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Tell us your Favorite Shade Plants

By dave
January 20, 2016

We're putting together a list of the ATP members' favorite shade plants! Come on in and read how to nominate your favorites! We will later publish a final article on the top picks.

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Name: Carol H. Sandt
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Jan 27, 2016 10:27 AM CST
Aucuba japonica is an excellent evergreen shrub that survives well in dry shade, even the shade of a shallow-rooted red maple tree in my yard. I have one cultivar with solid green leaves ('Rozannie'?) and two with variegated green/yellow leaves ('Mr. Goldstrike' and 'Picturata'). New plants are easy to propagate from soft wood cuttings collected in August - November, and they root well in water. The thick waxy evergreen leaves are attractive all year long. I would highly recommend Aucuba for zones 6b and warmer, although the severely cold 6b winters of 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 and were very stressful.
Carol H. Sandt

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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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Jan 27, 2016 10:34 AM CST
Excellent choice! Mine is one of the variegated aucubas and ideal for the very shady spot where it's planted.

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