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Recommendation on shrub or tree that will be in full or partial shade

tings00tings00 Posts: 2
edited May 2018 in Plants
First post so please let me know if additional info is needed and i appreciate any help you can offer.
I am located in the southwest part of the sale lake valley in utah.

I was hoping to get some advice on a tree or shrub thats good in the shade. This is for my backyard that faces west. We have a row of columnar oak trees along the back of our house. We put in a patio cover a couple years ago and our southern most tree in the row now gets almost permanent shade until the sun gets low in the evening. It seems healthy still but just wont grow taller like the other trees. I wanted to see about a recommendation on a replacement. I think i am leaning towards a shrub but would consider a tree as well.

So far I have been recommended a black lace elderberry, dawn viburnum, and a acer shirasawnum Jordan. i was also recommended a hick yew shrub and a Japanese maple.

It seems like i have received mixed info on if the previous plants would do well in the conditions i will be planting it in. 


  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,995
    Welcome @tings00, as probably the only other Utahian on this U.K. gardening forum I am most likely the best qualified one here to answer your question.   ;)

    How dry is it in that area?  Does your irrigation reach the planting area?  If it's dry, Mallow-leaf Ninebark would be a good shrub.. or Kashmir Sage as a tall perennial flower.  
    Here is the link to shrub advice from USU:
    I find them an excellent resource when selecting appropriate plants for our climate.  
    Utah, USA.
  • tings00tings00 Posts: 2
    edited May 2018
    i dont think i realized this was a UK forum when i first registered. The site came up in one of my google searches. Thanks @Blue Onion for the reply. Is there a good one you use for the US or thats more regional to utah?

    Thanks for your advice
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  • Mark56Mark56 Posts: 1,653
    Mahonia? Hypericum will tolerate some shade as well
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