Bushes For Zone 5 Climates – Tips On Planting Zone 5 Shrubs

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By Amy Grant

If you live in USDA zone 5 and are looking to overhaul, redesign or just tweak your landscape, planting some zone 5 suitable shrubs may be the answer. The good news is that there are many options for growing shrubs in zone 5. Zone 5 shrub varieties can be used as privacy screens, accent plants along with seasonal color or as border plants. Read on to find out about bushes for zone 5 climates.

About Bushes for Zone 5 Climates

Shrubs are an important feature in a landscape. Evergreen shrubs become anchors of permanence and deciduous shrubs add interest with their changing foliage and blossoms throughout the seasons. They add scale and structure to the garden in conjunction with trees and other perennials.

Before planting zone 5 shrubs, do some research and carefully consider their requirements, ultimate size, adaptability, and seasons of interest. For instance, does the shrub have a creeping habit, is it mounded, and what is its overall spread? Know the shrub’s site conditions. That is, what pH, texture and drainage of the soil does it prefer? How much sun and wind exposure does the site get?

Zone 5 Shrub Varieties

It’s all very well to read a list of shrubs suited to zone 5, but it’s always a good idea to do a little local research as well. Take a look around and note what types of shrubs are common to the area. Consult your local extension office, nursery or botanical garden. On that note, here is a partial list of shrubs suited to growing in zone 5 gardens.

Deciduous shrubs

Deciduous shrubs under 3 feet include:

Somewhat larger (3-5 feet tall) shrubs that are suited to zone 5 are:

Larger deciduous shrubs, those that get from 5-9 feet in height, include:

Evergreen shrubs

As to the evergreens, several shrubs of between 3-5 feet in height include:


Larger, more tree-like shrubs that grow from 5 to 15 feet in height may include varieties of the following:

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