Top 10 Deciduous Shrubs


I grew up in the very southeastern part of what this book outlines as the midwest [just below Poplar Bluff, MO],  and I currently live far east of this area [the South New Jersey Shore]; yet, I have found that many of the lists work for where I live now–as well as where I grew up, in Missouri.


  1. Cotoneaster


2.  Dogwood

Dogwood - Arctic Fire Arctic Fire

  • The Arctic Fire Dogwood is a dwarf shrub with outstanding winter appeal.  Plant one by a front entrance to draw the eye or several as a magnificent shrub border.
  • Lovely four foot stems of red fire will seem to capture the winter sunlight amid the browns and grays of your cold landscape
  • Even through the winter color is the outstanding feature of this shrub, spring and summer also have their charms.
  • Tiny clusters of delicate white flowers appear in spring and continue sporadically into the summer months.

Dogwood - Ivory Halo Ivory Halo Tatarian Red Twig Dogwood

  • The Dogwood ‘Ivory Halo’, Cornus alba ‘Bailhalo’, also known as Tatarian dogwood, is a cultivar that is noted for its compact size, large variegated,white-edged leaves and bright red twigs in winter.
  • It is a rapid-growing, multi-stemmed, suckering, deciduous shrub that grows to a maximum size of 4-6′ tall on erect, usually unbranched, stems. It will grow in any soil type with adequate moisture and full sun to part shade.
  • The bright red winter stems which are particularly showy against a snowy backdrop.The the medium-dark green leaves, are up to 4.5″ long, and are edged with white.
  • The tiny, yellowish-white flowers appear in 2.5″ diameter flat-topped clusters in late spring. It may have sparse, intermittent additional flowering sometimes continuing into summer.
  • Flowers give way to clusters of blue-white drupes in summer. Fruit is quite attractive to birds and is generally considered to have as much if not more ornamental interest than the flowers.
  • The fall color is variable, but foliage may turn attractive shades of purple-red.
  • *Large White Edges Leaves
    *Red Stems in Winter
    *White Berries Which Attract Birds

3.  Forsythia

4. Hydrangea

5. Lilac

Top 10 Flowering Shrubs: French Lilac

Syringa vulgaris • Zones 3 to 8

Blooming lilacs are among the most anticipated sights and scents of spring. A deciduous shrub growing up to 22 feet tall and wide, it’s at its best in small groupings or as a specimen plant.

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6. Potentilla

7. Rhododendron

8. Spirea

9. Viburnum

10. Witch Hazel


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