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Common Shrub Profiles

Descriptions of commonly used shrubs including scientific and common names, soil, water, and light needs, zone, common varieties, and photos.

Growing the Lily Magnolia - Magnolia liliflora
The lily magnolia is a large flowering shrub that produces flowers early.

Downy Serviceberry Growing Profile
You can eat the fruit of the downy serviceberry.

Glossy Abelia
This semi-evergreen shrub will provide blossoms in summer and autumn.

Buttonbush Growing Profile
Buttonbush has unique white flowers. It flourishes in moist locations.

Growing Profile for the Red Tip Photinia
New leaves on the red tip photinia are indeed that color, becoming green as time goes on.

Bridal Wreath Spirea
The bridal wreath spirea is covered with white flowers.

Common Snowberry Growing Profile
If you want a shrub that features unusual white fruit, choose the common snowberry.

Common Hoptree Growing Profile
Plant the common hoptree if your garden has full shade.

Redleaf Rose Growing Profile
Choose this rose if you want foliage that is different in color from most other rose shrubs.

Silver Buffaloberry Growing Profile
Plant the silver buffaloberry so you can enjoy the nutritious fruit.

New Jersey Tea Growing Profile
If you want to have butterflies in your garden, plant a New Jersey tea shrub.

American Elderberry Growing Profile
The American elderberry is a native shrub with edible fruit.

Spicebush Growing Profile
Plant the spicebush in your moist or wet soils.

Growing the Japanese Aucuba in the Home Garden
The Japanese aucuba has many varieties with variegated leaves.

Black Haw Viburnum Growing Profile
The black haw viburnum works well in urban settings.

Seven Son Flower Growing Profile
The seven son flower is suitable for butterfly gardens.

Bog Rosemary Growing Profile
Bog rosemary likes acidic soil that is moist.

Winter Daphne Growing Profile
Winter daphne produces sweetly scented flowers in winter.

Red Chokeberry Growing Profile
The red chokeberry offers bright red fall leaves and berries.

Growing Sparkleberry in the Home Garden
The sparkleberry is in the same genus as blueberries.

Cornelian Cherry
The Cornelian cherry is a dogwood species with clustered yellow flowers and red fruit.

Bird's Nest Spruce
The bird's nest spruce is a dwarf form of the Norway spruce.

Strawberry Tree - Arbutus unedo
If you would like a shrub that has both flowers and fruit in the fall, choose the strawberry tree.

Growing the Natal Plum
This shrub has edible fruit and starry flowers.

Growing the Common Elderberry - Sambucus nigra
Learn how to grow this fruit shrub.

Summersweet
Summersweet is 4-8' tall.

Japanese Mockorange
This is a sturdy shrub that will do well in Zones 8-10.

Star Jasmine
Perfume your garden by planting star jasmine

Growing Contorted Filbert - Corylus avellana 'Contorta'
This unusual shrub features contorted branches

Growing the Shrubby Cinquefoil - Potentilla fruticosa
This drought tolerant shrub works well in cold locations.

Growing the Border Forsythia
For early spring color, plant a border forsythia.

Growing Indian Hawthorn - Rhaphiolepis indica
Choose the Indian hawthorn for both commercial and residential locations.

Dwarf Fothergilla
The dwarf fothergilla grows in both sun and shade, providing color and fragrance.

Common Lilac - Syringa Vulgaris - Growing the Common Lilac
One of the most fragrant shrubs is the common lilac.

Fringe Tree
If you like white flowers, fringe tree may be a great choice for your garden.

Growing the Cape Honeysuckle - Tecomaria Capensis
Set your tropical garden ablaze by planting a cape honeysuckle. Learn some of the basic growing requirements for this shrub.

Growing Ninebark - Physocarpus opulifolius
Ninebark is a real trooper; it can handle a wide variety of growing conditions with gusto.

Heather Plant - Calluna vulgaris
This moor dweller works well in acidic areas of your garden. Try planting it as part of a rock garden.

Orange Jasmine
Filling the air with a sweet smell like orange blossoms, orange jasmine is a welcome addition to any garden. The white flowers are very attractive to bees, and the fruits are favored by birds.

Purple Leaf Sand Cherry - Prunus x cistena
One of the most common choices for a shrub with purple leaves is the purple leaf sand cherry.

Pomegranate - Punica Granatum
If you want to have a fall fruit crop, try growing the pomegranate.

Blueberries - Vaccinium spp.
Blueberries are great because they have fewer pests than most of the other fruit trees and shrubs. The key to their success is making sure they are grown in acidic soil. With varieties as small as 6" high, they can be grown in any size garden or planted in containers.

Blue Plumbago Growing Profile
The blue plumbago offers blue flowers and drought tolerance.

Desert Willow Growing Profile
If you need a shrub that can withstand drought, choose the desert willow.

Angel's Trumpet - Brugmansia spp.
Angel's trumpet features huge trumpet-shaped blossoms on either a tropical shrub or tree.

Sunset Hyssop - A Natural Hummingbird Attractant
Sunset hyssop is a subshrub that hummingbirds love.

Purple Smoke Bush - Cotinus coggygria
Purple smoke bush is often used as a garden specimen due to the purple-pink plumes and the purple leaves on some cultivars. It is highly drought tolerant.

Lingonberries Growing Profile
Lingonberries are small shrubs with edible fruit.

Rose of Sharon - Hibiscus syriacus
Though the rose of Sharon looks tropical, it is suitable for more temperate gardens.

Currant - Ribes spp.
Currants have long been grown for their use in jams, jellies, syrups and preserves. It is an attractive shrub that is especially suitable for colder climates.

Witch Hazel - Hamamelis virginiana
The witch hazel shrub provides fall and winter interest for your yard.

Bearberry - Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Bearberry features red berries throughout winter.

Princess Flower - Tibouchina urvilleana
The princess flower is a good choice if you want a shrub with purple flowers.

Viburnums
These popular shrubs have so many different species that they can grow in almost any condition. Marie Iannotti shows describes their habits and growing requirements.

Banana Shrub Growing Profile
The banana shrub will be a very fragrant addition to your garden.

Oakleaf Hydrangea
Oakleaf hydrangeas are a wonderful addition to any garden. David Beaulieu discusses the growing requirements.

Burning Bush
This shrub is best known for its brilliant autumn foliage. Learn about the growing requirements from David Beaulieu.

Bladder Senna Growing Profile
The bladder senna has cheery yellow flowers and is tolerant of drought.

Firethorn Growing Profile
The firethorn is commonly used in privacy hedges since it has sharp thorns.

Ceanothus thyrsiflorus Growing Profile
The blue blossom ceanothus features clusters of beautiful blooms.

Enkianthus campanulatus Growing Profile
The red vein enkianthus grows well in acidic soils.

Chaste Tree Growing Profile
For a shrub with purple flowers, choose the chaste tree.

Western Redbud Growing Profile
The western redbud is an early blooming shrub.

Black Chokeberry Growing Profile
The black chokecherry offers edible fruit and white flowers.

Oregon Grape Growing Profile
The Oregon grape is an evergreen shrub that does well in partial shade locations.

New Zealand Tea Tree Growing Profile
The New Zealand tea tree is an evergreen flowering shrub.

Growing the California Sweetshrub
Plant the California sweetshrub if you like maroon flowers.

Nannyberry Growing Profile
The nannyberry bears edible fruit and can be integrated into a wildlife garden.

Leadplant Growing Profile
The leadplant (Amorpha canescens) is a meadow shrub that produces purple blossoms.

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