Black Current

A native shrub species three to six feet tall with erect branches lacking spines, on multiple stems. The simple, three to five lobed alternate leaves are one to three inches wide and gland-dotted beneath. The glands are golden-yellow in color. Small flowers open in May and have five yellow petals. Drooping racemes produce glossy, red-purple to nearly black fruit (¼ to ½ inch in diameter) in August-September. Ripe fruits are sweet and desirable for human consumption. 

Sumac Skunkbrush

A medium sized, multi-stemmed non-suckering shrub reaching 5 to 6 feet in height and spread. Adaptable to dry, high pH soils. The trifoliate leaves are aromatic when crushed, dry fruit clusters are utilized by many bird species. Native to the eastern and central U.S., best used in climatic zones 4 and warmer.

Hanson Hedge Rose

A hardy, low to medium growing, thorny shrub which may reach a height of 4 to 6 feet. Growth form is upright to arching, roots sucker to form a dense thicket. The single pink flowers are followed by red rose hips.

Naking Cherry

A medium sized, spreading shrub native to China, Japan, and the Himalayas. On favorable sites it may reach a height of 6-8 feet. Attractive white to pink flowers produce small, edible red cherries.

Russian Almond

A low, suckering shrub which may reach 4 - 5 feet in height. Dark pink flowers are followed by fruit which are small, hard almonds suitable for wildlife. Native from western Asia to eastern Siberia.

Sand Cherry

An open growing, multi-stemmed, native shrub which can reach a height of 2-4 feet. Produces a dark, edible cherry. Found in sandy areas in the western plains.

Smooth Sumac

A medium sized, suckering, open shrub reaching 5 to 10 feet in height. The pinnately compound leaves turn an excellent orange to red color in the fall. Best used in wildlife and slope stabilization plantings due to its suckering habit. Native throughout the Midwest and eastern U.S

Cotoneaster

An upright, round-topped shrub which may reach 6-8 feet in height. Native to Siberia and northern Asia. Foliage is a shiny green, fruit is nearly black in color.