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Q.Juglone, Cold Winter Wind, Dry Shade

Zone East SD, zone 4a | NuBee23 added on November 9, 2020 | Answered

Hello! I am looking for a midsize shrub for a bit of privacy from neighbors. However, the site is difficult in its needs: it’s on the northern edge of a tree line with heavy shade, receiving about 2 hours of sun in summer; under a black walnut tree with juglone; too far from a water source, so after maturity I’d prefer sparce supplemental waterings; and no protection from zone-4a winter winds.  Most plants tolerate one of those setbacks, but I haven’t yet found a bush that could thrive with all of them. What kind of shrubs would survive here? Thank you!

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Answered on November 10, 2020

That is a very strict set of conditions! I can't think of anything that will do well in that, particular, spot. Your local extension service may be of assistance, but there may not be much of an option, here.

This link will help you to find the closest extension service to you:


This article will suggest plants that are Juglone tolerant, which will be your biggest obstacle:


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