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Shade-Tolerant Plants

Check out 11 shade-tolerant plants and the planting information for each zone.

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Oregon Grape (Mahonia) (11 of 11)

Mahonia aquifolium

  • Evergreen shrub with spiny holly-like leaves with yellow flowers followed by blue-black fruit

  • Plant in fertile, rich soil that is well-drained

  • Plant in partial to full shade with protection from drying winds

  • Height: 3-10 feet

  • Width: 3-8 feet

Hardy in USDA zones 5-9:

  • Zone 5 -- Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in partial to full shade; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt.

  • Zone 6 -- Plant in spring or early fall; plant in partial to full shade; avoid contact with salt.

  • Zone 7 -- Plant in fall; plant in partial to full shade; provide supplemental water during dry spells, especially in winter.

  • Zone 8 -- Plant in fall; plant in partial to full shade with protection from hot afternoon sun; provide supplemental water during dry spells, especially in winter.

  • Zone 9 -- Plant in fall; plant in partial to full shade with protection from hot afternoon sun; provide supplemental water during dry spells, especially in winter.

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