Why it's a standout: This adaptable native makes a fine evergreen hedge, from 3 to 8 feet tall and wide. Prune in early spring to keep plants from growing leggy, or select a compact variety, such as 'Shamrock' or 'Densa.' Deer usually leave the foliage alone, while birds go wild in the fall for its black berries.
What it needs: Full sun to partial shade; rich, acidic soil
Zones: 4 to 9