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The Best of Our Medium-Size Shrubs

4/14/2017 6:30 AM

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McKay Staff

in Plants & Flowers


Our top 4 medium shrubs are sure to complete your homes curb appeal. Pro Tip: Use any of these medium-sized plants in combination with smaller shrubs or groundcovers to create informal groups in beds or borders. 


Annabella Hydrangea


The Annabelle Hydrangea is a large 10-12" snow-white globe that will pop in your landscape. It is more of a low growing shrub only getting to be 3-4 feet high. The rich, green foliage will stand-out against the white flower heads. Its sturdy stems support flowers, blooms very dependably. Japanese Beetles don't like this plant. Prune to a few inches above the ground every spring.

Annabella Hydrangea Quick Facts:

Bloom Time: July - September
Color: Green, White
Plant Size: Around 3-4' tall and wide
Flower Color: White
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Wet
Growing Zones: 3, 5-9




Amethyst Snowberry 


The Amethyst Snowberry is a new selection of snowberry that gets to about 2-3' tall if cut back each spring before new growth begins. This plant will get to be about 4' tall if not cut back. Great shade plant with dark green leaves. Outstanding fruit display long into winter, purplish-pink in color. Mildew resistant. Excellent if used for mass planting in the landscape.

Amethyst Snowberry Quick Facts:

Bloom Time: July
Color: Green, Pink, Purple
Plant Size: Around 2-3' tall & wide (will grow larger if not pruned)
Flower Color: Pink
Fruit:  Pink, Purple
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry, Wet
Growing Zones: 3 - 7





Onondaga Viburnum


The Onondaga Viburnum is a USDA introduction. It's a striking shrub with foliage emerging dark-maroon and maturing dark-green, with a purple tinge. The buds are red that open to a creamy-white with a pink tinge. Plant along borders, massing, foundations or hedges. This shrub matures to be around 6-8' tall and wide.

Onondaga Viburnum Quick Facts:

Bloom Time: May
Color: Green, Purple, Red, White
Plant Size: Around 6-8' tall x 6-8' wide
Flower Color:  White
Fall Color: Purple
Fruit:  Red
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Clay, Acidic, Dry
Growing Zones: 4 - 7




Alpine Currant

middle-size shrubs 

The Alpine Currant is a great dwarf, compact, dense shrub, growing around 3-4 feet high. It gets a little fuller when it leafs out in spring. There are inconspicuous yellow flowers in June. As pictured, this plant makes for an excellent hedge, either trimmed or untrimmed. This plant can be planted in the shade. This selection has shown to be resistant to leaf drop, is very reliable and can be easily transplanted.

Alpine Currant Quick Facts:

Bloom Time: June
Color: Green, Yellow
Plant Size: Around 3-4' tall x 3-4' wide
Flower Color: Yellow
Fall Color: Green
Sunlight: Full Sun to Full Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Wet, Dry
Growing Zones: 2 - 7





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