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Shrubs for Sun

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Shrubs help add structure to the garden. They vary from small spreading groundcover types to large specimens that can grow 12 feet or more. As you consider which to plant, know that many offer more than one season of interest. These woody plants can flower, produce ornamental or edible berries, offer colorful foliage or even spectacular fall color.

The shrubs listed below may be planted in full afternoon sun. Many may also be planted in part sun (a morning sun location or in dappled light—as under the canopy of an open-branched tree). All will lose their leaves in winter. Many will offer fall and winter interest. However, if you want year-round 'green' consider planting an evergreen shrub.

Please Note:  Availability of specific varieties listed below will vary depending upon time of season and sales.  Please call (719) 574-8058 for current availability.





 


Apache Plume (Fallugia)

 

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Height: 3'-5'

Spread: 3'-5'

Flowers: White flowers with pink fuzzy seed heads

Fall Color:  Interesting seed heads

Other Notes: White stems offer winter interest. Excellent for dry, sunny locations.  A Colorado Plant Select shrub.

 


Barberry (Berberis)

 

 

Crimson Pygmy Barberry

Height: 2'

Spread: 2'-3'

Flowers: Inconspicuous

Fall Color: Orange-Scarlet

Other Notes: Deep red foliage. Bright red berries in fall and winter. Thorns.

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Winter Berries

Rocket Series...

Narrow, upright barberries offer MUCH color in tight spaces.  We will have three colors in 2015:

 

Orange:  new growth is orange and deepens to red

 

Rosy:  new growth is variegated cream and burgundy and deepens to maroon 

 

Red:  Dark red foliage in summer turns to bright red in fall.  Slightly wider than the others. (Can get to 3' W).



Height: 4'

Spread: 18'-24'  (Red Rocket 3'W)

Flowers: Inconspicuous

Fall Color: Orange-Scarlet tones

Other Notes: Tiny Bright red berries in fall and winter. Thorns.  Plant in full sun for the best color show.

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Orange Rocket

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Rosy Rocket

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Red Rocket

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Bearberry a.k.a. Kinnikinnick (Arctostyphylos)

Variety: 'Massachusetts'

Height: 4"-12"

Spread: 3' and up to 6'

Bloom Color: White tinged with pink bell-shaped dainty flowers

Season of Bloom: Spring

Other Notes: A low growing woody groundcover.  Flowers are followed by small red fruit. Glossy bright green foliage turns reddish in winter. Evergreen, shrubby ground cover. Can planted in shade, part sun, or sun.

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Beautybush (Kolkwitzia)

 

 

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Height: 6'-10'

Spread: 6'-10'

Flowers: Pink, bell-shaped flowers in summer

Fall Color: Yellow

Other Notes: Broad, rounded shrub with dark green leaves. Will also grow in part sun.


 


Blue Leaf Arctic Willow (Dwarf)

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Dwarf Blue Arctic Willow 'Nana'

Height: 4'-6'

Spread: 3'-5'

Flower: Small insignificant

Fall Color:  Blue-green

Other Notes:  Fine textured, silvery-blue foliage adds movement to your garden.  Purple stems add winter interest.  Low maintenance shrub.  Easily pruned to tighten up the upright, rounded shape.  Great plant for moist areas.

 


Bush Clover (Lespedeza)

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Bush Clover 'Gibraltar'

Height: 4'-6'

Spread: 4'-8'

Flower:  Rosy purple pea like flowers late summer thru fall

Fall Color: Insignificant

Other Notes:  Arching stems give a weeping effect.  Blooms are developed on new wood--so prune this back in later winter or early spring for best flower show.  Provide well drained site.  This plant self sows--so it is a good pick for naturalizing.   Deadhead post bloom to limit seedlings.

 


 


Buckthorn (Rhamnus)

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'Fine Line' Buckthorn

Height: 5'-7'

Spread: 2'-3'

Flowers: No

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Need a shrub for a skinny spot?...this is the one. Columnar, sturdy, drought tolerant.  Mediterranean looking. Can also grow in part sun.

 


Butterfly Bush (Buddleia)

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Adonis Blue

Height: 4'-5'

Spread: 4'-5'

Flowers: Purple flowers mid-summer to frost

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Great size for most gardens! Deadhead for best flower display. Butterfly magnet! (A Proven Winners shrub)

  

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Black Knight

Height: 4'-6'

Spread: 4-6'

Flowers: Deep velvety purple

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Upright spreading shrub. Deadhead for best flower display. Butterfly magnet!

 


 

Pink Charming

Height: 5'-6'

Spread: 4'-6'

Flowers: Lavender pink blooms mid-summer to frost

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Upright spreading shrub. Deadhead for best flower display. Butterfly magnet!

 

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Miss Molly

Height: 4'-5'

Spread: 3'-4'

Flowers: Magenta blooms mid-summer to frost

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Upright spreading shrub. Deadhead for best flower display. Butterfly magnet! (A Proven Winners Shrub)

 

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Lo & Behold

Height: 2'-3'

Spread: 2'-4'

Flowers: Purple flowers bloom mid-summer to frost—no deadheading required!

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Dwarf butterfly bush.  No deadheading required!  (A Proven Winners shrub)

  

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Royal Red

Height: 4'-6'

Spread: 4-6'

Flowers: Pink-red blooms mid-summer to frost

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Upright spreading shrub. Deadhead for best flower display. Butterfly magnet!

 

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Bouquet 3 in One:

Blooms in white, pink, and lavender on the same plant (4-7' HxW) 

Honeycomb: 

A yellow blooming butterfly bush!  (4-6' HxW)

 


Bluebeard (Caryopteris)

 

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Blue Mist

Height: 2'-3'

Spread: 3'

Flowers: Light blue summer to fall

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Long bloom time.  Must be planted in well drained soil.  Attractive to bees. A compact, low growing and free-flowering shrub. Valuable for its long flowering season which is from late July until frost. The blue flowers bloom on new growth. Best to treat as a herbaceous perennial and cut back to the ground in spring.

 

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Dark Knight

Height: 2'-3'

Spread: 3'

Flowers: Deep blue summer to fall

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Must be planted in well drained soil.

  

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Sapphire Surf Bluebeard

Height: 2'

Spread: 3'

Flowers: Bright blue summer to fall

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Dense, low mounding habit.  Covered in blooms with a long bloom time.  Must be planted in well drained soil.  Attractive to bees.  This compact, low-maintenance shrub produces a swell of stunning flowers from top to bottom in late summer and fall when few other plants are blooming. Sapphire Surf™  is deer and drought resistant. Use it in mass, in a perennial border or as an accent plant.

 


Burning Bush (Euonymus)

 

Burning Bush (dwarf type)

Height: 4'-5'

Spread: 5'-6'

Flowers: Insignificant.

Fall Color: Yes! Brilliant red in fall.

Other Notes: Vase-shaped when young, rounded at maturity. Plant in full sun for best fall color.

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Chokeberry

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Black Chokeberry

(Aronia melancarpa alata)

Height: 4'-6'

Spread: 4'-6'

Flowers: Profuse white flowers in spring followed by edible black berries

Fall Color: Brilliant orange-red

Other Notes: Glossy green foliage. Good for moist sites.  Berries often used
in jams and jellies.

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Brilliant Red Chokeberry

(Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima')

Height: 6'-9'

Spread: 5'-6'

Flowers: White flowers in spring followed by brilliant red berries that attract birds.

Fall Color: Brilliant orange-red

Other Notes:  Does well in moist or well-drained soil. Excellent for mass plantings or borders. 2000 Gold Medal Plant Award winner. Best fall color in full sun and moist, well drained soil, but is adaptable to shade and dry locations. Slow growing.  Berries can be made into jams or jellies but are really bitter if eaten fresh.


 


Coralberry (Symphoricarpos)

 

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Hancock Coralberry

Height: 2'-3'

Spread: 6'+

Flowers: Insignificant.

Fall Color: No color to leaves but rose pink berries persist into winter.

Other Notes: A good low spreading shrub for groundcover or hillsides.

 

 


Cotoneaster

Cranberry Cotoneaster

(C. Apiculatus)

Height: 2'-3'

Spread: 3'-6'

Flowers: Small pink blooms in summer

Fall Color: Bright red berries that persist through winter. Bronze-red leaves.

Other Notes: Dense, mounded shrub with small green leaves.

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 2015: Tree Form Available in Limited Amounts

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Winter Berries

 

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Hedge Cotoneaster 

(C. lucidus)

Height: 8'-10'

Spread: 4'-6'

Flowers: Small pink flowers in summer.

Fall Color: Yes! Black fruit stands out against bright fall leaves of orange and red.

Other Notes: A tall upright shrub that makes a great screen. Tough, drought tolerant. Attracts birds.

 

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Peking Cotoneaster

(C. acutifolius)

Height: 6'-10'

Spread: 4'-5'

Flowers: Small white flowers in late Spring followed by blue/black berries.

Fall Color: Yes! Orange

Other Notes: Dense, shiny green leaves on an upright oval
shrub. Useful as a hedge.

 

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Spreading Cotoneaster

(C. divaricatus)

Height: 5'-6'

Spread: 5'-8'

Flowers: Small rose-pink flowers in late Spring followed by red berries.

Fall Color: Yes! Red

Other Notes:  Beautiful spreading ornamental shrub with pink flowers and bright red berries. One of the best red-fruiting species.   Glossy green leaves.

  

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Tom Thumb Cotoneaster

(C. adpressus)

Height: 8"-12"

Spread: 4'-6'

Flowers: Small pink blooms in summer

Fall Color: Red leaves (rarely has berries)

Other Notes: Low spreading shrub with small, glossy green leaves.  Makes a great groundcover.

 

 


Dogwood (Cornus)

 

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Red Twig Dogwood

Height: 6'-8'

Spread: 6'-8'

Flowers: White flowers in Spring

Fall Color: Red purple

Other Notes: Bright red stems in winter! Can also be planted in morning/part sun locations.

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Fire Dance Dogwood

Height: 3'-4'

Spread: 4'-5'

Flowers: White in late Spring

Fall Color: Red-Purple

Other Notes:  Compact, mounded habit. Showy red stems.  White spring flowers are replaced with white berries attractive to birds.  Red-purple fall color. Versatile, drought tolerant once established and also tolerant of wet conditions which makes it suitable for rain gardens.

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Ivory Halo Dogwood

Height: 5'-6' cornusdogwoodvariegclose_pcojen

Spread: 5'-6'

Flowers: White in spring

Fall Color: Insignificant

Other Notes: Bright red stems in winter. Leaves are white and green during season. Compact, rounded shape. Can also be planted in morning/part sun locations.

 

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Yellow Twig Dogwood

Height: 6'-8'

Spread: 6'-8'

Flowers: White in Spring

Fall Color: Red purple

Other Notes: Bright yellow stems in winter! Can also be planted in morning/part sun locations.

 


Elderberry (Sambucus)

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Black Beauty

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Black Beauty Elderberry

Height: 8'-12'

Spread: 9'-12'

Flowers: Soft pink, flat-top blossoms in early summer

Fall Color: Deep purple all season. Has deep blackish-red fruit in Fall that birds love to eat.

Other Notes:  A Proven Winners elder.  Deep purple foliage with large leaves. Can also be planted in full sun. Does best in a moist spot.



 


Fernbush (Chamaebatiaria)

 

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Height: 6'-8'

Spread: 4'-6'

Flowers:  Creamy white in Summer

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: This is a tall semi-evergreen, dryland shrub with fragrant fern like leaves. They produce creamy white flowers in late summer. Plant them near a window to enjoy the fragrance.  Native plant.

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Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles)

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Double Take Scarlet Storm Flowering Quince

Height: 3'-4'

Spread: 3'-4'

Flowers:  Large double Camellia shaped flowers of deep red appear before foliage in early Spring.

Fall Color: No

Other Notes:  Upright rounded shrub with medium green leaves.  Thornless and does not produce fruit.  Very drought tolerant once established.  Deer resistant.  May also be grown in part sun. 

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 Double Take Pink Storm Flowering Quince

Height: 4'-5'

Spread: 4'-5'

Flower: 2" double Camellia shaped pink flowers appear before foliage in early Spring. (makes a great cutflower)

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Upright rounded shrub with glossy green leaves.  Thornless and does not produce fruit.  Very drought tolerant once established.  May also be grown in part sun.

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Double Take Orange Storm Flowering Quince

Height: 4'-5'

Spread: 4'-5'

Flower: 2" double Camellia shaped tangerine orange flowers appear before foliage in early Spring. (makes a great cutflower)

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Upright rounded shrub with glossy green leaves.  Thornless and does not produce fruit.  Very drought tolerant once established.  May also be grown in part sun.

 


Forsythia

 

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Lynwood Gold Forsythia

Height: 5'-7'

Spread: 7'

Flower: Deep yellow flowers in early Spring

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Deep golden yellow flowers of this forsythia cover the branches in early Spring. A dense plant with an upright habit, it tolerates city conditions well. Performs well in both sun or light shade.

 


Honeysuckle

 

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Arnold's Red Honeysuckle

Height: 6'-8'

Spread: 6'-8

Flowers: Deep pink-red blooms in late spring followed by large red berries
in June and July.

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: A shrub form of honeysuckle. Upright habit. Blue-green leaves.
Can also be grown in part sun. Requires well-drained soil.


  


Leadplant (Amorpha)

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Leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

Height: 3'-4'

Spread: 3'-4'

Flowers: Purple flowers late summer

Fall Color: No.

Other Notes: This is a medium sized dryland shrub with delicate lacy leaves and purple flowers in late summer. Be forewarned it is the last plant to leaf out in the spring. This beautiful plant is native throughout the plains states.

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Dwarf Leadplant/Dwarf False Indigo (Amorpha nana)

Height: 1'-3'

Spread: 2'-3'

Flowers: Pink in late spring/early summer

Fall Color:  No

Other Notes: This is a graceful compact shrub with delicate green fern like leaves and fragrant pink flowers with orange anthers. Late to leaf out in the spring.



 

 

Lilac (Syringa)

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Bloomerang Lilac

Height: 4'-5'

Spread: 4'-5'

Flowers: Fragrant plum purple buds open to light purple flowers in Spring. Repeat blooming throughout season.

Fall Color: No.

Other Notes: Good choice for smaller spaces.. Can also be planted in part sun. Plant in well-drained soil. (A Proven Winners shrub)

 

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Charles Joly Lilac

Height: 10'-12'

Spread: 8'-10'

Flowers: Purple flowers in Spring.

Fall Color: No.

Other Notes:  One of the earlier French hybrids, this lilac is still popular. It bears smaller panicles of purple buds that turn to magenta double flowers as they open for a fabulous show!

 

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Common Purple Lilac

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Common Purple Lilac

Height: syringacommonpurple_photocourtesybaileynurseriesinc12'-15'

Spread: 8'-12'

Flower: Lilac of course! And VERY fragrant.  Cut some in spring for a vase inside and they will quickly fill your house with old-fashioned lilac fragrance.

Fall Color: No

Other Notes:  Very hardy. Upright vase-shaped habit.

 

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Congo Lilac

Height: 10'-12'

Spread: 10'-12'

Flowers: Magenta buds open to lavender flowers, extremely fragrant

Fall Color: No.

Other Notes: An older variety, very popular for fragrance.


 

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Donald Wyman

Height: 8'-10'

Spread: up to 10'

Flowers: Purple buds open to magenta flowers in spring.

Fall Color: No

Other Notes:  Panicles of purple buds opening to single, red-purple flowers. Blooms early to mid-June on large pyramidal spikes. Blooms two weeks later than common lilac. Excellent specimen or hedge plant.

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Dwarf Korean Lilac

Height: 4'-5'

Spread: 5'-6'

Flowers: Red-purple buds open to fragrant lilac flowers in Spring.

Fall Color: No.

Other Notes: Good choice for smaller spaces. Nice deep green leaves. Plant in well-drained soil.


 

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Ludwig Spaeth Lilac

Height: 10'-12'

Spread: 6'-8'

Flowers: Red, purple blossoms in spring (fragrant).

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Large, upright shape. An old cultivar developed in 1883. Plant in well-drained soil.


 

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Madame Lemoine

Height: 8'-10'

Spread: 10'

Flowers: Panicles of double white flowers in Spring (fragrant)

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Showy lilac with a wide spreading shape. Plant in well-drained soil.

 

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Miss Canada

Height: 6'-9'

Spread: 5'-8'

Flowers: Pink flowers in Spring (fragrant)

Fall Color: No

Other Notes:  The brightest pink of all late flowering lilacs, this vigorous and nonsuckering lilac blooms prolifically in mid-June with single, rose flowers. The foliage is larger than that of other lilacs in this group. This outstanding lilac is extremely hardy.


 

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Miss Kim Lilac

Height: 6'-7'

Spread: 5'-6'

Flowers: Lavender flowers in spring (fragrant)

Fall Color: Burgundy red fall foliage.

Other Notes: Dark green glossy leaves.


 

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Moscow Beauty

Height: up to 15''

Spread: 8'-12'

Flowers: White with a tinge of light pink in spring.

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Extremely fagrant flowers are large and showy.  Will sucker and have a more open habit than many lilacs.

 

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President Grevy Lilac

Height: 10'-12'

Spread: 8'

Flowers: Double lilac blue flowers in spring.

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Large upright form.

 

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Sensation Lilac

Height: 8'-10'

Spread: 8'-12

Flowers: Bi-color blue flowers edged in white appear in spring.

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: A truly unique variety with an upright habit.

 

Magnolia

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Magnolia 'Leonard Messel'

Height: 18'-20'

Spread: 20'-25'

Flower: 4"-6" fragrant pink flowers in Spring

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: A large deciduous shrub OR small multi-stemmed tree. Upright rounded habit.

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Manzanita (Arctostyphylos x coloradoensis)

Variety: 'Panchito'

Height: 10"-15"

Spread: 3' and up to 6'

Bloom Color: Tiny white bell-shaped flowers

Season of Bloom: Spring

Fall Foliage: Red-purplish in good light

Other Notes:  A low growing woody groundcover.  Outstanding selection of a native, broadleaf evergreen from the Uncompaghre Plateau in western Colorado. Tiny, waxy, white, urn-shaped flowers are very appealing. Small red berries can be produced on established plants.  Plant in well-drained soil.  Drought tolerant once established.  Can also be grown in part sun.

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Mockorange (Philadelphus)

Snow White Sensation

Height: 4'-5'

Spread: 4'-5'

Flowers: LARGE 2" Fragrant, double white flowers just keep coming in Spring. Likely to repeat bloom during the same season. Very unusual for a mockorange.  If you like white, this is a beauty!

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Upright arching branches.

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Blizzard

Height: 4'-5'

Spread: 3'

Flowers: Single, white, fragrant flowers bloom in clusters in Summer

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: A selection from a seedling population of Philadelphus lewisii collected in Alberta, Canada, that has proven hardy to zone 3. It blooms up to 4 weeks.  It forms a medium sized upright shrub that is tolerant of full sun. The name 'Blizzard' was chosen for both the profuse amount of spring bloom and the extreme winter hardiness of this fine plant.

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Mountain Mahogany (Cercocarpus)

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Curl Leaf Mountain Mahogany

Height:  Highly variable--10'-15'

Spread:  10'-15' 

Flowers:  Small inconspicuous flowers turn into attractive feathery seedpods

Fall Color:  No

Other Notes:  Drought and deer tolerant.  Large shrub or small tree.  Good for a dry, sunny spot.  Native. 

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Nanking Cherry (Prunus)

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Height: 8'-10'

Spread: 10'-12'

Flowers: Pinkish-white in spring followed by red1/3" berries.

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Tough—moist or dry site. Birds love this shrub!


 


New Mexico Privet A.K.A Desert Olive (Forestiera)

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Height: 6'-8'forestieranewmexicoprivetclose_pcojen

Spread: 6'-8'

Flowers: Small light yellow flowers in spring

Fall Color: Bright yellow leaves and blue black berries.

Other Notes: Erect, arching shrub with olive-green leaves

 

 


Ninebark (Physocarpus)

 

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Amber Jubilee

Height: 5'-6'

Spread: 4'

Flowers: White flowers in spring

Fall Color: Red-purple fall colored leaves

Other Notes: Foliage tones in orange, yellow, and golds.  Rounded, dense habit.


 



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Center Glow

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Center Glow Ninebark

Height: 8'-10'

Spread: 8'-10'

Flowers: White flowers in spring

Fall Color: Red-purple fall colored leaves

Other Notes: Maroon foliage, new growth is yellow.  Upright, rounded shape.

 

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Summer Wine

Height: 5'-6'

Spread: 5'-6'

Flowers: Pink flowers in early summer make a nice show against the darker leaves

Fall Color: Burgundy leaves

Other Notes: Upright rounded habit. Great shrub to use for color contrast.

 

 

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Dart's Gold Ninebark

Height: 4'-5'

Spread: 4'-5

Flowers: Creamy white flowers in Spring.

Fall Color: Red fruit in fall.

Other Notes: Bright yellow leaves during the growing season. Compact rounded shape. Great shrub to use for color contrast.

 

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Little Devil Ninebark

Height: 3'-4' physolittledevilbloom_pcobaileynurseriesinc

Spread: 3'-4'

Flower: White/pink flowers in early Summer

Fall Color: Red-purple leaves all year

Other Notes:  This cute and compact ninebark offers low maintenance for the homeowner with a small garden.  Burgundy foliage makes for a nice contrast.  No pruning needed.  Upright mounded habit.

 


Oak (Quercus)

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Gambel Oak/Scrub Oak

Height: Generally 12'-15' (variable—can grow up to 20')

Spread: 8'-15'

Flowers: No

Fall Color: Yellow, Orange, Red.

Other Notes: Large shrub or can be trained into a small tree. A Colorado native plant. Spreads by underground stems to form a dense thicket.

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Pink Flowering Almond (Prunus)

Variety: 'Rosea Plena'

prunuspinkfloweringalmondclose_pcojenHeight: 5'-6'

Spread: 3'-4'

Flowers: Double pink flowers in early Spring.

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Upright vase shape.  Shiny green leaves.





 

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Potentilla AKA Cinquefoil

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Jackmanni Potentilla

Height: 3'-4'

Spread: 3'-4'

Flowers: Yellow flowers all summer

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Small, rounded shrub.

 

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Mango Tango Potentilla

Height: 2'

Spread: 2'

Flowers: Bi-color yellow, orange, red.  Flowers  all summer

Fall Color: No

Other Notes:  This exciting potentilla from the University of Manitoba has striking bicolor flowers that display shades of orange and red radiating from the center of the flower petal over a base color of deep yellow. The red of the flowers intensifies during cooler weather; conversely, hot weather may signal a softening of the color. Mango Tango™ forms a tidy, compact mound and is at its best in full sun.

 

 

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McKay's White Potentilla

Height: 2'

Spread: 2'-3'

Flowers: Creamy white flowers in summer

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Small rounded shrub.

 

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Pink Beauty Potentilla

Height: 2'

Spread: 2'

Flowers: Pink blooms in summer

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Small rounded shrub

 

 

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Dakota Sunspot

Height:  3'

Spread:  3'-4'

Flowers:  1" golden yellow in summer

Fall Color:  No

Other Notes:  Compact rounded habit

 

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Tangerine

Height: 2'-3'

Spread: 2'-3'

Flowers: Yellow with orange tinge in summer

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Prostrate spreading habit.

 


Privet (Ligustrum)

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Golden Vicary Privet

Height: 4'-6'

Spread: 4'-6'

Flowers: Fragrant SMALL white flowers

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Compact vase-shape. Yellow leaves make it a nice shrub for color contrast.

 


Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus / Ericameria nauseosus)

 

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Winter

Height: 2'-6' (very variable)

Spread: 2'-4'

Flowers: Yellow flowers late summer to early fall.

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Rounded shrub, very drought tolerant. Fluffy seed clusters add winter interest. Plant this is the hottest, driest spot you have. Can be cut back to within a foot in Spring.chrysothamnusrabbitbrushwinter_pcojen

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 'Baby Blue' Dwarf Rabbitbrush

Height:  16'-28'

Spread:  20'-30'

Flowers:  Yellow flowers late summer to early fall

Fall Color:  No

Other Notes:  A Colorado Plant Select that much like it's larger cousin, loves the sun and tolerate wind, cold, and drought once established.



 


Rose-of-Sharon / Hardy Hibiscus (Hibiscus)


 

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Aphrodite

Height: 8'-12'

Spread: 6'-10'

Flowers: Dark pink flowers with dark red eye bloom in late summer

Fall Color: No

Other Notes:  Upright shrub with large saucer shaped flowers that bloom from July until frost. Has dark pink flowers with a dark red eye. Valuable as a specimen plant. Prefers well-drained soil.

 

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Bali

Height: 5'-8'

Spread: 4'-7'

Flowers:  Pure white double flowers with a dark purple red center bloom in late summer

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: A glimpse of paradise blooms in late summer.  Semi-double pure white flowers are highlighted with a bold purple red center.

 

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Blushing Bride

Height: 8'-10'

Spread: 4'-6'

Flowers:  Double pinkish lavender blooms late summer

Fall Color: No

Other Notes:  Upright habit

 

Lavender Chiffon

Height: 8'-12'

Spread: 6'-10'

Flowers: Single lavender flowers with a reddish eye bloom in late summer

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Large, upright shrub.  (A Proven Winners shrub)

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Lucy

Height: 8'-12'

Spread: 6'-10'

Flowers:  Double pink flowers bloom in late summer

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: 'Lucy' bears double pink flowers from late summer until mid-fall. This plant really requires no pruning, unless you need to remove a dead or damaged branch. It has a long, early summer to fall bloom period. It is an excellent flowering shrub that may be massed, planted in groups, or used as a specimen.

 

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Rose Satin

Height: 8'-12'

Spread: 6'-10'

Flowers:  Single pink flowers with a red center bloom in late summer

Fall Color: No

Other Notes:  An adaptable plant with large, rich pink summer flowers. Easy to grow. Deer resistant. Attracts butterflies.

 

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White Chiffon

Height: 8'-12'

Spread: 6'-10'

Flowers: Large, single white flowers in late summer

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Large upright shrub. (A Proven Winners shrub)

 

 

 


Sage

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Tall Western Sage

 

Height: 5'-10'

Spread: 5'-10'

Flowers: Small inconspicuous yellow flowers

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: This is a tall fragrant shrub with rugged silver foliage. It is a great accent plant and excellent for wildlife habitat. It is extremely drought tolerant and soil tolerant.



 




Smokebush (Cotinus)

 

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Royal Purple Smokebush

Royal Purple Smokebush

Height: 8'-10' cotinussmokbushsmoke2_pcojen

Spread: 8'-10'

Flowers: Dusty rose 'flowers' look like smoke.

Fall Color: Deep purple w/ pink 'smoke.'

Other Notes: Deep purple foliage. Zone 5. Does best in full sun.



 


Sand Cherry (Prunus)

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Purple-leaf Sand Cherry / Cistena Plum (Prunus)

Height: 6'- 8' prunuscistenagrouping_pcojen

Spread: 5'- 6'

Flowers: Small pink, fragrant flowers in Spring

Fall Color: Maroon

Other Notes: Maroon foliage throughout the season make this a nice contrast plant.  May also be trained into a small tree as pictured.

 

 

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Western Sand Cherry  (besseyi)

Height: 5'-6'

Spread: 5'-6'

Flowers: Single white flowers in spring are followed by purple-black berries in summer

Fall Color: Coppery-red

Other Notes: A hardy, upright, drought tolerant plant.

 

Western Sand Cherry 'Pawnee Buttes'

 

Height: 15"- 18"

Spread: 4'- 6'

Flowers: Creamy white flowers in spring followed by black berries in summer.

Fall Color: Yes! Red-purple leaves.

Other Notes: Low and spreading groundcover type. A Colorado Plant Select shrub.

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Siberian Peashrub (Caragana pendula)

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Siberian Peashrub

Height:  12'-15'

Spread:  8'-10'

Flowers: Bright yellow pea-like flowers in spring

Fall Color: Yellowish

Other Notes:  Upright rounded habit.   Very drought tolerant once established. Useful as a windbreak, hedge or screen.

  

Weeping Siberian Peashrub

Height:  4'-5'

Spread:  5'

Flowers:  Bright yellow pea-like flowers in spring

Fall Color:  Yellowish

Other Notes:  Weeping habit lends a nice cascading accent

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Snowberry (Symphoricarpos)

 

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White Snowberry (Symphoricarpos alba)

Height:  5'-6'

Spread: 3'-6'

Flowers: Small pink flowers in summer followed by large white berries in Fall

Fall Color: No

Other Notes:  Blue-green foliage on a broad, rounded shrub.  Conspicuous large, white berries in autumn. Good in half shade and moist locations. Dainty, pink flowers in July. Excellent for holding soil on steep banks. Good wildlife habitat.

 

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Sweet Sensation Snowberry (Symphoricarpos x doorenbosii)

Height:  3'-4'

Spread: 3'-4'

Flowers: Small light pink flowers in summer followed by large pink berries in Fall

Fall Color: No

Other Notes:  Small light pink flowers in summer swell to beautiful, rose-pink berries that
remain into winter. The Sensation series offers compact habit, suitable for a
prominent place in the front border.  Suitable for clay soil.

 


Spirea (Spiraea)

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Height: 2'-3

Spread: 4'-5

Flowers: Rose pink in summer

Fall Color: Red-purple

Other Notes: Upright rounded shrub. Can be grown in part sun.

 

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Goldflame

Height: 2'-3'

Spread: 3'-4'

Flowers: Crimson blooms in summer.

Fall Color: Red-bronze

Other Notes: Leaves are ever-changing color. Bright red new growth changing to yellow and then to green. Low, mounded shrub. Can be grown in part sun.

 

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Gold Mound

Height: 1'-2'

Spread: 2'-3'

Flowers: Pink blooms in summer

Fall Color: Yellow foliage tinges red.

Other Notes: Great pop of color for small spaces. Yellow foliage throughout season. Can be grown in part sun.

 

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Little Princess

Height: 2'-3'

Spread: 3'

Flowers: Pink flowers in summer.

Fall Color: Dark red.

Other Notes: Low mounded shrub. Can be grown in part sun.

 

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Mellow Yellow

Height: 3'-5'

Spread: 3'-5'

Flowers: Small white blooms in spring.

Fall Color: Yellow

Other Notes: Arching stems with bright lime-yellow leaves make this a GREAT contrast plant.

 

 

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Renaissance Spirea

Height: 5'-7'

Spread: 6'-8'

Flowers: Profuse white flowers in spring.

Fall Color: Orange-red leaves.

Other Notes: Vase-shaped shrub with arching branches.

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   Just beginning to turn color in Fall

 

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Snowmound

Height: 3'-4'

Spread: 3'-4'

Flowers: Masses of pure white flowers in spring.

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: A dwarf, rounded shrub with dark green foliage.

 


Sumac (Rhus)

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Three Leaf Sumac 'Autumn Amber'  (Rhus trilobata)

Height: 18"

Spread: 6'-8'

Flowers: Small yellow flowers followed by small orange-red fruit.

Fall Color: Amber-red tones.

Other Notes: Ideal groundcover shrub for terraced walls, large open areas and dry shrub areas. Graceful and delicate-looking, yet tough enough to be used in harsh planting sites. Low-growing selection of native three-leaf sumac developed in New Mexico. Summer leaves glossy, bright green; Must have good drainage.

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Skunk Bush Sumac (Rhus trilobata)

Height: 3'-6'

Spread: 4'-5'

Flowers: Small yellow flowers followed by small red fruit.

Fall Color: Yellow-Orange-Red tones.

Other Notes: Drought tolerant once establsihed.

 

 
 

Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina laciniata)

Height: 8'rhusstaghornfall_pcojen

Spread: 12'-15'

Flowers: Greenish 'flowers' mature to rust-toned panicles in fall.

Fall Color: Yes! Yellow, orange, red tones.

Other Notes: Attractive cutleaf form of staghorn sumac that can be used as an accent or in mass plantings. Beautiful fall color of orange, red and yellow. Xeriscape plant.




 

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Tiger Eyes Sumac  (Rhus typhina)

Height: 6'rhussumactigereyesclose_pcojen

Spread: 6'

Flowers: No

Fall Color: Yes! Yellow, orange, red tones.

Other Notes: A dwarf form of cutleaf staghorn sumac with bright yellow leaves during growing season.



 


Viburnum

 

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Compact European Cranberrybush (V. opulus compactum)

Height: 5'-6'viburnumopuluscompactumdwfeuropeancranberryclose_pcojen

Spread: 5'-6'

Flowers: White flowers in late spring followed by red berries.

Fall Color: Deep red.

Other Notes: Rounded shrub. Very pretty in all seasons.  Will also grow in part sun.



 

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Compact Koreanspice Viburnum (V. carlesii)

Height: 3'-4'

Spread: 3'- 4'

Flowers: White flowers in summer

Fall Color: Yes, wine red foliage.

Other Notes:  One of the best dwarf viburnums available, it produces exceptionally dark green leaves with a nice spring show of large white flowers. Rounded, dense shrub with stiff, upright spreading branches.


 

 

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Snowball Viburnum (opulus)

Height: 10'-12'

Spread: 10'- 12'

Flowers: Profuse round, double white flowers in late spring.

Fall Color: No.

Other Notes: A large, very popular spring flowering shrub.

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Weigela

 

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My Monet

Height: 12"-18"

Spread: 15"-18"

Flowers: Deep rosy pink in spring with potential to re-bloom

Fall Color: Deep wine leaves

Other Notes:  This little masterpiece has a compact habit and colorful foliage, not to mention purplish-pink blossoms, and is very versatile. Attractive in drifts along annual or perennial borders. May also be used as an accent in a decorative container. Adds all-season color to any garden situation.


 

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Wine and Roses

Height: 4'-5'

Spread: 4'-5'

Flowers: Deep rosy pink in spring with potential to re-bloom

Fall Color: Deep wine leaves

Other Notes: Deep dark burgundy wine leaves throughout season.  (A Proven Winners shrub)

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Willow (Salix)

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Pussy Willow (Salix discolor)

Height:  up to 20 feet

Spread: up to 15 feet

Flower: Fuzzy catkins in early Spring

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Large shrub or small tree up to 20 feet with silvery catkins appearing before leaves. Deep brown branches.  Does well in moist areas.

 

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Hakuro Nishiki Willow (Salix integra)

Height: 4'-6'+

Spread: 4'-6'+

Flowers: No

Fall Color: White/Green/Pink leaves

Other Notes:  A lovely small shrub with pink stems and buds that open to dappled green, pink and white foliage. Some leaves will be all white. The stems are graceful and spreading. Will also grow in partial shade.  Rounded shape at maturity.

 


 


Woadwaxen Broom (Genista)

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Royal Gold Woadwaxen Broom

Height: 18"-24"

Spread: 2'

Flower: Yellow flowers cover this shrub in mid-Summer.

Fall Color: No

Other Notes: Very drought tolerant once established.  Grows well in poor dry soil.  Compact, low growing shrub with bright green foliage.

 

 


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