I need shrubs for a very shaded area. - Knowledgebase Question

Austin, TX (Zone 8B)
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Question by shaunalee
January 12, 2006
The area in front of my house is shaded by a live oak tree, and never get direct light. What type of shrub would grow well with little attention under these conditions in central Texas?

Answer from NGA
January 12, 2006

Your options are pretty limited in that much shade, especially since the live oak tends to hold its leaves almost all year long. Some choices to consider include Japanese aralia (Fatsia japonica), Japanese Aucuba and Gold Dust Plant (Aucuba japonica), and Sunrise Variegated Abelia (Abelia x grandiflora 'Sunrise').

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