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Compatible trees and shrubs

Scientific Name Common Name Native Species? Cultivars Available? Evergreen or Deciduous? Comments
Abelia X grandiflora
Glossy Abelia
No
Yes
Deciduous
Easy to grow and tolerant of many habitats; white-pink flowers
Aesculus parviflora
Bottlebrush Buckeye
Yes
No
Deciduous
Multi-stem, colony forming shrub with large spikes of white flowers
Buxus microphylla
Littleleaf Boxwood
No
Yes
Evergreen
Easily shaped with pruning
Buxus sempervirens
Common Boxwood
No
Yes
Evergreen
Easily shaped with pruning
Callicarpa  japonica
Japanese Beautyberry
No
Yes
Deciduous
Multi-stem shrub producing showy berries
Callicarpa americana
American Beautyberry
Yes
Yes
Deciduous
Multi-stem shrub producing showy berries
Calycanthus floridus
Sweetshrub
Yes
Yes
Deciduous
Maroon-red sweet scented flowers
Chaenomeles speciosa
Flowering Quince
No
Yes
Deciduous
Flowers ranging from red to white; rounded form with spiny twigs
Clethra alnifolia
Sweet Pepperbush
Yes
Yes
Deciduous
Fragrant, with long flower spikes
Cornus sericea
Red-osier Dogwood
Yes
Yes
Deciduous
Multi-stem shrub with showy bark
Cotinus coggygria
Smokebush
No
Yes
Deciduous
Many with red-purple foliage, airy flowers, good fall color
Forsythia X intermedia
Forsythia
No
Yes
Deciduous
Showy yellow flowers in early spring
Fothergilla gardenii
Dwarf Fothergilla
Yes
Yes
Deciduous
2 to 3 ft. tall, white flowers in spring with good fall color
Fothergilla major
Large Fothergilla
Yes
Yes
Deciduous
To 10 ft. tall, white flowers in spring with good fall color
Hamamelis vernalis
Vernal Witchhazel
Yes
Yes
Deciduous
Flowers from late winter to early spring; good screen and fall color
Hibiscus syriacus
Rose-of-Sharon
No
Yes
Deciduous
Summer flowering; good for borders
Hydrangea arborescens
Smooth Hydrangea
Yes
Yes
Deciduous
Many cultivated varieties available, white flowers
Hydrangea macrophylla
Bigleaf Hydrangea
No
Yes
Deciduous
Rounded shrub with large, showy flowers
Hydrangea quercifolia
Oakleaf Hydrangea
Yes
Yes
Deciduous
Attractive exfoliating bark and showy flowers
Hypericum spp.
Shrubby St. Johnswort
In Part
Yes
Deciduous
Multiple species; groundcovers and shrubs with large, yellow flowers
Ilex crenata
Japanese Holly
No
Yes
Evergreen
Attractive berries, numerous cultivated, low-growing varieties
Ilex glabra
Inkberry
Yes
Yes
Evergreen
Attractive berries, numerous cultivated, low-growing varieties
Ilex verticillata
Common Winterberry
Yes
Yes
Deciduous
Showy red fruit in winter; Ilex verticillata X  serrata hybrids are also ornamental
Illicium floridanum
Florida Anisetree
Yes
Yes
Evergreen
Rare in the wild; attractive red flowers, prefers part sun to shade
Itea virginica
Virginia Sweetspire
Yes
Yes
Variable
Ranging from deciduous to evergreen; attractive white flowers
Juniperus horizontalis
Creeping Juniper
Yes
Yes
Evergreen
Low growing, sprawling shrub; good ground cover
Kalmia latifolia
Mountain Laurel
Yes
Yes
Evergreen
Attractive flowers, numerous cultivated, low-growing varieties
Leucothoe spp.
Fetterbush, Dog-hobble
In Part
Yes
Evergreen
Multiple species; low-growing shrub with lustrous foliage
Lindera benzoin
Spicebush
Yes
Yes
Deciduous
Nice flowers, fruit; good for wetter areas
Loropetalum chinense
Chinese Fringe-flower
No
Yes
Evergreen
Shrub with attractive flowers, choose low-growing varieties
Neviusia alabamensis
Alabama Snowwreath
Yes
No
Deciduous
Rare in the wild with showy white flowers in spring; colonial, good for borders
Philadelphus inodorus
Mockorange
Yes
No
Deciduous
Shrub with rounded form and white flowers
Physocarpus opulifolius
Common Ninebark
Yes
Yes
Deciduous
Exfoliating bark on older stems, good for borders; cultivated varieties are superior
Pieris floribunda
Mountain Pieris
Yes
No
Evergreen
Native, attractive low-growing shrub
Pieris japonica
Japanese Pieris
No
Yes
Evergreen
Attractive foliage and flowers; good for borders
Prunus laurocerasus
Cherrylaurel
No
Yes
Evergreen
Multi-stemmed, numerous cultivated, low-growing varieties
Rhododendron carolinianum
Carolina Rhododendron
Yes
Yes
Evergreen
Showy flowers; prefers good drainage and some shade
Rhododendron catawbiense
Catawaba Rhododendron
Yes
Yes
Evergreen
Showy flowers; prefers good drainage and some shade
Rhododendron spp.
Azalea
In Part
Yes
Deciduous
Showy flowers, some repeat blooming; choose low-growing varieties
Rhus aromatica
Fragrant Sumac
Yes
Yes
Deciduous
Spreading shrub with red berries; leaves fragrant when crushed
Rosa spp.
Rose
In Part
Yes
Deciduous
Multiple species with numerous cultivars; grown for the attractive flowers
Styrax americanus
American Snowbell
Yes
No
Deciduous
Bell shaped white flowers in early summer
Syringa spp.
Common Lilac
No
Yes
Deciduous
Aromatic flowers, numerous cultivated, low-growing varieties
Vaccinium spp.
Blueberry
Yes
Yes
Deciduous
Fantastic edible, good fall color, requires acidic soil
Viburnum spp.
Viburnum
In Part
Yes
Variable
Attractive flowers, numerous cultivated, low-growing varieties
Weigela florida
Weigela
No
Yes
Deciduous
Large, adaptable shrub with arching branches; appropriate for borders

 

 

 

           
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