Shrubs in the Garden

As you explore the Garden of the Gods, you'll see a wide variety of shrubs.  Here are just a few of them.

Four-wing Saltbush

Four-wing Saltbush - Colorado shrubs and trees
Four-wing Saltbush - Colorado shrubs and trees

Four-wing saltbrush can grow from 3 feet to 8 feet tall.  The female plants produce clusters of golden "fruits" which are lovely.  They bloom from April through October.

Golden Current

Golden Current - Colorado shrubs and trees
Golden Current - Colorado shrubs and trees

Golden Current shrubs grow from 3 to 6 feet tall.  The yellow flowers have a spicy scent.  Berries are yellow, red, or black when ripe. 

Mountain Mahogany

Mountain Mahogany - Colorado shrubs and trees
Mountain Mahogany - Colorado shrubs and trees
Mountain Mahogany - Colorado shrubs and trees

Mountain Mahogany comes in a variety of species.  They're actually in the rose family.  They can reach from 9 to 18 feet tall but as elk and deer love them, they often are about 3 feet tall.  Check out the scent.

Rabbitbrush

Rabbitbrush - Colorado shrubs and trees
Rabbitbrush - Colorado shrubs and trees

Rabbitbrush is known for it's bright yellow flowers in late summer.  They are usually under a foot tall.  It's covered with a resinous substance that has a nice smell.  However, some people are actually allergic to the peppery-sweet scent of the pollen. 

Three-leaf Sumac

Three-leaf Sumac - Colorado shrubs and trees
Three-leaf Sumac - Colorado shrubs and trees

Three-leaf sumac is also known as Skunkbush.  The leaves, when crushed, are very aromatic.  Some think they have a nice smell - not at all like a skunk.  Others, not so much.  They don't usually grow taller than 3 feet.  The Ute Indians make baskets from the long stems after they're peeled. 

Western Chokeberry

Western Chokecherry - Colorado shrubs and trees
Western Chokecherry - Colorado shrubs and trees

Chokecherry shrubs flower in the Spring with lovely white flowers.  Then they produce tasty berries used in pies - but please leave them for the wildlife - they love them too.  They can grow quite tall - 20 to 30 feet. 

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