landscaping - Knowledgebase Question

Saint John, In
Question by daniellelros
May 15, 2009
What type of flowering bush or small tree (total growth 4x4) grows well in shade?

Answer from NGA
May 15, 2009


Not many shrubs will remain at the size you want and perform well in the shade so your choices are limitied, but consider one of these;
Viking Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa 'Viking') It is a spreading, multi-stemmed shrub with glossy, dark green foliage turning red to purple in fall. Adapted to wet lowland areas. The white flowers in May are followed by clusters of purple-black fruit. Effective in winter, since the fruit is astringent tasting and avoided by birds till later into the winter. Height 3-5', Spread 3-5'

Green Mound Currant (Ribes alpinum 'Green Mound') A dwarf, mounded shrub with bright green foliage. It is a good choice for use as a facer or a rock garden specimen. Height 2-3', Spread 2-3'

Japanese Kerria (Kerria japonica 'Pleniflora') An upright, arching shrub, with bright yellow, double flowers bloom in early May. Its brilliant yellow-green branches are striking in winter, but will benefit from renewal pruning. Height 3-6', Spread 4-6'

Regent Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia 'Regent') A dense, upright, rounded shrub with excellent foliage and white flowers in spring. The foliage has a nice yellow to red fall color and the sweet, bluish purple fruit is suitable for eating or making jelly. Height 4-6', Spread 4-6'.

Best wishes with your landscape.

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