Help!!! Need berry producing shrubs for full shade!!

kkbix(z5 Indy)March 18, 2006

I need some help. I've decided to move several viburnums from an area of full shade to full sun. I need a few bushes that can tolerate full shade (maybe 2 or 3 hours of partial sun) and produce berries for wildlife. I may plant a few ferns and hosta but am looking specifically for types of bushes. I live in central Indiana (zone 5). Any suggestions?

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kal2769(Zone 8)

What about Mahonia (evergreen), or Nandina?

    Bookmark   March 18, 2006 at 9:20PM
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bunnycat(z6 NY)


We have some that get a few hours of dappled light. Dozens of migrating cedar waxwings swarm in here for a day and take every holly berry..usually sometime in March. The hollies on the north side get no dappled or direct sun, and bear much less fruit.

We had dozens of Robins in the little Prairiefire crabapple about 10 days ago. They stripped it of all its berries. No worms to be found if the ground is frozen. It grows in part sun, part dappled light.


    Bookmark   March 18, 2006 at 10:02PM
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knottyceltic(S/W Ontario 5b)

My backyard is a mature wooded area and we have several kinds of shrubs with berries all in full shade:

Arrowwood Viburnum
Alternate Leaf Dogwood
Silky Dogwood

Hope that helps some...


    Bookmark   August 1, 2006 at 11:44PM
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klo1(z7 OK)

Does Beauty Bush grow in your area? If it does they grow in the shade and have pretty purple berries.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2006 at 9:26PM
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starfyre(z8 wa)

thimble berry?? Fuzzy maple look-a-like leaves, little raspberry looking berries. It grows all over the park behind us and is in almost constant shade or dappled shade. Its a native here.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2006 at 1:44PM
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