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Shade-Tolerant Plants

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

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Samaritan Kousa Dogwood (7 of 11)

Cornus kousa 'Samaritan'

  • Small, deciduous tree noted for its white flowers in late spring and large bright red fruit in fall.

  • Variegated leaves with deep green and cream tinged with pink

  • More disease resistant and drought tolerant than native Florida Dogwood

  • Plant in organic, rich, moist but well-drained soil

  • Plant in full sun to partial shade; flowering and foliage are best in full sun

  • Prune after flowering in spring; fertilize in late spring

  • Height: 20-25 feet.

  • Width: 15-20 feet.

Hardy in USDA zones (4) 5-8:

  • Zone 4 -- Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; may not be hardy in zone 4a but survive in protected areas of Zone 4b.

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

  • Zone 6 -- Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun to partial shade.

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

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

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