Shrubs

Tree Variety Information

Tree & Shrub Growth Rate
Slow: less than 1 foot/year
Moderately slow: 1 - 2 feet/year
Moderately fast: 2 - 3 feet/year
Fast: greater than 3 feet/year

       Longevity
Short-lived: less than 100 years
Moderately short-lived: 100-150 years
Moderately long-lived: 150-250 years
Long-lived: over 250 years

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American Plum - Prunis americana: a deciduous large shrub or small tree with a broad crown, reaching heights up to 15 feet. Fruits are red to yellow, almost globular edible plums about l inch in diameter. Flowers are white, 5- petaled, about 1 inch across. The plant’s numerous stems are grayish and become scaly with age; its branches are more or less spiny with sharptipped twigs. The roots are shallow, widely spreading, and readily sprouting. Winter-hardy, but intolerant of shade and drought. The thorny, suckering growth highly important as wildlife cover and food. Twigs and foliage provide a highly preferred browse for whitetail.

Bayberry, Northern - Myrica pensylvanica: 9 feet average height, with equal spread. Upright-rounded, fairly dense shrub. Medium growth rate from old wood. Handsome specimen in winter due to interesting gray branch pattern, with waxy fruits. Deep lustrous green leaves with a leathery texture, very aromatic when crushed. Male and fe-male are needed for fruit development. Thrives in poor, sterile, sandy soil, and heavy clay; appears to be extremely adaptable; full sun to half shade; withstands salt spray. Landscape value is excellent for borders, plant massing. Combines well with broadleaf evergreens, & can be trained to form a small tree.. Flowers in July - September. Prune in spring for a better show of flowers.

Butterfly Bush - Buddleia davidii: 4' to 10' high with equal spread in well drained average soils, full sun, partial shade. Long spike flowers white or light purple. Should be cut back in late fall or early spring. Enjoyed by butterflies & hummingbirds. Deadheading will encourage new shoots.

Cranberry, Highbush - Viburnum trilobum: 8' to 12' high with equal spread, medium to dark green leaves changing to yellow to red-purple in fall. Flowers mid to late May. Fruits Sept. - Feb. Use berries for preserves & jellies. Excellent plant for screening & informal hedging. Medium growth in well drained, moist soil, sun or partial shade. A good winter fruit & winter cover plant for wildlife.

Elderberry, American - Sambucus canadensis: Fast growing shrub on moist, well drained soil in full sun to partial shade. 5' to 15’. Small white dense flat -topped flowers. Bears a purple-black fruit in August. Makes excellent wine and jam. Excellent food for wildlife. Kept tidy by pruning.

Hazelnut - Multi-stemmed shrub/small tree 10-15, spread approximately 2/3 the height. Moderate to fast growth rate. Well drained, loamy silt; full sun or light shade; prune anytime; tends to sucker from the roots and must often be thinned out to maintain a respectable appearance.

Lilac (Lavender) - Syringa vulgaris: Fast growing to 15' in most well drained, silty clay or loamy soils. Drought resistant, intolerant of wet soils, needing full sun. Effective screen in 3 to 4 years when planted 6' to 8' apart.

Pussy Willow - Salix discolor: the true pussy willow native to wet areas over the Eastern U.S. An erect tree/ shrub 15-25’. Prefers full sun.

Red Currant - Ribes sativum: is a deciduous shrub growing to 3 to 4’. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by insects, the plant is self-fertile. Prefers well-drained sandy, loamy and clay, neutral and alkaline soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. Redcurrants bear their fruit on old wood. Prune bushes by removing diseased or very old branches in winter, then prune new growth back to two buds in early summer to keep plants compact. Full sun produces a sweeter fruit.


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