Answer: The shade of mature pines is a challenging spot, but it sounds like the shrubs will be right on the border of the shade where they will get some sun. The shrubs you've metioned need at least partial sun (dappled light all day, or direct sun for part of the day). Aucuba japonica is a very shade tolerant broadleafed evergreen appropriate for full shade, and it's hardy to Zone 6, so you might want to work that into your mix if you want to try planting something in the back of the berm. Best of luck to you!
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