For the purpose of this list, I shall define shrubs as woody plants that are multi-branching low to the ground and are, in general, smaller than 15-20′ in height. Some shrubs are columnar in shape — much less wide than they are tall — in which case, they may be well over 20′ tall, but maybe only 3-4′ wide. See that specific list.

And deciduous means the leaves are shed in the fall for the duration of the winter. Because this leaves naked branches in the winter, be sure to choose some evergreen plants as well as some plants that, though deciduous, have some winter interest such as colorful bark, berries or stunning architectural structure.

For SUNNIER Situations[

Botanical Name Common Name Attributes*
Acer circinatum Vine Maple D,N,F,Ft
Berberis thunbergii 'Goruzam' Golden Ruby Barberry D,F,Ft
Caryopteris clandonensis Bluebeard D,F,Fg
Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice' Ruby Spice Clethra D,F,Fg,Ft
Cornus alba variegata 'Cream Cracker' Variegated Red-twig Dogwood D,F,Ft
Cornus sericea 'Arctic Fire' Arctic Fire Red-twig Dogwood D,F,Ft
Cornus sericea 'Flaviramea' Yellow-twig Dogwood D,F,Ft
Cornus sericea 'Kelseyi' Dwarf Red-twig Dogwood D,F,Ft
Cornus sericea 'Midwinter Fire' Midwinter Fire Red-twig Dogwood D,F,Ft
Cornus sericea variegata 'Silver and Gold Silver and Gold Yellow-twig Dogwood D,F,Ft
Cotinus coggygria 'Golden Spirit' Golden Spirit Smoke Bush D,F
Euonumus alatus Winged Euonymus / Burning Bush D,F,Ft
Fothergilla intermedia 'Blue Shadow' Blue Shadow Fothergilla D,F,Fg
Hamamelis intermedia Witch Hazel D,F,Fg,Ft
Hydrangea paniculata Peegee Hydrangea D,F
Hydrangea paniculata 'Pinky Winky' Pinky Winky Hydrangea D,F
Hydrangea paniculata 'Quick Fire' Quick Fire Hydrangea D,F
Ilex verticillata Winterberry Holly D,F,Ft
Physocarpus spp. (p. capitata is Native) Nine Bark D,F,Fg,Ft
Physocarpus opulifolius 'Coppertina' Coppertina Nine Bark D,F,Fg,Ft
Physocarpus opulifolius 'Seward' Seward Nine Bark D,F,Fg,Ft
Rosa glauca Redleaf Rose D,F,Ft
Rosa 'Knockout' (all in series) Knockout Shrub Rose D,F,Ft
Salix integra 'Hakuro-Nishiki' Dappled Willow D
Sambucus niger 'Black Beauty' Black Beauty Elderberry D,F,Fg,Ft
Syringa meyeri 'Palibin' Miss Kim Lilac D,F,Fg
Syringa vulgaris Lilac D,F,Fg
Vaccinium corymbosum Highbush Blueberry D,F,Ft
Vaccinium parvifolium Red Huckleberry D,N,F,Ft
Viburnum bodnantense 'Pink Dawn' Pink Dawn Viburnum D,F,Fg,Ft
Viburnum plicatum 'Mariesii' Doublefile Viburnum D,F,Fg,Ft
Viburnum sargentii 'Onondaga' Onondaga Viburnum D,F,Fg,Ft
Weigela florida 'French Lace' French Lace Weigela D,F
Weigela florida 'My Monet' My Monet Weigela D,F
*Attribute Codes: D=Deciduous; E=Evergreen; S=Semi-evergreen; N=Native; B=Bulb; F=Flowers; Fg=Fragrance; Ft=Fruit

For SHADIER Situations

Botanical Name Common Name Attributes*
Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice' Ruby Spice Clethra D,F,Fg,Ft
Cotinus coggygria 'Golden Spirit' Golden Spirit Smoke Bush D,F
Edgeworthia chrysantha Chinese Paper Bush D,F,Fg,Ft
Fothergilla intermedia 'Blue Shadow' Blue Shadow Fothergilla D,F,Fg
Hamamelis intermedia Witch Hazel D,F,Fg,Ft
Hydrangea macrophylla Big-leaf Hydrangea D,F
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Nigra' Black-stem Big-leaf Hydrangea D,F
Kerria japonica 'Picta' Variegated Kerria D,F,Fg
Symphoricarpos albus Common Snowberry D,N,F,Ft
Vaccinium parvifolium Red Huckleberry D,N,F,Ft
Viburnum plicatum 'Mariesii' Doublefile Viburnum D,F,Fg,Ft
Viburnum sargentii 'Onondaga' Onondaga Viburnum D,F,Fg,Ft
*Attribute Codes: D=Deciduous; E=Evergreen; S=Semi-evergreen; N=Native; B=Bulb; F=Flowers; Fg=Fragrance; Ft=Fruit

For information on understanding and using these plant lists see The Guide.

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