Shrubs

Shrubs are valued for ornamental as well as functional reasons. They offer just that right pop of color where you need it, but also that low hedge for just that bit of screening. We offer a handful of tried and true varieties that have been Midwestern staples for many years.

Aesculus parviflora | Bottlebrush Buckeye

Height: 10'

Growth: medium

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 12'

Habit: broad mound

Flower: showy white, tubular

Fruit: pear shaped nut (buckeye)

Application

A wonderful multi-stemmed shrub, this buckeye offers showy, white blooms, and yellow fall color. Great for a natural setting or as a large focal point. It will not disappoint! Easy to grow, low maintenance, prefers part to full shade and moist soils. Intolerant of dry soils.


Cornus sericea ‘Baileyi’ | Bailey Red Twig Dogwood

Height: 8'

Growth: rapid

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: red

Spread: 8'

Habit: rounded

Flower: white

Fruit: drupe

Application

Beautiful bright red stems in winter add a splash of color to any landscape. Prefers moist, well drained soils. Great in natural landscapes or as a hedge.


Cotoneaster lucidus | Hedge Cotoneaster

Height: 8'

Growth: rapid

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow-red

Spread: 8'

Habit: upright, arching

Flower: pink-white

Fruit: black berry

Application

A great shrub for a 3’-5’ hedge, this fast growing plant can be sheared at any time to maintain a manicured, clean look.


Euonymus alatus ‘Compactus’ | Dwarf Winged Euonymus

Height: 10'

Growth: slow

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: bright red

Spread: 8'

Habit: compact, rounded

Flower: yellow-green

Fruit: orange-red capsule

Application

This shrub is best known for its brilliant red fall color and performs well as a specimen, in groups or as a dense hedge.


Fothergilla gardenii | Dwarf Fothergilla

Height: 3'

Growth: slow

Spring Foliage: dark green

Fall Foliage: brilliant yellow, orange, red

Spread: 4'

Habit: round

Flower: white spikes

Fruit: insignificant

Application

This slow growing shrub is admired for its brilliant multi-colored fall color and honey-scented white spike flowers in April and May. Great as a foundation planting or border.


Hydrangea paniculata ‘Bulk’ | Quick Fire Hydrangea

Height: 8'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow to green

Spread: 8'

Habit: round

Flower: white to pink

Fruit: none

Application

A stunning hydrangea that blooms white and fades to pink a month before other hydrangeas bloom and reblooms into late fall. Great planted as an accent or hedge. Requires full sun.


Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ | Limelight Hydrangea

Height: 8'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow to green

Spread: 8'

Habit: round tree form

Flower: chartreuse to white to pink

Fruit: none

Application

This upright, rounded hydrangea has unique chartreuse blooms in mid-summer that fade to a beautiful pink in the fall. This selection is grafted onto a standard and is recommended as a focal point in a mixed garden.


Hydrangea paniculate ‘Unique’ | Unique Hydrangea

Height: 8'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 8'

Habit: upright, round

Flower: white to pinkish white

Fruit: none

Application

This medium sized hydrangea has beautiful, 8” long white blooms that fade to a pinkish white. Makes for a stunning display in a mixed border or mass planting.


Ligustrum vulgare ‘Cheyenne’ | Cheyenne Privet

Height: 10'

Growth: rapid

Spring Foliage: olive-green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 7'

Habit: oval

Flower: white

Fruit: blue-black berry

Application

An excellent plant for a 6’-8’ hedge, this shrub also makes a nice specimen and is admired for its nice fruit and fall color.


Rhododendron ‘P.J.M.’ | PJM Rhododendron

Height: 4'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: dark green

Fall Foliage: green (mahogany brown in winter)

Spread: 5'

Habit: dense mound

Flower: lavender-pink

Fruit: none

Application

An evergreen shrub that promises beautiful light purple-pink blooms in the spring. When not in bloom, this evergreen has beautiful, thick dark green leaves that work well planted along a wall or in a mixed border garden.


Rhododendron ‘Rosey Lights’ | Rosey Lights Azalea

Height: 5’

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: purple

Spread: 5’

Habit: upright

Flower: pink

Fruit: capsule

Application

Fragrant, striking yellow flowers are pronounced against the dark green foliage that turns a beautiful maroon in the fall. Requires well drained soils.


Rhus typhina ‘Laciniata’ | Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac

Height: 15'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: red

Spread: 12'

Habit: open, irregular

Flower: yellow

Fruit: large red drupe

Application

A course texture and bright, red, large and upright fruit make this a unique specimen for the landscape. Recommended for use in groups and in areas where it has room to spread.


Rosa ‘Radrazz’ | Knockout Rose

Height: 3'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: dark green

Fall Foliage: maroon

Spread: 4'

Habit: round

Flower: red

Fruit: hip

Application

A staple in every Midwest landscape, the Knockout Rose offers continuous blooms from spring through fall. Hardy and disease resistant.


Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’ | Dwarf Korean Lilac

Height: 5'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 6'

Habit: round

Flower: lavender

Fruit: capsule

Application

Low maintenance, profuse blooms and disease resistance make this low growing shrub work well in many landscapes. Prune only to maintain shape once shrub is done blooming. Great as a low growing hedge.


Syringa patula ‘Miss Kim’ | Miss Kim Lilac

Height: 6'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow to purple

Spread: 4'

Habit: upright, oval

Flower: purple

Fruit: none

Application

Blooming after the common lilacs, ‘Miss Kim’ is covered in fragrant, lavender-blue flowers in June. Great as an accent or mass planting. Prune after flowering so it can generate flower buds for next season.


Syringa vulgaris ‘Charles Joly’ | Charles Joly Purple French Lilac

Height: 10'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: yellow

Spread: 6'

Habit: upright, oval

Flower: purple

Fruit: capsule

Application

This mid-spring season blooming lilac has orchid colored buds that open to a beautiful Wedgwood blue. Extremely fragrant.


Viburnum ‘Cayuga’ | Cayuga Viburnum

Height: 6'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: dark green

Fall Foliage: red

Spread: 4'

Habit: upright-oval

Flower: pink buds open to white

Fruit: black berry

Application

This hybridized viburnum is an excellent choice due to it’s large, fragrant white blooms and disease resistance.


Viburnum dentatum ‘Ralph Senior’ | Autumn Jazz Viburnum

Height: 12'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: dark green, shiny

Fall Foliage: burgundy

Spread: 12'

Habit: rounded

Flower: white

Fruit: showy black clusters

Application

A native that performs well in the Northern Illinois soil, this shrub transplants easily and works great in a landscape bed, as a specimen or in a mass.


Viburnum dentatum ‘Red Feather’ | Red Feather Viburnum

Height: 8’-10’

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: emerges red, fades to green

Fall Foliage: burgundy

Spread: 8’-10’

Habit: rounded

Flower: white

Fruit: showy black clusters

Application

A native cultivar that performs well in the Northern Illinois soil. The distinguishing characteristic on this viburnum is how the foliage emerges red in the spring.


Viburnum lantana ‘Mohican’ | Mohican Viburnum

Height: 6'

Growth: moderate

Spring Foliage: green

Fall Foliage: reddish-purple

Spread: 8'

Habit: rounded mound

Flower: white

Fruit: drupe

Application

Dense, dark green foliage and bright, orange-red fruit make this multi stemmed shrub stand out in the landscape. White flowers appear in the spring and are followed by orange-red drupes that fade to black after a month. Beautiful in a naturalized landscape.


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