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.

Spirea, "Blue Mist"

Spirea, "Blue Mist" Caryopteris cladonensis x 'Blue Mist'

Grows in full sun, deciduous. Mature size 2.5'x2'. Long spikes of blue blooms July to August. Deer resistant. Low water requirement. 3-2015

Viburnum, "Snowball"

Viburnum, "Snowball" Viburnum macrocephalum x 'Sterile'

Grows in partial shade, deciduous. Mature size 12'x12'. Softball-sized white blooms in spring. Watch for aphids and spider mites. Low water requirement. 3-2015

Vitex - Chase Tree

Vitrex - Chase Tree Vitex agnus-castus

Grows in full sun, deciduous. Mature size 8’x15’. Tall spikes of purple blooms May to September followed by fragrant seeds. Deer resistant. Low water requirement. 

 Vitex, Texas Lilac, or Chaste Tree (Texas Superstar)

Deciduous large shrub or small tree with distinctive palmately compound leaves. Profuse spikes of lavender flowers, bloomingheavily in the early summer, and thensporadically throughout the summer and fall.Vitex is heat, drought and pest tolerant.'Texas Lilac' is our group designation forseveral recommended cultivars including'Montrose Purple,''LeCompte,' and 'ShoalCreek,' all of which are considered TexasSuperstarsTM.

Exposure: Full sun; partial sun
Size: Height 10-15 feet tall, up to 15 feet wide
Bloom Time: May till frost.
Care: Vitex is coarse growing and will become a small tree quickly. Flowering is more spectacular if the plant is pruned
 heavily after bloom.




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