Shrub plants

The callicarpa: list of shrub plants

Callicarpa is one of the most particular plants in the fictitious list of shrub plants; endowed with a lanceolate type foliage, it has bronzed leaves in spring and light green in the approach of the summer season. This species has a somewhat erect posture, with an undoubtedly soft and rounded appearance, while it tends to thicken in case of pruning. If pruned they thicken, otherwise they have a more “soft” and supple appearance. Callicarpa is one of the shrub plantscoming from the Asian continent and more precisely from China, capable of reaching even three meters in height. Its flowers are inconspicuous and mostly gathered in clusters, of a lilac color, while the fruits resemble shimmering pearls, tending to purple. It is also important to underline how this plant is able to withstand very rigid temperatures, even lower than ‘minus 10 degrees’; the pruning should instead be carried out only to eliminate the branches broken or damaged by parasites from the Callicarpa.

The Cistus

Cistus is a type of shrub plantornamental, rich in ephemeral and rather silky flowers, which are produced with a certain continuity, starting from the month of March until the hottest months of the summer season. The leaves are rather elongated, evergreen and somewhat aromatic, varying in color depending on the season, while the flowers are white and very similar to poppies in shape. The cistus comes from rocky areas, so it is necessary to provide it with well-drained soil, even near stones, in a fully sunny area. They should be planted in spring or summer rather than autumn, in the same way as other Mediterranean shrubs; in fact, rain and frost can inexorably damage cysts, which need a sheltered position throughout the year.


Hawthorn, also called thorn tree , is part of the large shrub plants and is native to the northern temperate zone. Many species of this specimen are present in areas of North America, and a certain number of varieties are also cultivated as an ornamental plant due to its ability to produce attractive flowers and fruits which are also very useful from a medical point of view. Hawthorn is also suitable for forming hedges, and its combination of sturdy branches, hardwood, and numerous thorns make it a formidable barrier for livestock and wildlife. Up to five meters high, the hawthorn is capable of producing white flowers, somewhat thorny and therefore pungent. The leaves of a not strictly defined shape have a short petiole and are carried on the branch alternately.

Shrub plants: Hibiscus

The hibiscus is an evergreen shrub with an “exotic” appearance, always with bright colors, from white to dark purple, with flowers with the typical ‘trumpet’ shape. Their dimensions are quite variable but are often between 7-8 and 10 cm in diameter with colors ranging from yellow to peach to red; they are therefore very large specimens. Hibiscus plants can grow up to a height of 15 meters in frost-free areas and can be planted individually or grown as a ‘hedge plant’; it is preferable to plant them in spring and autumn, at a distance of at least 3 meters between one specimen and another. It should be noted that it will be necessary to opt for a well-drained soil, but the hibiscus is able to grow and develop even inside rather large pots,

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