What are Some Yellow Shrubs?

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People who wish to brighten up a flower garden or the landscaping in the their yard can add a variety of yellow shrubs. The color yellow generally gives a person the feeling of joy, reminding them of a bright, sunny day. Adding yellow shrubs to any flower garden or landscaping can brighten and energize the garden spot and possibly your mood.

There are many different kinds of yellow shrubs available. While there are a few shrubs that have yellow foliage, other shrubs bear green foliage with yellow flowers in an array of shapes and sizes. The yellow twig dogwood is known for its bright yellow stem that stands out nicely in the winter.

Corallina compacta, commonly known as the compact coral barberry, is a smaller shrub that grows across the ground and only reaches a maximum of 6-12 inches (15-30 centimeters) in height. This shrub is very low maintenance and tolerates drought very well. It grows well in partial shade to full sun. It is a thorny shrub with coral-colored buds that open to bright yellowish-orange flowers that later turn to berries in the fall.


Berberis thunberggii, commonly known as the golden nugget, is a smaller shrub that grows as a ground cover as well, only reaching heights of 6-12 inches (15-30 centimeters) and spreads about 1-3 feet (30-91 centimeters) wide. It requires moderate maintenance and needs moisture in the soil to grow, thriving in partial shade to full sun. This deciduous shrub grows slowly and works great as a border plant. This shrub is known for having problems with various mites, insects and Japanese weevils.

Cytisus scoparius, commonly referred to as the scotch broom, is a larger flowering shrub. It grows in ranges of 3-6 feet (.91-1.83 meters) in height with an equal amount of width. This shrub grows quite aggressively and likes dry to moist soil with full sun only. This yellow shrub blooms clusters of yellow flowers and works great as a border or in a container. It can be planted by the roadside and used to provide privacy.

Courtasol, more commonly known as the Forsythia or Gold Tide™, requires very little maintenance with small amounts of moisture in the soil. It grows to heights of only 1-3 feet (.30-.91 meters) tall and then spreads across the ground. It thrives in partial shade to full sun and works great for ground covers in beds and borders or on hillsides and slopes. This is a very tough shrub, and the flowers bloom the best in full sunlight.

Kolgold, also commonly known as Forsythia Or Magical Gold, tolerates drought quite well, requiring very little maintenance. It can grow rather tall to heights of 3-6 feet (.91-1.83 meters) with the same width. It thrives in the full sunlight only and grows in clumps. This shrub makes a great hedge or a perfect focal point in a flower garden.

Brigadoon, commonly referred to as Aaron's beard or St. John's wort, grows approximately 1-3 feet (.30-.91 meters) tall and only 2 feet (.61 meters) wide. It spreads rather quickly and makes a great ground cover when planted together in groups. This shrub is actually an herb that tolerates heat well and does not require much maintenance when grown in partial shade to full sun. Brigadoon blooms fuzzy yellow flowers and the small oval leaves look yellowish-orange in the sunlight.

Flaviramea, more commonly referred to as yellow twig dogwood, grows from 6-8 feet (1.83-2.44 meters) tall and can spread 7-9 feet (2.13-2.74 meters) wide. The bark is the yellow part of this shrub, and the bark and twigs grow the brightest when grown in full sun. This shrub grows well in wet spots like woodland gardens and does not need well-drained soil like most plants. The yellow twig dogwood can be grown on banking or used as a specimen plant. White berries and flowers bloom in the springtime with the berries attracting a lot of birds.

Other yellow shrubs can include yellow rose bushes and azalea bushes. There are several yellow shrubs available to choose from. Things to consider when choosing a yellow shrub is where it will be planted and grown and the climate in which you live. Other important things to consider are the different kinds of flowers it blooms, how much yellow color you want on the shrub, and whether you want the yellow to shine through your garden in the spring and summer or during the wintertime when everything else has died off and become dull.


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I personally think that there is nothing to replace a gorgeous blooming yellow rose bush. They are a great variation to the more traditional red rose (although I love those, too), but still offer that same sort of classiness at the same time. I’ve found several varieties at my local nursery. One of my favorite things to do in the summer time during the evening is to sit on my front porch in a rocking chair and just observe my yellow shrub roses quiet beauty.

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It is really amazing the transformation that yellow shrubs can make in a yard. I never realized it until I noticed a house on the way to my own home that had them in the back yard.

Now, I have been passing this home for years and never noticed it until the owners added these shrubs. I think they are a taller variety of Forsythia, and they are really just gorgeous! They are used as a back hedge of sorts, mainly to separate their yard from their neighbors. I'm seriously thinking about adding some yellow leaf shrubs to my own yard after seeing their success.

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