Nine Native Shrubs to Plant Now

From dogwood to hazelnut, we’ve got the tips you need

When is the best time to plant deciduous (non-evergreen) shrubs? While experts’ recommendations vary—some say spring, others say fall—most agree September is a good month. Here are nine native shrubs to consider:

American Cranberrybush
(Viburnum opulus var. americanum)
Lace-cap flowers; red berries in fall; eight to ten feet tall.

American Hazelnut
(Corylus americana)
Variegated leaf color in fall; tolerates changeable precipitation; three to ten feet tall.

Black Chokeberry
(Aronia melanocarpa, syn. Photinia melanocarpa)
White blooms in spring; long-lasting black berries; red foliage in fall; six to eight feet tall.

Buttonbush
(Cephalanthus occidentalis)
Fragrant, white flowers in midsummer; ball-shaped, orange to red fruit; six to twelve feet tall.

Common Ninebark
(Physocarpus opulifolius)
Pink/white blooms in June; pH-adaptable; exfoliating, stringy bark; five to ten feet tall.

Common Serviceberry
(Amelanchier arborea)
Snowy white blooms; red to black berries; orange fall foliage; twenty to twenty-five feet tall.

False Indigo Bush
(Amorpha fruticosa)
Upright, purple flowers in early spring; prefers sun; fine-textured foliage; six to fifteen feet tall.

Red-Osier Dogwood
(Cornus sericea)
Adaptable to soil and climate conditions; red stems in winter; six to eight feet tall.

Staghorn Sumac
(Rhus typhina)
Distinctive branching shape; variegated autumn foliage; fuzzy, upright, red fruit; fifteen to twenty-five feet tall.

Beth Stetenfeld is an editor, writer and master naturalist. She authors the blog PlantPostings.com.

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