Best Shrubs With Red or Orange Flowers

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    Red Rose Bushes

    Red and orange are eye-popping colors. That is why so many people seek shrubs with red flowers or with orange flowers that they can grow in the yard. Such shrubs turn heads with their blossoms, giving them specimen-plant status when they are in bloom. Let's begin with a few examples that are very cold-hardy.

    Red is a valued color for rose bushes because the red rose is a symbol of romance. But there is nothing romantic about having to put a lot of work into caring for roses. That is the reason why so many gardeners grow easy-to-care-for types, such as the Candy Oh Vivid Red landscape rose. This plant with flowers in a candy-apple red color will bloom all summer long for you, with very little care from you.

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    Orange Azaleas

    Closeup of flowers of an orange azalea shrub.
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    If you have grown azalea bushes for a long time, you may regard the pink and white versions of these spring-blooming favorites as rather ho-hum. Are you ready to inject a more vibrant color into your yard in spring? Try the Gibraltar cultivarRhododendron Gibraltar is a type of azalea that has orange flowers.

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    Red Azaleas

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    Maybe red is your go-to color for jazzing up an outdoor living space. In that case, try the Stewartstonian azalea (Rhododendron x Gable Stewartstonian). A bonus in growing this red-flowered plant is that it also offers nice fall color. In fact, Stewartstonian is an evergreen shrub. So it provides you with year-round interest in your yard.

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    Flowering Quince

    Red flowers on a quince shrub.
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    Flowering quince shrubs (Chaenomeles speciosa) commonly come in the colors orange, pink, and red. White (for example, the Jet Trail cultivar) is not quite as popular. If you are looking for a shrub with red flowers, Scarlet Storm quince is one of the best choices. For orange flowers, grow Orange Storm. Like azaleas, flowering quince is a springtime bloomer.


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    Flowering Maple

    Ashford Red Abutilon shrub
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    Let's now look at the best shrubs with red flowers or orange flowers suited to warm climates. They can be grown outside in the North, too, but only during the warm-weather months. Some, such as this first example, are commonly grown in containers by Northerners. 

    Flowering maple (Abutilon x hybridum) is so called because it bears lovely flowers and has leaves shaped like those on a maple tree. Flowering maple can be grown outdoors year-round only in USDA plant hardiness zones 9 to 10.

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    Mexican Bird of Paradise

    Close-up of flower head of Caesalpina mexicana.
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    Mexican bird of paradise (Caesalpinia mexicana) is a favorite landscape plant in areas around the Mojave Desert, which is a hint as to just how drought-tolerant a shrub this bush is. In fact, the whole genus holds up well under dry growing conditions. Here are some other examples (all suited to zones 8 to 11):

    • Red bird of paradise (Caesalpinia pulcherrima)
    • Yellow bird of paradise (Caesalpinia gilliesii)
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    Scarlet Rosemallow

    Hibiscus coccineus shrub
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    Some bushes in the Hibiscus genus are cold-hardy, while others can survive outdoors year-round only in the tropics. Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) is widely grown in the North. It is valued as one of the late-summer flowering shrubs that give you shrub color at a time of year when many bushes are no longer blooming. But Rose of Sharon is not the only kind of hibiscus that is hardy. A related plant actually goes by the common name, hardy hibiscus. It is a perennial but often treated as a shrub. An especially attractive type is the Summerific Perfect Storm. This gorgeous plant need not take a back seat even to its cousin from the tropics, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis when it comes to sheer beauty.

    Fewer gardeners have heard of scarlet rosemallow (Hibiscus coccineus) because it is not as hardy (only zone 6). But if you live in zones 6 to 9, this plant is well worth growing for its deep red flowers. Select a location in the sun or in partial shade for it. The plant has a height of 5 to 8 feet, with a spread of 2 to 3 feet.

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    Crimson Bottlebrush

    Callistemon citrinus shrub and its red bottle-brush-shaped flower
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    Crimson bottlebrush (Callistemon citrinus) is in the myrtle family of plants. It is also known as lemon bottlebrush due to the fact that its leaves have a citrus-y smell to them. The shrub stands 6 to 12 feet tall and has a spread of 6 to 9 feet. Grow it in zones 8 to 10.

    The genus is native to Australia. Other kinds of Callistemon exist, as well, and all are plants that attract hummingbirds. For example, Callistemon viminalis Neon Pink has deep pink blooms. Suited to zones 8 to 11, it is a fast-growing shrub. When mature, it stands 8 to 12 feet tall, with a width of 8 to 10 feet.

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    Lantana Shrub

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    Most Northern gardeners know lantana (Lantana camara) as a plant grown in a hanging pot during the summer. But the plant grows as a shrub in zone 8 and warmer. As a shrub, it can attain a height of 6 feet, with a spread of 8 feet. It often has orange flowers, but it also comes in yellow, white, or red. Some types are bi-colored. There is also a species known as Lantana montevidensis. It works even better in hanging baskets than does Lantana camara since it has a weeping habit. It bears light purple blooms. Lantana is a plant that draws butterflies to the landscape.

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    Pincushion Protea

    Orange flowers of Pincushion protea shrub (Leucospermum)
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    Pincushion Protea (Leucospermum) is an African native and an evergreen shrub in zones 9 to 11. This drought-tolerant shrub measures about 6 feet tall and 6 feet wide when mature. It will grow best in the sun. The flowers are sometimes used in floral arrangements. Cultivars include:

    • Scarlet Ribbon (red flowers)
    • High Gold (yellow flowers)
    • Tango (orange flowers)
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    Bougainvilleas With Red or Orange Flowers

    Red bougainvillea flowers against a light-colored wall.
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    The bougainvillea plant commonly bears magenta, pink, white, or red flowers. It can be either a vine or a shrub. Be careful of the thorns on the stems. All types grow to a length of about 30 feet (if not pruned into a shrub form). All are suited to zones 9 to 11 and to a location in full sun. Red types include:

    • Double Red (double flowers, ranging in color from scarlet to magenta)
    • Tomato Red (orange-red color)
    • Don Fernando (flowers with both red and orange in them)

    But there are also types with yellow or orange flowers, including:

    • California Gold (golden flowers)
    • Orange King (orange flowers)