Native Shrubs

orange berries hanging from green branches

golden currant


  • are hardy
  • have beautiful flowers
  • many produce edible fruit
  • provide shade, food and habitat for wildlife
  • are useful in dividing areas into spaces or creating visual barriers
  • control erosion
  • help purify water
green branches each with sets of yellow flowers with red bracts along stem

twinberry honeysuckle



Riparian vs. drought tolerant

  • Riparian shrubs are those found in or near water
  • Drought tolerant shrubs gather moisture in the spring and usually develop significant tap roots to find water late in the season and during periods of drought.  Most thrive with some water, but will survive with little to no water other than natural rainfall.
several red branches with slightly curved red leaves of red-osier dogwood

red-osier dogwood



Deciduous vs. evergreen

  • Deciduous shrubs usually lose their leaves in winter
  • Evergreen shrubs keep their leaves or only lose some of their leaves in winter



yellow flowers of rubber rabbitbrush

rubber rabbitbrush

Deer resistance

  • Most native shrubs are gently browsed by deer – shrubs are their natural food
  • Sage (Artemisia) species are not preferred by deer
  • We promote use of fencing until shrubs reach a height where deer can’t reach easily


Blackfoot Native Plants Shrubs

  • are grown from hand-collected seed and cuttings
  • are available as 1 – 5 gallon containerized plants
  • have been overwintered at least one season so you know they are hardy


Shrubs available in 2016 – click on species name below for photos and more information

drooping green leaves with a large cluster of silvery-blue berries

blue elderberry


single stem of rose colored columnar flower made up of tiny clusters of flowers with green leaves at base

rose spiraea

mountain big sage (Artemisia tridentata v. vaseyana)
ocean spray (Holodiscus discolor)
red-osier dogwood (Cornus sericea)
rose spiraea (Spiraea douglasii)
rubber rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosa)
russet buffaloberry (Shepherdia canadensis)
sandbar willow (Salix exigua)
serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia)
shrubby cinquefoil (Potentilla fruticosa)
thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus)
tri-lobed sumac (Rhus trilobata)
twinberry honeysuckle (Lonicera involucrata)
water birch (Betula occidentalis)


profusion of 1 1/4" white flowers with long petals on green shrub


wax currant (Ribes cereum)
western alder (Alnus incana)
white spiraea (Spiraea betulifolia)
Woods’ rose (Rosa woodsii)