This genus includes different species: eastern arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis) and western red cedar (Thuja plicata), to name a few. Both are lush and dense.

California Bay Laurel

(Umbellularia californica)


Whether rounded or upright, this shrub has yellow-green clustered flowers throughout the year or during spring. Unlike the Mediterranean bay laurel, it is endemic to Southern Oregon. Its leaves have a sharper flavor than the former.

False Cypress



Another dense pyramidal shrub is the false cypress, a conifer related to cypresses. Although it has discreet fruits and flowers, it is an ideal pest-resistant and ornamental plant.

Florida Hobblebush

(Agarista populifolia)


Hobblebush has arching multi-stems and fragrant white blossoms from spring until summer. Likewise, it is a versatile plant for streams, borders, and slopes. It can also resist seasonal downpours and disease and deer problems.

Mugo Pine

(Pinus mugo)


Although it is widely prevalent in the European mountains, plant enthusiasts usually cultivate the dwarf mugo. Aside from the needle-like leaves, this conifer also forms light-colored shoots at its apex.

Oregon Grape

(Berberis aquifolium)


The Oregon grape is Oregon's state flower. If you want a shrub that requires minimum care, propagate it using cuttings or seeds. It will need mulch and fertilizer occasionally.

Red Tip Photinia

(Photinia x fraseri)


Photinia is best to cultivate in fall or spring. Likewise, pruning it every year promotes better airflow. It has red-green oval leaves as it matures. Meanwhile, it has bundles of white flowers towards the end of March.

Sasanqua Camellia

(Camellia sasanqua)


Even though camellia types are native to Japan and China, missionaries introduced them to other continents. Compared to the Japanese camellia, sasanqua has a steady growth. Moreover, you can opt for the hybrid of the two to enjoy their strengths.

Skyrocket Juniper

(Juniperus scopulorum)


With blue-green foliage, this species is the most slender juniper. The spacing between the conifers must be at least 2 and 1/2 feet to propagate in a row.

Southern Wax Myrtle

(Myrica cerifera)


Among the quick-growing shrubs on the list, wax myrtle or bayberry has a low-key green flowering. Although it is stable and disease-resistant, people can easily break its branches. In addition to the ornamental purpose, it comes in handy in candle-making and alternative medicine.

Yellow Anise

(Illicium parviflorum)


Also known as small or Ocala anise, it is a prominent plant in Florida. Raise anise as a hedge, or espalier with 36 to 60 inches spacing. Moreover, it resists infection and dryness. Its yellow-green flowers bloom in summer.