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Drought-tolerant Shrubs

 
 
 
 
FLOWER
BOTANIC NAME
COMMON NAME
DIA
HGT
COLOR
TIME
Deciduous Shrubs - Large (8+ dia.):
 
 
 
 
 
acer grandidentatum
wasatch maple
15'
22'
none
na
amalanchier alnifolia
saskatoon serviceberry
9'
9'
white
?
forestiera neomexicana
New Mexico privet
11'
15'
none
na
kolkwitzia amabilis
beautybush
13'
12'
pink
May
lonicera korolkowii v floribunda
blue velvet honeysuckle
9'
9
pink
?
lonicera tatarica 'Arnold red'
Arnold red honeysuckle
9'
9'
red
?
prunus americana
American plum
8'
11'
white
?
prunus tomentosa
nanking cherry
11'
11'
white
?
prunus virginiana melanocarpa
green chokecherry
10'
17'
?
?
prunus virginiana 'Shubert'
Canada red chokecherry
16'
25'
white
May
quercus gambelii
gambel oak/scrub oak
11'
16'
none
na
rhus glabra
smooth sumac
9'
15'
none
na
rhus typhina
staghorn sumac
11'
20'
none
na
sheperdia argentea
silver buffalo berry
9'
11'
none
na
syringa velgaris
common lilac
10'
12'
purple
May
 
Deciduous Shrubs - Medium (5'7" dia.):
 
 
 
 
 
artimesia tridentata
tall western sage
7'
7'
?
?
caragana arborescens
Siberian peashrub
7'
13'
yellow
?
chamaebatiaria millefolium
fernbush
7'
7'
white
? - August
cotoneaster lucidus
hedge cotoneaster
5'
7'
none
na
berberis spp.
barberry
5'
5'
none
na
jamesi americana
Waxflower
5'
4'
white
May - June
philadelphus lewisii 'Cheyenne'
Lewis mock orange
6'
8'
white
?
philadelphus spp.
mockorange
7'
7'
white
?
physocarpus spp.
ninebark
7'
7'
white
?
potentilla fruticosa var. davurica
prairie snow potentilla
5'
2'
white
May - Oct.
rhus aromatica
fragrant sumac
7'
7'
yellow
May
rhus aromatica 'gro-low'
gro-low sumac
8'
3'
yellow
May
rhus glabra v cismontana
Rocky Mountain sumac
5'
5'
none
na
rhus trilobatat
three-leaf sumac
6'
6'
none
na
rhus typhina laciniata
cutleaf sumac
7'
8'
none
na
ribes aureum
golden currant
5'
5'
yellow
May - ?
rosa hugonis
Father Hugo shrub rose
7'
5'
yellow
?
rubus deliciosus
thimbleberry/Boulder raspberry
5'
5'
white
?
spiraeca x vanhouttei
Vanhoutte spirea
7'
7'
white
?
viburnaum lentago
nannyberry
7'
10'
white
Mar-May
 
Deciduous Shrubs - Small (4' - dia.):
 
 
 
 
 
amorpha cancscens
leadplant
3'
3'
purple
June
berberis koreana
Korean barberry
3'
3'
none
na
caragana pygmaea
pygmy peashrub
4'
3'
insignificant
na
cercocarpos intricatus
littleleaf mountain mahogany
3'
3'
insignificant
na
chamaebatiaria millifolium
fernbush
4'
4'
white
May
chysothamnusn nauseosis
rabbitbrush
4'
4'
yellow
Aug. - Oct.
chrysothamnus nauseosis 'tall blue'
rabbitbrush
6'
5'
yellow
Sept. - Oct.
fallugia paradoxa
Apache plume
4'
4'
white
Apr. - May
ephedra supp.
Mormon tea
4'
4'
yellow
?
genista tinctoria 'royal gold'
woadwaxen/common broom
2'
2'
yellow
July
physocarpus opulifolius nanus
dwarf ninebark
4'
5'
white
?
potentilla fruticosa v purdomii
forever gold potentilla
3'
2'
yellow
?
prunus besseyii 'Pawnee Buttes'
creeping western sand cherry
?
?
white
?
ribes alpinum
Alpine currant
4'
4'
none
na
symphoricarpos spp.
coralberry/snowberry
6'
4'
white
?
 
Evergreen Shrubs - Large (8'+ dia.):
 
 
 
 
 
cercocarpus ledifolius
curl-leaf mountain mahogany
9'
9'
none
na
juniperus chinensis 'Holbert'
Holbert juniper
10'
3'
none
na
juniperus chinensis 'pfiteriana'
Pfitzeriana juniper
12'
12'
none
na
juniperus chinensis 'sea green'
sea green juniper
8'
8'
none
na
juniperus sabina 'tamariscifolia'
tamarix juniper
8'
6'
none
na
juniperus scopulorum 'table top blue'
table top blue juniper
8'
6'
none
na
pinus mugo
mugo pine
12'
11'
none
na
 
Evergreen Shrubs - Medium (5'- 7' dia.):
 
 
 
 
 
cytisus purgans
Spanish gold hardy broom
6'
4'
yellow
May - ?
juniperus chinensis 'Armstrong'
Armstrong juniper
5'
4'
none
na
juniperus chinensis 'old gold'
old gold juniper
6'
4'
none
na