Some bushes and shrubs found in Florida can include wax myrtle, firebush, bottlebrush, azalea, oleander, buttonbush, yaupon holly and banana shrub. Some of these shrubs are native species, such as firebush and buttonbush, and other are appropriate choices for different Florida regions.
Some shrubs that are suitable as hedges or screens in the Central Florida region are firebush, bottlebrush and oleander. Hedges can range between 3 and 6 feet in height, and screens can be more than 6 feet. Firebrush is a perennial shrub with the scientific name of Hamelia patens. It produces bright red flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Some varieties can grow to be 15 feet tall. However, there is also a dwarf variety that is shorter. This shrub does well in United States Department of Agriculture zones 8-11. It can also thrive in South Florida.
Oleander grows easily as a shrub or small tree and belongs to the Apocynaceae family. It is an evergreen shrub that is also useful as a screen or wall. Depending on the variety, the shrub can produce white, pink, red or yellow flowers. Although a beautiful shrub in any backyard, this plant is also toxic.
Some shrubs that do well in South Florida are buttonbush and the dwarf Yaupon holly. Buttonbush is a native species found in wetlands and has the scientific name of Cephalanthus occidentalis. It produces fragrant white flowers. This bush can do well when planted near ponds or lakes. The dwarf Yaupon holly is a compact shrub that may be suitable as a low hedge. However, it can grow to be 4 to 6 feet in height.