Department of Horticulture

Hardy Plants for Waterwise Landscapes

Waterwise shrubs (© V.I. Lohr)


Scientific name

Common name

Amelanchier alnifoliaN Western serviceberry
Artemisia spp. N Sagebrush/Wormwood
Berberis koreana Korean barberry
Berberis thunbergii Japanese barberry
Caragana arborescens Siberian peashrub
Caryopteris x clandonensis ●@ Blue spirea
Ceanothus velutinus N
Snowbrush ceanothus
Cercocarpus montanus N True mountain mahogany
Chaenomeles spp. ●@ Flowering quince
Chamaebatiaria millefolium N Fernbush
Cornus sericea N Redosier dogwood
Cotoneaster apiculatus @ Cranberry cotoneaster
Cotoneaster lucidus ●@ Hedge cotoneaster
Daphne ×burkwoodii Burkwood daphne
Dasiphora fruticosa N Bush cinquefoil
Diervilla sessilifolia Bush honeysuckle
Ericameria (Chrysothamnus) nauseosus N Rabbitbrush
Euonymus alatus Burning bush
Forsythia spp. Forsythia
Holodiscus discolor N Ocean spray
Hypericum spp. ● Hypericum
Juniperus spp. N Juniper
Kerria japonica Japanese kerria
Kolkwitzia amabilis Beauty bush
Lonicera xylosteum Fly honeysuckle
Ligustrum obtusifolium Border privet
Ligustrum vulgare Common privet
Mahonia aquifolium N@ Oregon grape
Paxistima myrsinites N Oregon boxwood
Philadelphus lewisii N Wild mockorange
Photinia pyrifolia (Aronia arbutifolia) Red chokeberry
Physocarpus capitatus N Western ninebark
Physocarpus malvaceus N Mallow ninebark
Picea abies 'Nidiformis' Bird's nest spruce
Prunus laurocerasus Cherry laurel
Pyracantha coccinea Firethorn
Rhus trilobata N Three leaf sumac
Ribes aureum N Golden currant
Ribes sanguineumN Winter currant
Rosa nutkana N Nootka rose
Rosa rubrifolia ●@ Redleaf rose
Rosa rugosa Rugosa rose
Salix exigua N Coyote willow
Spiraea betulifoliaN@ Birchleaf spirea
Spiraea japonica Japanese spirea
Spiraea nipponica Nippon spirea
Spiraea thunbergii Thunberg spirea
Spiraea ×vanhouttei Vanhoutte spirea
Symphoricarpos spp. ●N@ Snowberry
Syringa spp. ● Lilac
Syringa reticulata Japanese tree lilac
Taxus spp. ●N Yew
Viburnum ×burkwoodii Burkwood viburnum
Viburnum ×carlcephalum Fragrant snowball viburnum
Viburnum lantana Wayfaring tree
Yucca spp. Yucca


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Scientific and common names are listed for each plant.  Plants are listed in alphabetical order by scientific name.

If the scientific name has a link, it leads to a page with photos and cultural information. If the common name has a link, it leads to photos, but not to cultural information. 

Key to symbols

spp. = More than one species is water-conserving

● = Suitable for dry shade; amount of shade varies

N = Native to Washington or Idaho

@ = May reseed or spread

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