A shrub is a woody plant that differs from a tree in that it’s usually no taller than 30’ and is generally multi-stemmed. There are both deciduous and evergreen shrub varieties. Shrubs compliment the landscape with an assortment of ornamental features. For example, the red bark of red twig dogwood (Cornus sericea) lights up the winter landscape, the fall foliage of oak leaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) adds beautiful color to the autumn landscape, and the white flowers that mature into red fruits on the American cranberry bush (Viburnum trilobum) bring year round interest to the garden. Shrubs, depending on variety, can be utilized as a hedged feature or an eye catching ornamental specimen. Due to their intermediate size, shrubs also  compliment the landscape in scale, filling the gap between the towering height of the tree and the shorter stature of annuals and perennials present in the garden bed. Select a category below to learn more about specific varieties of both deciduous and evergreen shrubs.