Speciman for sun / shade - Knowledgebase Question

oklahoma city, ok
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Question by jfwoods2
April 1, 2006
I am looking for a speciman tree that can tolerate the hot, dry conditions in our area. Grow in full shade most of the day, in summer, under a large tree. However, the bed under this tree does get afternoon sun from about 1 hour, just before sunset.

I have looked at a number of Japenese Maples, as well as all types of evergreens, and they all seem to need afternoon shade. Because of the large tree, I need something that will not grow above 15 feet.

Any suggestions?


Answer from NGA
April 1, 2006
One hour of late afternoon sunshine shouldn't affect Japanese maples. They like dappled shade during the afternoon, but unless there is a lot of reflected heat during that one hour of sunshine, they should be able to adapt to the site. If you'd rather not take a chance, how about planting Ilex (holly) in the site? Or, instead of a tree, how about a large shrub that can be pruned into a tree shape? Camellia might work for you. Best wishes with your landscape.

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