The Q&A Archives: Shade Plants For Privacy

Question: What is a good shade plant that will look good as well as provide much needed privacy? Oh yes, one that doesn't take a lifetime to develop.

Answer: Beverly,

There are a few shrubs that will grow to an adequate height and are evergreen and survive in shade in your area. However in a really shaded location such plants will be rather sparsely foliated and as such may not form a totally dense privacy hedge. If you can place them where they will receive fairly good light intensity they should do fine.

Some evergreen shrubs to consider for a semi shaded spot include: yaupon, southern wax myrtle, and various types of viburnum. Chinese photinia, a more disease resistant and vigorous cousin of red tip photinia, is another choice.

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