What is "Part Shade?" - Knowledgebase Question

Piscataway, NJ
Question by CAL1109
August 11, 1999
Can you describe to me what conditions constitute "part shade?"

Answer from NGA
August 11, 1999


There are several types of part shade, but in general it describes a place that's sheltered from full sun during mid-day. Examples include a spot that is sunny all morning but shaded after noon, and a spot that receives some sun in the morning and some in late afternoon. Part shade can also include areas under high-branched trees where the sun actually touches the ground in broken patterns throughout the day; this is sometimes called filtered, dappled, or open shade. In cool northern regions some part-sun plants grow well in full sun; conversely, in regions with hot summers even sun-loving plants may prefer part-shade conditions.

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