SHRUBS

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Uses:

Shrubs have many uses in a landscape.  Often used as screens and barriers and also as backdrops for larger planting beds in the landscape.  Shrubs when cared for properly can bring you years and years of longevity and beauty in the landscape.

Classification:

What classifies a plant as a shrub?  Shrubs are "woody" plants.  What this means is that they produce yearly growth on last season's previous growth.  This is different from perennials that produce new growth directly from their crowns or root systems.  Since this is true, shrubs are extremely diverse in their size.  From 1 ft up to 20 ft.

Shrubs are “woody” plants. What this means is that they produce yearly growth on last season’s previous growth.
 

DRAWBACKS:

One of the more major drawbacks to the slightly more permanent landscape choices of trees and shrubs is that many of them do not bloom continually.  While they may not bloom the full growing season many of them do have other year-round attributes that can help lend interest to the landscape such as fall foliage and colorful bark that stands up in the winter.

Again, while most shrubs do not flower continually there are many shrubs who begin their show far earlier than most other plants.  Shrubs such as Forsythia and Pussy Willow have the very unique habit of flowering before they leaf out.

Photo Credits: Published to Web Fuzzy Catkins of the Pussy Willow appear before its leaves emerge in early spring.

Photo Credits: Published to Web
Fuzzy Catkins of the Pussy Willow appear before its leaves emerge in early spring.

our shrub list can be found below (alphabetical by latin name)

shrubs for all day sun (full sun)

ACER / MAPLE

BERBERIS / BARBERRY

CARAGANA / CARAGANA

CORNUS / DOGWOOD

COTONEASTER / COTONEASTER

FORSYTHIA / FORSYTHIA

HYDRANGEA / HYDRANGEA

JUNIPERUS / JUNIPER

LONICERA / HASKAP, HONEYSUCKLE

PHYSOCARPUS / NINEBARK

PICEA / SPRUCE

PINUS / PINE

POTENTILLA / POTENTILLA

PRUNUS / PLUM - CHERRY

RHUS / SUMAC

RIBES / CURRANT

SALIX / WILLOW

SPIRAEA / SPIREA

SYRINGA / LILAC

TAXUS / YEW

THUJA / ARBORVITAE

VIBURNUM / CRANBERRY, SNOWBALL

SHRUBS FOR MORNING SUN (PARTIAL SUN)

BERBERIS / BARBERRY

CORNUS / DOGWOOD

PHYSOCARPUS / NINEBARK

SPIRAEA / SPIREA

TAXUS / YEW

THUJA / ARBORVITAE