Best Shrubs for Parker County
These plants are highly recommended for our drought conditions and highly resistant to most insects and diseases.
Shrub: A woody plant with more than one vertical stem proceeding from the roots. Shrubs are generally less than 20 feet tall.
Deciduous: Plants that will die back in autumn or winter and return again in spring. Plants that return from the root may be pruned to the ground in early spring. Plants that return from the stem should be pruned sparingly to control the shape or size.
Low Water Requirement: Plants that can survive on rainfall alone, once established. These are our hardiest plants, and watering them too much may actually harm the plant. In general, these plants can survive on rainfall alone; and during drought with no more than one inch of rain every 30 days. When rainfall is absent for an extended period of time, or when it is absent during the hottest days of summer, these plants will benefit from supplemental water.
Drought Tolerant: These plants will perform best with one inch of water once a week (including rain). Once established, these plants are able to survive drought conditions when watering is restricted.
Mexican Buckeye Ungnadia speciosa
Grows in full sun to dappled shade, deciduous. Mature size 8'x12'. Blooms in early spring in shades of purple and pink followed by large seed pods. Freely re-seeds. Low water requirement. Can be found in the wild in Parker County. 3-2015
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Myrtle, "Crape" Lagerstroemia indica
Grows in full sun, deciduous. Mature size & color varies by cultivar. Blooms June to September. Hybrids named after Native American Indians are hardier and resistant to powdery mildew. Low water requirement. 3-2015
Myrtle, "Dwarf Wax" Myrica pusilla
Grows in sun or shade, evergreen. Mature size 10'x8'. Cream-colored blooms in spring and winter followed by highly fragrant berries. Deer resistant. Low water requirement. 3-2015
Nandina Nandina domestica
Grows in full sun to partial shade, evergreen. Mature size varies up to 7'x4'. Blooms in summer followed by berries in some varieties. Grown for its colorful foliage. Deer resistant. Many excellent varieties. Low water requirement. r3-2015