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What are the best part shade tolerant smaller evergreens?

29 days ago

Looking for a single (ideally conical) evergreen tree or shrub for a foundation bed. Zone 5a. Gets about 2 hrs of sun 12-2 and dappled evening sun. Max height of about 8’ or something that could be trimmed to stay around 8’. TIA!

Comments (19)

  • 29 days ago

    I love my evergreen Helleri Holly Dwarf shrubs. They grow up to 3 feet in diameter, are deer resistant too. I live in NJ and they are quite happy here!

  • 28 days ago

    It depends on where you are in the country. For example, in partial shade areas, I have Densiformis yews, Hicksi yews, Everlow yews, and 'Winter Gem' boxwood. Also, semi-evergreen varieties of Euonymous, such as Moonshadow, Canadale, Emerald Gaiety, and Emerald 'n' Gold. I haven't tried any hollies, because my soil tends toward alkaline, and I think hollies prefer acidic soil.

  • 28 days ago

    Forgot to mention that none of these are conical.

  • PRO
    28 days ago

    The bonus with yews is they take to pruning to shape very well.

  • 28 days ago
    last modified: 28 days ago

    Forestfarm has an upright plum yew. Looks like it's z6, but some plants can be "stretched" a zone cooler if sheltered.

    https://www.forestfarm.com/cephalotaxus-harringtonia-fastigiata-ceha196.html

  • 28 days ago

    Skip laurel could work.

  • PRO
    28 days ago

    Google yews pruned in conical shape and of cours the ones thta work in your climate I am in Zone 6 in Canada we had areally weird storm last winter it went to - 38 celsius and my yews survived and no winter kill.

  • 28 days ago
    last modified: 28 days ago

    Here's my Hicksii Yew about 4 years out of a one-gallon pot (I seriously need to learn how to prune it). Zone 4a, 40"+ high, growing in the shade on north side of a 16ft. high very thick red pine grove. Gets a little AM sun and maybe 2-3 hours of late afternoon sun.


  • 27 days ago

    Deer?

  • 27 days ago

    Until the deer question is answered…

  • 27 days ago
    last modified: 27 days ago

    There's also weeping eastern hemlock, which is a weeping/dwarf version of standard eastern hemlock. I think there are also other dwarf versions of eastern hemlock, which is very shade-tolerant. I don't know if the hemlock woolly adelgid is present in your area, but they may not notice a dwarf......

  • 27 days ago

    The Harringtonia plum yews are supposed to be deer- resistant, and they have not touched mine. One is upright but not conical, though they are prunable as gardengal noted, and not destined for 8” tall. I like Dee Runk boxwood, which is naturally conical, but slow- growing; I have one in a container, so more like 3-4 ‘ tall after several years but probably would grow more if in the ground.

  • 27 days ago

    With a little more sun and alot of patience you might consider an umbrella pine...This is a dwarf named 'Picola'

  • 27 days ago

    FYI the plum yew (Cephalotaxus harringtonii) wont be hardy in zone 5a.

  • 26 days ago

    indianagardengirl, I guess “yew” are right about zone. Certainly not for investing in foundation or other major plantings.

  • 26 days ago

    Plum yews are not true yews, which are much hardier. Don't know about their prunability but guess not as good as true yews.

  • 26 days ago

    Just to comment on my own personal experience.

    I've had this Taunton yew, planted from a smaller pot May 28, 2019.

    Even when I used to have deer coming into my yard at night, not once did I see evidence of deer browsing this yew and I never protected it. Summer or winter.


    To me, deer are a separate problem that has to be delt with separately.

    If you only had plants that were deer resistant, your garden would be pretty boring.

    At least mine would.

    5 years in the ground 'Taunton yew'. 6-17-2024:


  • 26 days ago

    "Maureen" yew is narrow and upright, 5 feet tall, approximately 1 foot in width.