Asked on May 3, 2017

What type of bush or small tree will grow in full sun &live in winter?

Shari Lee Van GlahnElizabeth Michels PinizzottoJanet Pizaro


We have a small area in our flower bed in the front corner of our house. We tried a hydrangea but then I found it didn't like the full sun in the summer. I have yellow roses growing next to the area and they are doing very well. I would like something that flowers but am open to something that will be green all year round. We live in NJ.
7 answers
  • Linda
    on May 3, 2017

    Dwarf Yaupons work very well
  • Sheryl
    on May 3, 2017

    Rutgers hybrid dogwoods are nice, American and Kousa dogwoods. 'Aurora' and 'Saturn' are two white-bloomers I especially like that they provide no fruits but are stunning in the fall.

    Magnolias are another favorite the "Little Girl" hybrid magnolias are among the most compact choices. These bloom in spring and grow very slowly to only about 12 feet. Check out the ones with girl names, such as 'Jane,' 'Betty' and 'Ann.'

    Crabapples trees are nice and grow best in a sunny location with good air circulation and have no particular soil preferences but the soil should be well drainined. These trees are beautiful in the spring.
    Hope this gives you a few good ideas.
  • Amy
    on May 3, 2017

    There are many types of Japanese Maples that might fit the bill. Some are dwarf varieties and they come with different leaf colors. I live in NC and they are a popular tree for smaller gardens and full sun.
  • Linda
    on May 3, 2017

    I also love the yes azalea they grow here year round Beautiful flowers in spring and summer luscious green bush during winter
  • Janet Pizaro
    on May 3, 2017

    The area sounds like it is not big enough for tree roots.You can try planting dwarf varieties of a blue spruce in a pot which will be evergreen and give you some color.
  • I have junipers in an area like that in my yard and they do quite well. We shape them in the late spring and they always look nice.
  • Shari Lee Van Glahn
    on May 4, 2017

    Thank you all! I think anything over 6 foot may be too big for this area. I'll research your suggestions and see what our local markets offer.
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