The Q&A Archives: blooming small tree or shrub

Question: would you please give me some suggestions as to a small tree or a shrub that blooms in the summer and will only require 4 hours of sun in the summer from 10 to 2PM.

Answer: There are a number of flowering shrubs you can use: Alpine currant (Ribes alpinum) is an extremely hardy shrub. Its mature height is 3 to 6 feet. Alpine currant is one of the first shrubs to leaf out in the spring. It tolerates pruning well and makes an excellent formal hedge. Other shade tolerant shrubs include viburnum, weigela, five-leaf aralia (Acanthopanax sieboldianus), summersweet clethra (Clethra alnifolia), smooth hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens), black jetbead (Rhodotypos scandens), and snowberry (Symphoricarpos spp.)

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