72 Different Types of Shrubs to Spruce Up Your Yard

Different Types of Shrubs
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Shrubs are the perfect option for anyone looking to add some greenery and color to their yard without the hassle of maintaining an entire garden or lawn.

A shrub has a single trunk, meaning that it’s not likely to outgrow its space. They come in all different sizes, making it easy to find one that fits your yard, no matter how big or small it is.

Shrubs serve many purposes in your yard, from providing privacy to making your property look more beautiful than ever. Unfortunately, not all shrubs are equal regarding the maintenance they require and the space they occupy.

We’ve compiled the different types of shrubs and shrubbery so you can pick the ones that will best fit your needs!

1. Mock Orange (Philadelphius ‘Avalanche’)

Mock Orange, otherwise known as Philadelphus, is a deciduous shrub that grows well in zones 3-8. It is tolerant of various soil types and is resistant to deer predation.

The flowers are fragrant and will bloom in the late spring or early summer. This plant has a height of 12 feet at full maturity but can be pruned if necessary.

2. Japanese Quince (Chaenomeles X Superba ‘Nicoline’)

Japanese Quince is a flowering shrub that can be found in Japan and China. Known by its common name, Chaenomeles x Superba, this shrub produces delicate white flowers in the early spring. It is among the different types of shrubs with fine petals.

The flowers have five petals and are star-shaped. The leaves of this shrub are ovate, medium green, and grow up to 10 inches long and 8 inches wide.

This shrub also has thorny stems that can reach anywhere from one foot to six feet high. Also, these plants typically bloom from late winter until early summer. Japanese Quince is a flowering shrub that can be found in Japan and China.

3. Seven Son Flower (Heptacodium Miconioides)

Seven son flower is a shrub that can be either perennial or annual. The flowers are large and colorful, with colors ranging from yellow to orange. This makes this shrub perfect for adding color to your garden in the fall season. 

One downside is that it requires more space than other different types of shrubs and is not good for ground cover. This is because it grows up rather than outwards.

4. Lilac ‘Sensation’ (Syringa Vulgaris ‘Sensation’)

The different types of shrubs you choose for your yard depending on what landscaping you want.  The lilac is a flowering shrub that produces beautiful purplish-blue flowers in the springtime. 

However, this shrub is not very drought-tolerant and needs much more water than some other varieties. Plus, it can be a little hard to find one with the right scent–not too strong or too faint. 

But if you want something that smells nice but won’t need as much care, this is an excellent choice. Be sure to get a beauty to behold.

5. Sweetest Honeysuckle (Lonicera Fragrantissima)

The sweetest honeysuckle is a climbing shrub with fragrant flowers. It is native to China but has been cultivated in the United States since the 1800s. This plant grows up to 20 feet and typically has a vase-shaped form. 

In addition, the flowers have a light honey scent, hence the name. They come in colors that range from yellow-white to pink and are typically about 4 inches across.

The sweetest honeysuckle likes well-drained soil and full sun exposure but not too much water or humidity. It does best in USDA zones 6B through 10A.

6. Japanese Andromeda (Peris ‘Brouwser’s Beauty’)

Japanese Andromeda (Peris ‘Browser’s Beauty) is a shrub that can grow up to eight feet tall. It has a bushy, oval-shaped canopy with dark green foliage and scented white flowers in spring. 

The branches have attractive red berries in winter. It thrives in full sun or partial shade. This plant needs moist, well-drained soil and does not like dryness or salt spray from the ocean wind. 

Pruning should be done only after flowering during the summer months. It will remove all the flowers for future seasons if pruned at other times of the year.

7. Sweet Pepper Bush (Clethra Alnifolia ‘Ruby Spice’)

Sweet pepper bush is a perennial shrub that grows between 3 and 8 feet tall. This is among the different types of shrubs that can be used as a privacy hedge, an informal hedge, or as a background plant.

Also, the foliage is shiny, deep green in color, with light green stripes on the leaves. The small flowers are fragrant and either pink or white in color.

There are also some variegated varieties that have leaves with yellow or cream-colored stripes. This shrub does well in the sun or partial shade but will not do well if it has no protection from the wind. It prefers moist soil but will tolerate dry conditions for short periods of time.

8. Smooth Hydrangea Annabelle (Hydrangea Arborescens ‘Annabelle’)

The Smooth Hydrangea Annabelle is a hardy shrub that was developed in the early 1900s. This shrub has very small leaves that are semi-evergreen. 

Annabelle blooms from late summer through fall with flowers that have a pinkish-white color and a slight fragrance. It can grow up to six feet tall and five feet wide.

9. Mountain Witch Alder (Fothergilla Major)

Mountain witch alder is a small shrub that grows to about 3-4 ft. tall. It has dark, glossy green leaves, which will turn purple and yellow in the fall. The flowers are creamy white, have bell-shaped clusters, and bloom in April and May. 

Mountain witch alder also has numerous orange berries that last all winter long on the plant but will not survive if they get wet.

This one is perfect if you’re looking for a small, deciduous, flowering shrub that can grow well in the shade or part shade!

10. Alder-leaved Serviceberry (Amelanchier Alnifolia)

Alder-leaved serviceberry is among the small different types of shrubs native to North America. It features grayish-green leaves and white flowers that bloom in spring, followed by small berries in late summer. 

In addition, the berries are edible and can be used as a substitute for cranberries. They also attract birds. The plant is hardy across USDA zones 2 through 8 and typically reaches heights between 1 and 2 meters.

11. American Beautyberry (Callicarpa Americana)

One of the different types of shrubs that deserves mention is the American Beautyberry. These shrubs are native to North America and were first seen in Virginia, which is how they get their name.

They have clusters of small white flowers that bloom in June and July, with violet-purple fruit that ripens in the late summer.

In addition to their beauty, these shrubs also provide food for many different types of wildlife.

12. Angel’s Trumpet (Brugmansia)

Angel’s trumpet is a flowering shrub in the genus Brugmansia that grows up to 10 feet tall. It has an extremely beautiful fragrance, which is why it is such a popular garden plant. 

Angel’s trumpet can be hardy in zones 9-11, but they are still susceptible to frost. If you live in an area with frost, you should plant an angel’s trumpet on the south side of your home or other building. Make sure it gets plenty of sun exposure. 

In addition, angel’s trumpet flowers make excellent cut flowers too! For this shrub to flower well, it needs at least six hours a day outdoors during sunny days and adequate watering as needed.

13. Andromeda (Pieris Japonica)

Andromeda is a deciduous shrub that grows best in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 5-8. It has medium-sized flowers with five petals and yellow stamens. It prefers full sun but can handle some shade, too. 

The flowers appear from April to May and are followed by dark blue berries. This shrub does well in clay, dry, or sandy soil and is not fussy about the type of water it receives.

Though it does need plenty of water during its growing season, the leaves are shaped like an arrowhead and turn red when they fall off the plant. It is resistant to deer and rabbits who don’t like eating its leaves or berries.

14. Bunchberry (Cornus Canadensis)

The Bunchberry is a deciduous shrub with a low-growing, spreading habit. It grows up to six feet tall and is often found near water sources.

The leaves are dark green and oval-shaped with serrated edges and have an alternate arrangement. 

This is long the different types of shrubs whose leaves turn a beautiful red in the fall before dropping off for the winter months.

This shrub produces small white flowers that grow on long stalks during late spring. These flowers are followed by bunches of berries that ripen into bright red clusters throughout summer.

15. Bluebeard “Longwood Blue” (Caryopteris x clandonensis)

Bluebeard Longwood Blue is a beautiful shrub that can be used as a ground cover or in hedges. It has dense foliage and small, blue flowers that bloom in the late summer and early fall. 

This shrub will grow up to two feet tall and spread outward three feet wide. It requires regular watering and can grow in most soil types with some shade.

16. Bridal Wreath Shrub (Spiraea)

The bridal wreath shrub (Spiraea) is known for its beautiful white flowers, often tinted with pink. It also produces delicate, light green leaves in the spring and summer months. 

The shrub’s mature height is between 3 and 4 feet tall and as wide. Bridal wreath shrubs prefer full sun or partial shade, moist but well-drained soil, and are hardy in USDA zones 2 through 9.

The bridal wreath shrub can be used in many ways around the yard or home. It can be as a specimen plant, a border edging or hedge, a container plant on the porch, under power lines for privacy screening, within other shrubs for contrast–the list goes on!

17. Bay Laurel (Laurus Nobilis)

There are different types of shrubs that can help spruce up your yard, and the bay laurel is one such type. Bay laurel is a coniferous shrub with the scientific name Laurus Nobilis.

The bay laurel is a slow-growing shrub that can grow up to 8 feet tall. More commonly, it will only grow to be 3 feet tall.

It has small leaves and tiny yellow flowers that grow in clusters in the early summer months. The leaves are used for cooking and make a wonderful addition to soups, stews, sauces, or salads.

18. Banana Shrub (Michelia Figo)

Banana shrubs are unique in that they produce small, edible fruit. If you’re looking for different types of shrubs to add to your yard that is both decorative and tasty, the banana shrub is for you! 

Bananas are cultivated for their edible fruit, and if you have a garden with room for them, then this will be a great addition. The plants grow best in humid climates.

 These plants should thrive if you live in an area with the appropriate amount of humidity (or can provide it artificially). The flowers on the banana shrub are white-pinkish and emit a strong fragrance, which also attracts butterflies.

19. Charity (Polemonium Caeruleum)

Polemonium caeruleum is a shrub that can grow up to 6 feet tall but also grows well in containers. This variety of shrub comes in various colors, from pink or purple to white or blue. 

In addition, it is native to China and Japan and has been used as an ornamental plant for centuries. When the flowers bloom, they create an incredible show against the dark green leaves. It’s one of the most popular varieties among the different types of shrubs!

20. Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia Indica)

Crape myrtles are some of the most popular shrubs in North America. They grow quickly, bloom prolifically and give off a strong fragrance that is pleasant for humans and wildlife alike.

The crape myrtle can grow up to 20 feet tall, so it’s important that you plant them away from power lines or other obstacles that might not be able to handle their height. 

Also, the colors vary depending on the tree’s sunlight, but they typically range from white (in shady areas) to pink (in sunny areas).

One way you can get your crape myrtle flowering year-round is by trimming it back in the fall. Otherwise, wait until just before the flowering season, remove any dead branches, and trim out any crossed or brown shoots.

21. Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster Horizontalis)

Cotoneasters are commonly used as a hedging plants, but they can also be grown as a shrub. These plants produce red and yellow flowers in the springtime and are often used as ornamental plants. 

Cotoneaster also produces edible fruit and can be used for cooking or baking. It is a low-maintenance plant, so it’s perfect for those looking to maintain their yard without much effort. 

While cotoneaster hedges are popular, they can also be trimmed into bushes or grown in containers. Cotoneasters produce red and yellow flowers in the springtime that bloom from March to May.

22. Common Elderberry (Sambucus)

Common elderberries (Sambucus) are a shrub that grows in most regions of North America. They are deciduous, meaning they lose their leaves during the winter and grow back in the springtime.

The flowers grow on long spikes with bright clusters of small white or pink flowers. These plants also produce small berries, which can be harvested from September through November.

They are used for cooking or made into fruit syrup for alcoholic beverages like wine, cognac, and even mead.

23. Common Boxwood (Buxus Sempervirens)

Boxwoods are a great option if you want a low-maintenance shrub. They tolerate most soil types and will grow in partial shade.

They also have attractive leaves that turn red in the fall and produce berries in the spring. Boxwoods are also deer resistant, making an excellent choice for those with a deer problem.

24. Common Barberry (Berberis Vulgaris)

The common barberry is a shrub that is native to Europe and Asia. It has been introduced into North America, where it can be found growing wild in some places.

The plant’s growth rate varies depending on the conditions it is grown in, with reported rates from three feet per year to one foot per year. 

These plants typically grow up to five feet tall and spread up to 15 feet wide. The leaves are dark green, lance-shaped, and glossy.

They are arranged alternately along the stem with sharp teeth on the margins and can grow as long as two inches long.

The flowers are white and clustered in tight clusters at the end of branchlets extending from leaf axils or stem joints.

25. Coast Rosemary (Westringia Fruticosa)

Coast Rosemary is a hardy, low-maintenance shrub that can grow up to four feet tall. It is perfect for the sunny coastal climate. This type of rosemary is best grown in well-drained soil and thrives when it receives full sun exposure. 

The Coast Rosemary plant produces small purple flowers on spiky branches during summer and small red berries during winter.

This perennial shrub does not require frequent pruning and will survive even if left unattended for periods of time. 

The Coast Rosemary’s long, thin leaves have a faint fragrance that smells like eucalyptus or pine. This makes it an attractive choice for homes with allergies or sensitivities.

26. Chinese Fringe Flower (Loropetalum Chinense)

Chinese fringe flower, also known as Loropetalum chinense, is a deciduous shrub with a showy and fragrant display in the spring. The flowers are coral-pink and grow around 1 inch long. They are often used as cut flowers. 

Chinese fringe flowers grow best in USDA zones 5-8 in sunny locations with well-drained soil. It does not require fertilization and is drought-tolerant once established. 

Aldo, this flowering shrub blooms for about three weeks in early spring. It can be planted near a walkway or other area where visitors will notice the flowers.

27. Carolina Allspice (Calycanthus Floridus)

Carolina Allspice is one of the different types of shrubs with beautiful white flowers that bloom in the spring. Edible red berries follow it.

The leaves are dark green and shiny. This plant was perfect for hiding the ugly utility boxes, and pipes adorn many yards.

Carolina Allspice is a shrub with beautiful white flowers that bloom in the spring, followed by edible red berries.

The leaves are dark green and shiny. This makes this plant perfect for hiding the often ugly utility boxes and pipes that adorn many yards.

28. Camellia Camellia

Camellia plants are one of the different types of shrubs popular in the southern United States. They are easy to grow, and many different varieties exist.

If you don’t know what type you want, it is a good idea to research and find out which type is best for your area.

Camellia plants come in many shapes and sizes, some being shrub-like while others have a tree-like appearance.

29. California Flannel Bush (Fremontodendron Californicum)

California Flannel Bush is a vine-like plant that can grow up to 20 feet tall. The branches are covered in fuzzy, bright red and yellow flowers. They bloom from March to June, but then the flowers will develop into a bluish-green fruit.

California Flannel Bush is great for blocking out noise and as an ornamental plant if you’re looking for something with a more tropical feel.

It also has beautiful fall colors, so it’s great for colder climates.  They don’t have many other trees or shrubs that change colors in the fall. 

One downside is that it has a tendency to take over whatever space it’s planted in.  Make sure you keep it well-trimmed or planted somewhere where it won’t be left unchecked.

30. Dwarf lady palm (Rhapis)

Dwarf lady palms (Rhapis) are evergreen, semi-cold hardy shrubs with graceful, weeping appearances. The leaves are leathery and glossy, with a narrow oval shape. 

They grow in clusters on either side of the stem and can reach up to five feet in height when mature. Rhapis plants can be used as hedges or accents for landscaping and make excellent privacy screens.

31. Deutzia (Deutzia Pulchra)

The Deutzia is among the different types of shrubs that bloom in early summer with clusters of white, pink, or blue flowers.

The cluster can grow up to 10 inches wide and last about two months. The Deutzia is native to Japan, China, and Korea. It is also called the butterfly bush because of butterflies like its flowers’ nectar. 

This shrub is hardy in USDA zones 4-9 but prefers moist soil and full sun. There are six different species within this genus: D. koreana, D. pulchra, D. delavayi, D. gracilis, D. latifolia and D. deutzii (a form of Deutzia).

32. Eastern Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis)

Eastern Arborvitae is a small to medium size, a pyramidal evergreen that grows up to 10 feet in height. It has an upright, bushy growth habit and will spread slowly.

If planted in full sun, it may grow up to 3-4 feet per year. This shrub should be planted away from buildings and any other plants because it will take over your yard! 

Eastern Arborvitae is tolerant of wet soils but prefers moist, well-drained soil. This shrub produces flowers in the spring before leaves appear on the plant and are edible when young.

33. Firecracker Flower (Justicia Rizzinii)

The firecracker flower is a shrub that has red and yellow flowers. The leaves are also bright green, contrasting with the plant’s red, yellow, and orange flowers. Firecrackers grow best in dry climates. 

Also, they can be planted in any type of soil because they are drought-tolerant plants, but they need full sun exposure to thrive properly.

Firecrackers should not be planted near other types of plants because they will compete for sunlight and water with them.

34. Fuchsia-flowering Gooseberry (Ribes speciosum)

Fuchsia-flowering Gooseberry is a type of shrub with a flower color ranging from pale pink to deep reddish-purple.

The flowers have five lobes and are four inches long. The leaves are green, oval-shaped, and about three inches long. 

Also, this is a deciduous shrub and will grow up to six feet in height when mature. It does not like hot weather and can be planted in USDA zones 4a-9b.

35. Forsythia (Forsythia)

I hope you enjoy your new home plant, Forsythia! Forsythia shrubs are flowering plants that can grow up to 10 feet tall and wide.

They have yellow flowers that bloom in the early spring and then produce green leaves for the rest of the year. 

The branches are usually very brittle, so they don’t make a good windbreak or privacy screen. They can be difficult to grow in shady or wet areas but respond well to pruning. 

Forsythia plants prefer soil rich in organic matter such as compost, manure, peat moss, and leaf mold. The pH should be between 6 and 7 for these plants because they are sensitive to acidic soils.

36. Filbert Shrub (Corylus)

One of the different types of shrubs is the Filbert or Hazelnut. This deciduous shrub typically grows five to ten feet tall and can reach up to twenty-five feet in width. The leaves are alternate and finely serrated, with a fuzzy underside. 

Also, the flowers grow from the ends of the branches and are yellowish-white in color. The Filberts are self-pollinating and have an edible nut in the fall.

37. Firethorn (Pyracantha)

The Pyracantha shrub’s showy, waxy-coated leaves and brilliant red berries are sure to be the center of attention in your yard or garden. This evergreen shrub is a hardy, easy-to-grow plant that will be a welcome addition to any landscape. 

The firethorn shrub (Pyracantha) is an attractive, deciduous shrub with dense branches that typically grows 8-15 feet tall and wide. It blooms in spring and summer with white or pink flowers.

Then followed by clusters of fruit that ripen in fall and winter into scarlet red berries. This is a good choice for adding color year-round.

38. Feathery Cassia (Senna Artemisioides)

The Feathery Cassia is an eye-catching shrub with a compact, rounded shape. Its dark green foliage does well in full sun or part shade and is resistant to heat and drought. This shrub can grow up to 5 feet tall and about 4 feet wide but will not spread too much. 

In addition, to make this shrub a focal point in your yard, plant it near the front of your property, where it will get plenty of light. Plant this shrub near the street for increased curb appeal.

39. Fig (Ficus Carica)

Fig trees are one of the different types of shrubs known for their beautiful leaves, which come in various shapes and sizes. In the summertime, the tree produces small figs that are edible and delicious. 

Also, fig plants require very little water and will grow well in any type of soil. The Ficus Carica is a good plant to plant in your yard because it is low-maintenance and has many benefits.

40. Fairy Duster (Calliandra Eriophylla)

The fairy duster shrub is native to Mexico and Central America, with its seeds dispersed by the wind. The plant can grow up to four meters in height, with a slender trunk and branches that are covered in long green leaves.

Fairy dusters have also been known as prayer plants due to their flowers hanging down from the branches like rosaries. 

These shrubs bloom profusely during the summer months with clusters of small white flowers that have yellow tips.

The fairy duster’s flower buds begin forming in late fall. They will stay on the plant until they finally open at around 5 AM during the morning hours.

41. Golden Bamboo (Phyllostachys Aurea)

Golden bamboo, also known as golden phyllostachys, is one of the popular types of shrubs. It grows a very thin trunk and can grow up to 15 ft. tall with a spread that can go up to 18 ft. in diameter. 

Also, Golden bamboo is known for its variegated leaves that are green on top and white on the underside.

This type of shrub is often used as an accent plant or hedge in yards. This is because it doesn’t need much watering or maintenance and is deer resistant.

42. Gold Dust Plant (Aucuba)

The Gold Dust Plant (Aucuba) is a shrub that can grow up to six feet tall. It has dark green leaves and white flowers, which bloom in spring. The plant is also known as the Japanese evergreen due to its longevity. 

Moreso, it can be used as a hedge or a single specimen plant in front of your house. This shrub is hardy and drought-resistant, but it needs soil with good drainage.

43. Germander Shrub (Teucrium Fruticans)

Germander shrubs have a compact, rounded shape and grow about 2 feet tall. The leaves are small, oval-shaped, and dark green in color.

These shrubs are typically found in zones 3-7, where they can tolerate most soil conditions. In the fall, these shrubs will produce yellow flowers that will bloom from July through September.

44. Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides)

Gardenias are flowering shrubs that come in many colors and sizes. They are typically evergreen, meaning they maintain their leaves year-round.

Gardenias require well-drained soil, a sunny spot, and occasional fertilizer during the growing season. 

Gardenias should be brought indoors in colder climates when the weather turns cold. The flowers have a sweet fragrance and can be used in flower arrangements. It can also be as part of an edible landscape if you live in an area where they grow wild.

45. Rhododendron ‘Olga Mezitt’ (Rhododendron ‘Olga Mezitt’)

The Rhododendron ‘Olga Mezitt’ is a low-growing, evergreen shrub with a dense, compact shape. The plant is drought-tolerant and doesn’t need much maintenance.

This shrub flowers from April until July and has white bell-shaped blooms. Also, these flowers are fragrant and are great for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds into your garden.

The Rhododendron ‘Olga Mezitt’ is also known as the pink azalea. So if you want a shrub with a different color than the typical white, this would be perfect.

46. Adam’s Needle (Yucca Filamentosa)

Adam’s needle is a tall, columnar, evergreen shrub. It has an upright, symmetrical habit and grows up to 25 feet tall.

The leaves are long and narrow with a fine texture that feels like silk when touch. The foliage is light green in color and turns bronze-yellow in the fall.

Flowers are white or cream-colored spikes reaching up to 5 inches. Also, these flowers bloom from late winter through early summer.

They have a soft fragrance that smells similar to vanilla extract. Adam’s needle prefers full sun exposure. It has no serious insect or disease problems as long as it is watered well during dry periods.

47. Lead Plant (Amphora Candescens)

The lead plant (Amphora Candescens) is also one of the different types of shrubs that is beautiful and native to the southeastern United States.

Growing up to ten feet tall, it is known for its ability to withstand extreme heat and drought conditions. 

In addition, this shrub requires little care and can be grown in various environments, from clay to well-drained sandy soil. It has a natural tolerance for salt spray, making it an excellent choice for coastal areas.

The lead plant also produces a beautiful array of flowers throughout the year that is quite fragrant and ranges from white, pink, or deep purple in color. 

However, despite these impressive qualities, this shrub does have some drawbacks. This includes its susceptibility to insects and disease and its slow growth rate.

48. Winter Heath Heather (Erica X Darleyensis ‘Darley Dale’)

Winter Heath Heathers are hardy shrubs growing up to six feet tall. They have a long blooming season. This starts in late winter and lasts until the end of summer, with an extended bloom period in the fall.

The plant is covered in white flowers that give it an airy look and feel. They are deer resistant and make for great hedges.

49. Nannyberry (Viburnum Lentago)

Nannyberry shrubs are a type of small tree or large shrub with dark green leaves and showy white flowers in the spring.

It is native to North America but has been introduced as an ornamental plant in Europe and South America. They grow best in moist soil with good drainages, such as in a wetland area or near a stream. 

Moreso, Nannyberry shrubs can be used for wildlife habitat since they provide food and cover for birds, mammals, amphibians, and invertebrates. These plants are also easily propagated by cuttings that root quickly when placed in moist soil.

50. Winterberry (Ilex Verticillata ‘Red Sprite’)

The Winterberry shrub is one of the different types of shrubs that are best for winter interest. The berries begin showing color in early December and continue on through January. 

Also, the berries are a beautiful deep red color, which contrasts well against the snow. These berries also make a wonderful addition to homemade wine or grape juice recipes.

51. Snowberry (Synphoricarpos X Chenatulii ‘Hancock’)

The snowberry is a heavy, cold hardy shrub that does best in zones 2-7. The plant can grow up to 8 feet tall and typically has clusters of small white flowers that bloom from late spring until early summer. 

In addition, berries are eaten by birds and mammals alike but will not ripen after being picked. The plant is propagated through cuttings or seeds.

52. Purple Beautyberry (Callicarpa Dichotoma)

Purple Beautyberry is a deciduous shrub that can be grown in USDA zones 3-8. It will grow up to 12 feet tall and 6 feet wide and prefers moist, well-drained soil. 

The leaves are ovate with serrated edges and dark green with purple undersides. Flowers are small, purple, and fragrant and bloom from late spring until early fall. Fruit ripens in the fall and looks like a bright red berry that turns black when mature.

53. Lowbush Blueberry (Vaccinum Angustifolium)

Lowbush blueberries are small shrubs that grow wild in the high Arctic. They are usually eaten fresh or used for making jams and other baked goods. T

Also, the berries are not terribly sweet, but they have a nice flavor. Lowbush blueberries grow best in acidic soils with a pH of 4-5. This type of berry is typically harvested in late July and early August. This is one of the different types of shrubs to go for.

54. Tartarian Dogwood (Cornus Alba)

Tartarian Dogwood is a hardy shrub that can take cold weather and is drought-resistant. It’s perfect for various landscapes, from formal gardens to informal natural settings. The flowers are small and white, with a yellow center, and are in clusters on the tree. 

It produces a cluster of red berries in late summer when they ripen in the fall. Tartarian Dogwood prefers full sun but can also tolerate partial shade.

It does best in soils that drain well and tolerates heavy clay soils. Plant Tartarian Dogwood near buildings or areas where wind or traffic is present because it doesn’t like having its roots disturbed too often.

55. Coastal Dog Hobble (Leucothoe Axillaris ‘Curly Red’)

Coastal Dog Hobble is a small, evergreen, upright shrub. It is native to southeastern North America and coastal California and has beautiful pink flowers in the winter. The leaves are glossy green with a serrated edge. 

However, this plant does not need much water or fertilizer but can be prone to scale insects and root rot if not cared for properly.

Coastal Dog Hobble is known for its attractive red stems that are covered in fuzz; this makes the shrub look like it has fur!

56. Japanese Barberry (Barberis Thunbergii ‘Atropurpurea Nana’)

The Japanese Barberry is a perennial shrub that has many uses. It’s a dense plant that typically grows up to three feet tall. It can be used as an edging, hedge, or privacy screen. 

In the fall, it produces berries that are purple and red in color. These berries are typically used for jams, jellies, and pies. The leaves are also edible and have been used for medicinal purposes in the past as well.

The Japanese Barberry is also an easy shrub to grow. This is because it can handle most soil types and prefers average levels of water (1-2 inches per week).

57. Red Osier Dogwood (Cornus Sericea)

Red Osier Dogwood is a deciduous shrub that is native to the eastern and central US. This plant is often used as an understory in most areas but can be grown as a specimen tree in certain climates. 

The bark of this plant is reddish brown with green blotches, which makes it easy to identify. This shrub has showy white flowers in the spring that are fragrant and grow on long stalks.

Red Osier Dogwood typically matures at 3-5 feet tall and 5-8 feet wide. So it’s perfect for smaller yards or gardens!

58. Redvein Enkianthus (Enkianthus Campanulatus)

Enkianthus Campanulatus (Redvein Enkianthus) is a hardy deciduous shrub in zones 3-8. It has red-veined white flowers and small, oval leaves.

It has a columnar shape and can grow up to 8 feet tall. Also, the Redvein Enkianthus produces edible berries but not nutritious for humans.

The Redvein Enkianthus does well in full sun or part shade with some afternoon shade. This will help the plant stay cool during the day’s hottest hours.

59. Purple Smokebush (Cotinus Coggyria)

The Purple Smokebush is native to the eastern United States. It is a perennial shrub that grows up to 12 feet high and has large leaves that are dark green and oval-shaped with pointed tips. 

The plant produces purple and red flowers that bloom in the summer months. The smoke bush produces an aromatic haze of smoke when the leaves are burned. This is where it got its name. It’s one of the different types of shrubs with pointed tips.

60. Sawara Cypress (Chamaecyoaris Pisifera ‘Filifera Aurea’)

Sawara Cypress is a slow-growing evergreen shrub that can grow up to 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide. It is native to Japan and has attractive, variegated gold foliage. 

In the spring, it produces tiny white flowers in pyramidal clusters that are followed by small edible berries. Sawara Cypress prefers moist, fertile soil with good drainage and sunlight. It does not tolerate drought or salt well.

61. Hardy Orange (Poncirus Trifoliata)

Hardy Orange is a deciduous shrub that has a compact, rounded shape. Its leaves are glossy and dark green in color with an irregular pattern of white stripes on the underside. The bark is smooth and grayish-brown in color. 

Hardy Orange bears clusters of small, sweetly-scented flowers in early spring before new growth starts. This makes it an excellent choice for fragrant hedges or borders.

The fruit of the tree is a yellow-orange color and can be eaten fresh or used as a flavoring in cooking.

Hardy Orange is sensitive to frost, so it should not be planted outdoors south of USDA hardiness zone 7a. It will grow well indoors if given plenty of light and air circulation.

62. Portugal Laurel (Prunus Lusticana)

This evergreen shrub grows up to 10 feet tall and wide. It blooms in the Spring with white flowers that are followed by red berries. This shrub is easy to grow and will thrive in most conditions. It is also resistant to deer, rabbits, and rot.

63. Tamarisk (Tamarix Ramosissima)

Tamarisk is an evergreen shrub that grows from one to six meters tall and has a spread of up to four meters.

It is among the different types of shrubs that are native to the Mediterranean region. This plant was introduced as an ornamental plant in North America in 1834. 

Also it can be found all over the United States, but it is most common in dry, rocky areas near water sources such as creeks or drainage channels.

Tamarisk prefers well-drained soil but will do well in nearly any type of soil if it has sufficient water. The leaves on the tamarisk are small and needle-like, with one long central vein running down each leaf.

64. Mountain Laurel (Kalmia Latifolia

The mountain laurel is an evergreen shrub that is native to the eastern coast of North America. The name mountain laurel comes from the leaves, which are shaped like the Laurier plant, and has a similar scent. 

Mountain laurels bloom in May and June with clusters of small, white flowers. This type of shrub can grow up to six feet tall but can be trimmed to any desired height.

The mountain laurel prefers moist, acidic soil and grows best in partial shade or full sun with plenty of water.

65. Golden English Yew (Taxus Baccata ‘Repens Aurea’)

A shrub is a plant that grows in clumps and has multiple stems. The term can also refer to a woody plant that is usually smaller than a tree and has multiple branches coming from the ground. 

Golden English Yew (Taxus Baccata ‘Repens Aurea’) is an example of this type of shrub, and it typically reaches heights of 6-10 feet tall with a width of about 8-12 feet.

This shrub does very well in zones 4-8 because it tolerates cold winters well. So homeowners should be careful not to overwater this plant during winter.

66. Spotted Laurel (Aucuba Japonica ‘Pictirata’)

This shrub is known for its beautiful dark green leaves with a lighter green border. These plants typically grow up to six feet in height and can live for up to thirty years. 

In the summer, the plant will produce flowers that bloom in white, yellow, or green colors. The Spotted Laurel grows well in moist soil and does best when planted under open sun exposure or partial shade.

67. Old Red Damask Rose (Rosa Gallica Var. Officinalis

Rose shrubs have been around for centuries and are common in many gardens. The old red damask rose comes in many colors, but this is among the different types of shrubs that are popular.

This type of rose features deep, rich red blooms with a velvety texture that will stand out against any backdrop. 

Rosa Gallica Var. Officinalis was first found in France during the 18th century, and they often grow up to 3 feet tall (1 meter).

These different types of shrubs are easy to maintain as they require no pruning or shaping, though they can be trimmed if desired.

Other varieties include white roses and Persian roses, which are more delicate than the Old Red Damask Rose and require more care.

68. Daphne (Daphne X Burkoodii ‘Carol Mackie’)

Daphne is a type of shrub that originates from the Mediterranean area. The flowers are in the form of clusters and typically produce white or pink blooms.

This makes them a beautiful addition to any garden. Daphne shrubs typically grow up to two feet tall and have an evergreen appearance year-round. 

Also, they are quite a drought tolerant, making them perfect for areas with little rainfall. These shrubs can handle being pruned hard during spring, so you can keep your garden looking neat at all times with minimal effort.

Daphnes are not very susceptible to insect pests and disease, making them perfect for most yards no matter what time of year it is.

69. Japanese Kerria (Kerria Japonica ‘Plentiflora’)

Japanese Kerria is a low-growing shrub with a compact habit and an oval-rounded shape. The leaves are green and fragrant, the flowers white or pink, and the fruit clusters bright red.

This plant can grow in any type of soil as long as it has good drainage. Also, it needs full sun to partial shade with regular water and fertilizer.

Japanese Kerria is often used as a hedge or border because it grows quickly, requires little maintenance, and thrives in dry conditions.

70. Oleander ‘Petite Salmon’ (Nerium Oleander ‘Petite Salmon’)

Oleander is the most common among the different types of shrubs in the United States. It can be grown from a cutting and is very easy to grow.

Oleander has pink, white, or red flowers that are showy and fragrant and can last for weeks at a time during the summer. 

Also, oleander does best in full sun with well-drained soil and can also handle dry soil. It needs little care. It will need pruning every year before new growth appears in the spring if you want your oleander to maintain its shape.

71. Koreanspice Viburnum (Viburnum Carlesii)

The Korean spice viburnum is a hardy shrub that is native to Korea. This shrub typically grows between 2-3m tall and produces small white flowers in the Springtime.

The leaves are glossy green and have a holly-like shape with serrated edges. It makes them look similar to fern leaves. 

This plant needs full sun exposure but does not tolerate too much heat or frost. It can grow in most soil types but prefers well-drained soil with some mixed organic material.

It does not require much water, so you can use drip irrigation or hand watering for this plant if you prefer not to use a sprinkler system.

72. Japanese Rose (Rosa Rugosa)

The Japanese Rose (Rosa Rugosa) is a hardy, deciduous shrub that can grow up to 6 feet tall. The flowers are pink or white and bloom in late spring to early summer, but only for about 2 weeks. 

In addition, it has long, slender dark green leaves that are 1-2 inches long with a serrated edge and grows at an average rate of 12-18 inches per year. They can be grown in zones 3-9 and prefer dry soil.


It’s no secret that landscaping can add value to your home, but it’s also an easy way to spruce up the outside of your home. Also makes it more appealing to potential buyers when you decide to put your house on the market. 

One of the different types of shrubs, called hebes, adds color, texture, and height to just about any landscaped area.

Shrubs can be placed at the front of your yard or against the side of your house. This depends on what look you want to achieve with your landscape.

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