Q. Can you suggest a small (3-5 feet) evergreen conifer for a container in shade?
Shade-loving evergreens are a bit of an oxymoron. Most needle-leaved evergreens prefer good sunlight. You could try Russian arborvitae (Microbiota decussata) which is fully evergreen and looks something like a small juniper, but is well suited for shade. Other possibilities include dwarf hemlocks and yews.
For containers, non-conifer options include small, broad-leaved evergreens such as cherry laurel (Prunus lauracerasus), Japanese skimmia (Skimmia japonica), sweet box (Sarcococca hookeriana), and possibly Meserve holly (Illex x meservae). Both male and female holly trees are needed for berry formation.
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