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Shrubs are woody plants with multiple stems and are generally smaller than trees. Examples of shrubs include boxwood, roses, rhododendrons and azaleas, mountain laurel, jasmine and juniper. Shrubs are used to add interest and texture to residential and commercial landscapes and are often grown for t


The Department of Horticulture of Oregon State University and the Colorado State University Extension provide plant identification tools and systems that allow online users to determine various types of shrubs. The United States Department of Agriculture also provides a trees and shrubs pocket guide


Some common shrubs include forsythias, lilacs and rose of sharons. Forsythia bushes, or Forsythia x intermedia, are deciduous shrubs that produce bright yellow flowers in early spring. They are available in a variety of sizes, from the Meadowlark cultivar, which grows up to 10 feet, to the Sunrise v


Flowering shrubs include butterfly bush, rose of Sharon, hydrangeas, summersweet and potentilla. All of these shrubs bloom during the summer and are easy to care for.


Border shrubs are plants that are chosen for their tall height and fullness, which provide a living privacy fence along a property border. Some common flowering border shrubs are hydrangeas, rhododendrons, viburnums and weigelas, according to Martha Stewart.


Good landscaping shrubs include oakleaf hydrangea, fountain butterfly bush, Korean spice viburnum and summersweet. These hardy shrubs produce flowers and require little maintenance, but climate and site conditions determine the right planting location.


Some of the most common landscaping shrubs include forsythias, Rose of Sharon, rhododendrons, barberry and holly. Landscaping shrubs range in size from the smaller varieties up to the larger tree-like forms.


Deserts in the United States are home to many species of flowering shrubs, from the yellow-flowering creosote bush to the purple blooms of the Texas mountain laurel. A few non-native flowering shrubs that grow well in the desert are the pineapple guava and desert bird of paradise.


The best time to trim most shrubs is early spring, with the exception of spring-blooming shrubs, which should not be trimmed until just after their blooms fade. Early spring pruning gives the shrub plenty of time to develop new growth during the summer season.


Many shrubs thrive in the shade, including mountain laurel, climbing hydrangea, Carol Mackie daphne, Japanese rose, emerald and gold euonymus, yew, hemlock, hetz Japanese holly, sky pencil holly and andromeda. For instance, the mountain laurel shrub is native to woodland areas and forests, so it is