Fast Growing Evergreen Shrubs Texas

  • dwarf pittosporum

    Dwarf Pittosporum

    Low growing shrub makes a good border hedge.
  • dwarf burford holly

    Dwarf Burford Holly

    Very popular medium size shrub in Texas with red berries growing in fall.
  • dwarf chinese holly

    Dwarf Chinese Holly

    Attractive spiny leaves, grows low and loves full sun.
  • indian hawthorne

    Indian Hawthorne Shrub

    Natural rounded shape without pruning. Not fast growing but evergreen, looks great all year.
  • texas sage

    Texas Sage

    Native Texas evergreen shrub. Bright purple blooms in summer, loves full sun.
  • Juniper Shrub

    Juniper

    Drought resistant evergreen conifer. Does well in a wide range of soil and growing conditions.


Well-placed shrubs are a great cornerstone for landscaping. Planting fast-growing evergreen shrubs in Texas is rewarding and easy to maintain. 

Evergreen shrubs are not only heat tolerant, but they can stand up to Texas winters as well.  These shrubs are available in a variety of sizes to be used as decorative shrubs or as privacy screen for windows and yards.

Sizes of Fast Growing Evergreen Shrubs

Fast Growing Evergreen Shrubs TexasThese are a few choice selections for top shrubs that grow quickly in Texas. For a more complete list of shrubs for Texas.

  • Dwarf Pittosporum –  is a low-growing, compact, mounding shrub. It grows to a height of 2 or 3 feet, and a width of between 3 and 5 feet. It’s a good border plant and also works well as a ground cover.
  • Dwarf Burford Holly – An excellent medium-size holly with shiny dark green leaves, producing red berries in the fall. Great for hedges and enhancing fenced borders. Light Requirement: Full Sun, partial shade and full shade.
  • Dwarf Chinese Holly – Compact and low-growing with attractive spiny leaves. Good for low hedges, borders, mixed screens, and barriers. Deer resistant.
  • Indian Hawthorn – Is a small, slow-growing shrub ideal for sunny locations. Known for its naturally rounded shape with no need for pruning. The shrub looks great year-round, and has loose clusters of fragrant, pink or white flowers.
  • Wax Myrtle (Southern Bayberry) – Southern wax myrtle inhabits sandy swamps and moist woodlands in east and east-central Texas. It is a large shrub or small tree, often multi-trunked, with gray-green aromatic foliage and clusters of blue-gray fruits on female plants.
  • Central Texas Sage –  Also know as barometer brush, this is a medium-sized shrub with a compact form.  Silvery to gray-green leaves, and stunning displays of prolific purple blooms from summer into fall. Full sun with a high heat tolerance.
  • Junipers – A well known shrub that tolerates a wide range of soils and growing conditions, from swamps to dry rocky glades. Prefers moist soils but does not do well in constantly wet soils. Drought resistance conifer.

Evergreen Vines

  • Gelsemium sempervirens – Commonly called false Jasmine, this is an evergreen twining vine that is native to a broad area that ranges from Virginia, to Florida, to Texas and Central America. It is typically found in open woods. Great for Landscaping Along A Fence.
  • Coral honeysuckle – Considered more as a vine than a shrub, yet still has the full look and feel of a shrub. This high climbing, twining vine, 3-20 ft. long, has smooth and glossy paired, semi-evergreen leaves. Also produces flowered clusters of red, tubular blooms, followed by bright-red berries.

Newly planted shrubs should be watered frequently until they are well rooted. Once established, the plants should be watered less frequently so they will develop deep roots that allow them to withstand drought.

In the absence of rain, most shrubs benefit from a once-a-month, thorough watering during the growing season.

Keep in mind that growing flowers is just part of maintaining your garden and landscape. Trimming and deadheading flowers is just as important as lawn mowing to keep your lawn and garden looking its best.

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