Shrubs

Agave lechuguilla                  Shin Dagger

This is a medium sized Agave with blue green, evergreen toothed leaves. This is a colony forming shrub, so give plenty of growing room.

 

Ht: 1-2′

Mature Spread: 2-4′

Shape: Spike

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 6

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Agave parryi                  Parry’s Agave

This is an evergreen compact shrub with stiff blue green leaves. Works well as an accent plant. Don’t expect blooms for many years. When it does bloom, the original rosette will die, leaving some new “pups” to carry on.
 
 

Agave parryi Parry’s Agave

 

Ht: 1-2′

Mature Spread: 2-3′

Shape: Spike

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 5

Full sun

Very Dry

 

Agave neomexicana            New Mexico Agave

This is an evergreen shrub with bluish-green spike like leaves. It is sometimes listed as a subspecies of Parry’s Agave.

 

Ht: 1-2′

Mature Spread: 2-3′

Shape: Spike

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 5

Full sun

Very Dry

 

Amelanchier alnifolia                          Saskatoon Serviceberry

This tall shrub has white flowers in the spring followed by sweet blue purple berries in the fall. The berries are loved by birds and great for jams.  The fruit taste super sweet after a hard frost.

 

Amelanchier alnifolia   Saskatoon Serviceberry

 

Ht: 10-12′                                         *Native*

Mature Spread: 6-12′

Shape: Open Vase

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: Zone 2

Full Sun

Medium to Dry

 

Amelanchier utahensis                 Utah Serviceberry

This tall shrub has white fragrant flowers in the spring followed by bluish black berries. The leaves have a blue green hue. Great for birds and extremely drought tolerant.


Amelanchier utahensis Utah Serviceberry

 

Ht: 6-12′                                             *Native*

Mature Spread: 6-12′

Shape: Upright Vase

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Very Dry


Amorpha canescens                        Leadplant

This is a medium sized shrub with delicate lacy leaves and purple flowers with orange anthers 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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Amorpha canescens Leadplant

 

Ht: 3-4′                                                *Native*

Mature Spread: 3-4′

Shape: Open Vase

Flower Color: Purple

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Dry

 

Amorpha nana                               Dwarf Leadplant

This is a graceful compact shrub with delicate green fern like leaves and fragrant pink flowers with orange anthers. They bloom in late spring to early summer. Like its relative A. canescens it is also late to leaf out in the spring.

Amorpha nana               Dwarf Leadplant

Ht: 1-3′                                               *Native*

Matured Spread: 2-3′

Shape: Open Vase

Flower Color: Pink

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Dry

Arctostaphylos x coloradoensis                      Cascade Manzanita

This is a low growing cascading evergreen shrub with dark glossy green leaves and tiny pink flowers in early spring. It has very attractive cinnamon-red bark color. They prefer well drainage neutral to acidic soils.


Arctostaphylos x coloradoensis    Cascade Manzanita

Ht: 1-2′

Mature Spread: 3-4′

Shape: Low Spreading

Flower Color: Pink

Hardiness: Zone 4

Sun to Part Shade

Dry

 

Arctostaphylos x coloradoensis                              Chieftain Manzanita

This an upright form of Manzanita it is a broad leaf evergreen shrub with very attractive cinnamon red to purple bark. They have white to pink flowers in late winter. They prefer well drained neutral to acidic soils.

 

Ht: 3-4′                                                *Native*

Mature Spread: 8-10′

Shape: Upright

Flower Color: White to Pink

Hardiness: Zone 4

Sun or Shade

Dry

Arctostaphylos x coloradoensis               Panchito Manzanita

This is a low growing evergreen shrub with glossy green leaves and small pink flowers in early spring. It has a very attractive red bark color. They prefer well drained neutral to acidic soils.

 

Ht: 1-2′                                                *Native*

Mature Spread: 3-5′

Shape: Low Spreading

Flower Color: Pink

Hardiness: Zone 4

Sun to Part Shade

Dry

Arctostaphylos x coloradoensis                 Mock Bearberry

This is a dense rounded evergreen with cinnamon-red to purplish exfoliating bark. Pinkish white flowers in April to May, followed by small red berries in fall.

 

Arctostaphylos sp. Manzanita

 

Ht: 1-2′                                                     *Native*

Mature Spread: 3-4′

Shape: Low Spreading

Flower Color: Pink-white

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun to Part Shade

Dry

 

Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ Sage                    Powis Castle Sage

This is a medium sized bushy shrub with fragrant silver finely cut foliage. It works well as an accent plant.

  

Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’       Powis Castle Sage

 

Ht: 2-3′

Mature Spread: 2-3′

Shape: Round

Flower Color: NA

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Medium to Dry

 

Artemisia cana                                 Silver Sage

This is a medium sized mounding evergreen shrub with brilliant silver foliage. Silver Sage is one of the predominant sage brush species on the Grand Mesa.


Artemisia cana                    Silver Sage

 

Ht: 2-5′                                                     *Native*

Mature Spread: 2-3′

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Dry

 

Artemisia filifolia                            Sand Sage

This is a silver grey evergreen shrub with thread like leaves. They have great texture! They tolerate clay soils better than the name suggests. They can be found in the wild near Moab, Utah.



Artemisia filifolia Sand Sage

 

Ht: 3-5′                                             *Native*

Mature Spread: 3-4′

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 5

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Artemisia tridentata               Basin Sage or Tall Western Sage

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.


Artemisia tridentata Basin Sage

 

Ht: 5-10′                                            *Native*

Mature Spread: 5-10′

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Artemisia trid. vaseyana                    Mountain Sage

This is a uniformly flat-topped shrub with silver leaves. It performs well at elevations of 6,000 to 10,000′ and provides valuable cover for wildlife.

 

Ht: 4-6′                                              *Native*

Mature Spread: 4-6′

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Dry

Artemisia versicolor                           Sea Foam Sage

This is a low growing shrub with lacey silver foliage. It works well as an accent plant.


Artemisia versicolor      Sea Foam Sage

Ht: 12-18″

Mature Spread: 2-3′

Shape: Round

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: 4

Full Sun

Dry

 

Atriplex canescens                               Fourwing Saltbrush

This is a large mounding shrub with silver green leaves and tan four winged seeds on the female plants. It tolerates saline soils very well and is great for attracting wildlife.  Works well as a transitional plant, going from a landscape and transitioning into the wild.
 

Atriplex canescens Fourwing Saltbrush

 

Ht: 3-6′                                             *Native*

Mature Spread: 3-6′

Shape: Round

Flower Color: Tan

Hardiness: 4

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Atriplex confertifolia                                   Shadscale Saltbrush

This is a mounding evergreen shrub with silver green leaves. They have tan to pink seeds on the female plants in late fall. They are great for winter color! They tolerate saline soils very well.

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Atriplex confertifolia Shadscale Saltbrush

 

Ht: 2-3′                                                     *Native*

Mature Spread: 2-3′

Shape: Round

Flower Color: Tan

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Atriplex corrugata                              Mat Saltbrush

This is a low growing shrub with silver green leaves. It is excellent as a ground cover in extremely arid conditions. It tolerates saline soils and makes a great bonsai.
  

Atriplex corrugata Mat Saltbrush


Ht: 2-6″                                                   *Native*

Mature Spread: 2-3′

Shape: Ground cover

Flower Color: Tan

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Atriplex gardneri                        Gardner’s Saltbrush

This is a mound forming evergreen shrub with silver green leaves. It tolerates poor soils and provides excellent forage for wildlife.

 

Atriplex gardneri     Gardner’s Saltbrush

 

Ht: 1-2′                                                      *Native*

Mature Spread: 2-3′

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color: Tan

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Very Dry

Buddleia alternifolia  Argentea’          Silver Fountain Butterfly Bush

This is a vase-shaped mounding shrub with silver blue gray leaves. This shrub has lilac flowers in June on previous year’s wood. It is great for attracting butterflies.

 

Ht: 8-10′

Mature Spread: 6-8′

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color: Purple, Early Summer

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full to part Sun

Dry

 

Buddleia davidii                          ‘Black Knight’ Butterfly Bush

This is a large mounding shrub with deep purple fragrant flowers in summer to fall. This shrub is great for attracting butterflies and humming birds.


Buddleia davidii ‘Black Knight’

Ht: 6-10′

Mature Spread: 6-8′

Shape: Vase

Flower Color: Deep Purple

Hardiness: Zone 6

Full Sun

Medium to Dry

 

Buddleia davidii                             ‘Nanho Blue’ Butterfly Bush

This is a mounding medium sized vase-shaped shrub with dark green leave. It makes a great cut flower and is good for attracting butterflies.

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Buddleai davidii Nanho Blue Butterfly Bush

 

Ht: 4-6′

Mature Spread: 4-6′

Shape: Vase

Flower Color: Blue

Hardiness: Zone 6

Full to part Sun

Medium to Dry

 

Buddleia davidii                     ‘Nanho Purple’ Butterfly Bush

This is a mounding medium sized shrub with magenta purple flowers. They make a great fragrant dried flower.


Buddleia davidii Nanho Purple

 

Ht: 4-6′

Mature Spread: 4-6′

Shape: Vase

Flower Color: Purple

Hardiness: Zone 6

Full Sun

Medium to Dry

 

Buddleia davidii                       ‘Pink Delight’ Butterfly Bush

This is a vase-shaped mounding shrub with bright green leaves and fragrant pink flower that bloom until frost. It is great for attracting butterflies.

 

Buddleia davidii Pink        Butterfly Bush

 

Ht: 6-10′

Mature Spread: 6-8′

Shape: Upright Vase

Flower Color: Pink

Hardiness: Zone 6

Full to Part Sun

Medium to Dry

 

Buddleia davidii                              ‘White Profusion’ Butterfly Bush

This is a tall vase-shaped shrub with white fragrant flowers in summer. It makes a good cut flower.


Buddleia davidii ‘White Profusion’

 

Ht: 6-10′

Mature Spread: 6-8′

Shape: Upright Vase

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: Zone 6

Full to Part Sun

Medium to Dry

 

Buddleia davidii                             ‘Royal Red’ Butterfly Bush

This is a tall up right shrub with dark red fragrant flowers. Works well as a cut flower.


Buddleia davidii Royal Red

 

Ht: 6-10′

Mature Spread: 6-8′

Shape: Upright Vase

Flower Color: Dark Red

Hardiness: Zone 6

Full to Part Sun

Medium to Dry

 

Buddleia x weyeriana                     Honeycomb Butterfly Bush

This is a large mounding shrub with bright green leaves and honey yellow flowers all summer long. Works well as a cut flower and smells really good!


Buddleia x weyeriana    Honeycomb Buddleia

 

Ht: 6-10′

Mature Spread: 6-8′

Shape: Vase

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 6

Full to Part Sun

Medium to Dry

 

Caryopteris incana                        Blue Mist Spirea

This is a dense shrub with narrow grayish green leaves. It has brilliant blue flowers in mid to late summer and is great for bees.


Caryopteris incana Blue Mist Spirea

 

Ht: 3-4′

Mature Spread: 3-4′

Shape: Vase

Flower Color: Blue

Hardiness: Zone 5

Full Sun

Medium to Dry


Caryopteris incana ‘Dark Knight’                         Dark Knight Blue Mist

This is an upright shrub with dark green leaves and dark blue flowers. It works well as a cut flower.


Caryopteris incana ‘Dark Knight’

 

Ht: 3-4′

Mature Spread: 3-4′

Shape: Vase

Flower Color: Dark Blue

Hardiness: Zone 5

Full Sun

Medium to Dry

 

Ceratoides lanata                           Winter Fat

This is an upright arching shrub with striking silver foliage and fluffy white seeds in winter. It provides excellent forage for wildlife. It has great winter color.


Ceratoides lanata Winter Fat

 

Ht: 2-4′                                        *Native*

Mature Spread: 2-4′

Shape: Mounding/Arching

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Cercocarpus intricatus                          Littleleaf Mountain Mahogany

This is an intricately branched evergreen shrub with tiny purple flowers in early spring followed by fluffy white twisting seeds in summer. They make a good evergreen screen and the birds love to hide in them.

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Cercocarpus intricatus Littleleaf Mt. Mahogany

 

Ht: 5-7′                                        *Native*

Mature Spread: 4-6′

Shape: Densely Upright

Flower Color: Purple

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Dry

 

Cercocarpus ledifolius                  Curlleaf Mountain Mahogany

This is a tall evergreen shrub or tree which can be pruned into tree form. It is excellent as a tall evergreen screen and is great for wildlife.

   


Cercocarpus ledifolius Curlleaf Mt. Mahogany

 

Ht: 10-20′                                   *Native*

Mature Spread: 8-12′

Shape: Upright Open

Flower Color: Purple

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Dry

 

Cercocarpus montanus      Mountain Mahogany

This is a medium sized deciduous shrub with deeply ridged green leaves and purple bark in winter. It has white twisting seeds that reflect sunlight in summer. The dried leaves make a great potpourri.

 

Ht: 6-7′                                         *Native*

Mature Spread: 6-7′

Shape: Open Vase

Flower Color: Purple

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Chamaebatiaria millefolium                             Fernbush

This is a tall semi evergreen shrub with fragrant fern like leaves. They produce creamy white flowers in late summer. Plant them near a window to enjoy the fragrance.


Chamaebatiaria millefolium Fernbush

 

Ht: 6-8′                                       *Native*

Mature Spread: 4-6′

Shape: Upright Mounding

Flower Color: Cream White

Hardiness: Zone 5

Full sun

Dry

 

Chilopsis linearis                        Desert Willow

This is a small tree or large shrub with bright green leaves and pink orchid like flowers. It works well for attracting humming birds. The flower color can vary from pink to white with a pink blush. We also have a burgundy selection.


Chilopsis linearis Desert Willow

Ht: 8-15′

Mature Spread: 8-10′

Shape: Open Upright

Flower Color: Pink

Hardiness: Zone 6

Full Sun

Dry

 

Chrysothamnus nauseosus albicaulis          Tall Blue Rabbitbrush

This is a bushy semi evergreen shrub with thin blue or green leaves. They have bright yellow flowers in late summer to fall followed by fluffy white seeds.  This works well as a transitional plant going from an irrigated landscape into the wild.


Chrysothamnus naus. Tall Blue Rabbitbrush

 

Ht: 3-6′                                      *Native*

Mature Spread: 3-6′

Shape: Round

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Chrysothamnus nauseosus graveolens                Tall Green Rabbitbrush

This is a bushy semi evergreen shrub with thin green leaves and bright yellow flowers in fall. They are very drought tolerant and can tolerate poor soils.  The Rabbitbrushs work well in reclamation projects because they can reseed easily.

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Chrysothamnus naus. Tall Green Rabbitbrush

 

Ht: 4-6′                                     *Native*

Mature Spread: 4-6′

Shape: Round

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Chrysothamnus nauseosus nauseosus               Dwarf Blue Rabbitbrush

This is a dwarf rounded shrub with thin blue to green foliage. They produce bright yellow flowers in late summer to fall. They are great for fall and winter color. Their compact form makes them ideal for small gardens.

  

Chrysothamnus naus. naus. Dwf. Blue Rabbitbrush

 

Ht: 2-3′                                       *Native*

Mature Spread: 2-3′

Shape: Low Mounding

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus                                           Viscid Rabbitbrush

This is a low growing mounding shrub with thin twisting leaves and bright yellow flowers in late summer.

 

Ht: 1-2′                                          *Native*

Mature Spread: 1-2′

Shape: Low Mounding

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Dry Limited Availability

 

Cornus sericea ‘Baileyi’                       Bailey’s Red Twig Dogwood

This is a dense upright shrub with medium green foliage. It has creamy white flowers in May followed by white fruit in fall. They have showy red to burgundy stems during winter.


Cornus sericea Red Twig Dogwood

 

Ht: 6-8′

Mature Spread: 6-8′

Shape: Round

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun to Part Shade

Moist to Medium

 

Cornus sericea ‘Isanti’                                                 Isanti Dogwood

This is a dense low growing dogwood with bright red stems in winter. This shrub has dark purple fall color.

 

Ht: 5-6′

Mature Spread: 8-10′

Shape: Broadly Round

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full to Part Sun

Moist to Medium

 

Cornus sericea coloradense                                        Colorado Red Twig Dogwood

This is a rounded spreading shrub with red stems and bright green leaves. This shrub has white flowers in spring followed by white berries in summer.


Cornus sericea coloradense Colorado Red Twig Dogwood

 

Ht: 6-8′                                        *Native*

Mature Spread: 8-12′

Shape: Round

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: Zone 3

Sun to Part Shade

Moist to Medium

 

Cotinus coggygria                                            Royal Purple Smoke Bush

This is a tall shrub with rich dark purple leaves and cottony purple seed that resemble smoke. Tolerates deer, drought and clay soils. Makes a great accent plant.

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Cotinus coggygria               Royal Purple Smoke Bush

Ht: 10-15′

Mature Spread: 10-15′

Shape: Multi -Stemmed Upright

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 5-8

Sun

 Dry

Cotoneaster apiculatus                                        Cranberry Cotoneaster

This is a low mounding shrub with small glossy green leaves. They have pale pink small flowers in June and large red berries in late summer.

 

Ht: 2-3′

Mature Spread: 5-7′

Shape: Mounding Arching

Flower Color: Pale Pink

Hardiness: Zone 5

Part Shade

Medium to Dry

 

Cowania mexicana                                      Cliff Rose

This is a semi evergreen upright mounding shrub with dark green leaves and fragrant cream colored flowers in summer. The twigs and leaves are used to make a gold dye. It is extremely drought tolerant.  I have had the pleasure to be in the desert when the Cliff Rose where in full bloom, the fragrance is enchanting!.


Cowania mexicana Cliff Rose

 

Ht: 4-8′                                      *Native*

Mature Spread: 4-6′

Shape: Irregular Upright

Hardiness: Zone 4

Flower Color: White

Full Sun

Very Dry Limited Availability

 

Dasylirion texanum                                       Green Desert Spoon, Sotol

This is an evergreen yucca like shrub with thin dark green leaves. Works well in a cactus gardens. Spiked leaves are sharply toothed, so be careful.


Dasylirion texanum Green Desert Spoon

 

Ht: 3-5′

Mature Spread: 3-5′

Shape: Spike

Flower Color: Tan

Hardiness: Zone 7

Full Sun

Very Dry

Ephedra equisetina                                    Blue Stem Joint Fir

This is a mounding evergreen shrub with slender blue stems. The female plants have bright red berries in midsummer. They have a tendency to sucker.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Ephedra equisetina Blue Stem Joint Fir

 

Ht: 3-4′

Mature Spread: 5-6′

Shape: Large Mounding

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 5

Full Sun

Dry

 

Ephedra minima                                               Dwarf Ephedra

This is a low growing, mat forming evergreen shrub. It has dense dark green stems, and the females have red berries.

 

Ht: 6-12″

Mature Spread: 2-3′

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 5

Full Sun

Dry

 

Ephedra torreyana                                        Torrey’s Ephedra

Torrey’s Ephedra is a mounding evergreen shrub with blue green stems. They have yellow flowers in the spring and the female produce papery seeds in summer.  They prefer poor soils and are drought tolerant.


Ht: 2-4′

Mature Spread: 3-4′                     * Native*

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Very Dry Limited Availability

 

Ephedra viridis                                                 Mormon Tea

This is a mounding evergreen shrub with green broom like branches. They produce bright yellow flowers in early spring. It makes a great tea which may have health benefits such as relieve from allergies and colds.  It tolerates poor soils and are drought tolerant.


Ephedra viridis        Mormon Tea

 

Ht: 4-5′                                    *Native*

Mature Spread: 4-5′

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Eriogonum corymbosum                                     Shrub Buckwheat

This is an extremely durable clump forming shrub with wooly green leaves and white flowers change to pink and red after freezing. This is a great plant for fall and winter color. Song birds love the seeds!

 

 

Eriogonum corymbosum Shrub Buckwheat

 

Ht: 2-3′                                        *Native*

Mature Spread: 2-3′

Shape: Round

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Fallugia paradoxa                                            Apache plume

This is an upright mounding evergreen shrub with small green leaves and white bark. The flowers are bright white and bloom all summer long. The flowers are followed by feathery pink to white seed heads.

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Fallugia paradoxia      Apache Plume

 

Ht: 6-8′                                       *Native*

Mature Spread: 6-8′

Shape: Upright Irregular

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Fendlera rupicola                                                Cliff Fendler Bush

This is an upright airy shrub with small glossy leaves and fragrant four-petaled white flowers in June. It has reddish bark exfoliates to gray as it matures.

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Fendlera rupricola Cliff Fendler Bush

Ht: 6-8′                                       *Native*

Mature Spread: 5-6′

Shape: Upright

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Very Dry Very limited availability

 

Forestiera neomexicana                                   New Mexico Privet

This is a tall shrub with delicate green leaves and light blue bark. The female plants are covered in bright blue berries in summer. They are great for wildlife.

   

Forestieria neomexicana New Mexico Privet

 

Ht: 8-15′                                        *Native*

Mature Spread: 6-8′

Shape: Upright

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness; Zone 4

Full Sun

Dry

 

Forsythia x ‘Meadowlark’                          Meadowlark Forsythia

This is a tall rounded shrub with bright yellow flowers in early spring. Meadowlark is the hardiest cultivar introduced by North Dakota State University. It prefers full sun for the best blooms.


Forsythia x ‘Meadowlark’ Meadowlark Forsythia

 

Ht: 6-11′

Mature Spread: 6-11′

Shape: Rounded

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Medium

 

Gutierrezia sarothrae                                    Broom Snake Weed

This is a fall blooming sub- shrub with bright golden yellow flowers. It grows in our driest deserts. The dried leaves and flowers can be used as a poultice to relieve bees stings and joint pain.

 

Gutierrezia sarothrae Broom Snake Weed

 

Ht: 1-2′                                       *Native*

Mature Spread: 1-2′

Shape: Low Round

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Hesperaloe parviflora                                  Red Yucca

This is a clump forming shrub with long arching spike like dark green leaves. They produce striking red flower spikes up to 7′ tall which persist much of the summer. The hummingbirds love them.

 

Hesperaloe parviflora      Red Yucca

 

Ht: 2-3′

Mature Spread: 2-3′

Shape: Spike

Flower Color: Red

Hardiness Zone 5

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Holodiscus dumosus                                    Rock Spirea

This is a gracefully arching mounding shrub with bright green leaves and sprays of cream white to pink fragrant flowers.  Thrives in rocky areas.

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Holodiscus dumosus Rock Spirea

 

Ht: 3-6′                                     *Native*

Mature Spread: 3-6′

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color: White, Pink

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Medium to Dry Very limited availability

 

 

Jamesia americana                                     Waxflower

This is a small upright shrub with course green leaves, whitish underneath. It has clusters of dainty white flowers in late May. They prefer dry well drained soils. They tolerate shade well.

 

Ht: 3-5′                                       *Native*

Mature Spread: 4-6′

Shape: Vase

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: Zone 4

Sun to Part Shade

Medium to Dry Very Limited Availability

 

Mahonia fremontii                                Fremont Barberry, Desert Holly

This  is a tall evergreen shrub with blue green holly like leaves. It has fragrant brilliant yellow flowers in early spring followed by persistent rose fruits in summer. The fruits make a great jams and jelly.  I mix the Fremont fruit with raspberry juice to make a lovely jelly.  They are drought tolerant.
 

Mahonia fremontii Fremont Barberry

 

Ht: 7-8′                                     *Native*

Mature Spread: 5-7′

Shape: Upright Mounding

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Very Dry Very limited availability

 

Manfreda maculosa                                Spice Lily 

This  is a small Agave like shrub with spotted leaves and slender flower stalks with fragrant creamy white flowers in mid summer.  Drought tolerant and prefers well drained soils.  Our Spice Lily has survived several harsh winters in our cactus garden.

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Manfreda maculosa      Spice Lily 

 

 

Ht: 6″‘

Mature Spread:10-12″

Shape: Spike

Flower Color: Creamy White

Hardiness: Zone 6-9

Full Sun

Very Dry Very limited availability

 

Nolina microcarpa                                             Bear Grass

This is a grass like shrub with leathery green leaves with finely toothed margins. They have greenish white flowers clustered along 4-5′ stalks in early summer.


Nolina microcarpa Bear Grass

 

Ht: 4-5′

Mature Spread: 6-7′

Shape: Spike

Flower Color: Greenish White

Hardiness: Zone 5

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Peraphyllum ramosissimum                           Squaw Apple

This is an upright arching shrub with bright glossy green leaves and fragrant white flowers in early summer. They have yellow – red fruits in late summer to fall.

 

Peraphyllum ramosissimum Squaw Apple

 

Ht: 5-8′                                         *Native*

Mature Spread: 4-7′

Shape: Irregular Arching

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Very Dry Limited Availability

 

Pervoskia atriplicifolia                                Russian Sage

This is an upright shrub with silver foliage and deep blue flowers in summer to fall. The bees love them.
 

Pervoskia atriplicifolia Russian Sage

 

Ht: 3-5′

Mature Spread: 3-5′

Shape: Vase

Flower Color: Blue

Hardiness: Zone 5

Full Sun

Dry

Philadelphus lewisii ‘Cheyenne’                  Cheyenne Mockorange

This is a broad rounded shrub with fragrant white flowers in June, the flowers are good for attracting butterflies. This is a selection from the Cheyenne USDA Experimental Station.

 

Ht: 6-9′                                         *Native*

Mature Spread: 5-8′

Shape: Upright Mounding

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: 3

Full Sun

Medium to Dry

 

Philadelphus microphyllus                        Littleleaf Mockorange

This is a splendid upright shrub with small glossy green leaves, delicate reddish brown branches and small fragrant white flowers in June. The flowers smell like Juicy Fruit Gum! They are extremely drought tolerant.

 

Philadelphus microphyllus Littleleaf Mockorange

 

Ht: 5-6′                                      *Native*

Mature Spread: 4-5′

Shape: Upright Open

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Dry

 

Physocarpus monogynus                               Mountain Ninebark

This is a small shrub with glossy green leaves and white flower clusters in summer. They have multicolored bark throughout the year. They have great fall color. They prefer dry shade growing conditions.

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Physocarpus monogynus Mountain Ninebark

 

Ht:3-4′                                         *Native*

Mature Spread: 3-4′

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: Zone 3

Sun to Part Shade

Medium to Dry

 

Potentilla fruticosa                                     ‘Abbotswood’ Potentilla

This is a rounded shrub with blue green foliage and large pure white flowers.

 

Ht: 2-4′

Mature Spread: 2-4′

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: Zone 2

Full Sun

Medium to Dry

 

Potentilla fruticosa                              ‘Gold Drop’ Potentilla

This is a fine textured, compact rounded shrub. Abundant small bright yellow flowers from June to August.

Ht: 2-4′

Mature Spread: 2-3′

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 2

Full Sun

Medium to Dry

 

Potentilla fruticosa                                      Gold Finger

This is an upright shrub with dark green leaves and gold flowers.

 

Ht: 3-5′

Mature Spread: 3-5′

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color: Golden Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 2

Full Sun

Medium to Dry

 

 

Potentilla fruticosa                                         ‘Jackman’ Potentilla

This is an upright shrub with large dark green leaves and bright golden yellow flowers throughout the summer.


Potentilla fruticosa ‘Jackman’

 

Ht: 3-5′

Mature Spread: 3-5′

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 2

Full Sun

Medium to Dry

 

Potentilla fruticosa                                        ‘Katherine Dykes’ Potentilla

This is a large spreading shrub with gray green foliage and pale yellow flowers in summer.


Potentilla fruticosa ‘Katherine Dykes’

 

Ht: 2-3′

Mature Spread: 3-4′

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color: Lemon Yellow

Hardiness; Zone 2

Full Sun

Medium to Dry

 

Potentilla fruticosa                                    ‘Snowbird’ Potentilla

This is an upright compact shrub with bright glossy green leaves and bright white flowers.

 

Ht: 2-4′

Mature Spread: 2-4′

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: Zone 2

Full Sun

Medium to Dry

 

Potentilla fruticosa                                  ‘Pink Beauty’ Potentilla

This is a pink flowering selection made by the University of Manitoba, Canada. The flower color will fade to white in extremely hot weather.

 

Ht: 3-4′

Matrue Spread: 3-4′

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color: Pink

Hardiness: Zone2

Full to Part Sun

Medium to Dry

 

Prunus besseyi                                                  Western Sand Cherry

This is a rounded upright shrub with blue green leaves. They have fragrant white flowers in early spring followed by blue black berries in summer. It is great for the birds and has excellent fall color.


Prunus besseyi Western Sand Cherry

 

Ht: 5-6′                                      *Native*

Mature Spread: 5-6′

Shape: Open Spreading

Flower Color: White

Hardiness; Zone 2

Full Sun

Medium to Dry

Prunus besseyi                                          ‘Pawnee Buttes ‘ Sand Cherry

This is a low growing section of P. besseyi that was found in the Pawnee National Grasslands, in Weld County, Colorado. They have blue green leaves and white flowers in the spring. They have great fall color.

 

Prunus besseyi ‘Pawnee Buttes’

 

Ht: 12″-18″                               *Native*

Mature Spread: 6-8′

Shape: Low Spreading

Flower Color: White

Hardiness; Zone 2

Full sun

Medium to Dry

 

Prunus x cistena                                        Cistena Plum

This shrub has abundant small pink flowers which precede purple foliage in late April. The foliage stays purple all summer long.

 

Ht: 6-8′

Mature Spread: 6-8′

Shape: Open Upright

Flower Color: Pale Pink

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Medium

 

Prunus virginiana                                          Green Chokecherry

This is a large upright shrub or small clump forming tree with glossy green leaves and white flowers in spring. They produce dark blue to red fruit in late summer. The birds love it. They have yellow to red fall color.



Prunus virginiana Green Chokecherry

 

Ht: 15-25′                                      *Native*

Mature Spread: 10′-12′

Shape: Broad Oval

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: 2

Sun to Part Shade

Medium to Dry

 

Prunus virginiana ‘Canada Red’                     Canada Red Chokecherry

This is an elegant rounded tree with clusters of white flowers followed purple red berries. The leaves emerge bright green then turn purple as they mature. It tends to sucker, so it is easier to grow as a clump form.


Ht: 25-30′

Mature Spread: 15-20′

Shape: Broad Oval

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: Zone 2

Sun to Part Shade

Medium to Dry

 

Quercus gambelii                              Gambel’s Oak

This is a large shrub to a small tree with glossy green leaves and yellow, orange red to red fall color. They are great for Quail, Squirrels, and other critters.

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Quercus gambelii Gambel’s Oak

 

Ht: 8-20′                                       *Native*

Mature Spread: 6-12′

Shape: Upright

Flower Color: Inconspicuous Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Dry

 

Quercus turbinella                                     Shrub Live Oak

This is a shrubby evergreen shrub or small tree with blue green holly like leaves. This shrub tolerates poor soils. Will lose its leaves during cold winters.


Quercus turbinella Live Oak

 

Ht: 6-10′

Mature Spread: 6-10′

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color: Inconspicuous Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 5

Full Sun

Dry

 

 Quercus undulata                                         Wavyleaf Oak

This is small tree or large shrub with blue green wavy leaves. Similar to Gamble Oak, but holds onto its leaves till spring.


Quercus undulata Wavyleaf Oak

 

Ht: 10-20′

Mature Spread: 10-15′

Shape: Upright

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Dry

 

Rhamnus smithii                                 Smith’s Buckthorn

This shrub has rigid upright branches with narrow deep glossy green leaves. It has green to white flowers in late spring followed by pea sized red to black fruit in summer. They have golden yellow fall color.

 

Ht: 6-12′                                     *Native*

Mature Spread: 6-8′

Shape: Round

Flower Color: Green

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Medium to Dry

 

Rhus aromatica ‘                                 Gro-Low’ Dwarf Fragrant Sumac

This is a broad spreading shrub with sprawling branches and glossy green leaves. The leaves turn to shades of red, pink and yellow in fall. Small yellow flowers produce red spiked seed heads in mid-summer.


Rhus aromatica ‘Gro-Low’

 

Ht: 2-3′

Mature Spread: 6-8′

Shape: Spreading

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Dry

 

Rhus glabra cismontana                              Rocky Mountain Sumac

This is an open rounded shrub often forming colonies from suckers. It has finely cut deep green leaves and bright red fruit in fall and great orange and red fall color.

 

Rhus glabra cismontana Rocky Mnt. Sumac

 

Ht: 4-6′                                      *Native*

Mature Spread: 6-8′

Shape: Upright Spreading

Flower Color: Creamy Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 2

Full sun

Dry

 

Rhus trilobata                                      Three-Leaf Sumac

This is a large arching shrub with dark glossy green three lobed leaves. Small yellow flowers turn into bright red berries in mid summer.  The berries taste like lemons and be used as lemon aid.  The leaves turn to rich red to bright pink shades in the fall. It is great for fall color.


Rhus trilobata Three-Leaf Sumac

 

Ht: 6-10′                                      *Native*

Mature Spread: 6-8′

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Dry

 

Rhus trilobata ‘Autumn Amber’                  Creeping Three Leaf Sumac

This is a prostrate form of three leaf sumac. It forms a dense ground cover that will cascade over walls. This shrub has amber to brick red fall color.


Rhus trilobata ‘Autumn Amber’

 

Ht: 6-18″

Mature Spread: 6-8′

Shape: Spreading

Flower Color: Insignificant

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Dry

 

Rhus typhina                                              Staghorn Sumac

This is a small tree to large colonizing shrub. It has great red to orange fall color.

 

Ht: 10-20′

Mature Spread: 10-15′

Shape: Upright Spreading

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Dry

 

Rhus typhina ‘Laciniata’                              Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac

This is a small tree to large shrub with bright green finely cut leaves and red seed heads in summer. They spread by suckers. They have excellent fall color.


Rhus typhina ‘Laciniata’ Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac

 

Ht: 6-8′

Mature Spread: 6-12′

Shape: Upright Spreading

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Dry

 

Ribes aureum                                            Golden Currant

This is an upright shrub with glossy green leaves. They have fragrant yellow flowers in spring followed by fruit which can be orange to red to black. They have pale orange to red fall color. They are great for attracting birds.

 

Ribes aureum Golden Currant

 

Ht: 5-6′                                       *Native*

Mature Spread: 5-6′

Shape: Vase

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 3

Sun to Part Shade

Medium to Dry

 

Ribes cereum                                     Wax Currant

This is an upright shrub with waxy bark and glossy green leaves. They produce pinkish white flowers in spring followed by bright red fruit in summer. They tolerate dry shade well.

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Ribes cereum   Squaw Currant

 

Ht: 2-4′                                         *Native*

Mature Spread: 2-4′

Shape: Densely Rounded

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: Zone 2

Sun to Part Shade

Dry

 

Ribes inerme                                              White Stem Gooseberry

This is a spreading mounding shrub with white thorny branches and glossy green leaves. They have white flowers in spring and red sweet fruit. They make a good thicket.

 

Ribes inerme      White Stem Gooseberry

 

Ht: 4-5′                                         *Native*

Mature Spread: 5-8′

Shape: Open Arching

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: Zone 2

Full Sun

Medium to Dry

 

Ribes odoratum ‘Crandall’                       Crandall Clove Currant

This is an upright shrub with fragrant yellow flowers that smell like cloves in spring and followed with delicious black fruit.  The fruit makes a great jelly.


Ribes odoratum ‘Crandall’ Clove Currant

 

Ht: 4-6′

Mature Spread: 4-6′

Shape: Open Arching

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 4

Sun to Part Shade

Dry

 

Robinia neomexicana                                   New Mexico Locust

This is a small thorny tree with pink flowers on drooping racemes. They are an attractive tree for small spaces. They tolerate saline soils and have a tendency to sucker.

 

Ht: 8-15′                                    *Native*

Mature Spread: 6-8′

Shape: Upright

Flower Color: Pink

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Dry Very limited availability

 

Rosa x ‘Adelaide Hoodless’                       Adelaide Hoodless Rose

This is a fast growing shrub rose with clusters of red fragrant flowers all summer long. They are resistant to mildew.

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Rosa x ‘Adelaide Hoodless’    Adelaide Hoodless Rose

Ht: 4-5′

Mature Spread: 4-5′

Shape: Broadly Arching

Flower Color: Red

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Dry

 

 

Rosa x ‘Cuthbert Grant’                      Cuthbert Grant Rose

This is an upright medium sized shrub with large fragrant crimson flowers.

Ht: 3-4′

Mature Spread: 3-4′

Flower Color: Red

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Dry

 

Rosa x ‘Sea Foam’                                       Sea Foam Rose

This is a ground cover rose with dense dark green leaves and double white flowers.


Rosa x ‘Sea Foam Sea Foam Rose

 

Ht: 2-3′

Mature Spread: 3-5′

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Dry

 

Rosa x ‘The Fairy’                    The Fairy Rose

This rose works well as a ground cover. They have small pink flowers through summer.

 

Ht: 18-24″

Mature Spread: 2-3′

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color; Pink

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Dry

 

Rosa x ‘William Baffin’                                            William Baffin Rose

This is an arching climbing rose with pink flowers in late summer.

 

Ht: 6-10′

Mature Spread: 5-6′

Shape: Pillar

Flower Color: Pink

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Dry

 

Rosa woodsii                                                  Woods Rose

This is a thicket forming shrub with thorny red twigs. They have fragrant pink flowers in summer followed by bright red rose hips in fall. The rose hips are high in vitamin C.

 

Rosa woodsi Woods Rose

 

Ht:3- 5′                                           *Native*

Mature Spread:3- 5′

Shape: Upright Arching

Flower Color: Pink

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Dry

 

Rubus deliciosus                            Thimble Berry, Boulder Raspberry

This is an arching shrub round lobed bright green leaves. They have white flowers in spring and followed by purple berries in summer. They tolerate dry shade well and are great for birds.

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Rubus deliciosus Thimble Berry

 

Ht: 3-6′                                          *Native*

Mature Spread: 3-6′

Shape: Arching Mounding

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: Zone 3

Sun to Part Shade

Medium to Dry

 

Ruschia sp.                                              Shrubby Ice Plant

This is a mound forming evergreen perennial with purple flowers in early summer. It works well in cactus gardens.

  

Ruschia sp. Shrubby Ice Plant

 

Ht: 12-24″

Mature Spread: 12-24″

Shape: Low Arching

Flower Color: Purple

Hardiness: Zone 5

Full Sun

Dry

 

Salix repens nitida                                   Blue Creek Willow

This is a low growing shrub with attractive silver blue leaves and purple stems in winter. They are also called Salix arenaria. This is a very well behaved willow, doesn’t get too wild. They grow shorter at higher elevations.


Salix repens Blue Creek Willow

 

Ht: 2-4′

Mature Spread: 4-6′

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Moist to Medium

 

Shepherdia argentea                                     Silver Buffaloberry

This is a tall shrub or small tree with bright silver leaves and small yellow flowers. The female shrubs produce bright glossy red berries. The tart berries make a good jelly. They will spread by suckers.

     

Shepherdia argentea      Silver Buffaloberry

 

Ht: 6-12′                                          *Native*

Mature Spread: 6-12′

Shape: Upright/Tree Form

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 2

Full Sun

Dry

 

Sorbaria sorbifolia                              Ural False Leaf Spirea

This is a large shrub with attractive upright branches and compound dark green leaves. They produce large cream white flower spikes in late spring to early summer. They have reddish purple fall color.


Sorbaria sorbifolia Ural False Leaf Spirea

 

Ht: 4-6′

Mature Spread: 6-8′

Shape: Broadly Upright

Flower Color: Cream White

Hardiness: Zone 2

Full to Part Sun

Medium to Dry


Spirea x bumalda ‘Goldflame’                    Goldflame Spirea

This mounding shrub has bright gold foliage in spring, then turns to yellow in summer and has bright pink flowers. They have very nice fall color.


Spirea x bumalda ‘Goldflame’ Goldflame Spirea

 

Ht: 2-3′

Mature Spread: 2-3′

Shape: Round

Flower Color: Pink

Hardiness: Zone 4

Sun to Part Shade

Medium

 

Spirea japonica ‘Froebeli’                               Froebel Spirea

This is a low growing mounding shrub with clusters of reddish-pink flowers in late spring. They have purplish fall color.


Spirea japonica ‘Froebeli’ Froebel Spirea

 

Ht: 3-4′

Mature Spread: 3-4′

Shape: Round

Flower Color: Pink

Hardiness: Zone 4

Sun to Part Shade

Medium

 

Spirea japonica                                            Neon Flash Spirea

This is a rounded shrub with pink flowers in early summer and burgundy fall color.

 

Ht: 3-4′

Mature Spread: 3-4′

Shape: Round

Flower Color: Dark Pink

Hardiness; Zone 4

Sun to Part Shade

Medium

 

Spirea nipponica var. tosaensis                             Cheyenne Snowmound

This is a compact shrub with dark green leaves and white flowers in spring. Nice yellow to orange fall color. They can tolerate sun to shade.


Spirea nipponica var. tosaensis Cheyenne Snowmound

 

Ht: 3-5′

Mature Spread: 3-5′

Shape: Round

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full to Part Sun

Dry

 

Spirea nipponica                                      Snowmound Spirea

This is an arching rounded shrub with clusters of showy white flowers in spring.

 

Ht: 3-5′

Mature Spread: 3-5′

Shape: Round

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Medium to Dry

 

Spirea x vanhouttei                              Vanhoutte Spirea

This is a large shrub with long arching branches and fragrant white flowers in spring.

 

Ht: 5-7′

Mature Spread: 6-8′

Shape: Round

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full to Part Sun

Medium to Dry

 

Symphoricarpos alba                             White Snowberry

This is an arching shrub with blue to green leaves and pink to white flowers in spring followed by white berries.


Symphoricarpos alba White Snowberry

 

Ht: 3-4′

Mature Spread: 3-5′

Shape: Round/Arching

Flower Color: White-Pink

Hardiness: Zone 3

Sun to Shade

Dry

 

Symphoricarpos oreophylus                           Mountain Snowberry

This is a low growing vase-like shrub with arching branches and small light pink flowers. They produce white berry like drupes in late summer. They tolerate sun to shade and poor soils.

 

Ht: 2-4′                                     *Native*

Mature Spread: 2-4′

Shape: Round

Flower Color: Pink

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun to Part Shade

Dry

 

Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’                               Dwarf Korean Lilac

This is a rounded shrub compact with glossy dark green leaves and fragrant lavender flowers in spring. They make a good foundation or border plant.

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Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’               Dwarf Korean Lilac

Ht: 5-7′

Mature Spread: 5-7′

Shape: Broad Oval

Flower Color: Lilac

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Medium to Dry        

 

Syringa patula                                      Miss Kim Lilac

This is a rounded shrub with dark green foliage and pale lavender blue fragrant flowers.

Syringa patula Miss Kim Lilac

 

Ht: 6-8′

Mature Spread: 8-10′

Shape: Broad Oval

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Medium to Dry

 

Syringa vulgaris                                          Common Purple Lilac

This is a tall rounded shrub with fragrant purple flowers in spring. It is often used for hedges.

 

Ht: 10-12′

Mature Spread: 8-12′

Shape: Upright Broad

Flower Color: Lavender Purple

Hardiness: Zone 2

Full Sun

Medium-Dry

Yucca angustissima                                    Narrow Yucca

This is an evergreen shrub that can form a short woody stalk.  They have long thin leave blades and white flowers in Spring.  They very drought tolerant.

Ht: 3-4′                                         *Native*

Mature Spread: 3-4′

Shape: Spike

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Yucca baccata                                              Banana Yucca

This is an evergreen shrub with long twisting blue green leaves. The flower stalks 2-3′ tall with large green banana shaped fruits in late summer. The fruit tastes like banana too but watch out for the worm!

Yucca baccata Banana Yucca

 

Ht: 3-4′                                         *Native*

Mature Spread: 3-4′

Shape: Spike

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Yucca brevifolia                                        Joshua Tree

This is an evergreen tree form Yucca with short spike like leaves. As with most tree form yuccas, it is very slow growing.

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Yucca brevifolia  Joshua Tree

Ht: 10- 20′

Mature Spread: 8-10′

Shape: Tree Form

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: Zone 6

Full Sun

Dry     Very Limited Availability


Yucca elata                                         Soap Tree Yucca

This is a tall tree-like Yucca with large flower stalks and cream white flowers. This slow growing yucca is one of the hardiest of the tree form yuccas.

 

Yucca elata Soap Tree Yucca


Ht: 6-8′                                       *Native*

Mature Spread: 3-4′

Shape: Tree Form Spike

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: Zone 5

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Yucca glauca                                    Soapweed Yucca

This shrub has stiff sword like green leaves with 4′ tall flower stalks and greenish- white flowers. This is native to the eastern slope of Colorado.

 

Ht: 3-4′                                       *Native*

Mature Spread: 2-3′

Shape: Spike

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full sun

Very Dry

 

Yucca harrimaniae                                    Harriman’s Yucca

This is a clump forming shrub with curly spiky leaves and thin white threads creating a silver cloud. They are a native to the western slope of Colorado. They tolerate poor soils well.


 

 

 

 

 

Yucca harrimaniae Harriman’s Yucca

 

Ht: 3-4′                                      *Native*

Mature Spread: 3-4′

Shape: Spike

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Yucca rostrata                                         Beaked Yucca

This is a tall tree forming yucca with long blue green leaves. They look much like a palm tree. Plant them in a well protected area. They are slow growing and native to the West Bend area of Texas, hardy to -20F.


Yucca rostrata Beaked Yucca

 

Ht: 8-10′

Mature Spread: 2-4′

Shape: Tree Form Spike

Flower Color: Ivory White

Hardiness: Zone 6

Full Sun

Very Dry Limited Availability

 

Yucca rupicola                                    Twisted Leaf Yucca

This is a fairly short yucca with blue green twisting leaves.

Yucca rupicola Twisted Leaf Yucca

 

Ht: 2-3′

Mature Spread: 2-3′

Shape: Spike

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: Zone 6

Full Sun

Very Dry Limited Availability

 

Yucca thompsoniana                            Thompson Yucca

This is a low branching tree forming yucca with gray green leaves. They usually have multiple heads.


Yucca thompsoniana Thompson Yucca

 

Ht: 4-6′

Mature Spread: 3-4′

Shape: Tree Form Spike

Flower Color: Pure White

Hardiness: Zone 6

Full Sun

Very Dry Limited Availability

 

Yucca  pallida                                   Pale Leaf Yucca

This is a fairly short Yucca with wide blue green leaves.

Ht: 2-3′

Mature Spread: 2-3′

Shape: Spike

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: Zone 6

Full Sun

Very Dry Limited Availability