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Shade-Tolerant Plants

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

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Forest Pansy Eastern Redbud (9 of 11)

Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'

  • Small, deciduous tree noted for its purple/pink flowers in early spring before the leaves

  • Has deep red/purple leaves that can fade to green in hot weather

  • Has decorative bean-like seed pods fall through winter

  • Drought tolerant once established

  • Tolerant of poor and alkaline soil

  • Plant in full sun to light shade

  • Prune after flowering in spring; fertilize in late spring

  • Height: 15-20 feet

  • Width: 15 feet

Hardy in USDA zones 4-9:

  • Zone 4 -- Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt.

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

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

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

  • Zone 8 -- Plant in fall; plant in full sun to light shade; provide supplemental water during dry spells.

  • Zone 9 -- Plant in fall; plant in full sun to light shade; provide supplemental water during dry spells.

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