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.

Indigo "False"

Indio "False" Amorpha fruticosa

False Indigo, Indigo-bush, Bastard Indigo, Indigo-bush Amorpha
Amorpha fruticosa

Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

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Indigo, "Chinese"

Indigo, "Chinese" Indiofera kirilowii

Grows in partial to full shade, deciduous. Mature size 2'x3'. Delicate sprays of pink blooms spring to summer. Low water requirement. 3-2015

Juniper "Blue Point"

Juniper "Blue Point" Juniperus chinensis X 'Blue Point'

Grows in full sun, evergreen. Mature size 10’x3’. Dark green fine foliage. Bold, spiky growth habit. Watch for red spider mites and bagworms. Low water requirement. 3-2015

Mexican Bird of Paradise

Mexican Bird of Paradise Caesalpinia gilliesii

Grows in full sun, deciduous. Mature size varies up to 15’x15’. Blooms in summer in shades of yellow with red filaments, followed by seed pods. Low water requirement. 12-31-2015




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