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.

Holly, "Dwarf Yaupon"

Holly, "Dwarf Yaupon" Ilex vomitoria x 'Nana'

Grows in sun or shade, evergreen. Mature size 4'x3'. Deer resistant. No fruit. Watch for canker worms. Drought tolerant. 3-2015

Holly, "Nellie R. Stevens"

Holly,"Nellie R. Stevens" Ilex aquiforlium cornuta x 'Nellie R. Stevens'

Nellie R. Stevens is a large evergreen shrub. It normally grows to the 15 to 25 foot range. It is tolerant of Parker County soils and can also withstand drought once established. It performs best in full sun but can tolerate partial shade. Give it a location with the best drainage available as consistently wet sites can damage its roots.

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Holly, "Possumhaw"

Holly, "Possumhaw" Ilex decidua

Grows in full sun to dappled shade. Mature size 15'x10'. Blooms March to May in shades of orange, red, and yellow followed by berries. A great shrub for interesting winter color. Be sure to purchase a female plant if you want berries. Low water requirement. 3-2015

Honeysuckle, "Western White"

Honeysuckle, "Western White" Lonicera alba

Grows in full sun to partial shade, deciduous. Mature size 4'x4'. Blooms in spring followed by berries. Low water requirement. 3-2015


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