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Angie's List 2012
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Native Plants

Native Large Trees | Native Small Trees | Native Palms | Native Shrubs
Native Flowering Perennials | Native Grasses | Native Vines | Native Ferns
Scientific Name Common Name Type Height Habitat Color Bloom Time Exposure Features
   Native Shrubs
Baccharis halmifolia Sea Myrtle, Ground-seltree Ever-
green
6-12' Moist soils; flood-plains or along streams White flowers; Dark green foliage Aug.-
Oct.
Partial shade Dioecious (male and female flowers on separate plants). Coarse foliage texture. Good for erosion control.
Callicarpa americana Beauty-
berry
Deci-
duous
6-8' Very drought tolerant Pink, lilac flowers; Deep Puprle berries in fall March-
May
Partial sun Low mainte-
nance; year-
round beauty and food for wildlife; attractive understory landscape plant
Cephalanthus occidentalis Button-
bush
Deci-
duous
6-10' Wet areas, with standing water part of the year White June-
August
Full sun Wetland plant; fragrant flowers attract butterflies and humming-birds; fast growing, short lived
Cyrilla racemiflora Titi Semi-
Ever-
green
7-15' Moist wetland soils White May-
July
Full - part sun Great for wet areas; very attractive for natural gardens; excellent screen for retention pond
Hypericum hypericoides St. Andrews Cross Semi-
Ever-
green
1-3' Dry areas Yellow May-
August
Partial sun Use along woodland edges. Oblique-cross shape of flowers
Hypericum stans St.
Peter's-
Wort
Semi-
Ever-
green
2-3' Moist to average Yellow June-
Oct.
Full - part shade Attracts bees, butter-flies, and birds.
Ilex cassine Dahoon Holly Ever-
green
20-30' Light sandy soil; swamps and boggy areas Red berries in Fall; White flowers (incon-
spicuous)
March-
May
Full sun - shade Narrow, upward growth habit. Can adapt to drier conditions if watered often. Attracts wildlife through winter; Use as woodland understory or for wet areas.
Ilex glabra Inkberry, Ever-
green Winter-
berry
Ever-
green
4-8' Moist; tolerates drought White flowers; Black berries in Fall April-
May
Full - part sun Upright rounded form. Has plum color in winter. Use as foundation shrub, mass planting, or hegding. Good as habitat enhancer or restoration projects. Like boxwoods
Ilex verticillata Winter-
berry, Black Alder
Deci-
duous
6-15' Average to wet Red berries throu-
ghout Winter
  Full sun - shade Red berries on females persist into winter and attract birds. Many cultivars. Great as unclipped hedge. Very attractive during winter.
Ilex vomitoria Yaupon Holly Ever-
green
20-25' Average to wet; drought and salt tolerant White; red berries through Fall and Winter March-
May
Full sun - shade Smooth, gray bark. Leathery, dark green leaves. Purple petioles. Use as trimmed hedge, screen or windbreak. Fast growing; small leaves. Attract wildlife. Hardy.
Itea virginica Virginia Sweet-
spire
Deci-
duous
3-6' Wet White flowers; Red fall color May-
June
Full sun - shade Spectacular enduring yellow, orange, crimson fall color
Leucothoe axillaris Leuco-
thoe
Ever-
green
2-4' Wet, moist areas on coastal plains White; dark green foliage; red-
green to purple Fall foliage
April-
June
Shade - part shade Does not tolerate drought; rejuvenate by cutting to the ground after flowering. Fountain-like arching habit.
Lyonia lucida Fetter Bush Ever-
green
3-6' Moist to dry White or pink March-
May
Full sun - part shade Very showy clusters of flowers in spring. Use in hedges or in mixed shrub plantings. Aromatic.
Myrica cerifera Wax Myrtle Semi-
Ever-
green
25' Wet swamps to upland woods Yellow-
green on males; blue berries on females
Jan.-
Feb.
Full sun - part shade Dense attratctive foliage, fast growing, responds well to pruning. Aromatic leaves when crushed. Used as tree or shrub. Salt tolerant. Vigorous and easy care. Can be formal or irregular. Aroma repels insects.
Osmanthus americana Wild Olive Ever-
green
10-20' Moist to dry; drought tolerant Creamy white Feb.-
April
Full sun - part shade Adaptable, slow growing, easy care. Flowers held in showy clusters and have sweet fragrance. Handsome Ever-
green foliage. Use in naturalistic settings and wildlife gardens, or in massing as screen.
Rhododen-
dron atlanticum
Dwarf Azalea Deci-
duous
3-6' Moist to average areas Pinkish white; dark green to blue-
green leaves
March-
April
Sun - part shade Slow to moderate growth rate. Repeat blooms. Use as understory
Rhododen-
dron canescens
Wild/
Piedmont Azalea
Deci-
duous
6-15' Moist soils Pink March-
May
Full sun - part shade Open, loose form. Fragrant, very showy flowers at stem ends. Pistil and stamen curve out beyond corolla. Use in semishady woodland or natural garden, or as specimen shrub. Adds color among Ever-
green shrubs.
Rhus copallina Winged Sumac Deci-
duous
15-20' Very drought tolerant Green-
yellow; Red berries in Fall; Orange-
red Fall foliage
March-
April
Full sun - part shade Fast growing, short lived. Clusters of flowers appear in spring, summer and fall. Colorful fall foliage. Great for low maintenance or xeriscape garden. Vigorous shrub.
Rosa carolina Wild Rose Deci-
duous
2-4' Dry areas; road-
sides; sandy, open woods
Pink flowers; Yellow, orange, red Fall foliage May-
June
Full - part sun Fruit turns from dark green to bright red as it ripens.
Rosa palustris Swamp Rose Deci-
duous
4-6' Moist areas; marshes, stream-sides, ditches Pink March-
June
Full - part sun Beautiful, fragrant flowers. Stout, hooked prickles.
Sambucus canadensis Elder-
berry
Ever-
green
5-12' Average to wet; along streams and drainages White; black to dark blue Fall berries April-
July
Full sun - shade Large shrub or small tree; irregular crown. Showy flower clusters. Aromatic
Vaccinium corymbosum Highbush Blue-
berry
Deci-
duous
6-12' Wet to dry; swamps or dry upland woods Blue berries, White flowers April-
July
Full - part sun Excellent red fall color; edible fruit. Very important to wildlife. Use for naturalizing landscaping
Viburnum rufidulum Rusty Black-
Haw
Deci-
duous
10-15' Dry; drought tolerant Creamy White; Rich reddish purple Fall foliage March-
April
Full - part sun Very shiny leaves. Purple to dark blue berries cause branches to droop. Adds wonderful year-round color.

We Provide Services to the Following Cities and Towns in SC:
  • Charleston
  • Mount Pleasant
  • James Island
  • West Ashley
  • Isle of Palms
  • Sullivan's Island
  • Kiawah Island
  • Seabrook Island
  • Johns Island