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Acer glabrum
  • Common name: Rocky Mountain Maple
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 6 to 20 feet in height
  • Native to: Idaho

The Rocky Mountain Maple is a deciduous shrub, small dwarf tree or clump. Very ornamental; dark red twigs, fruit tinged red, yellow fall color. Drought and partial shade tolerance.

Acer grandidentatum
  • Common name: Big Tooth Maple
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 20 - 30 feet
  • Native to: Idaho

The Big Tooth Maple is native to western North America, along streams from Idaho to Wyoming and south to Mexico. Brilliantly colored fall foliage. Lustrous green leaves, seeds emerge rosy-pink. Shrubby in youth, rounded head at maturity. One of the most sought after inter-mountain native trees.

Amelanchier alnifolia
  • Common name: Serviceberry
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: to 12 ft. x 6 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Serviceberry is a large erect shrub to graceful small tree. Lovely white blossoms in early spring, dark purple fruit followed by red leaves in fall. Pollinators: butterflies, bees.

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
  • Common name: Kinnick-kinnick
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 4" and sprawling
  • Native to: Idaho

Kinnick-kinnick is a glossy deep-green groundcover that does well under trees and shrubs in full sun or part shade. Small pinkish blooms are followed in fall by bird-friendly red berries. Leaves green or deep red in winter.

Artemisia frigida
  • Common name: Fringed Sage
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 6 in. x 24 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Fringed Sage is a low growing sagebrush relative forming mats of frilly grey-green leaves, giving rise in summer to foot-high fringed seed-stalks. Trim off seed-stalks to maintain as an ornamental ground cover with good color year- round.

Artemisia tridenta ssp. vaseyana
  • Common name: Mountain Big Sage
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 3 ft. x 3 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Mountain Big Sage is a more compact, tidy version of the common big sagebrush. Grey-green foliage provides structure in the garden and winter interest.  More info here.

Artemisia tridentata ssp. tridentata
  • Common name: Basin Big Sagebrush
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 6' x 4'
  • Native to: Idaho

The keystone species in our native landscape. Big sagebrush grows at lower elevations and needs no water once established. It is the  principal food and cover for sage grouse.   More info here.

Artemisia versicolor
  • Common name: Curlicue Sagebrush
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 10-16" high x 6-8' wide
  • Native to: Eurasia

Curlicue Sage has frothy mounds of silvery leaves that provide four season texture and color-contrast to any xeric landscape. This delightful Asian sagebrush cousin will add structure and interest to a colorful border.

Celtis reticulata
  • Common name: Netleaf Hackberry
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: to 20 ft. x 20 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Hackberry is a deciduous native tree, growing on rocky outcroppings on dry slopes in Southern Idaho. Often gnarly, graceful and sculptural in form. Great tree for small areas; orange berries loved by birds; Native Americans crushed and ate the fruit with parched corn.

Cercocarpus ledifolius
  • Common name: Curleaf Mountain Mahogany
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 10-15 ft. x 8-10 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Mountain Mahogany is an attractive evergreen, large shrub to small tree with spreading open crown of thick, twisted branches and furrowed reddish brown bark This beautiful Owyhee County native will tolerate heavy pruning and is browsed into beautiful bonsai-like shapes in the wild.

Chamaebatiaria millefolium
  • Common name: Fernbrush
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 5 ft. x 5 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Fernbrush is a multi-stemmed native shrub to small tree with red, shredding bark. Fragrant fern-like foliage and white clusters of rose-like flowers in mid-summer. Adaptable to many soil types and requires little or no additional moisture once established.

Chilopsis linearis
  • Common name: Desert Willow
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 10-15 feet tall
  • Native to: Southwest US

Desert Willow is a small tree with willow-like leaves and gorgeous iris-like flowers in mid-late summer. Attracts Hummingbirds!

Cornus sericea
  • Common name: Red Twig Dogwood, Red Osier Dogwood
  • Zone: 2
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 7-10 ft. x 7-10 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Red Twig Dogwood (Red Osier Dogwood) is colorful all year; grows rapidly to a multi-stemmed shrub. Nectar and pollen source for native bees and butterflies.

Cretaegus douglasii
  • Common name: Douglas Hawthorn, Black Hawthorn
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 10' x 8'
  • Native to: Idaho

Deciduous upright shrub or small tree usually with thorns, dense, good bird habitat, white flowers in spring, intense red color in fall. 10-15′ tall.

Ephedra viridis
  • Common name: Mormon Tea
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 4 ft. x 4 ft.
  • Native to: Nevada, Utah

Mormon Tea is an evergreen shrub is native to the high desert of Nevada, Utah and other western states. The bare green stems are marked by the tiny brown ridges which are actually the plant’s leaves. Dramatic!

Ericameria nauseosa
  • Common name: Rubber Rabbitbrush
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 2-6 ft. x 2-4 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Rubber Rabbitbrush is a tough native shrub covered with brilliant display of golden flowers in fall. Its upright form and graceful silver foliage make it an ideal foundation plant in the xeric garden. Supports butterflies & birds. Needs good drainage. Pollinators: butterflies, small bees.    Not currently available. More info here.

Fallugia paradoxa
  • Common name: Apache Plume
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 3-5 ft. x 3-5 ft.
  • Native to: Southwest US

Apache Plume is a sturdy multi-branched southwest native shrub provides good bird habitat. Small white, rose-like flowers emerge over a long blooming season and are followed by charming, fluffy seed heads. More info here.

Krascheninnikovia lanata
  • Common name: Winterfat
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 3 ft. x 3 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Winterfat is a low-growing, compact xeric shrub. Produces tiny white flowers in summer followed by ornamental woolly white seed heads in fall. Exciting in dried arrangements. Attracts birds & tolerates alkaline soils. An eye-catcher.

Mahonia repens
  • Common name: Creeping Oregon Grape
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun or shade
  • Height x Width: 1-2 ft. x 2-3 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Creeping Oregon Grape is a low-growing, evergreen shrub. Bright yellow flowers bloom in spring followed by blue berries. Leaves are evergreen. Adaptable to many soil types and does well in full sun or full shade. Nectar and pollen source for native bees.

Philadelphus lewisii
  • Common name: Syringa, Mock Orange
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 4-10 ft. x 6-8 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Syringa or Mock Orange is a deciduous shrub with lovely four petaled flowers, incredible fragrance. In the wild, syringa grows in variety of habitats, from streambanks to lava flows. Can adjust to very low water sites. Idaho state flower.

Potentilla fruticosa
  • Common name: Shrubby Cinquefoil
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 2-3 ft. x 2 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Shrubby Cinquefoil is a small native shrub covered by small, yellow flowers all summer. Attractive foliage makes this a nice accent plant for sun or partial shade.

Potentilla fruticosa ‘Abbotswood’
  • Common name: Abbotswood Cinquefoil
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun or Part Shade
  • Height x Width: 3' x 3'
  • Native to: Cultivar of a native plant

Abbotswood Potentilla, aka Cinquefoil, is a compact cultivar of the native Shrubby Cinquefoil. It produces abundant white flowers through the growing season. Tolerant of various soil and water regimens.

Prunus besseyi
  • Common name: Western Sand Cherry
  • Zone: 2
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 4-6 ft. x 6 ft.
  • Native to: West-central US

The Western Sand Cherry is a deciduous ornamental shrub with shiny gray-green leaves and red-yellow fall color. Pinkish white blossoms in spring produce sweet, dark fruits loved by birds.

Prunus virginiana
  • Common name: Chokecherry
  • Zone: 2
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 10-15 ft. x 8-10 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Chokecherry has profuse racemes of white flowers that turn into edible black fruit. Leaves turn deep glossy red in fall. Freely suckering growth form provides good wildlife habitat, especially for birds. Pollinators: butterflies, bees.

Purshia tridentata
  • Common name: Bitterbrush
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 5-6 ft. x 4-6 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Bitterbrush is a highly branched native shrub often with spectacular yellow spring bloom. Could replace forsythia in native, xeric gardens. Good wildlife habitat. Pollinators: butterflies, bees. More info here.

Quercus gambelii
  • Common name: Gambel Oak
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 15 to 20 feet high
  • Native to: Mountain West

The Gambel Oak is a slow-growing large shrub to small tree., often forming a multi-stemmed thickets, Good accent tree with lovely fall color. Glossy leaves; interesting branch patterns in winter.

Rhus aromatica “Gro-low”
  • Common name: Gro-low Sumac
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun/part shade
  • Height x Width: 2' x 8'
  • Native to: Central/Eastern US

This vigorous shrub hugs the ground (to 2 feet tall) and spreads out to 8 feet, making it an excellent choice for filling a large corner of the landscape, stabilizing a bank or discouraging weeds.

Rhus trilobata
  • Common name: Oakleaf Sumac
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 5-6 ft. x 6 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Oakleaf Sumac is a native shrub with tart, edible red berries and rich orange-red fall foliage. Showy fruit clusters eaten by wild birds. Good choice for screening and windbreaks. Unrelated to poison sumac.

Ribes aureum
  • Common name: Golden Currant
  • Zone: 2
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 5' x 5' or taller
  • Native to: Idaho

Golden Currant is a deciduous shrub with fragrant, golden yellow flowers in early spring. Small, bright green maple-like leaves with lovely fall color. Widespread in Boise foothills. Tolerates a wide variety of conditions.  More info here.

Ribes ceruum
  • Common name: Wax Currant
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Part Shade
  • Height x Width: 5' x 5'
  • Native to: Idaho and Intermountain West

Wax Currant is a dense native shrub well adapted to shade or part shade locations. Small pinkish white blossoms in spring. Good bird habitat.

Rosa woodsii
  • Common name: Woods Rose
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 4 ft. x 4 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Woods Rose has fragrant, pink rose flowers which profusely bloom. A freely suckering native. Can bloom in full shade as well as full sun.

Salvia officinalis-Berggarten
  • Common name: Berggarten Sage
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 18 in. x 36 in.
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Berggarten Sage is a beautiful and distinctive cultivar or ordinary garden sage with huge leaves and few flowers. Excellent evergreen foliage and culinary plant. Tolerates clay.

Salvia officinalis-Dwarf
  • Common name: Dwarf Culinary Sage
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun or part shade
  • Height x Width: 1-2' x 4-6'
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Dwarf Culinary Sage grows into a shrub covered with a dense mound of edible leaves. Covered with showy lavender-blue flowers in early summer, it becomes a magnet for honeybees. Unlike ordinary culinary sage, this dwarf form is completely evergreen, creating a beautiful gray-green mound in the winter garden. Tolerates clay and shade.

Salvia officinalis-Variegated
  • Common name: Golden Garden Sage
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 2 ft. x 2 ft.
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Golden Garden Sage is a variegated variety of culinary sage. Attractive mounds of yellow-green leaves, highly variegated. Use in cooking like garden sage. Evergreen.

 

Shepherdia argentea
  • Common name: Silver Buffaloberry
  • Zone: 2
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 6 ft. x 6 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Silver Buffaloberry is an attractive mid-size shrub with grey-green foliage, similar to Russian Olive.  It tolerates a wide range of conditions from wet and heavy to dry soils, but to keep growth under control, give very little water. Pollinators: butterflies, bees.

Sorbus scopulina
  • Common name: Green's Mountain Ash
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 6 ft. x 16 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Green’s Mountain Ash – With its white flower clusters and orange berries, this native Mountain Ash makes a great landscape shrub or small tree.Outstanding fall colors in shades of flaming red, purple, orange to yellow.These multiple-stem trees provide good cover and nesting sites for birds. Robins, waxwings, and grosbeaks find the bright red-orange berries particularly tasty.

Symphoricarpos albus
  • Common name: Snowberry
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 4-6 ft. x 4-6 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Snowberry’s pink to white flowers in early summer give way to white berries that last all through the winter. Attracts birds. Pollinators: butterflies, bees.

Yucca glauca
  • Common name: Soapweed Yucca
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 3' x 2'
  • Native to: West central U.S.

This handsome yucca has narrow, evergreen, spiky leaves and sends up a tall stalk of fragrant white flowers in late summer. Likes full sun and well-drained, sandy loam. More info here.