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Wind-tolerant evergreen shrub?

Nicole z.5b/6 IL
2 months ago

I have a location thats around a deck (north-facing) where I'd like to plant multiple evergreens for winter interest. In the late summer and fall, it gets blasted with hot afternoon sun after 2PM, but otherwise it's pretty much in shade. I planted a lawson cypress near the area, and it died of winter wind-burn (to be fair it was young and I didn't water it as well as I should have). I really would like some winter interest shrubs in this spot (3-6ft in size). Does anyone have experience with Yew 'Tauntonii' or have any other suggestions for this location?

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