Which shrub should I choose?

Asked March 3, 2013, 12:49 AM EST

I am looking for a shrub that will fit the following needs:

Must take full summer sun.
Can plant in a container/pot (16 inch, or not much bigger).
Evergreen and perennial, but not poisonous to my curious dog.
Flowers (If possible, flowers for a majority of months/year).
Grow to at least 4' or taller.

After some research, I have narrowed it down to the following:
*Marmalade bush (streposolen jamesonii)--I do not know if this plant will tolerate full Tucson sun, but was wondering if you have any info on it. Seems to be a good choice for hotter climes, but not enough info to know how it would do here.

Others I think would work:
Arizona Yellow Bells (Tecoma stans v angustata)
Orange Bells (Tecoma alata)
Torch Glow Bougainvillea
Blue Hibiscus
Chihuahuan Sage
'Green Cloud' (Leucophyllum frutescens)
Cape Honeysuckle (Tecoma capensis)
Baja Fairy Duster.
I would appreciate any info you can give me to help narrow it down! Thank you

Pima County Arizona

1 Response


I doubt a 16 inch pot would be big enough for a 4 foot tall shrub. That said, I think your choice of marmalade bush might not survive the temperature extremes of Tucson. From your list I think the best choices would be the bougainvillea or the fairy duster. Other ones you might consider are Dalea bicolor, lantana, Salvia greggii, bush morning glory, and wine cups (Callirhoe).