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Shrub: deciduous

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Botanical Name     Common Name
Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima'
Common Name: (Photinia pyriflolia) Red Chokeberry

This deciduous shrub has it all! Fruit for the birds, nectar for insects, cover for wildlife and multi-season beauty. Clusters of spring blooming white to pinkish flowers provide loads of nectar for pollinators. Dense clusters of glossy red fruit follow the flowers. The fruit ripens in late summer and persists through winter. The glossy foliage turns brilliant red in autumn, making it a terrific alternative to the non-native, burning bush (Euonymus alatus).


  • Compact plant that makes an excellent hedge and provides cover for wildlife
  • This selection has lustrous foliage with superior red color in the fall
  • Abundance of large glossy fruit provides late season berries for birds
  • Prolific flowers provide nectar in spring for early butterflies and pollinators
  • Tolerant of a wide range of conditions including wet or poor soils

Cephalanthus occidentalis
Common Name: Button Bush
Hundreds of tiny, tubular creamy white flowers are packed into large showy flower heads, which dangle from the bush in August. Butterflies and other insects find the nectar irresistible. The fragrant flower heads mature into round fruits each containing hundreds of nutlike seeds that are eaten by waterfowl and other birds such as quail. Many birds use this deciduous shrub as a nesting site. Benefits:
  • Tremendous source of nectar for hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators
  • Waterfowl and other birds relish the seed
  • Provides protective cover for all kinds of birds
  • Adapts to many soil types, except dry ones
  • Thrives in bogs and very wet conditions

  • Clethra alnifolia
    Common Name: Summer Sweet Bush

    Summer sweet is a vase-shaped deciduous shrub, which features fluffy, bottle brush-like, 3-6" spikes of extremely fragrant white flowers that are an extremely important nectar source in summer. Glossy, dark green leaves turn a rich yellow in autumn.

    Cornus racemosa 'Geauge'
    Common Name: 'Geauge' Gray Dogwood
    Gray twig dogwood is a deciduous shrub bearing dome-shaped clusters of white flowers in late spring. The flowers give way to clusters of small white berries and the stems holding the flowers and fruit are licorice red which makes a distinct contrast. Gray-green leaves turn dusky purple-red in fall. This thicket-forming shrub is a good source of food, cover and nesting sites. Benefits:
  • Host plant for spring azure butterfly
  • Plentiful and nutritious berries for a wide range of birds
  • Provides good nesting sites for birds and protective cover for wildlife
  • Selected for lustrous foliage and a refined garden habit
  • Tolerant of a wide range of conditions including poor or wet soils

  • Cornus sericea 'Cardinal'
    Common Name: 'Cardinal' Red-Osier Dogwood
    'Cardinal' is a fast-growing, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub with cherry red winter stems. The stems are especially showy against a snowy backdrop. Tiny white flowers appear in flat-topped clusters in late spring. Flowers give way to clusters of creamy white fruit in late summer. Fruit is very attractive to birds and is generally considered to have as much if not more ornamental interest than the flowers. Dark green leaves turn an attractive red-purple in autumn. Benefits:
  • Bright red stems in winter; extremely winter hardy
  • Host plant for spring azure butterfly
  • Nutritious berries for a wide range of birds
  • Provides good nesting sites for birds and protective cover for wildlife
  • Tolerates a wide variety of conditions, including wet soils

  • Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snow Queen'
    Common Name: Oakleaf Hydrangea

    Rugged, oak-like leaves cover this rounded shrub and provide the backdrop for huge, pyramidal stacks of white flowers that stand up to 12" above the foliage in late summer. In fall, foliage turns a dramatic deep burgundy while exfoliating cinnamon bark adds interest during the winter months.

    Ilex verticillata
    Common Name: Winterberry
    Winterberry is a deciduous holly that is slow growing, with an upright-rounded habit. In the wild, it often suckers to form large thickets or colonies but can be pruned to form a small tree. Inconspicuous greenish-white flowers appear in late spring and give way to a crop of bright red berries in late summer to fall. Berries are quite showy and persist through most of the winter, hence the common name. Benefits:
  • Excellent year round interest, highlighted by showy red berries in winter.
  • Nectar is especially attractive to small native bees.
  • Cedar waxwings, bluebirds and robins savor the bright red berries that hold well into winter
  • Gorgeous in winter floral arrangements
  • Good nesting site for a variety of birds
  • Tolerates a wide range of conditions including wet soils

  • Myrica gale
    Common Name: Sweet Gale

    This dense, rounded shrub features narrow, fragrant green leaves whorled on stems that create great cover for native birds. Sweet Gale thrive is wet soil conditions where few others can while creating an attractive mass planting. Fall fruit is attractive to native birds.

    Philadelphus lewisii 'Blizzard'
    Common Name: Blizzard Mock Orange

    Dense and rounded, this plant's medium green, oval leaves serve as the backdrop for pure white, fragrant flowers that will cover the plant during its June bloom. Perfect for border or hedging, this easy care plant is a butterfly magnet with its immense bloom and abundant nectar.

    Physocarpus capitatus
    Common Name: Pacific Ninebark

    This easy to grow shrub is rounded and aggressive growing with trident, maple-like foliage that shows off the terminal clusters of small white flowers with red stamens that bloom in Late May and June. Perfect for borders and hedging, this plant tolerates wet and dry and bird love its cover and seeds

    Rhododendron viscosum
    Common Name: Swamp Azalea
    This deciduous azalea blooms in summer. The abundant white flowers have a spicy, clove-like fragrance that fills the garden. The flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Plants grow into multi-stemmed shrubs that put on a show in fall with their flame red foliage. Benefits:
  • Prolific white flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds
  • Happy in poorly-drained soil and wetland areas
  • Lustrous green foliage with a great fall color
  • Tough, winter hardy azalea

  • Spiraea douglasii
    Common Name: Western Spiraea

    Multi-stemmed, spreading and fast growing, this easy to grow plant offers cover or sustenance to nearly every critter in the landscape. It thrives in moist soils but is adaptable to a variety of areas ranging from dry to pondside. Steeple shaped clusters of pink flowers bloom from June - August.

    Symphoricarpos albus
    Common Name: Common snowberry

    This old fashioned, deciduous shrub forms a neat thicket that weeps over at the top. June flowers are small, white to pink colored and attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Pure white berries last into winter and local native birds devour them. Easy to grow and tolerant of all but very wet soils.

    Viburnum dentatum 'Blue Blaze'
    Common Name: 'Blue Blaze' Arrowwood
    Flat-topped clusters of white flowers, 4" across, bloom in spring. The flowers are a good source of nectar for butterflies, native bees and other pollinators. Flowers give way to blue-black, berries, which are loved by birds and other wildlife. This upright, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub has glossy, dark green leaves. The leaves turn yellow, orange or red in fall. 'Blue Blaze' is a compact arrowwood growing half the size of the species with fruit that tends to stay on longer in the season. Benefits:
  • Fragrant flowers provide nectar for butterflies and other pollinators
  • Larval food source for spring azure butterfly
  • Plants provide good nesting sites, berries, and cover for birds
  • Excellent fall color
  • Grows well in moist soil

  • Viburnum prunifolium
    Common Name: Blackhaw Viburnum
    Blackhaw is a large, upright, multi-stemmed, densely twiggy deciduous shrub that can be pruned to grow as a small tree. Creamy white flowers in flat-topped clusters to 4.5" across appear in spring. Flowers provide nectar for butterflies, native bees and other pollinators. Flowers give way to blue-black, berry-like fruits, which are a good source of food for birds and wildlife in fall and early winter. This handsome plant has glossy dark green leaves changing to shades of red and purple in fall. Benefits:
  • Flowers provide nectar for butterflies and other pollinators
  • Plants provide excellent nesting sites and cover for birds
  • Red-purple foliage contrasts with blue-black fruit in the fall
  • Berries are a great source of food for birds and other wildlife in fall
  • Grows well in dry soil