Cooperative Extension Service
Plant Characteristic Index
* starred plants may fit the requirement of the category but should not be used in Arkansas landscapes due to potential problems with invasiveness.
A. Bark characteristics
Trees with noteworthy/attractive bark?
B. Flower characteristics
Shrubs or Trees with blue or purple flowers
Summer (June-August) flowering trees with a noteworthy flower display
Spring Flowering Perennials
C. Fruit characteristics
Landscape plants with attractive fruit that persists all or most of the winter and adds value to the winter landscape?
D. Leaf characteristics
Deciduous landscape shrubs with vivid, reliable fall color?
Small to medium landscape trees with vivid fall color
Large shade trees with vivid, reliable fall color
E. Plant Habit
Narrow, upright trees:
F. Plant Use
Trees to avoid due to debris (e.g. messy fruits) or are weak wooded
Potentially invasive/weedy plants
Landscape shrubs (any size; deciduous or evergreen) with thorns or spurs?
Evergreen (Broadleaf Evergreens or conifers) plants that are well adapted for use as a low (2-3’) formal pruned/sheared hedge?
Large (>8’) evergreen landscape shrubs that are useful as a screen or hedge plant?
Landscape plants that attract wildlife (birds, deer, etc.) to a landscape?
Landscape shrubs or trees that attract wildlife (birds, deer, etc.) to a landscape?
Sun-Loving groundcovers (less than 12”)
Shade requiring groundcovers?
Drought tolerant low (<4’) shrubs?
Drought tolerant large (>8) shrubs?
Drought tolerant/urban tough trees?
By Jim Robbins and Jon Lindstrom
University of Arkansas System
University of Arkansas System • Division of Agriculture