Bush That Can Survive The Cold West Winds

Asked August 27, 2019, 2:09 PM EDT

Even with burlap protection against the cold Michigan west winds, we have lost two rhodo bushes in our front yard. In this location, we would like to have a flowering bush, which is 5 - 6 feet tall, that will be survive the cold winds with burlap protection. This bush will receive sun during the day. Can you please give us the name of a bush or some bushes that would meet our requirements? Thank you.

Wayne County Michigan

1 Response


Besides the full sun and west winds specifications, you will want to know your soil type, pH, organic matter and moisture level to match your shrub selection. A soil test will tell you the first three and helps determine the soil’s water holding capacity.

Choosing a shrub that is hardy at least one zone colder than where you are can help, too. Your USDA Hardiness zone is 6, so choosing a shrub hardy to zone 5 or 4 or colder is a good idea. If planting more than one shrub, consider a mixed planting of shrubs to extend flower time.

Here are some flowering shrubs for full sun:

Aronia arbutifolia, Red chokeberry

Physocarpus opulifolius, Ninebark

Exochorda racemosa, Common Pearlbush

Hydrangea paniculata, Panicle hyrdangea ( summer flowers)

Syringa microphylla, Littleleaf lilac

Syringa myerii, Meyer lilac

Weigela florida, Old-fashioned Weigela

Chaenomeles speciosa, Flowering Quince

You can order a soil test from your local Extension office or online:


Planting your shrubs correctly, and watering them the first couple seasons, is critical to success. Here is a reference should you need it:


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