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 Plume||Four-Wing Saltbush||Rio Bravo Texas Ranger|
|Arizona Mescal Bean||Fremont’s Barberry||Rockspray|
|Autumn Sage||Glossy Abelia||Rosemary|
|Baja Fairy Duster||Gold Spot Euonymus||Sage|
|Barbados Cherry||Golden Dewdrop||Saltbush, Desert Holly|
|Berlandier Acacia||Gray Gleam Juniper||Sand Sage|
|Big Sage Brush||Gray-Leaf Cotoneaster||Scarlet Sage|
|Black Dalea||Green Cloud Texas Ranger||Scrub Live Oak|
|Blackbrush||Green Lavender Cotton||Sea Green Juniper|
|Bladdersage||Hollywood Twisted Juniper||Shrubby Jerusalem Sage|
|Blue Hibiscus||Houdini Texas Ranger||Shrubby Senna, Shrubby Cassia|
|Blue Mist Spirea||Indigo Bush||Sierra Bouquet Texas Ranger|
|Blue Point Juniper||Japanese Barberry||Sierra Madre Sage|
|Blue Texas Ranger||Japanese Boxwood||Silver Cloud Texas Ranger|
|Bottlebrush||Japanese Sago Palm||Silver Dalea|
|Box-leaf Euonymus||Jerusalem Sage||Silver King Euonymus|
|Brittlebush||Juniper||Silvery Senna, Silver Leaf Cassia|
|Buckwheat||Knifeleaf Acacia, Knife Acacia||Slender Fuchsia|
|Bush Lantana||Las Vegas Valley Buckwheat||Snakeweed|
|Butterfly Bush||Lavender Cotton, Gray Santolina||Spartan Chinese Juniper|
|California Justicia||Lavender Spice, Mexican Oregano||Spiny Senna|
|Cape Plumbago||Leatherleaf Acacia, Waxleaf A.||Spotted Emu Bush|
|Centennial Broom||Little Leaf Ash||Squaw Bush / Skunk Bush|
|Chaparral Sage||Little Leaf Cordia||Sugar Bush|
|Chihuahuan Sage||Littleleaf Sumac||Summertime Blue Emu Bush|
|Classic Myrtle||Lynn’s Legacy Texas Ranger||‘Sunrise’ Tecoma|
|Cliff Goldenbush||Matilija Poppy, Fried Egg Poppy||Sweet Bush|
|Cliff Rose||Mexican Bird of Paradise||Tam Juniper|
|Compact Jojoba||Mexican Blue Sage||Texas Ranger, Texas Sage, Cenizo|
|Compact Myrtle||Mexican Bush Sage||Thompson Broom|
|Compact Texas Ranger||Mexican Cliffrose||Thunder Cloud Texas Ranger|
|Cooper’s Wolfberry||Mexican Elderberry||Turpentine Broom|
|Coral Fountain||Mexican Flame||Turpentine Bush|
|Creeping Acacia||Mexican Honeysuckle||Twisted Myrtle|
|Creosote Bush||Mojave Sage||Utah Butterfly Bush|
|Damianta||Mormon Tea||Valentine Emu Bush|
|Desert Almond||Narrowleaf Rosewood||Velvet-leaf Mallow, Superstition Mallow|
|Desert Broom, Coyote Bush||Nevada Jointfir, Nevada Mormon Tea||Velvet-leaf Senna|
|Desert Milkweed||Nevada Smokebush||Virgin River Brittlebush|
|Desert Olive, New Mexico Privet||Oleander||White Bursage, Burrobush|
|Desert Ruellia||‘Orange Jubilee’ Tecoma, Orange Bells||White Cloud Texas Ranger|
|Desert Saltbush||Pale Wolfberry||White Rockrose|
|Desert Senna||Pineapple Guava||Wild Buckwheat, California Buckwheat|
|Devil’s River||Pink Beauty Emu Bush||Winter Gold Emu Bush|
|Dwarf Bottlebrush||Pink Desert Hibiscus, African Mallow||Winterfat|
|Dwarf Oleander||Pink Fairy Duster||Wolf Berry|
|Dwarf Pomegranate||Pink Indigo Bush||Woods’ Rose|
|Dwarf Xylosma||Purple Hopseed Bush||Wooly Bursage|
|Dyer’s Greenwood||Purple Rock Rose, Orchid Rockrose||Wooly Butterfly Bush|
|Easter Egg Eremophila||Purple Sage, Desert Sage||Xylosma|
|Ebbing’s Silverberry||Pyracantha, Firethorn||Yellow Bird of Paradise|
|Eremophila||Pyrenees Cotoneaster||Yellow Rabbit Brush, Green Rabbit Brush|
|Evergreen Euonymus||Quailbush, Big Saltbush||Yellow Snapdragon Bush|
|Evergreen Sumac||Rain Cloud Texas Ranger||Yellow Trumpet Flower, Yellow Bells|
|Feathery Senna||Red Bird of Paradise||Yerba Santa|
|Fern Bush||Red Clusterberry|
|Fire and Ice Emu Bush||Red 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.