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An upright shrub or small tree for deep shade?

I have a very shady, north-facing corner of my garden, where I am looking to plant a small tree or a shrub with an upright habit. The spot never gets direct sunlight. My garden soil is heavy clay, which I keep mulched with compost and avoid digging as far as possible. The space will allow a maximum of 8 metres height and 2 metres width. Any suggestions?

Comments (2)

  1. Grower

    Geoff Hodge

    I'd go for Mahonia - if you only need a few/couple of stems, you can always prune out those you don't need. There aren't really any trees for shade that fully meet your needs. Although, you could try Acer negundo, Aesculus, Cornus florida or Ilex opaca - but they would all need some training.

  2. Grower

    Good Earth Gardens

    Thanks Geoff! I have to say I've seen so many Mahonias, that I don't think it would make me happy to give one pride of place in my tiny garden, although I do love the scent and early flowering...I have already considered Cornus florida and may go for that. By Aesculus, do you mean Aesculus parviflora? That also seems like a likely candidate! Not a huge fan of the holly but the variegated form of the Acer negundo might be a go-er! I'm also wondering about tree ferns and Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace'. Thanks again :-)

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