Shrubs: List

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Many of the linked websites on this page have some from contributors at The Province of Ontario's Tree Atlas, Ontario Wild Flowers, The Northern Ontario Plant Database (NOPD), USDA's Plants Database, University of Texas' Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Landscape Ontario's Plant Resources Page, Ontario Trees & Shrubs and Trees Canadensis™.


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Scientific Name Common Name Soil Moisture
1=Dry
2=Med
3=Wet
Partial shade tolerance Drought Tolerance
1=Low
2=Med
3=High
Salt Tolerance
1=Low
2=Med
3=High
Pollution tolerance Compaction tolerance STEP star
Amelanchier arborea Downy Serviceberry 1-2 Y 2 1
Amelanchier laevis Allegheny Servicebery / Smooth Serviceberry 1-2 Y 2 2
Amelanchier sanguinea Roundleaf Serviceberry / Dwarf Juneberry 1-2 Y 2-3 2 Y
Amelanchier spicata Low Serviceberry / Shadbush serviceberry 1-2 Y 2 2 Y
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi Bearberry 1-2 Y 2-3 2-3
Aronia melanocarpa (Photinia melanocarpa) Black Chokeberry 1-3 Y 1-2 2-3
Cephalanthus occidentalis Common Buttonbush 2-3 Y 2 2 Y
Cornus alternifolia Alternate-leaf Dogwood 2 Y 2 1-2 Y
Cornus amomum ssp. obliqua Silky Dogwood 2-3 Y 2 1 Y
Cornus foemina spp. racemosa Stiff Dogwood / Gray Dogwood 1-2 Y 2 2-3 Y
Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (Cornus stolonifera) Red-Osier Dogwood 2-3 Y 2 1 Y
Corylus americana American Hazelnut 1-2 Y 2 1 Y
Corylus cornuta Beaked Hazelnut 1-2 Y 2 1 Y
Cotoneaster apiculatus
C. divaricata
C. horizontalis
C. microphylla
Cotoneaster 2 Y 3 2-3 Y
Diervilla lonicera Northern Bush-honeysuckle 1-2 Y 2 1-2 Y
Hamamelis virginiana American Witch-hazel 1-2 Y 2 1
Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' Annabelle Hydrangea 2 Y 1 3
Hypericum kalmianum Shrubby/Kalm St. Johns-wort 2-3 Y 2-3 3 Y
Juniperus communis Common Juniper 1 3 3 Y
Juniperus horizontalis Creeping Juniper 1 3 3 Y
Kerria japonica Japanese Rose 1-2 Y 3 3
Lindera benzoin Spicebush 2-3 Y 2 2
Lonicera dioica Glaucous Honeysuckle 1-2 Y 2 1-2 Y
Morella pensylvanica Bayberry 1-2 Y 3 3
Physocarpus opulifolius Eastern Ninebark 1-3 Y 2-3 3
Potentilla fruticosa (Dasifora floribunda) Shrubby Cinquefoil 1-3 Y 2-3 2 Y
Prunus pensylvanica Pin Cherry 1-2 2-3 2 Y
Prunus pumila var. pumila Sand Cherry 1-3 3 2
Prunus virginiana Chokecherry 1-2 Y 2 3 Y
Rhus aromatica Fragrant Sumac 1-2 Y 2-3 2 Y
Rhus glabra Smooth Sumac 1 3 3
Rhus hirta (Rhus typhina) Staghorn Sumac 1-2 3 3 Y Y
Ribes americanum Wild Black Currant 2-3 Y 1 1 Y
Ribes cynosbati Prickly Gooseberry 1-2 Y 2 1
Ribes triste Swamp Red Currant 2-3 Y 1 1-2
Rosa blanda Smooth Rose 1-2 2 1-2 Y
Rubus allegheniensis Allegheny Blackberry 2 Y 2 1 Y
Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus Common Red Raspberry 2-3 Y 2 2 Y
Rubus odoratus Purple Flowering Raspberry 1-2 Y 2 2 Y
Rubus pubescens Dwarf Red Raspberry 2 Y 1 1
Salix bebbiana Bebb’s Willow 3 Y 1-2 ? Y
Salix discolor Pussy Willow 3 Y 1-2 2 Y
Salix eriocephala Woolly Headed Willow / Heart-Leaved Willow 3 Y 1-2 ?
Salix exigua Sandbar Willow 2-3 2-3 2 Y
Salix petiolaris Meadow Willow 2-3 1-2 ? Y
Sambucus nigra canadensis Common Elderberry 2-3 Y 1-2 1-2 Y
Sambucus racemosa ssp. pubens Red Elderberry 2 Y 2-3 2 Y
Shepherdia canadensis Canada Buffalo-berry, Soapberry 1 Y 3 3 Y
Spiraea alba Narrow-leaved Meadow-sweet 3 Y 2 1 Y
Viburnum acerifolium Maple-leaf Viburnum 2 Y 2 1
Viburnum dentatum Arrowwood 1-2 Y 2 2
Viburnum lentago Nannyberry 2-3 2 1-2 Y
Viburnum rafinesquianum Downy Arrowwood 1 Y 3 2 Y