Red Bushes & Shrubs

Updated March 16, 2018

Add colour to your landscaping with red shrubs or bushes. Choose from plantings with hues ranging from bright red to reds along the pink or purple spectrum. Many shrubs and bushes are only red during certain seasons, so take their off season colours into consideration when planning your border or screening. Before purchasing, make sure the particular red shrub or bush suits your hardiness zone.

Burning Bush

Although it has nothing to do with the Biblical story, the burning bush is popular for its red leaves in autumn. Somewhat drought-tolerant, this deciduous shrub needs full or partial sun exposure and well-drained soils to thrive. Plant in either acidic or alkaline soils. Dark green leaves in spring and summer give way to the to deep red in fall. Fast-growing, burning bushes may reach up to 6 to 10 feet at maturity. Ornamental orange or red fruits appear in the fall.


Dwarf or full-size azaleas add colour to the spring landscape, and red plants add colour in winter. According to Spring Hill Nursery, the dwarf red hardy evergreen azalea has bright red foliage to liven up the winter garden. Best in full or partial shade, this shrub reaches a height and spread between 2 and 3 feet. A slow to moderate grower, the dwarf red hardy azalea needs well-drained, acidic, moist soil with lots of humus. Prune after flowering for best results year after year.


Hydrangeas come in more hues than blue or pink. Nature Hills Nursery offers the hydrangea called Cityline Paris, whose flowers mature to an "intense dark pink red." Like other types of hydrangeas, it requires well-drained soil, full or partial sun and good moisture. Three feet tall at maturity with a moderate growth rate, no pruning is required for this bush.

Arrowwood Viburnum

Arrowwood Viburnum's cultivar sold under the names Autumn Jazz or Ralph Senior grows 10 to 12 feet tall with a 6- to 12-foot width and a red-orange colour in fall. The University of Illinois Extension Services refers to it as one of the "most trouble-free" types of viburnum, as it does well in both wet and dry situations but prefers acidic soils.

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