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Deciduous Shrubs: Tried and Trouble-free and Recommended to You!

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Deciduous Shrubs:  Tried and Trouble-free and Recommended to You!

Shrubs are defined as woody plants, which in comparison to trees, are relatively shorter in height and have multiple stems rather than a single trunk. There are some taller shrubs (usually over eight feet) that may also be referred to as small multi-stemmed trees.

One of our favorites is the spring flowering and fragrant Itea virginica ‘Henry’s Garnet’ pictured here in its full glory. Add to that its low maintenance requirements; good adaptability to various sun exposure and moisture conditions coupled with excellent fall color and you can understand why it’s at the top of many lists.

Speaking of care and maintenance, one of the questions we often get concerning flowering shrubs is when to prune them. The linked Gardening Help Q and A message will help.  Additional maintenance info for shrubs can be found on this website by typing "shrub" into the Gardening Help search box on the left side of this page.

As always, one of the best ways to make a decision on selecting plants is to view them growing here in one of the Kemper Center for Home Gardening demonstration gardens here at the Missouri Botanical Garden before you make your selection.

While visiting the gardens, stop in at the Kemper Center and ask your questions at the Plant Doctor Desk (Monday-Saturday 10-3). You can also get your gardening questions answered by calling the Horticultural Answering Service at 314-577-5143 (Monday-Friday 9-Noon).

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