Photos of Deciduous Shrubs

Photographs of deciduous shrubs commonly used to provide landscape beds with a wide range of colors, shapes and heights, sometimes in the form of hedges. Our shrub images include the most popular Barberries, Cotoneaster, Euonymus, Privet and Dappled Willows.




Burning Bush or Winged Euonymus
The species variety of Burning Bush is not as compact as the more commonly planted Dwarf Burning Bush and it is much more gnarly with "corky wings" along the twigs. Moderate rate of growth to 15 ft tall x 15 ft wide with brilliant red autumn color and winter interest from its coarse twigs. Takes pruning well.


EUONYMUS alata 'Compacta' (or alatus 'Compactus')

Dwarf Burning Bush
Very utilitarian sort of shrub in the landscape that is extremely hardy, versatile in light requirements growing well in full sun to light shade, and it has the notable trait of turning brilliant red during the fall foliage season with green leaves during summer. Moderate rate of growth to 12 ft tall x 8 ft wide. Can be sheared to control its size. Burning Bush is often planted in a row on 3 to 4 foot centers and sheared into a hedge each year. Shear the bottom wider than the top so sunlight can reach lower branches.


EXOCHORDA hybrid 'Snow Day®'

Snow Day® Surprise Pearl-bush
Large white flowers cover the shrub in spring. Growth to 4 ft tall x 4 ft wide. Grow in full sun to partial shade. Hardiness zones 4 to 8. Prune right after flowering.


HIBISCUS syriacus 'Aphrodite'

Aphrodite Althea
Can be grown in sun or shade. Summer blooming shrub that is deer resistant. Growth to 8 ft tall x 6 ft wide.


HIBISCUS syriacus 'Diana'

Diana Althea
Can be grown in sun or shade. Large white flowers are stunning on this summer blooming shrub that is deer resistant. Growth to 9 ft tall x 6 ft wide.


ILEX verticillata 'Winter Red'

Winter Red Winterberry
Known for its bright red fruit that persists all winter. Dense growing shrub best used for borders and masses with a moderate rate of growth to 9 ft x 9 ft. Golden bronze fall foliage. Tolerates wet soils. Need male plants for pollination of females and red fruit production.


Larix gmelinii ‘Romberg Park’

Romberg Park Dahurian Larch
Dwarf, deciduous conifer. The soft, light green needles turn yellow in fall before dropping to reveal interesting short stems. Prefers full sun in well-drained soil. Grows to 6 feet tall x 6 feet wide. Zone 2.


LIGUSTRUM sinense 'Swift Creek'

Swift Creek Variegated Privet
Hardiness zone 6 to 9. Variegated green leaves with creamy white edges. Growth 5 ft tall x 5 ft wide. Grow in full sun to partial shade. Deer resistant and tolerates drought.


LIGUSTRUM x 'vicaryii'

Vicary Golden Privet
Fast growth to 8 ft tall x 8 ft wide. Provides its best color when grown in full sun. This plant will often freeze back during record cold winters with polar vortexes in the Northeastern US.


MYRICA pennsylvanica

Northern Bayberry
Dense, fast growing, semi-evergreen shrub used for hedges and screens to 15-feet tall. Females of the species form berries used to make fragrant bayberry candles. Northern Bayberry will widen and spread in a garden bed with suckers growing from its lateral roots.


RHAMNUS frangula 'Aspenfolia"

Fernleaf Buckthorn
Multi-stemmed, slow growing deciduous shrub with interesting 'cut' leaves. Grow in sun to partial shade. Slow growth to 8 feet tall x 8 feet wide.


SALIX integra 'Hakuro Nishiki'

Japanese dappled willow
Very rapid growing, large shrub which tolerates wet soil. Interesting new growth is tri-color with white/ pink/ green variegation. Cut it back often to encourage colorful new growth and control its size. Not for small spaces or those who don't like to prune plants!


Sambucus nigra ‘Eva’

Black Lace
Finely cut, purple black foliage with creamy pink flowers in Spring creates a nice contrast. Grow in full sun. Dark red fall berries can be used for making elderberry wine and jam, or left to attract birds. Grows to 8 feet tall x 6 feet wide. Zone 4 to 7.


Sambucus racemosa ‘Sutherland Gold’

Sutherland Gold Sambucus
Bright gold, toothed foliage in Spring changing to green in summer. Clusters of white flowers in late Spring followed by clusters of red berries in fall that attract songbirds. Grow in full sun to partial shade. Grows to 10 feet tall x 10 feet wide. Zone 3 to 8.