Evergreen Shrubs For Zone 6 (10 Evergreen Zone 6 Shrubs)


Some evergreen shrubs cannot tolerate cold, while others can survive freezing temperatures in winter.  Some evergreen shrubs can survive the frost and snow that is common in Zone 6.

So, what are some evergreen shrubs for Zone 6?  Evergreen shrubs for Zone 6 include: Deodar Cedar, Desert Globemallow, Dwarf Nandina, Firethorn, Leatherleaf Viburnum, Lithodora, Red-Tipped Photinia, Rhododendron, Rosemary, and White Texas Star Hibiscus.  Some of these shrubs have attractive foliage and can grow quite tall!

Of course, some of these shrubs prefer full sun, while others tolerate partial or full shade.

In this article, we’ll talk about 10 evergreen shrubs for Zone 6.  We’ll also take a look at what they need for light, water, and other important growth factors.

Let’s get going.

10 Evergreen Shrubs For Zone 6

There are plenty of evergreen shrubs that can thrive in Zone 6, but here are 10 to start with:

  • Deodar Cedar
  • Desert Globemallow
  • Dwarf Nandina
  • Firethorn
  • Leatherleaf Viburnum
  • Lithodora
  • Red-Tipped Photinia
  • Rhododendron
  • Rosemary
  • White Texas Star Hibiscus

Let’s begin with the Deodar Cedar.

Deodar Cedar

Deodar Cedar (Cedrus deodora) is a perennial evergreen shrub that produces fragrant bluish- green needles.

Deodar Cedar
Deodar Cedar is a perennial evergreen shrub with needles and cones that is hardy to Zone 6.

Deodar Cedar needs moderate moisture levels, and it resists humidity, drought, salt, and deer.  Too much water causes root rot and can damage the plant.

Deodar Cedar needs full sun.  It prefers slightly acidic to slightly alkaline soil (pH of 6.1 to 7.8).

Deodar Cedar can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 6a (as cold as -10 degrees Fahrenheit or –23 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 1 to 5 feet, with a width of 4 to 10 feet.

You can propagate Deodar Cedar by seeds from the cones.

You can learn more about Deodar Cedar from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Deodar Cedar from the Tree Center.

Desert Globemallow

Desert Globemallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua) is a perennial evergreen shrub that produces showy orange flowers (possibly year round).

Desert Globemallow
Desert Globemallow is a perennial evergreen shrub with orange flowers that is hardy to Zone 6.

Desert Globemallow needs moderate to dry moisture levels, and it can be used in xeriscaping.  Too much water causes root rot and can damage the plant.

Desert Globemallow prefers full sun, but it can tolerate partial shade.  It prefers acidic to slightly alkaline soil (pH of 5.0 to 8.0).

Desert Globemallow can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 6a (as cold as -10 degrees Fahrenheit or –23 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 20 to 40 inches.

You can propagate Desert Globemallow by seeds.

You can learn more about Desert Globemallow from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Desert Globemallow from Great Basin Seeds.

Dwarf Nandina

Dwarf Nandina is an evergreen shrub that produces reddish pink leaves and showy white flowers in late spring or early summer.

Dwarf Nandina
Dwarf Nandina is an evergreen shrub with showy white flowers that is hardy to Zone 6.

Dwarf Nandina needs moderate moisture levels.  Too much water causes root rot and can damage the plant.

Dwarf Nandina prefers full sun, but it can tolerate partial shade.  It prefers acidic to neutral soil (pH of 6.0 to 7.5).

Dwarf Nandina can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 6a (as cold as -10 degrees Fahrenheit or –23 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 6 to 8 feet, with a width of 4 to 6 feet.

You can propagate Dwarf Nandina by stem cuttings.

You can learn more about Dwarf Nandina from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Dwarf Nandina from Wilson Bros Gardens.

Firethorn

Firethorn (Pyracantha coccinea) is a perennial evergreen shrub that produces showy tiny (less than 1 inch) white flowers in spring or early summer.

Firethorn
Firethron is a perennial evergreen shrub with tiny white flowers that is hardy to Zone 6.

Firethorn needs moderate moisture levels.  Too much water causes root rot and can damage the plant.

Firethorn prefers full sun, but it can tolerate partial shade.  It prefers slightly acidic soil (pH of 6.1 to 6.5).

Firethorn can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 6a (as cold as -10 degrees Fahrenheit or –23 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 6 to 18 feet, with a width of 6 to 18 feet.

You can propagate Firethorn by stem cuttings.

You can learn more about Firethorn from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Firethorn from Direct Gardening.

Leatherleaf Viburnum

Leatherleaf Viburnum (Viburnum rhytidophyllum) is a perennial evergreen shrub that produces showy fragrant white flowers in spring or early summer.

Leatherleaf Viburnum
Leatherleaf Viburnum is a perennial evergreen shrub with fragrant white flowers that is hardy to Zone 6.

Leatherleaf Viburnum needs moderate moisture levels.  Too much water causes root rot and can damage the plant.

Leatherleaf Viburnum prefers full sun, but it can tolerate partial shade.  It prefers slightly acidic to slightly alkaline soil (pH of 6.1 to 7.8).

Leatherleaf Viburnum can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 6a (as cold as -10 degrees Fahrenheit or –23 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 8 to 15 feet, with a width of 8 to 15 feet.

You can propagate Leatherleaf Viburnum by layering, stem cuttings, or seeds.

You can learn more about Leatherleaf Viburnum from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Leatherleaf Viburnum from Garden Goods Direct.

Lithodora

Lithodora (Glandora prostrata ‘Grace Ward’) is a perennial evergreen shrub that produces showy tiny (less than 1 inch) blue flowers in summer.

Lithodora
Lithodora is a perennial evergreen shrub with tiny blue flowers that is hardy to Zone 6.

Lithodora needs moderate moisture levels.  Too much water causes root rot and can damage the plant.

Lithodora prefers full sun, but it can tolerate partial shade.  It prefers acidic soil (pH of 5.6 to 6.5).

Lithodora can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 6a (as cold as -10 degrees Fahrenheit or –23 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 6 to 12 inches, with a width of 3 to 6 feet.

You can propagate Lithodora by softwood cuttings or by seeds.

You can learn more about Lithodora from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Lithodora from Wilson Bros Gardens.

Red-Tipped Photinia

Red-Tipped Photinia is a perennial evergreen shrub that produces showy white flowers in spring.

Red-Tipped Photinia
Red-Tipped Photinia is a perennial evergreen shrub with showy white flowers that is hardy to Zone 6.

Red-Tipped Photinia needs moderate to dry moisture levels.  Too much water causes root rot and can damage the plant.

Red-Tipped Photinia prefers full sun, but it can tolerate partial shade.  It prefers acidic soil (pH of 5.6 to 6.5).

Red-Tipped Photinia can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 6a (as cold as -10 degrees Fahrenheit or –23 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 10 to 15 feet.

You can propagate Red-Tipped Photinia by stem cuttings.

You can learn more about Red-Tipped Photinia from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Red-Tipped Photinia from Wilson Bros Gardens.

Rhododendron

Rhododendron is a perennial evergreen shrub that produces showy flowers (purple, blue or other colors) in spring or early summer.

Rhododendron
Rhododendron is a perennial evergreen shrub with large showy flowers that is hardy to Zone 6.

Rhododendron needs moderate to wet moisture levels.  Too much water causes root rot and can damage the plant.

Rhododendron prefers full sun, but it can tolerate partial shade.  It prefers acidic soil (pH of 5.6 to 6.5).

Rhododendron can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 6a (as cold as -10 degrees Fahrenheit or –23 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 5 feet, with a width of 5 feet.

You can propagate Rhododendron by layering or tip cuttings.

You can learn more about Rhododendron from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Rhododendron from Bloom River.

Rosemary

Rosemary (Salvius rosmarinus) is a perennial evergreen shrub with green needles that produces showy blue flowers in late spring, summer, or early fall.

Rosemary
Rosemary is a perennial evergreen shrub with green needles and showy blue flowers that is hardy to Zone 6.

Rosemary needs moderate to dry moisture levels.  Too much water causes root rot and can damage the plant.

Rosemary needs full sun.  It prefers slightly acidic to neutral soil (pH of 6.0 to 7.5).

Rosemary can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 6a (as cold as -10 degrees Fahrenheit or –23 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 3 to 4 feet, with a width of 2 to 4 feet.

You can propagate Rosemary by layering or stem cuttings.

You can learn more about Rosemary from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Rosemary from Planting Tree.

White Texas Star Hibiscus

White Texas Star Hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus) is a perennial evergreen shrub that produces showy white flowers in spring, summer, or fall.

White Texas Star Hibiscus
White Texas Star Hibiscus is a perennial evergreen shrub that has showy white flowers and is hardy to Zone 6.
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White Texas Star Hibiscus needs moderate to wet moisture levels.

White Texas Star Hibiscus prefers full sun, but it can tolerate partial shade.  It prefers acidic to neutral soil (pH of 5.6 to 7.8).

White Texas Star Hibiscus can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 6a (as cold as -10 degrees Fahrenheit or –23 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 6 to 10 feet, with a width of 6 feet.

You can propagate White Texas Star Hibiscus by stem cuttings, tip cuttings, or cane cuttings.

You can learn more about White Texas Star Hibiscus from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find White Texas Star Hibiscus from Wilson Bros Gardens.

Conclusion

Now you know about 10 evergreen shrubs for Zone 6 and how to take care of them.  They might provide inspiration to help you to improve your landscape and provide more shade in your yard – even if the winters are cold!

You can also read my article on evergreen shrubs for Zone 5 (if they can survive Zone 5 cold, then they can survive Zone 6 cold!)

You might also want to read my article on shrubs with small flowers.

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~Jonathon

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