Intermediate Sized Deciduous Shrubs (5-8 feet)
Intermediate-sized Deciduous Shrubs for the Home Landscape
- Generally grow 5-8 feet tall
- Plants with multiple stems arising from a common crown at ground level or single-stemmed plants that begin branching at a point near the ground
- Lose their leaves at the end of the growing season (deciduous)
- Recommended for the Midwest on the basis of ornamental value, proven hardiness, availability, and freedom from serious problems
USES IN THE LANDSCAPE
- Create privacy or a sense of enclosure
- Define boundaries
- Screen unwanted views
- Provide seasonal interest with flowers, fruits, nuts, seedpods, fall color, stem and bark color, texture, and form.
- Muffle noise
- Provide a focal point in the landscape
- Create structure or "bones" in a mixed border
- Provide a backdrop against which other plants can be highlighted
FACTORS TO CONSIDER
- Ultimate size. If your site is limited by overhangs, or proximity to walks, driveways, patios, buildings, or surrounding plantings, keep in mind the ultimate height and width of the plant you're selecting. Shrubs can be expensive and difficult to move or remove if they outgrow their location, or they may require pruning to maintain a desired size. You'll save yourself time, effort, and expense by selecting a shrub with a mature size that suits the site.
- Maintenance. Deciduous shrubs can offer seasonal interest with fruits, nuts, and seedpods. However, these can also be messy. Consider these factors when you're planting shrubs near patios, walkways, entries, and driveways.
- Shape. Deciduous shrubs can have a variety of shapes: columnar, pyramidal, round, vase, weeping, and upright. Be sure to select a form that naturally grows in the shape you desire to avoid added maintenance.
The chart below provides information about the size and other important characteristics of medium deciduous shrubs recommended by The Morton Arboretum for their suitability and desirability in the Midwest.
Recommended Intermediate-sized Deciduous Shrubs for the Home Landscape
Key to Growth Rate:
F = Fast (more than 12 inches per year)
M = Medium (6-12 inches per year)
S = Slow (Less than 6 inches per year)
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- Brilliant Red Chokeberry 33%
Botanical Name: Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima'Common Name: Brilliant Red Chokeberry Updated 2/2012 Click on an image to enlarge flowers form fruit Height: 6-8' Spread: ...
- Low Growing Deciduous Shrubs (under 5 feet) 32%
Generally grow up to 5 feet tall, easy to maintain in proper scale Essentially, a low-growing woody plant that branches at its base Lose their leaves in fall (deciduous) Recommended for the Midwest on the basis of ornamental value,...
- Snow Queen Oak-leaved Hydrangea 32%
Botanical Name: Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snow Queen'Common Name: Snow Queen Oak-leaved Hydrangea Updated 7/2012 form bark flower fall color Click image to enlarge Height: 4-6' Spread: 4-6' Habit/Form: Compact and...
- Oak-leaf Hydrangea 32%
Botanical Name: Hydrangea quercifoliaCommon Name: Oak-leaf Hydrangea Updated 6/2012 form fall color Click image to enlargeHeight: 4-6'(8') Spread: 4-6' Habit/Form: Upright mounded Growth Rate: Slow to medium Zone:...
- Palibin Lilac 32%
Botanical Name: Syringa meyeri 'Palibin' Common Name: Palibin Lilac Updated 1/2013 Form Flower Click image to enlarge Height: 4-5' Spread: 5-7' Habit/Form: Rounded Growth Rate: ...
- Butterfly bush 32%
Botanical Name: Buddleia davidiiCommon Name: Butterfly Bush Updated 2/2012 'White Profusion' form 'Royal Red' flower Click an image to enlarge Height: 6-8' Spread: 5-8' Habit/Form: Upright spreading Growth...