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Full Sun or Shade Tolerance

There are many plants that tolerate full sun. In fact, most showy flowering trees and shrubs will not produce flowers well if they don't receive most of the day's available sunlight. Here are examples of plants with different sunlight requirements.

Scientific Name Common Name
Does best in FULL SUN:
Hydrangea paniculata 'Grandiflora' PeeGee Hydrangea
Berberis koreana Korean Barberry
Acer truncatum Shantung Maple
Acer ginnala Amur Maple
Abies ginnala White Fir
Aronia melanocarpa elata Black Chokeberry
Euonymus alatus Winged Euonymus
Malus species Crabapples
Ostrya virginiana American Hophornbeam, Ironwood
Paxistima canbyi Canby Paxistima
Pinus species various Pines
Tolerates some SHADE:
Quercus bicolor Swamp White Oak
Sorbus aucuparia European Mountain Ash
Ostrya virginiana Ironwood
Spiraea x bumalda 'Froebelii' Froebel Spirea
Sorbaria sorbifolia Ash Leaf Spirea
Viburnum prunifolium Blackhaw
Viburnum lentago Wayfaring Shrub
Prunus virginiana 'Canada Red' Canada Red Cherry
Cornus sericea 'Bailey' Red-Twigged Dogwood
Cornus racemosa Grey Dogwood
Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' and 'Grandiflora' Annabelle and Hills of Snow Hydrangea
Physocarpus opulifolius Common and Dwarf Ninebark
Euonymus alatus, E. alata 'Compacta' Winged and Dwarf Winged Euonymus
Rhododendron 'Mollis' Mollis Azalea
Rhododendron x 'PJM' PJM Rhododendron
Berberis koreana Korean Barberry
Sambucus pubens Red Berried Elder
Symphoricarpos orbiculatus Red Indian Currant
Symphoricarpos albus White Snowberry
Ribes alpinum Alpine Currant
Lonicera x xylosteoides Clavey's Dwarf Honeysuckle
Ajuga species Ajuga, Bugleweed
Aegopodium podagraria Bishop's Weed
Coronilla varia Crown Vetch
Pachistima canbyi Canby Paxistima
Pachysandra terminalis Japanese Spurge
Hosta species Hosta
Thuja occidentalis 'Techny' Techny Arborvitae
Juniperus scopulorum 'Moffetti' Moffet Rocky Mountain Juniper
Juniperus horizontalis 'Webberi' Weber Juniper
Juniperus chinensis pfitzeriana Pfitzer Juniper
Juniperus chinensis 'sargentii glauca' Sargent Juniper
Taxus cuspidata 'Nana' Dwarf Japanese Yew
T. cuspidata Spreading Japanese Yew
T. cuspidata 'Capitata' Japanese Upright Yew

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