Size and Sun

Traits Problems  


(Abelia grandiflora)

4-5 ft. x 3-4 ft.

sun or semi-shade

-fast growing
-pale pink to white, small tubular blooms May-0ctober
-glossy green evergreen
-makes compact shrub when pruned
needs regular pruning  

Texas Sage, Cenizo

(Leucophyllum frutescens)

4-6 ft. x 4-6 ft.

-good drainage

-medium growing evergreen
-red-wine blooms after rain during spring-fall
-graceful, fine textured plant
-will form a low, dense hedge or border
-attractive blue-gray foliage

Japanese Yew

Podocarpus macrophylla maki

-slow growing
-purple-gray fruit in late summer and fall
-good for narrow upright plantings

"-erect and formal; "elongata"-flopping, weeping foliage and character

shaggy on corner of house.  


Viburnum suspensum

6-9 ft. T 6-8 ft. W

-sun or shade
-good drainage

-medium-fast growing evergreen
-small white flowers in spring
-lowest growing of the viburnums
Needs moist soil to perform well.  


Viburnum tinus

8-10 ft. T x 5-6 ft. W -medium growing evergreen
-pale white or pinkish flowers in spring
-good for narrow upright hedge
Needs moist soil to perform well.  

Japanese Aucuba

Aucuba japonica

Width: 5 - 8 ft.; Height: 5 - 8 ft.

Full Sun, Part Shade, Full Shade

This is a bushy and dense evergreen shrub with large, glossy, dark green leaves and attractive purple flowers. The flowers are followed by bright red, oval berries. To ensure good fruit production, grow both male and female plants. This shrub will tolerate a wide range of conditions including full sun to deep shade and dry to moist soils. It does not care for boggy conditions, however, and must be grown in well-drained soil. It is also available in a variegated form with leaves of bright green and creamy yellow.  
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