drought tolerant

If you’re looking plants or shrubs that need minimum care or have drought tolerant/ resistant, then you are on right place. In this article, we shared some plants that need minimum care and drought tolerant.

Here are 10 Drought Tolerant Shrubs in the US that are outstanding and look sexy in the scorching, dry heat

1. Panicle hydrangea

Panicle hydrangea

Hydrangea paniculata is a species of flowering plant in the family Hydrangaceae native to southern and eastern China, Korea, Japan and Russia. It was first formally described by Philipp Franz von Siebold in 1829.

Drought performance: These shrubs bloomed despite the extreme heat. It is amazed that they not only retained all their leaves but also held those leaves fresh and turgid. It seems that the only soil these hardy shrubs will not tolerate is one that is soggy.

2. Flowering quince

Flowering quince

Chaenomeles is a genus of three species of deciduous spiny shrubs, usually 1–3 m tall, in the family Rosaceae. They are native to Japan, Korea, China, Bhutan, and Burma.

Drought performance: During the drought, this plant dropped its leaves during the hottest part of summer. New foliage sprouted in fall when cooler temperatures and rain returned. Even with the trauma of drought, it supplied us with as many showy blooms as any other year.

3. Mapleleaf viburnum

Mapleleaf viburnum

Viburnum acerifolium is a species of Viburnum, native to eastern North America from southwestern Quebec and Ontario south to northern Florida and eastern Texas, and it is adapted for USDA hardiness zones of 4 to 8.

Drought performance: Our mapleleaf viburnums survived the extreme drought in a shady spot. We did not note a single variation in growth or performance. Who doesn’t want a stellar plant to fill a dry-shade spot? With a little sun, mapleleaf viburnum will produce more flowers and berries.

4. Winterberry


Ilex verticillata, the winterberry, is a species of holly native to eastern North America in the United States and southeast Canada, from Newfoundland west to Ontario and Minnesota, and south to Alabama.

Drought performance: It is well known that winterberry tolerates wet soils, so we were amazed at its ability to perform also in exceptionally hot and dry conditions. It’s noted earlier fall color and leaf drop. We also noted fruit came into full color sooner, but there was no change in the amount or show of the berries.

5. Heavenly bamboo

Heavenly bamboo

Nandina domestica commonly known as nandina, heavenly bamboo or sacred bamboo, is a species of flowering plant in the family Berberidaceae, native to eastern Asia from the Himalayas to Japan. It is the only member of the monotypic genus Nandina and a good drought tolerant plant.

Drought performance: There is nothing common about how well heavenly bamboo handles extreme temperatures without water. In the terrible summer, it maintained the same vigor and intensity of color as any other year.

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6. ‘Anthony Waterer’ spirea

‘Anthony Waterer’ spirea

Spiraea ‘Anthony Waterer’ is a great deciduous mid-sized shrub for most climates in California. It does best with a good dead-heading after bloom to clean it up.

Drought performance: Without water: In a typical year, the blooms fade midsummer and new growth follows immediately. During the drought, new growth did not appear right after the blossoms faded; the shrub went into a short semidormant period. As soon as fall brought cooler temperatures and rainfall, however, the shrub was refreshed with new growth and showed no visible damage.

7. Chaste tree

Chaste tree

Vitex agnus-castus, also called vitex, chaste tree, chasteberry, Abraham’s balm lilac chastetree, or monk’s pepper, is a native of the Mediterranean region. It is one of the few temperate-zone species of Vitex, which is on the whole a genus of tropical and sub-tropical flowering plants. Theophrastus mentioned the shrub several times, as agnos in Enquiry into Plants. It has been long believed to be an anaphrodisiac but its effectiveness remains controversial. This is a cross-pollinating plant. However self-pollination may also occur now and then.

Drought performance: Chaste tree delivered a typical performance during the summer drought. It performed with no difference in the extremely wet season. Another plus is that the deer leave it alone.

8. American beautyberry

American beautyberry

Callicarpa americana is an open-habit, native shrub of the Southern United States which is often grown as an ornamental in gardens and yards.

Drought performance: To deal with drought, the shrub wilts and, in extreme cases, drops its foliage and goes dormant. Once it receives water, it quickly recovers its vitality. In addition to having survived the 100-year drought, the shrub showed a resistance to insects and diseases.

9. Glossy abelia

Glossy abelia

Abelia × grandiflora, the glossy abelia, is a hybrid Abelia, raised by hybridising A. chinensis with A. uniflora. It is a deciduous or semievergreen multistemmed shrub with rounded, spreading, or gracefully arching branches to 1.0-1.8 m tall.

Drought performance: Do not overwater abelia. It not only survived the extremes but also thrived in the dry heat. In addition, it has few problems with insects or diseases. Our conclusion is that it prefers neglect.

10. Winter jasmine

Winter jasmine

Winter jasmine is a slender, deciduous shrub native to China. It is widely cultivated as an ornamental and is reportedly naturalized in France and in scattered locations in the United States.

Drought performance: Unirrigated, even in extreme drought, it performs with consistent beauty and no obvious stress. It can also brag that the deer leave it alone.

If you want to share some interesting information about drought tolerant shrubs or plants, feel free to leave a comment below.

Happy Gardening… Keep sharing… Thanks for your love.. Gardening Flavours


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