Native Shrubs for Georgia

Kinsey Family Farm American Beautyberry Callicarpa americana

American Beautyberry

Callicarpa americana American Beautyberry spp 3-6′. Deciduous shrub. Native to the southeastern United States. American Beautyberry has a loose, open form and outward pointing branches.Tiny pink flowers appear in spring, and in fall the plant is covered in striking violet berries. The berries of ‘Welch’s Pink’ are more pink than the species. American Beautyberry is a best pick for a wildlife garden as berries are readily eaten by birds. Cross pollination often provides for better fruit set in the fall, for best berry crop plant more than one.

Kinsey Family Farm Illicium parviflorum Anise Florida Sunshine

Anise ‘Florida Sunshine’, ‘Pink Frost’ and SPP

Illicium parviflorum ‘Florida Sunshine’ or SPP 5′ Evergreen shrub. Shade tolerant, bright yellow fall color. A shade loving evergreen shrub with brilliant yellow green foliage. ‘Florida Sunshine’ anise is a terrific choice for woodland gardens and shady privacy hedges. The bright chartreuse foliage really shows up in a wooded setting and can be valuable as a contrast plant against darker greens in any landscape design. ‘Florida Sunshine’ anise is more sun tolerant than the species plant. ‘Pink Frost’ has a variegated appearance with cream edges and a pink tint. In cold weather ‘Pink Frost’ anise takes on a lovely, pinkish hue.

Native Azaleas

Kinsey Family Farm Native Azalea Admiral Semmes

See our Native Azaleas page for varieties.

Kinsey Family Farm Rabbiteye Blueberry

Rabbiteye Blueberry

Vaccinium ashei Rabbiteye Blueberry. We carry several cultivar varieties. Rabbiteye Blueberry is native to the southeastern United States and easily grown as a backyard crop or an ornamental plant in Georgia. Flowers in spring, berries ripen in early summer. Rabbiteye blueberries benefit from cross pollination to produce more berries, so at least three varieties should be included when planting. Rabbiteye Blueberry prefers to be watered often and can tolerate shade but will produce the most berries in a sunny location. As an ornamental plant, the Rabbiteye Blueberry bush has exfoliating bark and attractive fall color. Great for erosion control on banks and by creek or pond edges. See our Blueberry Varieties.

Bottlebrush Buckeye

Aesculus parviflora Bottlebrush Buckeye 8-12′ deciduous shrub. A shade tolerant native with show stopping white cylindrical panicles of tubular flowers and conspicuous red anthers in mid summer. The perfect answer for a flowing, shade loving bush. Bottlebrush Buckeye has a dense, mounded form and great fall color in bright yellow.

Buttonbush ‘Sugar Shack’

Cephalanthus occidentalis ‘Sugar Shack’ Buttonbush, a Proven Winners plant. 3-5′. Fragrant, white flowers. ‘Sugar Shack’ is a smaller size than the species variety and great for southern residential landscapes. ‘Sugar Shack’ has glossy foliage and colorful red fruit. Buttonbush prefers a little water so is perfect for damp areas but is drought tolerant once established.

‘Cayenne’ Shrub Dogwood

Cornus amomum ‘Cayenne’ dogwood shrub. First Editions Plants. ‘Cayenne’ Shrub Dogwood has green leaves during the summer which change to red orange in fall. In winter ‘Cayenne’ Shrub Dogwood produces porcelain blue berries on bright red stems. This shrub dogwood multi season interest. Prefers moisture so is an idea in a wet area, damp spot or along creek edges.

Kinsey Family Farm Fothergilla Mount Airy

Fothergilla ‘Mount Airy’

Fothergilla major Fothergilla ‘Mount Airy’ 3-5′ Deciduous shrub. Native to the southeastern United States. Fragrant honey scented flowers. Blooms appear in spring after leaves emerge. A small shrub with bottle brush like spring flowers, attractive summer foliage, good fall color and upright habit. Fothergilla ‘Mount Airy’ is a good choice for smaller gardens, open woodland gardens and along creek or pond edges. Fothergilla is a best pick for attracting pollinators and butterflies.

Kinsey Family Farm Ilex glabra Inkberry Holly

Inkberry Holly ‘Nigra’

Ilex glabra Inkberry Holly ‘Nigra’, black inkberry 6-10′ evergreen shrub. Clump forming, evergreen shrub with small, non showy flowers in late spring. Female plants will produce berry like, black drupes in fall which will persist through the winter months. Inkberry Holly is a trouble free plant, prefers sun and moist soil but is shade tolerant. fruit is persistent. A good plant for a wildlife garden, flowers will attract pollinators and birds eat the berries.

Kinsey Family Farm Ilex vomitoria Stoke's Dwarf holly

Yaupon Holly ‘Stokes Dwarf’

Ilex vomitoria Dwarf Yaupon Holly ‘Stoke’s Dwarf’ 2-3′ evergreen shrub. A dwarf from of Yaupon holly, Stoke’s Dwarf’ is an evergreen shrub with tight branches. It grows in a compact, spreading mound, it is an excellent choice for around foundations, border or low growing hedge. ‘Stoke’s Dwarf’ is a male holly and produces no berries. Perfect for those spots in a landscape that need a low maintenance spot of green.

Kinsey Family Farm Ilex verticillata Winterberry Holly

Winterberry Holly

Ilex verticillata Winterberry Holly. Both male and female. Deciduous Shrub. Male and female plants required for pollination and berries. Plant one male to every three to five females. A deciduous holly with very showy, bright red berries which grow along the branches, Winterberry Holly is a classic Christmas holiday season plant. Foliage is a bright medium green and not shiny as other holly leaves can be, Flowers are non-showy but attractive to pollinators, and berries are loved by birds. Perfect in a landscape as a naturalized hedge.

Kinsey Family Farm Ilex vomitoria Weeping Yaupon Holly

Weeping Yaupon Holly

Ilex vomitoria ‘Pendula’ Weeping Yaupon Holly. Evergreen. A distinct, irregular weeping Yaupon holly which has bright scarlet berries in fall and winter just in time to decorate a landscape during the holiday season Foliage is small and oval, this tree can produce several trunks in a clump or be trained as a single trunk. Weeping Yaupon holly makes an elegant focal point at an entry way or as a specimen in a garden bed. Tolerant of many conditions.

Kinsey Family Farm Dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea Munchkin

Dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia dwarf variety oakleaf hydrangea has a compact form is well suited for small gardens and landscapes. They are prolific bloomers which produce exceptionally large clusters of flowers in summer. The flowers showcase beautifully against dark green, dramatically lobed oak like leaves. Blooms open white when they first emerge then quickly turn to deep pink. Flowers are robust and remain upright into the summer and the autumn foliage is a brilliant mahogany red. Ideal for hedges, mass plantings, or mixed borders. See our Hydrangea Varieties.

Kinsey Family Farm Oakleaf Hydrangea Snow Queen

Oakleaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia Oakleaf Hydrangea large growing varieties. Deciduous shrub. The larger size of the big oakleafs are a great choice for property borders and foundation plants. They are a stunning companion with evergreen azaleas and rhododendrons which require the same growing conditions. After the azaleas have finished, oakleaf hydrangea will begin to put on a show. See our Hydrangea Varieties.

Kinsey Family Farm Itea virginica Henry's Garnet

Itea virginica ‘Merlot’, ‘Henry’s Garnet’

Itea virginica ‘Merlot’ and ‘Henry’s Garnet’. Native to eastern United States Deciduous Shrub. Early summer blooms of fragrant, drooping racemes of white flowers which attract pollinators and butterflies to a garden. Fall colors are dependable, in tones of yellow, maroon and orange. Itea virginica ‘Merlot’ and ‘Henry’s Garnet’ are small shrubs which can work well in a perennial garden, in mass plantings, erosion control or landscaped border.

Kinsey Family Farm Leucothoe Margie Jenkins


Leucothoe axillaris 2-5′ low growing’. The perfect plant for damp, shady areas where you need erosion control or to hide a drainage ditch. Leucothoe thrives in shady, wet areas. Spring flowers resemble tiny bells and have a mild fragrance. Leucothoe will attract pollinators to your yard and makes an excellent addition to the wildlife garden. New growth is rusty orange and yellow.

Mountain Laurel

Kalmia latifolia Mountain Laurel. Evergreen shrub. Profuse bloomer. In late spring, showy large clusters of wonderful deep red buds open to produce light pink flowers. Mountain Laurel has an attractive, a dense rounded form with dark green foliage. Mountain Laurel is evergreen and reaches a height of 6′ so may be used as an effective a privacy screen or for property borders. Shade tolerant, useful in borders, woodland gardens and hedges.

Kinsey Family Farm Native Ninebark Coppertina


Physocarpus opulifolius Ninebark deciduous shrub, large and small growing varieties. A Proven Winners plant. ‘Coppertina’ foliage is a unique copper gold in spring which will change to a rich red during summer. The brilliant copper color can be incorporated in a landscape as a contrast bush for deeper greens and make any area stand out. has an open, vase shape with arching branches and in spring, soft pink flowers appear. Give the purple leaf ninebark some sun to maintain its brilliant color. Ninebark is native to most of the US. ‘Tiny Wine’ is another dwarf ninebark we carry, similar to ‘Little Devil’. Ninebark Varieties.

Kinsey Family Farm Lindera benzoin Spicebush


Lindera benzoin Spicebush 6- 12′ with a broad, rounded habit. Blooms in early spring. Spicebush is a dioecious shrub with male and female flowers on separate plants. The the male flowers are larger and showier than females. Flowers of female plants will produce bright red drupes in fall that attract to birds. Female plants will need a male pollinator in order to set the red fruit. Good fall color in yellow and orange. It is also the host plant for the spicebush swallowtail butterfly, making it a top pick for a wildlife habitat garden. Spicebush leaves are aromatic.

Kinsey Family Farm Hypericum frondosum St. Johns Wort

St. Johns Wort

Hypericum frondosum St John’s Wort ‘Sunburst’, ‘Blue and Gold’ Golden St. John’s Wort 3′ deciduous shrub. Native to the southeastern US. Bright yellow flowers in summer, and red brown fruit capsules in fall. The unusual seed pods of St John’s Wort ‘Sunburst’ adds dramatic interest to the winter garden. Deer resistant and can be semi evergreen in mild Georgia winters. St John’s Wort ‘Sunburst’ is a good plant pick for informal hedges and mass plantings, its dusty blue green foliage brings texture and color to a landscape.

Kinsey Family Farm Myrica cerifera Southern Wax Myrtle

Southern Wax Myrtle

Myrica cerifera Southern Wax Myrtle Bayberry, Southern Bayberry, Candleberry, Wax Myrtle Semi-evergreen shrub, small tree 20′. Can be pruned to form a as a shrub or small tree. Foliage has a spicy fragrance. Semi-evergreen, southern wax myrtle is useful as an informal hedge or grown as an accent tree. It makes an interesting tree with it’s unique leaf shape. Will tolerate poor soils and is great as a hedge in difficult to reach areas. Non-showy flowers attract pollinators and fruit is eaten by birds, southern wax myrtle is a valuable plant in a habitat garden.

Kinsey Family Farm Clethra alnifoli Summersweet Clethra Ruby Spice

Summersweet Clethra

Fragrant. Clethra alnifolia Summersweet ‘Sixteen Candles’, ‘Ruby Spice‘, Pepper Bush deciduous shrub. Very fragrant, plant in groups to scent an entire yard. Highly attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds and pollinators, Clethra alnifolia Summersweet is the perfect plant for a wildlife garden. Bottle brush like flowers appear in summer and the attractive green foliage turns yellow in fall. Plant several cultivars to extend the bloom season. Clethra alnifolia Summersweet is a useful plant for shade gardens.

Kinsey Family Farm Calycanthus Sweetshrub Carolina Allspice

Sweetshrub Carolina Allspice

Fragrant. Calycanthus Carolina Allspice sweetshrub, 8′. In early summer showy, star shaped burgundy flowers with white tips appear along the branches. Carolina Allspice is a multi stemmed deciduous shrub which prefers a little shade in our southern climate. Use sweetshrub in woodland gardens, along wood edges or in mixed borders. Carolina Allspice sweetshrub fall color is more dependable than the species. Carolina Allspice is native to the southeastern United States.

Kinsey Family Farm Viburnum Nudum Brandywine

Viburnum Nudum ‘Brandywine’

Viburnum Nudum ‘Brandywine’. A Proven Winners plant. Possumhaw viburnum or smooth witherod 5-7′ deciduous shrub. A compact Viburnum Nudum. Multi stem, rounded upright shrub with clusters of flat topped, white flowers in spring. Foliage is a glossy dark green which displays beautiful fall colors of orange, red and maroon. The berries are showy in colors of pink and blue and are attractive to birds. A good pick for wildlife or habitat gardens, attracts butterflies, birds and pollinators. ‘Brandywine’ is a low maintenance garden plant for specimens, borders, or mass planting.

Kinsey Family Farm Viburnum Nudum Winterhur

Viburnum Nudum ‘Winterhur’

Viburnum Nudum ‘Winterhur’. Possumhaw viburnum or smooth witherod deciduous shrub. Multi stem, rounded upright shrub with clusters of flat topped, white flowers in spring. Foliage is a glossy dark green which displays wonderful fall colors of orange, red and maroon. The berries are showy in colors of pink and blue and are attractive to birds. ‘Winterhur’ is a low maintenance garden plant for specimens, borders, or mass planting. A good choice for wildlife or habitat gardens, attracts butterflies, birds and pollinators.

Kinsey Family Farm Yucca Color Guard

Yucca ‘Color Guard’

Yucca filamentosa yucca ‘Color Guard’ Adam’s Needle 20–40” Evergreen. A gold centered variegated yucca bearing the same amazing flower stalks of other yuccas, blooms in early summer. A great choice for dry areas and slopes, ‘Color Guard’ yucca does not like to have ‘wet feet’ or be over watered. Perfect for xeriscaping landscape design. Plant yucca ‘Color Guard’ in full sun.