Top 10 shrubs anyone can grow

There are shrubs that grow well and look good all year round, and need little in the way of care as they don’t attract pests and diseases and are not fussy about soil, pruning or feeding.

These are the plants of choice for the bones of any garden. Here are my top 10 easy shrubs for Sydney gardens. All tolerate mild frost and are drought tolerant once established.

Callistemon ‘Great Balls of Fire’.

1. Dwarf bottlebrush (Callistemon ‘Great Balls of Fire’)

All bottlebrush are foolproof but this compact selection looks good year round with dark green leaves, flushes of colourful new growth and occasional small, dark red bottlebrush flowers. A top choice for a low hedge. Size (hxw): 1.5mx1.5m. Sun to part shade.

2. Dwarf murraya (Murraya ‘Min-a-Min’)

Murrayas are excellent tall-growing evergreen shrubs with masses of fragrant cream flowers in the warmer months. ‘Min-a-Min’ doesn’t flower as prolifically as other varieties, but is compact and grows slowly as a small rounded mound. It contrasts well with strappy-leafed clumping plants such as lomandra. Also good for a pot or low hedge. Prune in late spring to shape, if desired. Size (hxw): 1mx1m. Sun to part shade.


3. Diosma (Coleonema pulchellum)

Diosma is at its prettiest in early spring smothered in tiny pink flowers. It is a soft, mounding, bright green shrub the rest of the year that fits into any planting scheme. It is long lived in well-draining soil. Compact and gold varieties available. Prune after flowering to shape. Size (hxw): 1mx1m. Sun.

4. Fairy rose (Rosa ‘The Fairy’)

Roses are not usually included in a foolproof plant list but this low-growing Floribunda rarely needs attention if grown in a full sun position. It has glossy green disease-resistant leaves and sprays of tiny pink double flowers from spring to autumn. Use as a feature plant, an informal hedge or in a pot. Prune in winter. Size (hxw): 1mx1m. Sun.

Grevillea ‘Robyn Gordon’.

5. Grevillea ‘Robyn Gordon’

One of the most popular garden shrubs in Australia, this evergreen native is rarely without a flower. Use as a low hedge or specimen plant. The pinkish-red, toothbrush-shaped flowers are attractive to nectar-feeding birds. Prune to keep compact after a flush of flowers. Size (hxw): 1.5mx1.5m. Sun.

6. Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla)

All hydrangeas are surprisingly low-fuss plants but ‘Endless Summer’ is a pretty, long-flowering variety for shaded gardens or potted displays. It flowers from summer to autumn. Hydrangeas are deciduous in winter when they are pruned. Water well in summer. Size (hxw): 1mx1m. Part shade.

Plumbago ‘Summer Sky’

7. Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata ‘Royal Cape’)

Another soft sprawling evergreen shrub for a low-care garden or as an informal hedge or border. The species spreads by suckering and can also climb but ‘Royal Cape’ doesn’t sucker. It has clusters of deep blue flowers for much of the year. In summer and autumn they are massed with tiny blue butterflies. Prune hard any time. Size (hxw): 2mx2m. Sun.

8. Persian shield (Strobilanthes dyerianus)

Grow this handsome evergreen shrub in a sunny to lightly shaded spot with frost protection. It has handsome metallic purple leaves and sprays of lavender blue flowers in spring and summer. Size (hxw): 1mx1m. Sun to part shade.

Camellia Sasanqua ‘Hiryu’.

9. Sasanqua camellia (Camellia sasanqua)

This long-flowering shrub is a star in gardens with varieties offering a range of sizes, shapes and flower colours including pink and white. Plants bloom from late summer to early winter and are grown as hedges, background shrubs or in large containers. Prune after flowering if desired. Size (hxw): 1-3mx1-1.5m. Sun to shade.

10. Euphorbia ‘Hip Hop’

This looks like a delicate plant but in reality is tough. It has sprays of small white flowers throughout the year that soften the look of other plantings. It is also a top container plant. Prune if necessary. A similar variety is ‘Diamond Frost’. Size (hxw): 50cmx50cm. Sun to part shade.

Other no-fuss shrubs you can grow:

  • African daisy
  • Brazilian red cloak
  • browallia
  • ceratastigma
  • eupatorium
  • iresine
  • Japonica camellia
  • Japanese flowering quince
  • loropetalum
  • oleander
  • nandina
  • pentas
  • rondeletia
  • shrimp plant
  • tibouchina (can be frost sensitive)

T.E.R:R.A.I.N – Taranaki Educational Resource: Research, Analysis and Information Network

Trees & Shrubs (New Zealand Native) Botanical names G to L with photo

New Zealand native trees by botanical names: A – F
New Zealand native trees by botanical names: G – L

New Zealand native trees by botanical names: M – Q

New Zealand native trees by botanical names: R – Z

Gaultheria colensoi, Mountain snowberry
Gaultheria crassa

Gaultheria oppositifolia (Niniwa)
Geniostoma ligustrifolium (Hangehange
Griselinia littoralis (Broadleaf, Kapuka)
Griselinia littoralis (Broadway Mint)
Griselinia littoralis ‘Green Jewel’
Griselinia littoralis ‘Variegata’
Halocarpus kirkii (Kirk’s pine)
Halocarpus bidwillii (Bog Pine)
Halocarpus biformis (Yellow pine)

Hedycarya arborea (Pigeonwood
Helichrysum dimorphum (Climbing everlasting daisy)
Helichrysum lanceolatum (Niniao)

Hoheria angustifolia (Narrow-leaved lacebark)
Hoheria glabrata (Mountain Ribbonwood)

Hoheria populnea (Lacebark, Ribbonwood
Hoheria populnea (Ribbonwood Purple Wave”)
Hoheria sexstylosa (Houhere)

Ileostylus micranthus (Green mistletoe)

Ixerba brexioides (Tawari)
Jasminum mesnyi (Primrose jasmine)
Knightia excelsa (NZ Honeysuckle

Kunzea ericoides (KanukaKunzea ericoides var. microflora (Kanuka (Geothermal)
Laurelia novae-zelandiae (Pukatea

Leionema nudum, Mairehau

Lepidothamnus intermedius (Yellow Silver Pine)
Leptecophylla juniperina (Prickly Mingimingi)
Leptecophylla robusta (Pouteretere)

Leptospermum scoparium (Manuka
Leptospermum scoparium (prostrate)
Leptospermum scoparium cultivars

Leucopogon fasciculatu (Soft Mingimingi
Leucopogon fraseri (Patotara

Leucopogon parviflorus (Chatham Island Mingimingi)
Libocedrus bidwillii (Mountain Cedar
Libocedrus plumose (Kawaka)
Litsea calicaris (Mangeao
Lophomyrtus bullata (Ramarama)
Lophomyrtus ×ralphii (Small-leaved ramarama)
Lophozonia menziesi (Silver beech)

New Zealand native trees by botanical names: A – F
New Zealand native trees by botanical names: G – L

New Zealand native trees by botanical names: M – Q

New Zealand native trees by botanical names: R – Z

Special thanks, Finn Michalak collection curator of Otari Native Botanic Garden, Wellington. These gardens are the only public botanic garden in New Zealand dedicated solely to native plants. There are around five hectares of cultivated native plant collections and about 96 hectares of mature and regenerating native forest. It is classified as a Garden of National Significance by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture.

Thanks to Elise Smith for her help in setting up this site and identifying flora.
Thanks to Dr Bruce Clarkson of Waikato Univerity
Thanks to Valda Polletti of Te Kainga Marire for her help in identifying some of the trees and plants
Thanks to John Dodunski of New Plymouth who has been a great help in showing us and identifying our local native
orchids, sundews and ferns.
Thanks also to Glen Church for his help in identifying flora.
Thanks also to Alan Jellyman for his help in identifying flora.
Thanks to Pieter B. Pelser, PhD Univ. of Canterbury for use of his photo


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Top 10 Flowering Trees

The season of vibrant blossoms and sweet scents is almost here. Although the weather says otherwise in some parts of the country, many people will start their spring planting. Flowering trees are great choices if you’re looking to spruce up your landscape and add splashes of color to your yard.

Here are the top 10 flowering trees sold from the Arbor Day Tree Nursery , in order of the most popular.

  1. Forsythia (Forsythia x intermedia)

There’s no better way to welcome the coming of spring than with the profusion of yellow blooms covering graceful, arching branches. The forsythia is a fast-growing, hardy shrub that blooms early—providing a sunny sight before the rest of the landscape greens up.

  1. Fragrant Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)

Spectacular flowers in shades of lilac, light purple, or lavender make this old-time lilac a garden favorite. The long-lasting flower clusters bloom in April or May and are framed with lush green foliage. Their nostalgic fragrance adds to the “coming of spring.”

The lilac is an extremely hardy shrub and can be used as an individual specimen plant, informal hedge, shrub border, windbreak or screen.

  1. Pee Gee Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’)

This is the most common H. paniculata form. It can be grown either as a large shrub or small tree, and it is known for its large panicles of white flowers. In fact, with some good pruning, this shrub can produce flower clusters measuring up to 12-18″ in length!

  1. Crapemyrtle (Crape Myrtle) (Lagerstroemia indica)

The crapemyrtle is often referred to as the “lilac of the South.” With its striking flowers, handsome bark and attractive foliage, this species is a favorite for landscapes. It can be grown as either a shrub or small tree and is often used in groupings, containers, hedges and screens. You can even find the common crapemyrtle used as small street trees in urban settings. If you live in the right region, this could be a show-stopping addition to your yard.

  1. Japanese Flowering Cherry (Prunus x yedoensis)

The Japanese flowering cherry (also known as the Yoshino cherry) is the darling of the flowering tree world and the star of such renowned events as the National and International Cherry Blossom Festivals. This stand-out tree is, of course, known for its vibrant display of white-pink blossoms and faint almond fragrance in the springtime. In the summer, this tree will be a highlight in the yard with its oriental branching pattern, glossy bark and dark green leaves.

  1. White Dogwood (Cornus florida)

An excellent landscape choice for all four seasons, the White Dogwood is a favorite in many yards and gardens. White “flowers” show their beauty in spring, foliage turns a vibrant red-purple in fall and glossy red fruits attract winter songbirds for the enjoyment of all.

This tree is a great option to plant near utility lines, next to larger buildings or near patios. It also offers nice contrast when planted along with Pink or Red Dogwoods with larger evergreens in the background.

  1. Pink Dogwood (Cornus florida rubra)

The pink dogwood is a very popular landscape tree. In fact, millions of seedlings and budded trees are produced every year for commercial nurseries around the country. Just one look at this stunning specimen in full bloom, and you’ll know why.

This is a good tree for planting near utility lines, next to buildings or near patios. It is also an excellent contrast tree for larger evergreen backgrounds.

  1. Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)

Southern magnolia is a magnificent tree with a name that is somewhat misleading. Although it is most prevalent in the South—and the state tree of Mississippi—its zone 6 planting range means it can grow in many northern areas, even as far north as parts of Maine, Michigan and Washington. As an ornamental, it is beloved for its year-round foliage and delightful, large, late-spring flowers.

  1. Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana)

The saucer magnolia is a landscape show-stopper. The stunning early spring blossoms have been said to open “like a thousand porcelain goblets,” and lush summertime leaves are dark green and leathery—adding nice contrast to silvery-gray bark. One of the most popular flowering trees in the United States, the saucer magnolia is also widely planted in Europe. If you’re in search of a specimen tree or shrub to make a splash in your yard, look no further.

  1. Prairifire Flowering Crabapple (Malus ‘Prairifire’)

Its showy, dark pink to red flowers are what draw most people to the prairifire flowering crabapple. And for good reason. The stunning, long-lasting spring blossoms are a sight to behold. But this variety also offer year-round beauty with its changing leaf color. Glossy maroon or purplish-red in spring, the leaves become dark green with purplish-red veins in the summer then a beautiful bronze color in autumn.

And to add to its visual appeal, the prairifire flowering crabapple is disease-resistant and able to adapt to many different site conditions.

What to expect when your new trees arrive

Each tree order comes with step-by-step planting instructions on planting your trees.

Watch this planting video on how to plant bare-root trees.

Our membership trees (the 10 free trees you received with a donation) are small seedlings extending less than 12 inches in length. They will be color coded with a guide to help you identify which tree is which. Nursery trees will have tags on the branches to help you identify them. Your trees are living organisms and should be planted as soon as possible.

There is still time to buy trees for this spring shipping season. Check out the tree shipping schedule to learn when the cutoff date is for spring shipping in your area.

  1. Separate them with space. If you have to move your eyes or your head when looking at each plant, they won’t clash.
  2. Separate them with good old Green foliage plants. I know how boring is that.Who wants a Green plant these days? See my post on Green leaf Japanese Maples for more info.
  3. Separate the blue and yellow colored evergreens with purple leaf plants. Blue and Purple are analogous colors and look good together. Purple and Yellow are complimentary colors and also look good together. Purple is a natural transition color.
  4. Don’t forget there are other things in your landscape that can be blue or yellow. Pavement, ornaments, benches, etc. can all bring an analogous or complementary color color to your garden.

Some good non-green evergreens to add to your garden


  • PJM rhododendron. (Rhododendron ‘PJM’) – It actually has green leaf in the summer, but they turn a dark purple in the winter.
  • Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia aquifolium)
  • Japanese pieris (Pieris japonica)
  • Scarletta leucothe (Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Scarletta’) – Really more Scarlet red than purple, but pretty close


  • Golden glow Korean fir (Abies koreana ‘Golden Glow’) – Needs protection from winter and hot afternoon sun
  • Golden Hinoki Cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Aurea’) – If you plant this, you will notice it in your yard!
  • Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Confucius’ – Everything I said about the one above, but more so
  • Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Fernspray Gold’ – Bright lime green yellow will burn in hot climates
  • Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Lemon Twist’
  • Juniperus conferta ‘All Gold’
  • Juniperus horizontalis ‘Gold Strike’
  • Juniperus horizontalis ‘Mother Lode’
  • Juniperus x-pfitzeriana ‘Golden Joy’


  • Candicans white fir (Abies concolor ‘Candicans’) – A silvery blue that has nice soft needles
  • Abies procera ‘Glauca’ (Prostrate Form)
  • Blue Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica) ‘Glauca’ – I love the looks of these trees, however they are only hardy to zone 6
  • Boulevard cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Boulevard’) – This silvery blue evergreen is readily available
  • Curly Tops cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Curly Tops’)
  • Golden mop cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Golden Mop’) – Extremely common for good reason
  • Blue Star juniper (Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Star’)
  • Blue Creeper® Juniper (Juniperus scopulorum ‘Monam’) – Holds it’s winter color better than some of the other blue ground cover junipers
  • Skylands Spruce (Picea orientalis ‘Skylands’) – These can be an amazing specimen
  • Picea orientalis ‘Tom Thumb’
  • Picea pungens ‘Bonny Blue’
  • Fat Albert Blue Colorado Spruce (Picea pungens ‘Fat Albert’)
  • Picea pungens ‘Globosa’– The only blue spruce I have in my yard, mainly because it is one of the smallest that is commonly available. A little blue mound.
  • Picea pungens ‘Hoopsii’ – An old standby blue spruce
  • Picea pungens ‘Kosteri’ – A unique form of the common blue spruce
  • Picea pungens ‘Lundeby’s Dwarf’ – A dwarf mounding form that may be a better choice for foundation plantings than Globosa.
  • Montgomery blue Colorado spruce (Picea pungens ‘Montgomery’) – These get bigger than you think when you buy them.
  • Weeping blue Colorado spruce (Picea pungens ‘Pendula’) – This is like a blue form of the getting more common every year weeping Norway spruce.
  • Picea pungens ‘Procumbens‘ – This a spreading groundcover form, I bet you never thought a blue spruce could look like this
  • Picea pungens ‘St. Mary’s Broom’ – This is another globe/groundcover form that stays lower than Globosa or Montgomery

**PS Please excuse me as this is one of the 1st completely new posts I have written since I suffered a concussion a while back. Thankfully, I had a stock pile of posts written before my accident. They are all gone now, so you can expect lots of side tangents that go nowhere, jokes I forget to tell the punchline to and other odd things my unpaid proofreader (my wife, Jenny or my cat, Bob, whoever is in the room) miss. Hopefully the frequency of these will go down over the coming months.

Evergreen Shrubs

Evergreen Trees

Add Structure to Your Garden Design with Evergreen Shrubs

A wide variety of shrubs encompass the evergreen shrub category. These evergreen plants range from flowering evergreens to ground covers (Junipers) and hedges (Yews and Hollies).

  • Some excellent choices for flowering evergreens are Azaleas, (rhododendron family), Rhododendrons, Gardenias, and the gorgeous Mountain Laurel Olympic Fire.
  • A great choice for a very fast growing hedge or specimen plant is the Nellie Stevens Holly (Ilex).
  • Boxwoods (Buxus family) are often used in the landscape as well. They have a long life, display bright green colors, and they can be trimmed and shaped almost at will.
  • The American Holly (Ilex opaca) is the traditional Holly most people think of and it is our best selling evergreen shrub

Most evergreen shrubs are long-lived and easy to maintain. When planted in favorable sites, they are more disease resistant and hardy.

How to Use Evergreen Shrubs in the Landscape

The number one reason for growing evergreen plants is the seasonal contrast they lend to a landscape.

Color contrasts may be created in many ways.

Combine bluish green colors, light green colors, and the shiny leaves of dark green plants.

If you intermingle a variety of these evergreens, an array of color will form and create an amazing landscape for you.

Along with their continuous color, evergreens provide shelter and food for wildlife. For more information click on any picture or call nature Hills at 888.864.7663.

Evergreen Shrubs for Sale

What Are the Benefits of Buying Evergreen Shrubs?

Year-Round Color

The most attractive benefit of evergreen shrubs is their year-round beauty and their ability to provide a sense of stability. This type of shrub will provide a fixed focal point that won’t lose its leaves every winter. There’s something to be said on the impact that live greenery can have on a person’s state of mind and happiness, particularly during bleak winter months.

Low Maintenance

Evergreen shrubs are super low maintenance! They don’t require a lot of fuss or handling, which is what makes them so appealing. Perfect for gardening beginners or those that are looking for as little upkeep as possible. One thing to keep in mind is that some types would benefit from regular pruning in order to maintain a clean shape (read on for more information).

Enhanced Privacy

If you decide to buy an evergreen shrub for your property, a unique and functional benefit you’ll get is the ability to enhance the privacy surrounding your home or property. You may need a little privacy to enjoy your morning coffee on the patio or a quiet candlelight dinner on the deck.

We even have a collection of privacy hedges and shrubs for sale where you can easily find the plant that gets the job done.

Conceal Eyesores

Evergreen shrubs and hedges are also perfect for concealing unfavorable parts of your yard. Their dense leaves and size variations help to hide obscure sections or eyesores on your property. Is there an obnoxious gas meter or electrical box that’s overtaking your yard? Plant an evergreen bush right next to it and it will hide it from plain sight!

Protects the Ecosystem

Another practical benefit you’ll receive when you buy an evergreen shrub online is its role in protecting the ecosystem surrounding your commercial or residential property. Evergreen hedges help promote the health of your soil by providing ground shelter for wildlife, including beneficial soil builders like worms. In turn, the shrub provides shelter for native wildlife and pollinators.

How To Buy the Right Evergreen Shrub for Your Yard?

Evergreen shrubs are not one-size-fits-all. While they have their similarities, different types serve different purposes. Follow our steps below on how to buy the right evergreen shrub online for your property:

  • What is the goal you’re trying to achieve? Always start out by asking yourself this question. Are you looking for an easy way to enhance curb appeal, or are you hoping to get a more practical benefit like privacy? The best evergreen shrubs for your home depend on your intentions for the plant. For an easy landscaping update, evergreen shrubs are one of the best plants for foundation planting. The colorful Camellia adds instant charm and enhances the curb appeal for your home even in winter. We offer both Fall Camellia Bushes and Spring Camellia Bushes, so you can enjoy their lovely To enhance the privacy surrounding your property, there are specific types of evergreen shrubs that can handle this job best. Take a look at the humble Juniper Shrub – understated enough where it will match any yard well.
  • What is the color of your home or property? While this doesn’t seem like a big deal, there’s nothing worse than putting in the effort of planting your shrubs and hedges just to realize they don’t match the overall color scheme or aesthetic of your residential or commercial property. Appearances are essential to consider! If you have a dark-colored home, for example, you may want to find lighter-colored evergreen hedges, such as the Nandina Lemon Lime, to provide more contrast. Choose the best option to match your visual goals as well as your functional ones.
  • How much space do you have to work with? This seems to be the most obvious, but it’s crucial to map out the size of your yard before you buy evergreen shrubs online. If you have a larger area to work with, we have more expansive shrubs that would fit well in your yard, like the Sargents Green Juniper Shrub. On the flip side, the Dwarf English Boxwood Shrub is a practical and charming option for smaller spaces.

Woodie and his team of plant experts are here to help you every step of the way. Consult with them about your overall goals and expectations, and they’ll help map out the best options that meet your criteria. Contact us for help!

How to Care for Evergreen Hedges & Shrubs

Evergreen shrubs and hedges are not all the same, so what works in one yard may not work in another in terms of care and environment. While you can contact our team of experts for help, rest assured that we will send you clear and simple maintenance instructions to follow for your unique evergreen shrub. In the meantime, here are some helpful tips to follow:

Plant in the right season

Evergreen shrubs and hedges are very resilient and can technically be planted in any season (unless the soil freezes during winter months), but planting in early spring can give it the extra boost it needs to thrive. Just be sure when planting to choose a slightly drier location, since evergreen hedges don’t do well in soggy soil.

While the early spring is often accompanied by frequent rain showers, this will be really beneficial for a freshly planted shrub since it needs extra water during the early stages of transplantation. After the plant has had some time to mature, you won’t need to worry about watering it so often. It’s best to thoroughly soak the roots 1-2 times a week rather than daily. Slowly water the plant at the trunk and soil so it can penetrate the roots better.

Dig the proper hole or plant well

This is a general rule of thumb for every shrub listed for sale, dig the hole or plant well as deep as the root ball and twice as wide. The container it is delivered in is an excellent guide – use this to measure how deep to dig the hole. Evergreen shrubs need extra space to grow, which is why we recommend the width of the plant well to be 2x as wide so the roots can properly spread out.

Regular Pruning & Trimming

In general, evergreen shrubs require little maintenance beyond the occasional pruning. However, some shrubs, like the classic Boxwood, can benefit from it more since they’re often used for borders or foundation planting. You have the flexibility to be creative with different shapes when pruning! Just avoid pruning your evergreen shrubs and hedges in late fall for they will be more susceptible to winter injury.

Add Fertilizer

As always, a little fertilizer never hurt anyone. Plan to add some form of organic fertilizer or matter, such as compost, during the transplanting phase where the plant needs all the extra nutrients and TLC it can get to support root growth. After that, yearly fertilization and mulching are recommended to keep your evergreen shrub at its healthiest and most vigorous condition.

What Are the Types of Evergreen Shrubs for Sale?

While the word ‘evergreen’ often elicits thoughts of Christmas trees decked out in tinsel, there’s so much more to them than the iconic pine tree and shrubs. Evergreen shrubs that have needles for foliage, such as Thuja Fire Chief, are classified as conifers (this also includes any plant that produces cones or scale-like leaves). However, not all evergreens fall under that category.

Plants, such as Euonymus Manhattan, are known as broad-leaved evergreens because of their larger leaves which persist all year. Not all of these plants are green, either. Brass Buckles Holly is a bright yellow evergreen shrub, while the foliage of the Nandina Obsession is a deep burgundy red.

Common types of evergreen hedges for sale:


Nandina shrubs offer a myriad of colors from reds and pinks to yellows and greens. They lend a tropical feel to even northern gardens with their bamboo-like foliage. One of our favorites is the Nandina Firepower. You can find a nandina from our selection that are low growers or the larger nandina domestica, which can reach up to 6 feet tall. View our collection of Nandina Shrubs for sale!


Juniper shrubs are common needled evergreens that are very easy to grow, and are commonly found lining paths and driveways. They should be considered the workhorses of the landscape due to their drought tolerance and ability to grow in even the poorest of soils. Blue Chip and Gold Lace are a couple of varieties of juniper that we offer, any of which work well as a low natural hedge or ground cover. Shop our Juniper Shrubs for sale!


Boxwoods are low-maintenance shrubs that work wonderfully for hedges as well as landscape focal points. These traditional hedge plants come in several varieties, including the new Baby Gem, Golden Dream, and classic Wintergreen. Shop our full collection of Boxwood Shrubs for sale here!


Camellias are intensely popular evergreen shrubs that are most easily recognized by their medium to large-sized flowers that appear in either late fall to early winter or late winter into early spring depending on the variety. Camellia Kramer’s Supreme is our favorite spring bloomer while Camellia Yuletide puts on a fantastic show during the holiday season of early winter.

Cherry Laurels

Cherry Laurels are beautiful, low-maintenance evergreens that produce mildly fragrant flowers in the spring. They are receptive to pruning and excellent choices for naturalizing or using as a privacy hedge. Both the Otto Luyken and the Skip Cherry Laurel are beautiful fast-growing flowering shrubs. They make great privacy shrubs and are welcome additions to any landscape. Shop our collection of Cherry Laurel Shrubs for sale!


Hollies are beautiful, easy to grow evergreens with dark green or golden leaves that provide attractive year-round interest for your landscape. We offer the more easily recognized Christmas Jewel Holly, Compact Japanese Holly, and more! Each one comes with their own unique shapes and textures. Shop our full collection of Holly Shrubs for sale here!


Euonymus shrubs are an easy-to-maintain choice, with shiny leaves in beautiful hues from creamy white and yellow-edged varieties to dark green. They are very forgiving and can provide plenty of “pop” to an otherwise dull winter landscape. We offer the Silver King Euonymus, Manhattan Euonymus, Golden Euonymus, among others. See our full collection of Euonymus Shrubs for sale!

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How to Identify Evergreen Shrubs

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Countless species of evergreen shrubs exist, including broadleaf shrubs, needle-leaved shrubs, or conifers. To identify a broadleaf evergreen shrub, you’ll need to study the shrub’s leaf arrangement, color and other identifying characteristics, as well as any flowers and fruits. When you’re attempting to identify needle-leaf evergreen shrubs, however, you’ll need to focus on the leaf formation to make the proper identification. A plant field guidebook purchased from your local agricultural extension service can be a great reference for identifying native evergreen shrubs.

Identify Broadleaf Evergreens

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Identify broadleaf evergreen shrubs by their fruits. Most holly shrubs have bright red berries, while the Sarococca confusa has black berries. Mexican orange shrubs produce citrus-like small fruits that are inedible.

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Determine the broadleaf evergreen shrub’s species by inspecting its flowers. Mountain laurel produces pale pink, open blooms, while the Japanese Pieris has bell-shaped, clustered flowers that are white or dark red. Rhododendrons and azaleas are also common flowering evergreen shrubs, blooming in a wide range of colors depending on the specific species.

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Decipher the evergreen shrub’s identity by studying its leaf arrangement. Notice whether the leaves are arranged opposite, meaning the leaves grow directly across from each other in pairs, or alternate, meaning the leaves grow in an alternating arrangement on the stem.

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Study the leaves on the evergreen shrub to determine whether they’re compound or simple. Compound leaves have multiple “leaflets” growing from a single main stem attached to the branch, while simple leaves are attached directly to the main branch.

Identify the evergreen shrub by its leaf color, if the shrub doesn’t have standard green foliage. Korean boxwoods have leaves that turn bronze in autumn; Golden Scottish Heather has golden leaves that turn a vibrant orange in winter; and the Golden Gem Japanese holly shrubs has golden-yellow leaves.

Identify Needle-Leaf Evergreens

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Identify evergreen shrubs with “awl-like” needle leaves, which have numerous alternate “branchlets” that emerge from a single stem. Junipers and Siberian cypress are common evergreen shrubs with awl-like needle leaves.

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Spot evergreen shrubs with “scale-like” needle leaves, which have fan-like, often flattened branchlets that sprout from a single stem. Arborvitae and Hinoki cypress, or false cypress, are the most common evergreen shrubs with scale-like leaves.

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Identify evergreen shrubs with needle-like leaves by looking for sharp needle clusters that are typical of common pine trees. Yews, firs and spruce shrubs are all evergreens with needle-like leaves.

Shrubs and Bushes Identification

Have you become interested in gardening? Then here are some handy tips and various common shrubs chart, that will help in shrubs and bushes identification…

Different shrubs and bushes are used for different purposes. Most popular are evergreen bushes, which provide a green foliage throughout the year. Then there are deciduous shrubs and bushes which provide a great fall foliage, which makes them popular among cultivars. Then there are everyone’s favorite the flowering plant bushes, which produce beautiful blooms of various colors during the spring and fill up the garden with beautiful fragrance.

Certain flowering bushes, produce cherries throughout a season, which adds up to their value. Also, some people like to plant tree shrubs in their landscapes. If you want to learn how to distinguish between these shrubs and bushes, then here are various shrubs and bushes identification info and tips that will help.

Identification of Shrubs and Bushes

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Carrying a hand book, some pencils, a camera and importantly a good horticulture guidebook with you, can greatly help while trying to identify the various shrubs and bushes. This way you can take pictures, carry leaves of certain bushes for identification, and study these species of plants at home.

Here are some information of the common shrubs and bushes, which you can refer to for identifying shrubs and bushes.

White Butterfly Bush

Scientific Name: Buddleja davidii ‘Alba’

This bush grows 5 feet tall and 5 feet wide. It shows panicles of fragrant white flowers that have orange ends on the branches from the mid summer till the mid of fall. It has grayish green foliage throughout the season, and has fuzzy narrow leaves. This bush attracts butterflies.

Purple Butterfly Bush

Scientific Name: Buddleja davidii

These bushes get beautiful purple blooms, and have dark gray-green leaves which are large. The flower heads are of 6-8″ with beautiful fragrance, these bushes attract butterflies, hummingbirds and other beneficial insects.

Red Twig Dogwood

Scientific Name: Cornus sanguinea

This bush grows to a height and width of 6-8 feet. It bears variegated leaves, which are greenish gray with a white edge, and has small white flowers which together form a flat cluster. The flowers then transform into berries which are white with hints of blue and green. During fall, it will get a rose or gold foliage.

Common White Lilac

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Scientific Name: Syringa Vulgaris

Lilac bush is a beautiful and fragrant deciduous shrub, and can be used as a hedge. It gets white flowers in clusters and has dark green leaves which are heart-shaped.

Aphrodite Rose of Sharon

Scientific Name: Hibiscus syriacus

This is a deciduous shrub, which has a green foliage and long-lasting flowers which can be rosy-pink in color. It grows to a height of 10 feet tall and 6 feet wide. Its funnel-shaped blooms resemble tropical hibiscus plant.

Daphne Laurel

Scientific Name: Daphne laureola

This evergreen shrub forms a plant, which looks like a small tree of 2-4 feet tall. Its leaves are densely whorled near the top of the stem, and are very dark green, shiny and smooth. The twigs have a stout odor when they are cut, and the flowers are small and grow in clusters of 2-10.

Mountain Laurel

Scientific Name: Kalmia latifolia

For mountain laurel shrub identification, remember these attributes. This shrub is a broad leaf evergreen, which has deep green glossy leaves. During spring the shrub displays small pink and white flowers.


Scientific Name: Buxus

Boxwood shrubs are common bushes used for landscaping. They have tiny foliage and a dense texture, which makes it good as a landscape plant. It can be pruned into any desired shape.

Black Chokeberry

Scientific Name: Aronia melanocarpa

This is a woody shrub, which grows 3-6 feet high with the same width. This shrub gets shiny pendulous clusters of black berries, and has lustrous green leaves, and the flowers are white-pink in color, which grow in loose clusters.

Burning Bush

Scientific Name: Euonymus alatus

Burning bush is a hard to miss plant, as it gets bright red foliage during the autumn. It also bears reddish-orange berries during autumn. It can grow over 15 feet tall, and so needs to be pruned regularly.

Japanese Barberry

Scientific Name: Berberis thunbergii

This is a dense deciduous shrub, that has deeply grooved brown, spiny branches which have a single spine at each shoot note. The leaves of this shrub are oval-shaped and very small, and the flowers are pale yellow, which produce edible glossy bright red berries, that contain a single seed.

Red Rum Honeysuckle

Scientific Name: Lonicera maackii

This is a deciduous shrub which grows to a height of 8-12 inches. It produces lots of white flowers which mature to yellow followed by bright red fruits throughout the winter.

Common Spicebush

Scientific Name: Lindera benzoin

This is a 5-20 feet tall shrub which is a native to the laurel family. It has smooth-edged, oval and pointed alternate leaves which are oblong. It gets red berries, and when you crush the twigs or any part of this bush you will get a lemony-spicy smell.

Variegated Yucca

Scientific Name: Yucca filamentosa

This plant has greenish-blue leaves, which have white margins. During winter, the leaves get a tinge of pink. This evergreen shrub is slow-growing and forms massive tufts of foliage up to 30 inches, and it gets large white flowers which are edible.

Crape Myrtle

Scientific Name: Lagerstroemia

This is one of the longest blooming tree, which grows as short as 18 inches and as tall as 40 feet. It has smooth alternate leaves, and the flowers in summer are big showy cluster of pink, purple, lavender or red color. The fruits followed by the flowers are of brown or black color.

Redosier Dogwood

Scientific Name: Cornus sericea

This species of dogwood, is a deciduous shrub, which grows 1.5-4 m tall, and 3-5 m wide. Its branches and twigs are dark red, and the dark green leaves are opposite, and ovate to oblong shape. The flowers are small dull white, and appear in clusters, which are followed by white berries.


Scientific Name: Hydrangea

These are beautiful flowering plants, which get white, blue, pink, etc. colors of flowers in attractive clusters. These are small shrubs, which have large pointed leaves and are dark green in colour.


Scientific Name: Ligustrum Vulgare

This plant makes excellent tall and sound barriers, and has thick foliage which is dark green. It is a fast growing plant, and gets tiny white flowers.


Scientific Name: Viburnum

There are many species of viburnum, and the foliage can be rounded, lance-shaped or toothed, it can be velvety smooth or rough in texture. The flowers of viburnum shrubs are mostly white or pink in color, and often are fragrant.

Leatherleaf Viburnum

Scientific Name: Viburnum rhytidophyllum

These are large shrubs which can reach 10 feet height, and spread 6 feet or more. They have leathery leaves which are dark lustrous green, and are fuzzy gray below. These leaves droop limply from the stems. During late spring clusters of tiny white flowers can be seen, which are followed by oval red berries.


Scientific Name: Rhododendron

These are flowering plants, which bloom in spring with big pinkish-white flowers. The plant has long bright green leaves, which are slender.

Identification of Evergreen Shrubs and Bushes

The above information shows various shrubs and bushes and their attributes. The first sign in evergreen shrub identification is that evergreen shrubs retain their leaves throughout the year. First scrutinize the leaves of the plant, conifers have needles or scales. Measure the length of the conifer needles, look at how many needles make a bundle. To check for angiosperms flowering plants, look at the configuration of the leaves along the branch. Check if they are paired oppositely, or alternate on the either side. Also, check the shape of the leaves and its origination from a single node. Is the shape of the leaf oblong, triangular, circular or lance like?

Rhododendron’s plant has more bulbous, darker and rubbery leaves. Also, checking the bark can give you some hint, such as mountain laurel has a reddish-brown trunk, while of odorless bayberry is pale or white, the texture of mountain laurel is scaly while that of bayberry is smooth. Checking height can also give you some clues. Looking at the reproductive features can also give you some hints, flowers and seeds are often flashy of evergreen shrubs and bushes.

Identification of Flowering Shrubs and Bushes

There are various types of flowering plants, here are some hints on guessing some of the popular flowering bushes. To identify butterfly bushes, check the butterflies flock. This is a small bush which has colorful flowers which bloom in cone shape flowers. Azaleas get vibrant clusters of flowers, and the foliage stays green all throughout the year. The flowers are tube like and come in variety of colors. Lilac bushes get fragrant purple, red or white colored flowers, which bloom during spring. The flowers are small in shape and bloom in clusters.

Tree Shrubs Identification

To identify tree shrubs you need time and experience, here are some tips that will help you to spot difference between deciduous and evergreen trees, shrubs and bushes. You can consider getting a horticulture guidebook, and look at the various tree shrubs and bushes pictures, to see if you can match the shrub in front of you with the one present in the guidebook. This will make the job of identifying different types of evergreen shrubs and deciduous shrubs easier.

Examine the leaves of the shrub, the deciduous shrubs lose their leaves during the fall, and many species can be identified due to their distinct leaf shape and color of the foliage. Evergreen trees leaves don’t change color, and can be of different shapes like star, elongated, oval or obtuse. Check out the flowers, many shrubs during spring produce variety of colors. Smell the leaves, certain trees have a specific scent like that of eucalyptus and cedar tree.

So, remember the above tips visit gardens, local nurseries, shrubs and bushes for sale stores, and other landscapes where you can see various types of shrubs and bushes, and look at them closely to identify them.

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