10 Shrubs That Thrive in Warm, Dry Zone 10

These Shrubs Can Take the Heat

in Zone 10—Southern California—roses bloom in December and loquats are harvested in December.  The USDA defines Zone 10 as areas that have an average annual extreme minimum temperature of 30-40 degrees Fahrenheit. It does not take into account the average maximum temperatures, but Zone 10 shrubs can usually handle the heat.

These 10 shrubs will flourish if planted in Zone 10. Choose one today to add to your garden!

  • 01 of 10

    Angel's Trumpet

    Brugmansia (Angels trumpets), close up of pendulous white flowers
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    • Latin Name: Brugmansia spp.
    • Other Common Names: Angel star, brugmansia, datura
    • Native to: South America
    • USDA Zones: 9-11
    • Height: 6-20' tall
    • Exposure: Sun with afternoon shade
    • Growing profile for angel's trumpet

    Angel's trumpet can grow to the height of a small tree, covered with trumpets that hung down gracefully. Choose the location where this will go carefully, as all parts of this plant are poisonous and should not be where children or pets will wander by. It is closely related to the hallucinogenic Datura plants.

  • 02 of 10

    Cape Honeysuckle

    cape honeysuckle
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    • Latin Name: Tecomaria capensis, ignonia capensis or Tecoma capensis
    • Native to: the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa
    • USDA Zones: 9-11
    • Height: 3-10' tall as a shrub, 25-30' as a vine
    • Exposure: Full sun for best results, though a little shade will not be a problem.
    • Growing profile for cape honeysuckle

    Cape Honeysuckle looks lovely and tastes delicious.

  • 03 of 10

    Indian Hawthorn

    Indian Hawthorn

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    • Latin Name: Rhaphiolepis indica
    • Other Common Names: India hawthorn
    • Native to: Southern China
    • USDA Zones: 7-11
    • Height: 2-5' tall
    • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
    • Growing profile for Indian hawthorn

    These ubiquitous evergreens will provide color all year round, especially when the pink or white flowers appear.

  • 04 of 10

    Japanese Mockorange

    Japanese Mockorange

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    • Latin Name: Pittosporum tobira
    • Other Common Names: Tobira, Japanese mock-orange, Japanese pittosporum and Japanese cheesewood
    • Native to: China and Japan
    • USDA Zones: 8-10
    • Height: 6-15' tall
    • Exposure: Full sun to full shade
    • Growing profile for Japanese mockorange

    This shrub thrives throughout California, with most specimens sporting variegated leaves. Since it can grow in full shade, it can find a home in almost any part of your landscape.

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  • 05 of 10

    Natal Plum

    Natal Plum

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    • Latin Name: Carissa macrocarpa
    • Other Common Names: Amatungulu, grootnoem-noem, big num-num
    • Native to: South Africa
    • USDA Zones: 9-11
    • Height: Different varieties can be 2-20' tall
    • Exposure: Full sun to part sun. The best flowering and fruiting is in full sun.
    • Growing profile for natal plum

    Like the star jasmine, the natal plum features star-shaped flowers. Like the orange jasmine, they exude a scent resembling orange blossoms. For a sweet treat, try the ripe red fruits.

  • 06 of 10

    Orange Jasmine

    The flowers of the orange jasmine do smell like orange blossoms.

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    • Latin Name: Murraya paniculata or Murraya exotica
    • Other Common Names: Chalcas, orange jessamine
    • Native to: Asia and Australasia
    • USDA Zones: 9-11
    • Height: 8-12' tall
    • Exposure: Full sun, can handle a little shade
    • Growing profile for orange jasmine

    It is no wonder that this shrub is commonly called orange jasmine. Both the flowers and the scent are reminiscent of orange tree flowers.

  • 07 of 10


    Punica granatum

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    • Latin Name: Punica granatum
    • Native to: Iran and Iraq
    • USDA Zones: 7-10
    • Height: 3-20' depending on the variety chosen
    • Exposure: Full sun, can take some shade
    • Growing profile for pomegranate

    Pomegranates have many antioxidants and the juice is touted as a popular health drink. Pomegranate juice is tart, tangy and delicious, as are the seeds. 

  • 08 of 10

    Princess Flower

    Princess Flower (Tibouchina urvilleana)
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    • Latin Name: Tibouchina urvilleana
    • Other Common Names: Purple glory bush, glory bush, lasiandra
    • Native to: Brazil
    • USDA Zones: 9-11
    • Height: 10-20' tall
    • Exposure: Full sun
    • Growing profile for princess flower

    The Princess Flower sports huge purple flowers accented by large fuzzy leaves. Place it in a location where it will get a little shade in the afternoon to protect it from heat.

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  • 09 of 10

    Southern Highbush Blueberries

    Wild blueberries ,Vaccinium, and pink granite rock in Georgian Bay, French River Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada
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    • Latin Name: Vaccinium spp.
    • Other Common Names: Blueberries
    • Native to: North America
    • USDA Zones: 7-10
    • Height: 3-8' tall depending on the variety
    • Exposure: Full sun
    • Growing profile for southern highbush blueberries

    In Zone 10, you will need a southern highbush blueberry shrub, since this type is able to withstand the hotter temperatures. It is the result of hybridization between northern highbush blueberries and species from the Southern United States.

  • 10 of 10

    Star Jasmine

    Star Jasmine-Chinese star jassamine-confederate jasmine
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    • Latin Name: Trachelospermum jasminoides
    • Other Common Names: Confederate jasmine, trader's compass, Chinese jasmine, and Chinese ivy
    • Native to: China
    • USDA Zones: 8-10
    • Height: A liana that is 10-40' long. It can be pruned to be a shrub.
    • Exposure: Full sun to part shade
    • Growing profile for star jasmine

    This plant exudes a strong heady scent that may seem especially strong on warm summer nights.