Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens Plant Sale Shrubs Inventory

Many of the plants we sell have been found and nurtured on the grounds and in the greenhouse of the Bartlett. Please also see our inventory of perennials and inventory of trees



Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) - Deciduous shrub; Height – 3’ to 6’, Spread - 3’ to 6’; Full sun to partial shade; Moist, rich soils. Medium loamy soils; Lavender flowers bloom in late spring; Spectacular bright violet to magenta berry-like drupes. Seeds and berries are an important food source for birds

Button Bush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) — Shrub 3-8 feet tall, 3-6 feet wide; Full sun to part shade; Wet, moist soil; White flowers (1-inch balls) in summer; Attracts butterflies and other pollinators; May be deer resistant

Brilliantissima Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia ‘Brilliantissima’) — Multi-stemmed shrub; Height – 6’ to 8’, Spread - 3’ to 4’; Full sun to partial shade; Rich, consistently moist soil; Pinkish-white flowers in spring. Glossy red berries in summer persisting through winter; Brilliant red foliage in fall; Attracts songbirds, supports bees

Coppertina Ninebark  (Physocarpus opulifolius 'Coppertina') — Shrub; Full sun to partial shade; Adaptable to difficult situations; Drought and cold tolerant; 6-8 feet tall; White Flowers in early June; Attracts butterflies

Red-twig Dogwood

Red-twig Dogwood

Red-twig dogwood (Cornus sericea) — Deciduous shrub; Height – 6’ to 9’, Spread - 7’ to 10’; Full sun to partial shade; Moist soil; Small fragrant white flowers in spring, orange to red fall foliage, brilliant red stems in winter; Attracts birds and butterflies; Larval host to Spring Azure butterfly

Shadblow Serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis) — Multi-stemmed shrub or small tree; Height-14’- 16’, Spread 6’-8’; Full sun to part shade; Average to wet soil conditions; Snowy white, small flowers in late April; Yellow to orange fall colors; Attracts songbirds, edible berries

Spice Bush (Lindera benzoin) — Shrub; Sun to shade; Moist soil but will tolerate drier; 10 feet high and wide; Flowers dioecious, yellow and tiny in early spring, red berries in fall; Attracts birds, bees and butterflies (Spice bush swallowtail)

Summersweet/Sweet pepperbush (Clethra alnifolia ‘Ruby Spice’) — Rounded, densely-branched shrub; Height – 4’ to 6’, Spread - 3’ to 5’; Prefers part-shade. Tolerates shade; Moist, acidic sandy soils; Fragrant rose-pink flowers in late summer; Yellow to golden-brown foliage in fall; Flowers attract bees and butterflies

White Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia) — Part Sun to Part Shade; Prefers moist to wet soil; This shrub grows 3-8 feet tall; It is low maintenance and will naturalize; Produces beautiful, fragrant, white flowers in summer; Attracts butterflies and other pollinators; May be deer resistant

Sweetfern (Comptonia peregrina) — Deciduous shrub; Height – 2’ to 4’, Spread - 4’ to 8’; Full sun to partial shade; Acidic sandy soils. Tolerates poor soils; Aromatic leaves when crushed. Flowers are small yellow green catkins in April-May; Foliage resembles fern fronds; Attracts birds and butterflies; Larval host to Gray Hairstreak butterfly



Sweetshrub (Calycanthus floridus) — Shrub; Full sun, tolerant of part shade; Soil: Rich, loamy; Moisture: Medium, well-drained soil; Rounded, multi-stemmed, deciduous, 4’ to 7ʹ tall; Flowers very fragrant, dark chocolate brown to maroon; Fruits brownish, urn-shaped, mature in fall and persist throughout the winter; Blooms May through July; Generally, insect and disease free; May be deer tolerant

Viburnum dentatum (Viburnum dentatum) — Shrub; Partial sun; Well drained soil; 5-10 feet tall depending on cultivar; Creamy white florets May, blue berries fall, fall color; Great food source for birds; Attracts bees, songbirds and butterflies

Wentworth Viburnum (Viburnum trilobum ‘Wentworth’) — Shrub; Partial Sun; Enriched, well drained soil; 8-10 feet tall; Creamy white flowers late May, bunches of red fruit late summer, great fall color; Attracts birds

Common witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana) — Deciduous shrub; Height – 8’ to 12’, Spread - 6’ to 10’; Full sun to partial sun; Moist, well-drained soil; After leaves fall, blooms with spidery-petaled yellow flowers. Green-blue foliage, turning bright yellow in fall; Attracts songbirds. Source of late fall nectar