​ Top 5 Native Flowering Shrubs

Posted by Tammy Sons on Dec 14, 2021

Flowering Shrub Favorites- Rough Leaf Dogwood

Rough Dogwood is often known by its formal name, Cornus drummondii. It is native to the Great Plains and the Midwestern United States. It is also seen quite a bit by the Mississippi River.

Its creamy yellow flowers and hard-which fruits on small branches are very distinguished anywhere. This small tree is known for its tapering base, drawn-out tip, lower velvety touch, and smooth margins.

Prominent veins bend towards the tip, and the upper surface is slightly rough to the touch. The fall color is purplish-red, and the flowers usually are about a ¼ inch wide. The Rough Leaf Dogwood grows quite tall so that it would be ideal for yard shade. It also has been seen on boulevards and in parks.

Zones 4-9

Mature Height- 48 ft

Mature Width- 15-30 ft

Growth/year- 2 ft

Sunlight- Full Sun to partial shade

Soil conditions- dry to moist, alkaline or sandy, acid-based or clay

Botanical name- Cornus drummondii

Carolina Silver Bell Tree

Carolina Silver Bell - The Carolina Silver Bell, commonly known as Four-winged Silverbell or simply Silverbell, belongs to the deciduous family of trees. This variety can reach a mature height of 30 feet and contain a width just as significant. The Silverbell tree flowers with a bell-shaped flower in May, then bearing a four-winged fruit, slowly ripen by October. Grown as an ornamental type, it produces this edible fruit that is pickled when unripe or eaten after it has ripened. However hardy the tree, it may be susceptible to drought conditions and prone to fertilizer burn. While growing at a more moderate rate, the Silverbell has been known to live as long as 100 years.

Zones - Hardiest in 5 but able to cultivate in 5 - 8.

Mature Height - 30 feet at full maturity.

Mature Width - 30 feet in Width by full maturity.

Sunlight - Full sun.

Soil conditions - Light sandy soil to medium loamy soils.

Botanical family name - Halesia carolina

Snowball Viburnum

Snowball Viburnum: Fondly called the snowball bush, the Snowball Viburnum is a frequent addition to the landscape next to more vibrantly colored bushes such as azaleas. The pristine white blooms resemble an actual snowball and pom-poms, making this bush a premier choice by gardeners for a beautiful contrast. The blooms begin in early Spring and last until late fall, allowing an entire season of 'snow' to enjoy. A mature height of 12 feet can easily be reached with this bush, as the branches spread to extend the Width up to a matching 12 feet. This bush is a hardy plant that will be the perfect choice for the center of a garden or the borders. The fragrant blossoms will be a treat for the entire Spring and summer, replacing red-tinged leaves in the fall. Snowball bushes continue to be a favorite choice from the viburnum family.

Snowball Viburnum Specs:

Zones - 4 to 9

Mature Height-- From 10 to 12 feet at full maturity.

Mature Width-- From 10 to 12 feet wide at complete maturity.

Sunlight- Full to partial sun.

Soil conditions: Adapts well to all conditions.

Botanical family name- Viburnum

Lagerstroemia - Crepe Myrtle

The Lagerstroemia, commonly referred to as the Crepe Myrtle, is a beautiful, colorful plant. I can get quite large up to 100 feet in size, but most are large shrub-like trees getting anywhere from 2 to 25 feet in height, depending on the variety. And it varies in colors from white to a deep purplish-red color. They bloom in summer and autumn. It is quite commonly grown in the south due to its likeness to warmer weather. It does well in climates below Zone 6. It will avoid fungal diseases in less humid places such as California and Texas. There are very many varieties of the Crepe Myrtles as well. But they make an excellent, colorful addition to any front or backyard landscape. Birds enjoy them, and you will find they may even choose to make a home in these dense shrubs. They are a tremendous asset to any home or business landscape and will catch your eye with their magnificent brilliant hues. So why not try one of the Crepe Myrtle

Zones: 7-10

Mature Height: 15'-25'ft


Shape: Vase Shape

Growth: Fast-growing

Sunlight: Full Sun

Soil: Does best in moist, well-drained soil

Botanical name: Lagerstroemia

Rhus Copallina Shining Sumac Shining Sumac

The Shining Sumac is most remembered for its deep red fall leaves. It provides the yard with extra color during a time of the year when foliage is rapidly falling from trees. It makes a great bank cover or yard border. It also could serve well while planted in groups to accentuate any landscape scene.

His colony-forming tree is very adaptable. It requires very little care and works well in most outside displays. The Shining Sumac is a deciduous tree that is native to eastern North America. It also accentuates just about any building it is planted against, and it provides a refuge for birds and other animals. Everyone from miles around will be waiting for the changes of colors from summer to fall.

Zones 4-8

Mature Height- 18 ft

Mature Width- 8 ft

Growth/year- 6 inches-2 ft

Sunlight- Full Sun to Partial Shade

Soil conditions- Moist, Well-drained

Botanical name- Rhus Copallina


Weigela: The Weigela varieties of shrubs are decorative, ornamental bushes that enhance any garden landscape. Placing this deciduous shrub within your garden is not only beautiful with the abundant flowers that appear in the Spring but with the foliage that can be as much of decoration as the blooms. Reaching a height of about 4 feet will produce around the effect in each of the bushes, making them a perfect solo piece. Planting these abundant bloomers will attract your garden for the visiting hummingbirds, giving an extra treat for the gardener. The long serrated leaves reach 2 to 6 inches making this bush beautiful long after the flowers have disappeared. Weigela bushes tend to spread, so remember to allow room to grow when planting this ornamental variety. A smaller bush that allows free form growth or adapts to pruned hedgerows also.

Zones -5 to 9

Mature Height - Approximately 3 to 4 feet at full maturity.

Mature Width - Three to four feet at full maturity.

Sunlight - Full to partial sun.

Soil conditions - Average soil conditions.

Botanical family name - Caprifoliaceae.