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G6911, Reviewed April 2002

Gardening in the Shade

Understory trees

Many small trees and large shrubs thrive under large shade trees. These small trees are often a good size plant to use in small, urban yards where space and light may be limited.

American hop hornbeam, Ironwood (Ostrya virginiana)

American hornbeam, Blue beech, Ironwood (Carpinus caroliniana)

Carolina silverbell (Halesia carolina)

Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida)

Kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa)

Ohio buckeye (Aesculus glabra)

Pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)

Serviceberry, Juneberry (A. x grandiflora)

Sourwood, Lily of the Valley Tree (Oxydendrum arboreum)

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