Evergreen Shrubs For Zone 7 (10 Evergreen Zone 7 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 7.

So, what are some evergreen shrubs for Zone 7?  Evergreen shrubs for Zone 7 include: Agarita, Dittany of Crete, Lemon Cypress, Lantana, Mexican Orange, Salal, Southern Wax Myrtle, Spanish Bayonet, Texas Sage, and Yaupon Holly.  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 7.  We’ll also take a look at what they need for light, water, and other important growth factors.

Let’s begin.

10 Evergreen Shrubs For Zone 7

There are plenty of evergreen shrubs that can thrive in Zone 7, but here are 10 to start with:

  • Agarita
  • Dittany of Crete
  • Lemon Cypress
  • Lantana
  • Mexican Orange
  • Salal
  • Southern Wax Myrtle
  • Spanish Bayonet
  • Texas Sage
  • Yaupon Holly

Let’s begin with the Agarita.

Agarita

Agarita (Alloberberis trifoliolata or Mahonia trifoliolata) is an evergreen shrub that produces showy fragrant yellow flowers in late winter or spring.

Agarita
Agarita is an evergreen shrub that is hardy to Zone 7. It produces showy fragrant yellow flowers.
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Agarita needs moderate to dry moisture levels, and it can be used in xeriscaping.  Too much water causes root rot and can damage the plant.

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

Agarita can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 7a (as cold as 0 degrees Fahrenheit or –18 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 3 to 6 feet, with a width of 3 to 5 feet.

You can propagate Agarita by stem cuttings or by seeds.

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

You can find Agarita from Plant Cowboy.

Dittany of Crete

Dittany of Crete (Origanum dictamnus) is an evergreen shrub that produces showy tiny (less than 1 inch) pink flowers in summer or early fall.

Dittany of Crete
Dittany of Crete is an evergreen shrub that is hardy to Zone 7 and produces tiny pink flowers. It also tolerates dry soil and is useful in xeriscaping.

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

Dittany of Crete prefers full sun, but it can tolerate partial shade.  It prefers slightly acidic to slightly alkaline soil (pH of 6.6 to 7.8).

Dittany of Crete can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 7a (as cold as 0 degrees Fahrenheit or –18 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 1 foot, with a width of 2 to 3 feet.

You can propagate Dittany of Crete by stem cuttings or by seed.

You can learn more about Dittany of Crete from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Dittany of Crete from Mountain Valley Growers.

Lantana

Lantana is an evergreen shrub that produces showy tiny (less than 1 inch) flowers that are yellow, orange, and pink (possibly throughout the spring, summer, and fall).

Lantana
Lantana is an evergreen shrub that is hardy to Zone 7 and produces tiny flowers with yellow, orange, and pink colors.

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

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

Lantana can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 7a (as cold as 0 degrees Fahrenheit or –18 degrees Celsius).

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

You can propagate Lantana by stem cuttings.

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

You can find Lantana from Wilson Bros Gardens.

Lemon Cypress

Lemon Cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa) is an evergreen shrub that has fragrant, yellow-green leaves that smell like lemon.

Lemon Cypress
Lemon Cypress is an evergreen shrube that is hardy to Zone 7 with leaves that smell like lemon!

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

Lemon Cypress needs full sun.  It prefers slightly acidic to slightly alkaline soil (pH of 6.6 to 7.5).

Lemon Cypress can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 7a (as cold as 0 degrees Fahrenheit or –18 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 8 to 10 feet, with a width of 1 to 2 feet.

You can propagate Lemon Cypress by seed.

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

You can find Lemon Cypress from Spring Hill Nurseries.

Mexican Orange

Mexican Orange (Choisya ternate) is an evergreen shrub that produces showy fragrant small (1 to 2 inch) white flowers in late spring, summer, or early fall.

Mexican Orange
Mexican Orange is an evergreen shrub that is hardy to Zone 7 and produces fragrant white flowers.

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

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

Mexican Orange can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 7a (as cold as 0 degrees Fahrenheit or –18 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 5 to 6 feet, with a width of 5 to 6 feet.

You can propagate Mexican Orange by stem cuttings.

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

You can find Mexican Orange from Forest Farm.

Salal

Salal (Gaultheria shallon) is an evergreen shrub that produces tiny (1 to 2 inch) white flowers.

Salal is an evergreen shrub that is hardy to Zone 7 and produces tiny white flowers. It also tolerates drought and survives in shade.

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

Salal prefers partial shade.  It prefers slightly acidic soil (pH of less than 6.0).

Salal can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 7a (as cold as 0 degrees Fahrenheit or –18 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 1 to 6 feet.

You can propagate Salal by division, stem cuttings, root cuttings, or by stolons & runners.

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

You can find Salal from Native Foods Nursery.

Southern Wax Myrtle

Southern Wax Myrtle (Myrica cerifera) is an evergreen shrub with fragrant leaves and flowers that bloom on old fruit (males are green and females are small bumps that turn into fruit).

Southern Wax Myrtle
Southern Wax Myrtle is an evergreen shrub that is hardy to Zone 7 and has fragrant leaves.
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Southern Wax Myrtle needs moderate moisture levels.  Too much water causes root rot and can damage the plant.

Southern Wax Myrtle can tolerate full sun to full shade.  It prefers slightly acidic to slightly alkaline soil (pH of 6.0 to 8.0).

Southern Wax Myrtle can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 7a (as cold as 0 degrees Fahrenheit or –18 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 3 to 40 feet, with a width of up to 25 feet.

You can propagate Southern Wax Myrtle by stem cuttings, tip cuttings, root cuttings, or by seed.

You can learn more about Southern Wax Myrtle from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Southern Wax Myrtle from Wilson Bros Gardens.

Spanish Bayonet

Spanish Bayonet (Yucca aloifolia) is an evergreen shrub that produces green needles with a sharp, serrated margin that can cut!  It also produces showy white flowers in spring, summer, or fall.

Spanish Bayonet is an evergren shrub that is hardy to Zone 7 and produces sharp green leaves with serrated edges, along with showy white flowers.

Spanish Bayonet needs moderate to dry moisture levels, and it can be used for xeriscaping.  Too much water causes root rot and can damage the plant.

Spanish Bayonet prefers full sun, but it can tolerate partial shade.  It prefers slightly acidic to neutral soil (pH of 6.1 to 7.3).

Spanish Bayonet can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 7a (as cold as 0 degrees Fahrenheit or –18 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 5 to 20 feet.

You can propagate Spanish Bayonet by layering, offsets, rhizome cuttings, stem cuttings, or seeds (the plant is self-fertile).

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

You can find Spanish Bayonet from Sooner Plant Farm.

Texas Sage

Texas Sage (Leucophyllum frutescens) is an evergreen shrub that produces tiny (less than 1 inch) purple or lavender flowers in late spring, summer, or fall.

Texas Sage is an evergreen shrub that is hardy to Zone 7 and produces tiny purple or lavender flowers. It is also suitable for use in xeriscaping.

Texas Sage needs dry moisture levels, and it can be used for xeriscaping.  Too much water causes root rot and can damage the plant.

Texas Sage needs full sun.  It prefers slightly acidic to moderately alkaline soil (pH of 6.1 to 8.4).

Texas Sage can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 7a (as cold as 0 degrees Fahrenheit or –18 degrees Celsius).

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

You can propagate Texas Sage by stem cuttings, tip cuttings, or seeds.

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

You can find Texas Sage from Calloway’s Nursery.

Yaupon Holly

Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria) is an evergreen shrub that produces fragrant white flowers in spring.

Yaupon Holly
Yaupon Holly is an evergreen shrub that is hardy to Zone 7 and produces fragrant white flowers.

Yaupon Holly can tolerate wet or dry moisture levels, and it tolerates both drought and humidity.

Yaupon Holly prefers full sun, but it can tolerate partial shade.  It prefers moderately acidic to slightly alkaline soil (pH of 5.6 to 7.8).

Yaupon Holly can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 7a (as cold as 0 degrees Fahrenheit or –18 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of up to 25 feet.

You can propagate Yaupon Holly by stem cuttings or tip cuttings.

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

You can find Yaupon Holly from Wilson Bros Garden.

Conclusion

Now you know about 10 evergreen shrubs for Zone 7 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!

If you are landscaping in Zone 7, you might like to read my article on Zone 7 perennials.

If you want evergreen shrubs that are even more cold-tolerant, check out my article on evergreen shrubs for Zone 6 or my article on evergreen shrubs for Zone 5.

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

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~Jonathon

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