Denver Plants

High altitude Deciduous Shrubs

Ever wonder what types of deciduous shrubs and fruits and are safe for planting at higher elevations? The selection of plants for mountain homes is really quite diverse. The majority of the Deciduous shrubs listed for higher elevations... can also be grown at lower elevations.

Group Key: D Shrub = Deciduous Shrub

Common name Latin name Group
Deciduous shrubs hardy to approximately 7000 feet
Barberry - Golden Berberis thunbergii 'Aurea' D Shrub
Choke Berry - Red Aronia arbutifolia 'Brillantissima' Fruit
Daphne - Carol
Daphne - February
Daphne - Ruby Glow
D. x burkwoodi 'Carol Mackie'
Daphne mezererum 'Rubra'
D. cneorum 'Ruby Glow'
D Shrub
Mock Orange - Buckeye Philadelphus x 'Buckley's Quill' D Shrub
Privet - Regel Ligustrum obtusifolium regelianum D Shrub
Viburnum - All Cultivars Virburnum species D Shrub
Weigela - Red Prince
Weigela - Rumba
Weigela - Roses
Weigela florida 'Red Prince'
Weigela florida 'Rumba'
Weigela florida 'Alexandra'
D Shrub
Willow - Dappled Salix integra 'Hakuro Nishiki' D Shrub
Deciduous shrubs hardy to approximately 7500 feet
Almond - Flowering Prunus glandulosa 'Rosea" D Shrub
Barberry - Green
Barberry - Red
Barberry - Rosy Glow
Berberis thunbergii
B. thunbergii 'Atropurpurea'
B. Thunbergii 'Rosy Glow'
D Shrub
Burning Bush
Burning Bush - Dwarf
Euonymus alatus
Euonymus alatus 'Compacta'
D Shrub
Butterfly Bush Buddleia davidii D Shrub
Coralberry
Coralberry
Symphoricarpos x chenault
Symphoricarpos x chenault
D Shrub
Dogwood - Isanti
Dogwood - Kelsey
Cornus sericea 'Isanti'
Cornus sericea 'Kelsey'
D Shrub
Fern Bush Cahmaebatiara millefolium D Shrub
Forsythia - Dwarf
Forsythia - Spring
Forsythia 'Arnold Dwarf'
F. x intermedia 'Spring Glory'
D Shrub
Honeysuckle - Blue V
Honeysuckle - C Dwf
Honeysuckle - Emerald
Honeysuckle - Tiny T
Lonicera korolkowii 'Floribumda'
L. x xylosteoides 'Clavey's Dwarf'
L. xylosteum compactum
Lonicera syringantha 'Wolfii'
D Shrub
Hydrangea - Annabelle H. arborescens 'Annabelle' D Shrub
Leadplant Amorpha canescens D Shrub
Mock Orange - Golden
Mock Orange - Minnesota
M. Orange - Minn Dwarf
M. Orange - Virginal
Philadelphuw coronarius 'Aureus
P. virginalis 'Minn. Snowflake'
P. virginalis 'Minn Dwf Snowflake
philodelphus x virginalis
D Shrub
Ninebark - Golden Physocarpus opulifolium 'Luteus' D Shrub
Potentilla - Abbotswood
P. - Coronation Triumph
Potentilla - Day Dawn
Potentilla - Goldfinger
Potentilla - McKays White
Potentilla fruticosa 'Abbotswood'
P. fruticosa ' Coronation Triumph
Potentilla fruticosa 'Day Dawn'
Potentilla fruticosa 'Gold Finger'
P. fruticosa 'McKay's White"
D Shrub
Privet - Lodense
Privet - New Mexico
Ligustrum vulgare 'Lodense'
Forestiera neomexicana
D Shrub
Quince - Red Flowering Chaenomeles japonica D Shrub
Service Berry - Regent Amelanchier alnifolia 'Regent' Fruit
Snowberry
Snowberry - Western
Symphoricarpos albus
Symphoricarpos occidentalis
D Shrub
Spirea - All Cultivars Spirea species D Shrub
Sumac - All Cultivars Rhus species D Shrub
Willow - Sand Bar Salix exigua D Shrub
Deciduous shrubs hardy to approximately 8000 feet
Butterfly Bush Buddleia alternifolia 'Argentea' D Shrub
Dogwood - Variegated Cornus alba 'Argenteo-marginata D Shrub
Jostaberry Ribes x 'Jostaberry' Fruit
Kiwi Artic Beauty Acinidia kolmikta 'Artic Beauty' Fruit
Lilac - Persian Syringa x persica D Shrub
Locust Robinia pseudoacacia 'Lace Lady' D Shrub
Mahogany - Curly Lead Cercocarpus ledifolius D Shrub
Maple - Ginnala Dwarf Acer ginnala 'Compacta' D Shrub
Ninebark - Darts Gold

Ninebark - Diabolo

Physocarpus opulifolium 'Darts G"
Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diabolo'
D Shrub
Pygmy Peashrub Caragana pygmaea D Shrub
Potentilla - Gold Star Potentilla fruticosa 'Gold Star' D Shrub
Raspberry Rubus x 'Fall Gold' Fruit
Sand Cherry Prunus x cistena D Shrub
Sage - Russian Perovskia artiplicifolia D Shrub
Sand Cherry - Western Prunus besseyi Fruit
Spirea - White
Spirea - Magic Carpet
Spirea - Mellow Yellow
Spirea - Norman
Spirea - Snowmound
Spiraea fritschiana
Spiraea japonica 'Magic Carpet'
S. thunbergii 'Ogon Mellow Yellow
Spiraea japonica 'Norman'
Spiraea nipponica 'Snowmound'
D Shrub
Viburnum - Fragrant Viburnum x burkwoodi D Shrub
Woadwaxen - Royal Gold Genista tinctoria 'Royal Gold' D Shrub
Deciduous shrubs hardy to approximately 8500 feet
Barberry - Crimson 

Barberry - Mentor
B. thunbergii 'Atopurpurea Nana'
Berberis x mentorensis
D Shrub
Buckhorn Rhamnus frangula 'Columnaris' D Shrub
Cherry - Nanking Prunus tomentosa Fruit
Chokeberry - Black Aronia melanocarpa Fruit
Clove Current Ribes odoratum D Shrub
Coralberry Symphoricarpos orbiculatus D Shrub
Cranberry - Dwarf
Cranberry - Wentworth
Cranberry - Euro Comp
Cranberry - Euro Dwf
Viburnum trilobum 'Compactum'
V. trilobum 'Wentworth'
V. opulus 'Compactum'
V. opulus 'Nanum'
D Shrub
 Elder - Golden Sambucus canadensis 'Aurea' D Shrub
Mahogany - Little Leaf Cercocarpus intricatus D Shrub
Potentilla - Sutter's Gold
Potentilla - Tangerine
Potentilla fruticosa 'Sutter's Gold'
Potentilla fruticosa 'Tangerine'
D Shrub
Service Berry - Saskatoon
Service Berry - Shadblow
Service Berry - Thiessen
Amelanchier alnifolia
Amelanchier canadensis
Amelanchier 'Thiessen'
Fruit
Spirea - Frobel
Spirea - Gold Flame
Spirea - Vanhoutte
Spirea japonica 'Froebelii'
Spiraea japonica 'Goldflame'
Spiraea x vanhouttei
D Shrub
Viburnum - Wayfaring Viburnum lantana D Shrub
Deciduous shrubs hardy to approximately 9000 feet
American Plum Prunus americana Fruit
Apache Plum Fallugia paradoxa D Shrub
Current - Wax Ribes cereum D Shrub
Gambel Oak Quercus gambelii D Shrub
Lilac - Donlad Wyman
Lilac - Miss Kim
Syringa x prestoniae 'Don Wyman'
Syringa patula 'Miss Kim'
D Shrub
Potentilla - Pink Beauth Potentilla fruticosa 'Pink Beauty' D Shrub
Raspberry - Boulder Rubus deliciosus Fruit
Sand Cherry Prunu besseyi 'Pawnee Buttes' D Shrub
Sumac - 3 Leaf Rhus trilobata D Shrub
Willow - Blue Stem
Willow - Pussy
Salix irrorata
Salix discolor
D Shrub
Deciduous shrubs hardy to approximately 9500 feet
Buffalo Berry - Silver Shepherdia argentea D Shrub
Choke Cherry - Native
Choke Cherry - Shubert
Prunus virginiana
Prunus virginiana 'Shubert'
Fruit
Dogwood - Cardinal
Dogwood - Red Twig
Dogwood - Yellow
Cornus sericea 'Cardinal'
Cornus sericea 'Baileyi'
Cornus sericea flaviramea
D Shrub
Mahogany - Mountain Cercocarpus montanus D Shrub
Maple - Ginnala Acer ginnala D Shrub
Rabbit Brush Chrysothamnus species D Shrub
Thimbleberry  Rubus parviflorus D Shrub
Deciduous shrubs hardy to approximately10,000 feet
Alder - Thin-leaf Alnus tenuifolia D Shrub
Burning Bush Euonymus 'Turkestanica Nana' D Shrub
Cotoneaster - Peking Cotoneaster lucidus D Shrub
Cranberry - American Viburnum trilobum D Shrub
Current - Alpine
Current - Golden
Current - Red Lake
Ribes alpinum
Ribes aureum
Ribes sativum 'Red Lake'
D Shrub
Rhubarb Rheum Fruit
Gooseberry Rhibes hirtellum pixwell Fruit
Honeysuckle - Red
Honeysuckle - Twinberry
Loniceratatarica 'Aronold Red'
Lonicera involucrata
D Shrub
Lilac - Chinese
Lilac - Common Purple
Lilac - Common White
Lilac - MacFarlane
Lilac - Korean Dwarff
Lilac - Royalty
Syringa x chinensis
Syringa vulgaris
Syringa vulgaris alba
S x prestoniae 'James MacFarlane
Syringa meyeri
Syringa x prestoniae 'Royalty'
D Shrub
Potentilla - Gold Drop
Potentilla - Jackman
Potentilla - Katherine Dyke
Potentilla - Native Species
Potentilla fruticosa 'Gold Drop'
Potentilla fruticosa 'Jackmanii'
P. fruticosa 'Katherine Dykes'
Potentilla fruticosa
D Shrub
Sage - Western
Sage - Sand
Artemisis tridentata
Artemisia filifolia
D Shrub
Siberian Peashrub Caragana arborescens D Shrub
Snowball Viburnum opulus 'Roseum' D Shrub
Spirea - Rock Holodiscus dumosus D Shrub
Sumac - Mountain Rhus glabra 'Cismontana' D Shrub
Willow - Artic Blue Dwarf Salix purpurea 'Nana' D Shrub

We have made every attempt to accurately compile this list. But before purchasing plants... please double check with your Garden Center or Nursery.

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