With hundreds of native shrub species throughout North America, finding the right one for your site can provide an important foundation for your landscape. Having diverse layers of plants (trees, shrubs, perennials, ground covers) is extremely beneficial to local wildlife. Many shrubs work well as understory specimens or natural hedges. When combined with trees and underplanted with perennials you can create a thriving ecosystem right in your own backyard! Native shrubs offer protection, nest sites, a place to perch, and food in the form of nutrient-rich berries, seeds, or even insects/caterpillars to feed their young. They are also important host plants that butterflies and moths rely on.
These native plant guides cover general growing conditions as well as helpful tips and fun facts. All content may be downloaded for free in an effort to help spread native plant awareness. While they may be downloaded and printed for personal or educational purposes, they are not for commercial use.
Click on the species scientific name to jump to it’s fact sheet below.
Click on the common name to visit a separate web page for that species (includes Fact Sheets, Quick Cards, and more info when available).
- Amorpha fruticosa – False Indigo
- Cephalanthus occidentalis – Buttonbush
- Diervilla lonicera – Bush Honeysuckle
- Hydrangea arborescens – Wild Hydrangea
- Hypericum prolificum – Shrubby St. John’s Wort
- Lindera benzoin – Northern Spicebush
- Physocarpus opulifolius – Common Ninebark
- Rosa palustris – Swamp Rose
- Rubus odoratus – Purple Flowering Raspberry
- Spiraea alba – Meadowsweet
- Spiraea tomentosa – Steeplebush
DID YOU KNOW?
When you scan the QR code on an Arcadia Natives pot label, it will take you to our website where you can quickly view the Plant Facts & Quick Cards for that species.
Though planting local ecotypes is ideal, sometimes it’s not always possible to source seeds close to home. When we know the provenance of any seed grown plant, it will be indicated on the label. You can look up the Ecoregion on a map to learn more about where it came from!
Arcadia Natives is located in the Permian Hills ecoregion (70a). Any plant grown from seed that was harvested from naturally occurring plant colonies on our property will be marked with a green dot and our logo!