Photographs of deciduous shrubs commonly used
to provide landscape beds with a wide range of colors, shapes and heights. Our
shrub images include the most popular Barberries, Cotoneaster, Euonymus,
Privet and Dappled Willows. Due to the ongoing expansion of our shrub
image library, you will find
our shrub photos divided among 5 shrub photo pages.
(Deciduous shrubs drop their leaves in winter)
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'Bogozam' Dwarf Golden Pygmy Barberry Bright gold foliage contrasts sharply with other shrub
colors and textures. Give the best color if grown in full sun. Slow growth to 18-inches tall x 3 ft
BERBERIS thunbergii atropurpurea
Coppery-red foliage provides a nice color contrast in the
garden followed by bright red berries in the fall. Sharp thorns help
repel deer. Slow rate of compact growth to 2 ft tall x 2 ft wide, good
for rock gardens and small spaces.
BERBERIS thunbergii atropurpurea
'Crimson Pygmy' Crimson Pygmy Barberry
Bright purplish-red foliage provides a great color contrast in the
garden. Dangerouly sharp and brittle thorns make it very unpleasant to work around,
so wear sturdy gloves when handling the plant or clippings.
Takes heavy shearing well early in the growing season and can be nicely
Moderate rate of growth to 2 ft tall x 3 ft wide or more, since some
varieties don't seem very 'pygmy like' by growing fast.
'Rosy Glow' Rosy Glow Barberry Older leaves are maroon while the new growth is a handsome marbled pink
Growing it in full sun provides the most vivid colors. Fast growing to 5 ft tall x
4 ft across. Growth habit is more upright than the Pygmy Barberry.
CALLICARPA dichotoma Beautyberry Purple berries on
arching branches attract birds and are an eye-catcher in fall. Prune
back hard in early spring for best berry production; berries are
produced on new growth. Plant as a hedge or a mass in full sun; will
tolerate partial shade. Moderate to fast growth to 4 ft tall x 5 ft
wide. Hardiness zone 5 to 8.
CORNUS sericea Variegated
Leaves have white edges which
contrast nicely with the green leaf. New growth with red twigs provides
especially in winter when the red twigs are more visible. Prune out older branches
often to keep the new bright colored twigs coming.
CORYLUS avellana 'Contorta' Harry
Lauder's Walking Stick
Unusual shrub or small tree with twisting and
curling branches that remind one of a pig's tail. Prefers full sun. Slow growth to 10 ft tall x 10 ft
wide. Regular pruning and thinning is mandatory to keep most varieties
tidy due to vigorous vertical sprouts growing from the rootstock that
will overpower the ornamental effect of twisted branches on the plant.
apiculatus Cranberry Cotoneaster
Grows with a low spreading habit.
Moderate to fast growth to 3 ft tall by 5 ft spread. White flowers become
red berries in the fall of the year.
horizontalis Rockspray Cotoneaster
Low growing groundcover grows to 30" tall x 6 feet wide. Dark green
leaves with pink blossoms in May. Prefers sun to partial shade.
EUONYMUS alatus Burning Bush
or Winged Euonymus
The species variety of Burning
Bush is not as compact as the more commonly planted Dwarf Burning Bush
and it is much more gnarly with "corky wings" along the twigs. Moderate
rate of growth to 15 ft tall x 15 ft wide with brilliant red autumn
color and winter interest from its coarse twigs. Takes pruning well.
EUONYMUS alata 'Compacta' Dwarf
Very utilitarian sort of shrub in
the landscape that is extremely hardy, versatile in light requirements growing well in full sun to light shade,
and it has the notable trait of turning brilliant red during the fall
foliage season with green leaves during summer.
Moderate rate of growth to 12 ft
tall x 8 ft wide.
Can be sheared to control its
size. Burning Bush is often planted in a row on 3 to 4 foot centers and sheared into a hedge
each year. Shear the bottom wider than the top so sunlight can reach
HIBISCUS syriacus 'Aphrodite' Aphrodite
Can be grown in sun or shade. Summer
blooming shrub that is deer resistant. Growth to
8 ft tall x 6 ft wide.
HIBISCUS syriacus 'Diana' Diana
Althea Can be grown in sun
shade. Large white flowers are stunning on this summer blooming shrub that is deer
resistant. Growth to 9 ft tall x 6 ft wide.
ILEX verticillata 'Winter Red' Winter Red
Known for its bright red fruit
that persists all winter. Dense growing shrub best used for borders and
masses with a moderate rate of growth to 9 ft x 9 ft. Golden bronze fall
foliage. Tolerates wet soils. Need male plants for pollination of
females and red fruit
LIGUSTRUM x 'vicaryii' Vicary Golden Privet
Fast growth to 8 ft tall x 8 ft wide. Provides its best color when grown in full sun.
This plant will often freeze
back during record cold winters with polar vortexes in the Northeastern
MYRICA pennsylvanica Northern
Dense, fast growing,
semi-evergreen shrub used for hedges and screens to 15-feet tall. Females
of the species form berries used to make fragrant bayberry candles.
Northern Bayberry will widen and spread in a garden bed with suckers
growing from its lateral roots.
RHAMNUS frangula 'Aspenfolia" Fernleaf
Multi-stemmed, slow growing
deciduous shrub with interesting 'cut' leaves. Grow in sun to partial shade.
Slow growth to 8 feet tall x 8 feet wide.
SALIX integra 'Hakuro Nishiki'
Japanese dappled willow Very rapid growing, large
shrub which tolerates wet soil. Interesting new growth is tri-color with white/ pink/
green variegation. Cut it back often to encourage colorful new growth
and control its size. Not
for small spaces or those who don't like to prune plants!