Mississippi has its own unique weather patterns and growing conditions. Long, warm summers and mild winters all play a vital role in what will take root and flourish in our yards, making it critical to choose shrubs and ornamental plantings that can withstand the humid, subtropical climate. Don’t risk choosing the wrong shrubs for your home or business property. Go into the process knowing what will thrive in your Mississippi landscapes.
Here are the common names, characteristics, and needs of several shrubs that do well in the Mississippi heat:
Tag Alders are fast-growing shrubs, reaching up to 15 feet in height. These tall, deciduous trees have a distinctive trunk configuration and can withstand some drought conditions during the warmer weather seasons. Tag Alders can quickly fill in a landscape, offering yard shade sooner than other plantings. Plant in sun to shade with moist soils to ensure beautiful springtime flowers.
Red buckeye is a more petite shrub than the Alder, generally only reaching approximately 10 feet in height. This round-topped deciduous shrub does well in a moist, well-drained location and blooms in mid-spring with long, red flowers, making them a favorite feeding spot for hummingbirds.
This hardy shrub makes an excellent option in a wide range of applications such as gardens and ornamental landscapes. A robust Oakleaf Hydrangea can grow up to four feet wide and six feet high. The signature visual trait of the Oakleaf Hydrangea is its large, vibrant, white flowers that bloom in late spring. Hydrangeas do well in shady, well-drained, properly fertilized soils and can grow under the shade of other trees in a garden or bed.
Sweetshrub goes by many names including spicebush, strawberry bush, and Carolina allspice due to the fragrant smell of its lush, wine-colored flowers that bloom in mid-spring. This medium-sized, deciduous shrub has thick leaves that turn a bright yellow in the fall. Sweetshrub grows best in sun to part shade. Many home and business owners plant this tree in gardens and outdoor living spaces to enjoy its fruity smell.
Looking for a planting that delivers height and width? The American Sweet Olive shrub may prove the perfect solution. Native to Asia, this evergreen tree can reach up to 20 feet high and 10 feet wide due to our warm, tropical climate (lower temperatures can limit its growth). Plant your American Sweet Olive tree in partial shade and moist soils for best results and be prepared to enjoy the fragrance of its small white flowers from several hundred feet away.
This deciduous shrub is a hardy species that can thrive in a wide range of temperatures. Poorly drained soil is one of the only factors that may hinder success with this shrub. Plant in gardens, on property perimeters, and other landscapes that offer partial sun to shade for a brilliant burst of yellow-colored flowers in April and May.
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