South Carolina has a wide choice of plant that are recommended for the area because it is their natural habitat. Plants that are native to South Carolina range from tall trees to evergreen plants just a few inches tall with enough of a variety for the gardener to be able to create any kind of landscape.
Pin cherry (Prunus pensylvanica) is also known as the fire cherry. The tree grows from 35 to 50 feet tall with bright-red branches and red or yellow-orange bark. The tree produces flat-topped clusters of white flowers in May that give way to bright-red fruits, which are made into jelly and are a favorite meal for the local wildlife. The tree will attract birds and butterflies; the leaves are poisonous to livestock. Plant pin cherry in full sun and a dry soil; it is hardy in all of South Carolina.
Carolina rose (Rosa carolina ) is also known as the pasture rose and is a low-growing shrub that grows from 1 to 3 feet tall. The plant produces green leaves that turn yellow, orange or red in the fall; pink flowers that grow up to 2 inches wide blooming in May and June and a fruit that becomes bright-red as it matures. Plant Carolina rose in full sun or partial-shade. The soil can be dry, moist or wet a long as it is well-drained. The plant is hardy in all of South Carolina and is a favorite of the local birds.
Deerberry (Vaccinium stamineum) is also known as tall deerberry, squaw huckleberry and buckberry. The shrub grows from 10 to 15 feet tall with an equal spread. The plant produces egg-shaped leaves that grow from 1 to 3 inches long with green on the top and white on the bottom that turn red or orange in the fall. The flowers are white and yellow, bell-shaped and bloom in early spring. The flowers give way to edible pale-blue or purple berries in late spring or early summer.
Plant deerberry in partial-shade and in a well drained, sandy soil. The berries are a favorite meal for songbirds, ruffed grouse, bobwhite quail, wild turkeys, foxes, raccoons, black bears, chipmunks and squirrels. White-tailed deer will eat all parts of the plant. Deerberry can be grown in all of South Carolina
Littlebrownjug (Hexastylis arifolia) is also known as heartleaf and evergreen wild ginger. The plant grows from 2 to 4 inches tall and produces whitish-green, heart-shaped leaves with dark green leaves that grow up to 8 inches long.The purple or brown flowers bloom from March through May and are hidden by the larger leaves. Plant littlebrownjug in partial or full-shade and soil that is dry or moist, but not wet. Littlebrownjug can grow in all of South Carolina. Wildlife will browse the plant in the winter.