Medium Sun Shrubs

Ranging from 4 to 6 feet, medium shrubs can be used as hedges, screens, noise barriers, in mass plantings, or as focal points. They can be as tall as they are wide. Several provide flower color and attractive fruit, while others provide colorful fall foliage.

Barberry

Cherry Bomb Barberry

Berberis thunbergii ‘Monomb’

Height: 3-4′

Spread: 3-4′

Golden Rocket Barberry

Berberis thunbergii ‘Golden Rocket’

Height: 3-5′

Spread: 2-3′

Helmond Pillar Barberry

Berberis thunbergii ‘Helmond Pillar’

Height: 3-4′

Spread: 1-2′

Lime Glow Barberry

Berberis thunbergii ‘Lime Glow’

Height: 5′

Spread: 4′

Mentor Barberry

Berberis mentorensis

Height: 4-6′

Spread: 5-6′

Orange Rocket Barberry

Berberis thunbergii ‘Orange Rocket’

Height: 4-5′

Spread: 2-3′

Rose Glow Barberry

Berberis thunbergii ‘Rose Glow’

Height: 5′

Spread: 4′

William Penn Barberry

Berberis x gladwynensis ‘William Penn’

Height: 4′

Spread: 4-6′

Butterfly Bush

Miss Molly Butterfly Bush

Buddleia ‘Miss Molly’ 

Height: 4-5′

Spread: 4-5′

Miss Pearl Butterfly Bush

Buddleia ‘Miss Pearl’

Height: 4-5′

Spread: 4-5′

Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush

Buddleia ‘Miss Ruby’

Height: 4-5′

Spread: 4-5′

Miss Violet Butterfly Bush

Buddleja x ‘Miss Violet’

Height: 4-5′

Spread: 4-5′

Chaste Tree

Blue Diddley Chaste Tree

Vitex agnus-castus ‘SMVACBD’

Height: 3-5′

Spread: 3-5′

Chaste Tree, Vitex agnus-castus, at Monrovia Nursery Co.

Currant

Alpine Currant

Ribes alpinum

Height: 3-5′

Spread: 3-5′

Golden Currant

Ribes aureum

Height: 4-5′

Spread: 4-5′

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′

Creme de Mint Dogwood

Cornus alba ‘Crmizam’

Height: 4-5′

Spread: 4-5′

Red Rover Dogwood

Cornus obliqua ‘Powell Gardens’

Height: 4-5′

Spread: 4-5′

Zachary Dogwood

Height:

Spread:

Dwarf Burning Bush

Coles Compact Dwarf Burning Bush

Euonymus alatus ‘Cole’s Compact’

Height: 6-8′

Spread: 6-8′

Fireball Dwarf Burning Bush

Euonymus alatus ‘Select’

Height: 5-7′

Spread: 5-7′

Fernbush

Chamaebatiaria millefolium

Height: 3-5′

Spread: 3-5′

Forsythia

Show Off Forsythia

Forsythia x intermedia ‘Mindor’

Height: 5-6′

Spread: 5-6′

Lilac

Bloomerang Dark Puple Lilac

Syringa x ‘SMSJBP7’

Height: 4-6′

Spread: 4-6′

Bloomerang Dwarf Pink Lilac

Dwarf Pink Syringa x ‘SMNJRPI’

Height: 3′

Spread: 3′

Bloomerang Purple Lilac

Syringa x ‘Penda’

Height: 4-5′

Spread: 4-5′

Bloomerang Scent & Sensibility Lilac

Syringa x ‘SMSXPM’

Height: 2-3′

Spread: 2-3′

Ninebark

Little Devil Ninebark

Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Donna May’ 

Height: 3-4′

Spread: 3-4′

Tiny Wine Ninebark

Physocarpus opulifolius ‘SMPOTW’

Height: 3-5′

Spread: 3-4′

Tiny Wine Gold Ninebark

Physocarpus opulifolius ‘SMNPOTWG’

Height: 3-4′

Spread: 3-4′

Pink Flowering Almond

Prunus glandulosa

Height: 4-5′

Spread: 3-4′

Privet

Lo Dense Privet

Ligustrum vulgare ‘Lodense’

Height: 4′

Spread: 4′