Deciduous Shrubs

Site Legend

  • E - Plants designated as low or moderate water use on the El Paso County Suggested Plant List are indicated as "E".
  • L - Plants designated as low or moderate water use on the Las Cruces Plant List will be indicated as "L".

Water Requirement:

  • H = High water use. Either large volumes or frequent application of water is needed throughout the life of the plant; weekly or more often during peak summer months.
  • M = Moderate water use. Some supplemental water is needed throughout the life of the plant; at least twice monthly during peak summer months once established.
  • L = Low water use. Able to survive once established without supplemental water; water needed at least once a month for plants to look their best.

Soils Suitability:

  • Suitable for any soil unless specific one listed.


  • Plants with high pollen production are indicated as "P"
Scientific name Common name Water Height Sunlight Soil
Amorpha Fruticosa False Indigo M 4 to 10' Partial Clay
Berberis Thunbergii - L Japanese Barberry M 1 to 6' Full
B. T. 'Atropurpurea Nana' - L 'Crimson Pygmy' Barberry M 1' to 2' Full
Caesalpinia Gilliesii - L Bird of Paradise L to 10' Full
Caryopteris X Clandonensis - L Blue Mist M 2' Full
Celtis Pallida Desert Hackberry L to 18' Full
Chrysothamnus Nauseosus - EL Chamisa, Rubber Rabbitbrush L 2 to 5' Full
Cotoneaster Divaricatus - L Spreading Cotoneaster M to 6' Part / Full
Fendlera Rupicola - L Cliff Fendlerbush M to 6' Full Sandy
Fouquieria Splendens - EL Ocotillo L 8 to 25' Full Sandy
Hibiscus Syriacus - EL Rose of Sharon M / H to 10' Full
Holodiscus Dumosus Rock Spirea M 3 to 6' Part / Full
Kolkwitzia Amabilis Beauty Bush M / H to 10' Part / Full
Parryella Filifolia Dunebroom L 2 to 3' Full Sandy
Philadelphus Coronarius Sweet Mockorange M / H to 10' Part / Full
Prunus Besseyi Western Sand Cherry M 2 to 3' Full
Rhus glabra Cismontana - L Cutleaf Sumac M 3 to 4' Full
Rhus Trilobata - L Skunkbush or Threeleaf Sumac L / M 2 to 6' Full
Rosa Woodsii Woods Rose M to 4' Full
Shepherdia Argentea Silver Buffaloberry M / H 10 to 15" Part / Full
Symphoricarpos Orbiculatus Indian currant Coralberry M 2 to 6' Full
Syringa Patula 'Miss Kim' Korean Lilac M / H to 6' Part / Full
Weigela Florida Weigela M / H to 10' Full