Nine Native Shrubs to Plant Now

Nine Native Shrubs to Plant Now

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