Zone 5 Shrubs

The first thing to know about shrub species in zone 5 is that they are not all alike. Some have large leaves, some small ones, some grow at high altitudes or low elevations, some prefer dry soil or moist soil, etc. But there are certain characteristics which make them stand out from the rest. For example, the most common shrubs in zone 5 are the dwarf evergreen oaks (Quercus spp.) with their long slender branches.

These trees usually grow in open areas such as roadsides, along fences and walls, or even inside houses. They have thick trunks and branches so they can support heavy loads. Their wood is strong but light weight making it easy to transport. They require little water and do not need much sunlight. They are often used for shade because they do not produce many flowers. However, if planted in a sunny location, these trees will flower frequently giving off a sweet fragrance.

Another tree which grows well in zone 5 is the tall ficus benjamina (Ficus carica). Ficus benjamina is native to Central America and Mexico where it has been cultivated since ancient times.

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