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Have you ever wondered how many shrubs can survive in the Las Vegas desert climate? Many more can survive than you might be guessing. To be precise, 178 shrubs are known to be compatible with the climate here.

What is a Shrub?

A shrub, which is also called a bush, is a plant which is small to medium in size. It is a perennial plant, which means it lives for more than two years. It is also a woody plant, meaning it produces wood as its main stalk. There are two types of shrubs: evergreen, which tends to keep its foliage and deciduous, which tends to lose and then regrow its foliage.

What are Shrubs Used For in Landscaping?

Shrubs are common in landscapes across the world. In Las Vegas, they are used to hide foundations, create privacy barriers or used as a backdrop. Besides these functional uses, they can also simply be used for decoration or to add contrast to the other plants or trees in the landscaping. Colors such as gold, red and purple can brighten up a dreary desert scene.

If you are planning on adding shrubs to your yard, the best time to plant them is in the fall. This allows the roots of the shrub to have ample time to become established in your soil, thus increasing the chance that your new plantings will survive. Also be sure to place the shrubs in a location that won’t block any windows or views when the plant matures.

Which shrubs are best for Las Vegas?

According to the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition and the Southern Nevada Water Authority, the following 178 types of shrubs can be adapted to the harsh desert environment found in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Apache PlumeFour-Wing SaltbushRio Bravo Texas Ranger
Arizona Mescal BeanFremont’s BarberryRockspray
Arizona RosewoodGermanderRose
Autumn SageGlossy AbeliaRosemary
Baja Fairy DusterGold Spot EuonymusSage
Barbados CherryGolden DewdropSaltbush, Desert Holly
Berlandier AcaciaGray Gleam JuniperSand Sage
Big Sage BrushGray-Leaf CotoneasterScarlet Sage
Black DaleaGreen Cloud Texas RangerScrub Live Oak
BlackbrushGreen Lavender CottonSea Green Juniper
Blackbrush AcaciaGreythornShadscale
BladdersageHollywood Twisted JuniperShrubby Jerusalem Sage
Blue HibiscusHoudini Texas RangerShrubby Senna, Shrubby Cassia
Blue Mist SpireaIndigo BushSierra Bouquet Texas Ranger
Blue Point JuniperJapanese BarberrySierra Madre Sage
Blue Texas RangerJapanese BoxwoodSilver Cloud Texas Ranger
BottlebrushJapanese Sago PalmSilver Dalea
Box-leaf EuonymusJerusalem SageSilver King Euonymus
Brewer’s SaltbushJojobaSilverberry
BrittlebushJuniperSilvery Senna, Silver Leaf Cassia
BuckwheatKnifeleaf Acacia, Knife AcaciaSlender Fuchsia
Bush LantanaLas Vegas Valley BuckwheatSnakeweed
Butterfly BushLavender Cotton, Gray SantolinaSpartan Chinese Juniper
California JusticiaLavender Spice, Mexican OreganoSpiny Senna
Cape PlumbagoLeatherleaf Acacia, Waxleaf A.Spotted Emu Bush
Centennial BroomLittle Leaf AshSquaw Bush / Skunk Bush
Chaparral SageLittle Leaf CordiaSugar Bush
Chihuahuan SageLittleleaf SumacSummertime Blue Emu Bush
Classic MyrtleLynn’s Legacy Texas Ranger‘Sunrise’ Tecoma
Cliff GoldenbushMatilija Poppy, Fried Egg PoppySweet Bush
Cliff RoseMexican Bird of ParadiseTam Juniper
Compact JojobaMexican Blue SageTexas Ranger, Texas Sage, Cenizo
Compact MyrtleMexican Bush SageThompson Broom
Compact Texas RangerMexican CliffroseThunder Cloud Texas Ranger
Cooper’s WolfberryMexican ElderberryTurpentine Broom
Coral FountainMexican FlameTurpentine Bush
Creeping AcaciaMexican HoneysuckleTwisted Myrtle
Creosote BushMojave SageUtah Butterfly Bush
DamiantaMormon TeaValentine Emu Bush
Desert AlmondNarrowleaf RosewoodVelvet-leaf Mallow, Superstition Mallow
Desert Broom, Coyote BushNevada Jointfir, Nevada Mormon TeaVelvet-leaf Senna
Desert MilkweedNevada SmokebushVirgin River Brittlebush
Desert Olive, New Mexico PrivetOleanderWhite Bursage, Burrobush
Desert Ruellia‘Orange Jubilee’ Tecoma, Orange BellsWhite Cloud Texas Ranger
Desert SaltbushPale WolfberryWhite Rockrose
Desert SennaPineapple GuavaWild Buckwheat, California Buckwheat
Devil’s RiverPink Beauty Emu BushWinter Gold Emu Bush
Dwarf BottlebrushPink Desert Hibiscus, African MallowWinterfat
Dwarf OleanderPink Fairy DusterWolf Berry
Dwarf PomegranatePink Indigo BushWoods’ Rose
Dwarf XylosmaPurple Hopseed BushWooly Bursage
Dyer’s GreenwoodPurple Rock Rose, Orchid RockroseWooly Butterfly Bush
Easter Egg EremophilaPurple Sage, Desert SageXylosma
Ebbing’s SilverberryPyracantha, FirethornYellow Bird of Paradise
EremophilaPyrenees CotoneasterYellow Rabbit Brush, Green Rabbit Brush
Evergreen EuonymusQuailbush, Big SaltbushYellow Snapdragon Bush
Evergreen SumacRain Cloud Texas RangerYellow Trumpet Flower, Yellow Bells
Feathery SennaRed Bird of ParadiseYerba Santa
Fern BushRed Clusterberry
Fire and Ice Emu BushRed Justicia

Are you in need of desert compatible shrubs?

Visit our Free estimate page to setup a time where one of our professional botanists can come take a look at your needs. Here at Enpark Landscape, we can show you a variety of shrubs which would be a perfect addition to your yard.