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Horticulture: Woody Ornamental Part II

Updated: Feb 17, 2023

More woody ornamental bushes and trees for you this week!

Border Forsythia

The Border Forsythia is a gorgeous tree that can grow up to 10 feet tall. These plants grow small yellow bell-shaped flowers that last until winter.

They are fairly low maintenance plants as well. They grow best in partial shade (Gardenia).

Downy Serviceberry

Another large tree, the Downy Serviceberry helps bring a variety of colors to your garden. It has dark green foliage in the summer that can change to red, orange or yellow in the fall.

The Downy Serviceberry grows 15-20 feet tall and prefers full sun to partial shade. A nice attribute is that birds are attracted to its fruits (Arbor Day).

Shrubby Cinquefoil

The Shrubby Cinquefoil is a medium sized bush with beautiful yellow flowers. These small flowers densely cover the plant, which make a wonderful, complimentary part of your garden.

Shrubby Cinquefoils tend to grow 2-4 feet tall and 3-5 feet wide. They are almost entirely pest free and prefer full sun to partial shade (Gardenia).

Spreading Cotoneaster

The Spreading Cotoneaster is another bush that grows small red berries. It is commonly used as a bordering plant for your garden.

They reach a mature height of 5-7 feet tall. The Spreading Cotoneaster has sweeping branches that reach the ground. They grow best in full sun to partial shade (Gardening Know-How).


The Wintercreeper is an evergreen shrub that works as a climber or groundcover. These dark green leaves have small white/yellow borders giving some variety to your garden.

As a growing plant, it can climb upwards of 66 feet, or as a ground cover 2 feet. The Wintercreeper is known to be quite invasive, so proper trimming is crucial when using this plant for your garden. It loves the full sun to partial shade (The Spruce).

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