The Q&A Archives: Evergreen Shrubs For Shade

Question: Are there any shrubs or small trees that will do well in a mostly shaded area, and that are not toxic to horses? Is holly toxic?

Answer: There are very few evergreen plants that tolerate shade, but Laurus nobilis (laurel) is a reliable performer under those conditions. Pieris, Camellia and Nandina domestica (Heavenly Bamboo) will adapt and grow reasonably well in partial shade as well. None of these plants are listed as poisonous to livestock, according to the book Poisonous Plant of the United States and Canada by John M. Kingsbury, Cornell University. Holly (Ilex) has no listing as being poisonous to horses, either. Hope this helps you choose just the right shrubs for your shaded area.

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