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 web pages.


evergreen shrubs spreading junipers
flowering shrubs topiaries


(Deciduous shrubs drop their leaves in winter)
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Gold Barberry


BERBERIS thunbergii '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 wide.
Bagatelle Barberry


BERBERIS thunbergii atropurpurea 'Bagatelle'
Japanese Barberry
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.
Crimson Barberry

Crimson Pygmy Barberry leaves


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 shaped. 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 Barberry

Rosy Glow Barberry


BERBERIS thunbergii 'Rosy Glow'
Rosy Glow Barberry
Older leaves are maroon while the new growth is a handsome marbled pink and white. 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.

Purple Beautyberry


CALLICARPA dichotoma
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.
Variegated Redtwig Dogwood


CORNUS sericea
Variegated Redtwig Dogwood
Leaves have white edges which contrast nicely with the green leaf. New growth with red twigs provides additional interest, especially in winter when the red twigs are more visible. Prune out older branches often to keep the new bright colored twigs coming.
Harry Lauder Walking Stick


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.
Cotoneaster Little Gem


COTONEASTER adpressus 'Little Gem'
Creeping Cotoneaster
Dense, slow growing to 18-inches tall x 6 ft wide in hardiness zone 4 to 7 with good drainage. White blossoms tinged with pink in late spring, showy fruit in fall. Full sun to partial shade. Susceptible to fire blight.
Cranberry Cotoneaster


COTONEASTER 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.
'Rockspray' cotoneaster


COTONEASTER 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.

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Burning Bush wings on twigs


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.
Burning Bush

Burning Bush Hedge


EUONYMUS alata 'Compacta' (or alatus 'Compactus')
Dwarf Burning Bush
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 lower branches.

Snow Day Pearlbush


EXOCHORDA hybrid 'Snow Day®'
Snow Day® Surprise Pearl-bush

Large white flowers cover the shrub in spring. Growth to 4 ft tall x 4 ft wide. Grow in full sun to partial shade. Hardiness zones 4 to 8. Prune right after flowering.


Althea - Rose of Sharon


HIBISCUS syriacus 'Aphrodite'
Aphrodite Althea
Can be grown in sun or shade. Summer blooming shrub that is deer resistant. Growth to 8 ft tall x 6 ft wide.
Diana Althea


HIBISCUS syriacus 'Diana'
Diana Althea
Can be grown in sun or shade. Large white flowers are stunning on this summer blooming shrub that is deer resistant. Growth to 9 ft tall x 6 ft wide.
Winter Red Winterberry


ILEX verticillata 'Winter Red'
Winter Red Winterberry
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 production.
Swift Creek Privet


LIGUSTRUM sinense 'Swift Creek'
Swift Creek Variegated Privet
Hardiness zone 6 to 9. Variegated green leaves with creamy white edges. Growth 5 ft tall x 5 ft wide. Grow in full sun to partial shade. Deer resistant and tolerates drought.
Golden Vicary Privet


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 US.

Northern Bayberry


MYRICA pennsylvanica
Northern Bayberry
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.
Fernleaf buckthorn


RHAMNUS frangula 'Aspenfolia"
Fernleaf Buckthorn
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.
White Willow - Nashiki Willow

Hakuro Nishiki

Dappled Willow


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!


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