Trees That Grow In Shade - Knowledgebase Question

Raleigh, NC
Question by purplmist
January 3, 2000
I want to plant some trees or shrubs on the side of my house. They can grow 15 to 20 feet but can't be wider than three feet. There is no sun at all year round.


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Answer from NGA
January 3, 2000

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Unfortunately I can't think of any plant that would do what you need. There are tall columnar growing trees, but they would not grow in such shade. Perhaps a fence covered with a vine would do? The evergreen English Ivy can grow in fairly dark situations, or possibly the fall blooming clematis or native Virginia Creeper would be able to grow in a location with low light.

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