Large Shrubs for Sunny Areas

Some can grow 15-20 feet tall. Seasonal interest is provided by flowers, fruit and fall color. Can be used for wildlife cover, hedges, screening, wind and sun barriers, in mass plantings and as a specimen plant.

Beauty Bush

Kolkwitzia amabilis

Height: 6-10′

Spread: 6-10′

Buckthorn

Columnar Buckthorn

Rhamnus frangula ‘Columnaris’

Height: 12′

Spread: 4′

Fernleaf Buckthorn

Rhamnus frangula ‘Asplenifolia’

Height: 15′

Spread:

Fine Line Buckthorn

Rhamnus frangula ‘Ron Williams’

Height: 5-7′

Spread: 2-3′

Buffaloberry Silver

Shepherdia argentea

Height: 6-20′

Spread: 4-18′

Burning Bush

Chicago Fire Burning Bush

Euonymus alatus ‘Timber Creek’

Height: 8-10′

Spread: 6-8′

Winged Burning Bush

Euonymus alatus

Height: 20′

Spread: 24′

Butterfly Bush

Black Knight Butterfly Bush

Buddleja davidii ‘Black Knight’

Height: 6-8′

Spread: 4-6′

Cran Razz Butterfly Bush

Buddleja x ‘Boscranz’

Height: 5-6′

Spread: 4-5′

Harlequin Butterfly Bush

Buddleja davidii ‘Harlequin’

Height: 4-6′

Spread: 3-5′

Pink Delight Butterfly Bush

Buddleja davidii ‘Pink Delight’

Height: 6-8′

Spread: 4-6′

Royal Red Butterfly Bush

Buddleja davidii ‘Royal Red’

Height: 6-8′

Spread: 4-6′

Sun Gold Butterfly Bush

Buddleja x weyeriana ‘Sungold’

Height: 10-12′

Spread: 8′

White Profusion Butterfly Bush

Buddleja davidii ‘White Profusion’

Height: 5-6′

Spread: 5-6′

Chokeberry

Aronia

Height: 6-8′

Spread: 6-8′

Chokecherry

Prunus virginiana

Height: 20-30′

Spread:

Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster

Height:

Spread:

Dogwood

Arctic Fire Dogwood

Cornus stolonifera ‘Farrow’ 

Height: 3-4′

Spread: 3-4′

Arctic Sun Dogwood

Cornus sanguinea ‘Cato’

Height: 3-4′

Spread: 3-4′

Bailey’s Red- osier Dogwood

Cornus stolonifera ‘Baileyi’

Height: 6′

Spread: 6′

Cardinal Dogwood

Cornus sericea ‘Cardinal’

Height: 6-9′

Spread: 8-12′

Isanti Red- osier Dogwood

Cornus sericea ‘Isanti’

Height: 6′

Spread: 6′

Ivory Halo Dogwood

Cornus alba ‘Bailhalo’

Height: 5-6′

Spread: 5-6′

Red Rover Dogwood

Cornus obliqua ‘Powell Gardens’

Height: 4-5′

Spread: 4-5′

Red Twig Dogwood

Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’

Height: 9′

Spread: 5′

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Yellow Twig Dogwood

Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’

Height: 6-8′

Spread: 7-9′

Elderberry

Blacklace Elderberry

Sambucus nigra ‘Eva’

Height: 6-8′

Spread: 6-8′

Laced Up Elderberry

Sambucus nigra ‘SNR1292’

Height: 6-10′

Spread: 3-4′

Lemony Lace Elderberry

Sambucus racemosa ‘SMNSRD4’

Height: 3-6′

Spread: 3-6′