Answer: Some evergreen shrubs for you to consider include:
Berberis x gladwynensis ?William Penn? (William Penn barberry) is a medium, evergreen shrub that is armed with spines. This densely growing barberry has somewhat showy (upon close inspection) yellow flowers in spring and is relatively drought-tolerant.
Cephalanthus occidentalis* (buttonbush) is a large shrub that produces white flowers in globular heads in June, July, and August. Buttonbush is somewhat lanky, but is a good choice for informal landscapes. It does best in moist soil and does not tolerate drought.
Fothergilla gardenii (dwarf fothergilla) is a medium, multistemmed shrub species. It has beautiful flowers (April) and fall foliage color, but is slightly less showy than F. major. It flowers and shows its fall colors best in full sun. Dwarf fothergilla requires a moist, well-drained acid soil and does not tolerate drought.
Ilex cornuta1 (Chinese holly) is a beautiful evergreen shrub that withstands heat and drought. The cultivar ?Burfordii? has a single spine at the tip of the leaf and red berries in the wintertime.
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