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Columnar or Upright Evergreen for Shady Area?

Posted by zooba72 zone 7 (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 12, 14 at 1:09

Hello, I have a gate that's about 8' wide and 6' high and I'm looking to plant two shrubs on the exterior side. The gate area is shaded by a large cherry tree. It gets some sun, but it's limited. I would prefer something that's evergreen and grows columnar. I was originally thinking of trying something like a dragon lady holly, I have several that have done well, but they're in the sun. I also read someone's recommendation of Euonymus japonicus 'Green Spire' ... but have read mixed reviews of its performance in shade. I already have a lot of schip laurel in that area, so I'm looking for something different. Is there something that I'm not considering? Oh yeah, and I would love it to be deer resistant :-) ... not asking for too much.

I'm in zone 7 (Long Island, NY). Thank you!

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RE: Columnar or Upright Evergreen for Shady Area?

Nandina? It spreads, but is easily controlled if you don't want that. Its texture would provide a nice contrast to the laurels and it does have berries all winter which is nice. I keep mine pruned as a tall narrow-ish shrub.

RE: Columnar or Upright Evergreen for Shady Area?

Thank you for the response. I hadn't heard of that so I just reviewed the characteristics. According to what I've read, this shrub prefers Full sun to part shade... I definitely think that this area would currently be considered full shade. I'm actually thinking of putting a rhodo on each side and shaping a bit as it grows. Thanks for the suggestion.

RE: Columnar or Upright Evergreen for Shady Area?

I have nandina in both full and part shade. It is like a weed. It grows just about anywhere. I find rhododendron much more difficult-they don't like me! Best of luck in finding what you want. One thing to note, rhodies are not at all columnar-like azaleas, I think they look best with minimal if any pruning.

RE: Columnar or Upright Evergreen for Shady Area?

i think nandina doesn't look good in shade , it gives less leaf colour and it doesn't have nice contrast unless you buy a cultivar like firecracker or gulf stream. if you buy a nandina do buy these 2 cultivars or a similar cultivar.

''Gulf stream'' cultivar doesn't get large , that's a plus. ( firecracker is looking the most colourfull )

RE: Columnar or Upright Evergreen for Shady Area?

  • Posted by SC77 6b (My Page) on
    Mon, Aug 25, 14 at 16:12

Buxus sempervirens 'Graham Blandy' or 'Dee Runk' or 'Fastigiata' All evergreen, deer resistant, columnar, and shade tolerant.

Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Fastigiata' (Japanese Plum Yew). VERY shade tolerant and unlike regular yew, deer do not like plum yew.

RE: Columnar or Upright Evergreen for Shady Area?

Great suggestions. I wasn't aware of several varieties you mentioned and wasn't aware of any boxwood that are shade tolerant. Thank you

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