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Shrubs for Full shade and really dry area

16 years ago

It's about a 12' gap in my screening between an Ash and a Sugar Maple. I have watched the light patterns and with the exception of the time in the spring before the leaves pop, it's a sunless spot. I would like an evergreen (pref. deer resistant)which grows 5' or taller.

I looked at Cherry Laurel, or Prunus Laurocerasus 'Schipkaensis' but my local nursery owner says it really does not do well here and is easily wind damaged and the position is exposed from the west. Instead, he suggested Buxus Sempervirens. I find it hard to believe this shrub would take full shade.

I am just scratching my head in confusion and hoping someone here can shed some light (to make a bad pun) on this matter. I am most appreciative of your suggestions

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