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Native evergreens for winter wildlife cover and human interest?

Posted by Bioteach44 none (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 23, 12 at 15:28

I live in Central, Indiana (roughly zone 6). What would be good evergreen shrubs that do well in partial shade? We have little room for more trees, and I am trying to plant with mostly native Indiana/Midwest selections.

We are restoring a backyard that had been overrun with invasive asian bush honeysuckle. Entertainment and wildlife are the primary two features. We have several deciduous trees and fruiting shrubs in the works, but I am not familiar with what some of these will look like in the winter.


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RE: Native evergreens for winter wildlife cover and human interes

yew is the best evergreen for shade..... most evergreens prefer full sun...it comes in many shapes and sizes but alas is toxic to animals. privet would fit the bill and provide wildlife food but is another invasive so you probably won't want that : ) mahonia does very well in shade, has yellow flowers in spring and blue grape-like berries later so may be your best bet. it is native in parts of the u.s.....not sure if its native in your area.


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