Deciduous Shrubs


C = Christmas Tree

F = Human Food

H = Habitat/Food  for Wildlife

N = Native

T = Timber



Arrowwood: (Viburnum dentatum)

Conservation practices: N, H

Soil: Moist-Well Drained

Growth rate: Moderate

Description: Many branching shrub that grows to 8 to12 feet and typically arches over. Creates dense hedge when grown together. White flower clusters in late spring that turn to small blue/black berries in early fall.



Lilac: (Syringa vulgaris)

Conservation  practices: H

Soil: Well drained, moist

Growth rate: Medium

Description: 8-12′ leggy, upright shrub. In mid-May it has fragrant flowers




Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)

Conservation Practices: H, N

Soil: Wide Tolerance

Growth Rate: Medium

Description: Grows best in full sun. Matures to 5′-6′. Grows well in poor soils and tough conditions, including stream banks. Good screen and erosion control species. Great for wildlife.
Redosier Dogwood: (Cornus stolinifera)

Conservation  practices: H, N

Soil: Wide tolerance

Growth  rate: Fast

Description: 7-9′ slender, upright shrub. It has a red stem and white drupe fruit in mid-August. Redoiser Dogwood is best in wet or swampy conditions. It is also a great structure for holding soil on slopped areas. The glossy-red fruits provide food for songbirds.


Eastern Redbud (Cercis Canadensis)

Conservation Practices: H, N

Soil: Moist to well-drained

Growth Rate: Moderate

Description:15-25′ multi-stemmed, large shrub/small tree with pink flowers in early spring.





 Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum)

Conservation Practices: H, N

Soil: Moist

Growth Rate:Fast

Description: 6-10′ red, multi-stemmed shrub. In August this plant has a  white/purplish drupe fruit. Silky Dogwood is a favorite for attracting birds. It  thrives in moist and wet soils