, more humid soil. Before making a final choice on any given small sun evergreen, always check all its characteristics to ensure it is the right tree for the right place.

Scientific name Common name
Abeliax grandiflora Glossy Abelia
Andromeda polifolia Bog-rosemary
Berberis candidula Paleleaf Barberry
Buxus microphylla Littleleaf Box
Calluna vulgaris Scotch Heather
Cotoneaster dammeri Bearberry Cotoneaster
Daphne cneorum Rose Daphne
Daphne caucasica Caucasian Daphne
Erica carnea Spring Heath
Euonymus fortunei Wintercreeper Euonymus
Gaylussacia brachycera Box Huckleberry
Ilex crenata Japanese Holly
Ilex glabra Inkberry
Kalmia angustifolia Sheep Laurel
Ledum groenlandicum Labrador Tea
Leiophyllum buxifolium Box Sandmyrtle
Microbiota decussata Russian Arborvitae
Paxistima canbyi Canby Paxistima
Pieris floribunda Mountain Pieris
Rhododendron carolinianum Carolina Rhododendron
Rhododendron keiskei Keisk Rhododendron
Rhododendronx laetevirens Wilson Rhododendron
Rhododendron yakusimanum Yaku Rhododendron
Rhododendron hybrids Large and small leaf rhododendrons and evergreen azaleas
Vaccinium macrocarpon American Cranberry
Vaccinium vitis-idaea Lingonberry
Yucca sp. Yucca

For larger spaces, consider medium sun evergreens or even large sun evergreens. 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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