Plant native shrubs this fall

John Young, Gill, Daniel J., Owings, Allen D.

Sustainable Landscape News Distributed 11/26/08

By LSU AgCenter Horticulturists

Many of us think about planting shrubs in the spring, but fall is the best time to plant shrubs in Louisiana. There are advantages to planting woody ornamentals, such as trees and shrubs, at this time.

The roots of newly planted shrubs grow actively during the fall and early winter even though the top of the plants are dormant. Root growth allows the plants to become established in their new location before spring growth begins. Also, the typically cool, wet winter weather means the shrubs will need less watering compared to those planted in spring and early summer.

Here are some excellent evergreen or semi-evergreen shrubs for Louisiana, along with their mature size and light requirements:

– Leucothoe (Leucothoe axillaris): 3-6 feet, partial shade, shade

– Dwarf palmetto (Sabal minor): 2-8 feet, partial shade, shade

– Dwarf yaupon (Ilex vomitoria Nana): 2-4+ feet, sun, partial shade

– Florida Anise (Illicium floridanum): 8-12 feet, partial shade, shade

– Fetterbush (Lyonia lucida): 2-6+ feet, partial shade, shade

– Groundsel Bush (Baccharis halimifolia): about 12 feet, sun, partial shade

– Inkberry/Gallberry (Ilex glabra): 7-10 feet, sun, partial shade

– Florida Anise (Illicium floridanum): 6-8 feet, sun, partial shade

Here are some excellent deciduous shrubs for Louisiana, also with their mature size and light requirement:

– French Mulberry/Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana): 3-8 feet, sun, partial shade

– Honeysuckle azaleas (Rhododendron canescens): 8-16 feet, sun, partial shade

– Arrowwood (Viburnum dentatum): 6-15, feet, sun, partial shade

– Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia): 6-8+ feet, shade, partial shade

– Spicebush (Lindera benzoin): 3-10 feet, sun, shade

– Strawberry bush/Wahoo (Euonymus americanus): 4-8 feet, partial shade, shade

– Virginia willow (Itea virginica): 3-4 feet, partial shade, shade

– Winterberry (Ilex verticillata): 6-10 feet, sun, partial shade

– Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia): 6-12 feet, partial shade

Come to LaHouse in Baton Rouge to see sustainable landscape practices in action. The home and landscape resource center is located near the intersection of Burbank Drive and Nicholson Drive (La. Highway 30) in Baton Rouge across the street from the new LSU baseball stadium. For more information, go to and


Dan Gill at (225) 578-2222 or
Allen D. Owings at (985) 543-4125 or
John Young at (225) 578-2415 or (225) 578-2222 or
Editor: Mark Claesgens at (225) 578-2939 or

11/26/2008 4:20:07 AM
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