Pine Trees That Tolerate Shade

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Evergreen conifers provide year-round greenery and tolerate shady conditions.
Evergreen conifers provide year-round greenery and tolerate shady conditions. (Image: pine tree image by pershing from Fotolia.com)

Shade-tolerant pine or evergreen conifers survive better under shade than their shade-intolerant counterparts. While all trees try to absorb as much sunlight as they can, the secret to the survival of shade tolerant species lies in their ability to grow slowly under shady conditions and speed up once they acquire more sunlight. Shade-tolerant evergreens continue to provide some greenery after deciduous trees lose their foliage and enter winter dormancy.

Cypress

The Golden Thread-Leaf Cypress thrives in partial shade in moist, well-drained, neutral to acidic soil. This tree is bright yellow in summer and golden in the winter. Allow for a 25-foot height and a 20-foot spread at maturity.

Yew

The Common Yew grows well in dry, shady areas in any soil from acid to alkaline in nature. The yew can reach a 50-foot height at maturity, with a 33-foot spread, but can be kept smaller with regular pruning. Yews have a dark green feathery foliage that can be trimmed to form hedges and pleasing shapes.

The yew can be trimmed into hedge form.
The yew can be trimmed into hedge form. (Image: garden decoration in front of yew hedge image by L. Shat from Fotolia.com)

Hemlock

The Canadian Hemlock grows best in moist, well-drained soils and dislikes hot, dry conditions. The hemlock grows to a 40- to 50-foot height with a 30-foot spread. The hemlock is a stately tree with wispy, pleasing foliage.

The hemlock provides greenery during long Canadian winters.
The hemlock provides greenery during long Canadian winters. (Image: hemlock forest in snow image by Jorge Moro from Fotolia.com)

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