Rent Shop Volunteer Join

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions

Please forgive us, but Mr. Smarty Plants has been overwhelmed by a flood of mail and must take a break for awhile to catch up. We hope to be accepting new questions again soon. Thank you!

Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Tuesday - December 09, 2008

From: Austin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Shade Tolerant
Title: Will Texas kidneywood grow in dappled shade?
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

Will Texas Kidneywood be successful as an understory plant in dappled shade? There is a location near the house, under a small grove of established live oaks and cedar elms, that needs an airy screening plant. Thanks for the help.

ANSWER:

Our Native Plant Database says that the light requirement for Eysenhardtia texana (Texas kidneywood) is sun.  Jan Wrede in  Trees, Shrubs, and Vines of the Texas Hill Country, however, gives the light requirement as sun or partial shade, so I would think that it will certainly grow in partial shade but will be happier if it gets full sun for some period during the day.  Here are a three other choices for native shrubs or trees with a similar look that will grow in partial shade:

Styphnolobium affine (Eve's necklacepod)

Leucaena retusa (littleleaf leadtree)

Mimosa borealis (fragrant mimosa)


Eysenhardtia texana

Styphnolobium affine

Leucaena retusa


Mimosa borealis

 

 

More Shade Tolerant Questions

Vines for shade in Central Texas
February 04, 2008 - We'd like to fill in our long expanse of yard fencing with climbing vines. We are limited by 40' live oaks that cut off the sun but surely something works in the shade and heat!
view the full question and answer

What will grow under neighbor's overhanging tree in Grosse Pointe Woods MI
May 29, 2011 - My next door neighbor has a beautiful tree that is easily 60 years old and thus not going anywhere. Unfortunately, for me the roots of this tree have extended under a large corner of my back yard. Add...
view the full question and answer

Need a shade tree in a limited space in Louisville, GA
October 29, 2009 - Mr. Smarty Pants, Hello! What kind of tree would be good to shade, in a limited space, and having a taproot? This is in middle Ga. One side of yard has main water pipe coming in off the road and ...
view the full question and answer

Native plants for heavy clay soil in east Austin
May 02, 2007 - I live in East Austin and have very thick clay soil on my property. I also have a lot of shade and partial sun/shade. Can you suggest some native plant varieties that are well-adapted to these condi...
view the full question and answer

Native Plants for Shaded North Slope in Ohio
January 03, 2013 - I have a shaded north hillside which needs erosion control plants. Mostly moss and very thin grass grows there now. Please help!
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.