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Flowering Shrubs

Flowering Shrubs
Posted by Christine from MI on 2001-03-20 15:38:31

Hi Readers,

Which of the following would do well in
Michigan, getting the afternoon (west)
sun? Also, how big would around would
they get (ie-their circumference)?

Weeping & Lynwood Forsythia
Carolina Allspice
Honeysuckle
Orange-Eyed & Fountain Butterfly Bushes
Rose Of Sharon

I thank you, in advance, for your
ideas/suggestions

Sincerely,
Christine
  • Across the lake
    Posted by Bob from WI on 2001-03-20 15:39:41

    I'm right across the lake from you &
    have spent time in Grand Rapids. I think
    you'd be pushing it with the Carolina
    Allspice. Honeysuckle grows wild in
    Mich. My nephew has a huge forsythia/
    they can be trimmed to a moderate size
    but his is 15' in diameter. Rose of
    Sharon blooms in Aug & should be pretty
    easy to grow. I've never had much luck
    with butterfly bushes but I think its a
    personal problem. The topgrowth dies off
    each winter but they put out new growth
    & flower from the roots each summer.
    Good luck
    • Shrubs I;ve had luck with
      Posted by Karen from MI on 2001-03-20 15:40:51

      Forget the Carolina Spice bush, it won't
      make it through the winter. Butterfly
      bush does very well for me with little
      care. In the spring, you do have to cut
      it back to about 6" tall, then it will
      take off. Forsythia is messy looking
      when it's not in bloom, but otherwise I
      love it! The honeysuckle can be
      invasive, but if you trellis it and keep
      on it they are also very beautiful and
      fragrant. Rose of Sharon is also pretty
      darn easy to grow. Did you know that it
      was a Hibiscus? Pretty cool...
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