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Difficult Area-Summer Shade, Winter Sun

Posted by kpt951 6 (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 26, 14 at 13:47

HI All,

I am looking for suggestions for a area west of my house that gets shade all summer from large deciduous trees (Maple and Saasafras), but that is in full sun in the winter. The house is pale gray, so it doesn't absorb much heat in the winter to protect anything on winter nights.

The usual rhodies are azaleas would certainly get sunscalded in the winter. I am not adverse to putting up some burlap shades or windbreaks, but am hoping some of y'all might have some ideas that wouldn't make that necessary.

Any help is much appreciated.

Kathy


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RE: Difficult Area-Summer Shade, Winter Sun

How about one of the native deciduous azaleas? The evergreen Rhododendron Cadis also is reputed to be sun tolerant. Mine looks good under similar conditions as you described, but is too small to bloom.

Here is a link that might be useful: ARS description of Cadis


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RE: Difficult Area-Summer Shade, Winter Sun

Any deciduous shade loving shrub will tolerate this condition fine - hydrangea, fothergilla, clethra, itea, witch hazel, etc.


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RE: Difficult Area-Summer Shade, Winter Sun

What is native to your area that grows in that sort of spot?

Ferns?


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RE: Difficult Area-Summer Shade, Winter Sun

What is native to your area that grows in that sort of spot?

Ferns?


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RE: Difficult Area-Summer Shade, Winter Sun

While pricey, Mt. Laurel might do fine. It seems to survive in the open, among the pines and bare Winter oaks, here in the piney woods of S. Jersey, and blooms beautifully after shaded by the Spring foliage of the trees.


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RE: Difficult Area-Summer Shade, Winter Sun

Thanks for the suggestions!


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