The Q&A Archives: Trees and Shrubs for the Coast

Question: I live on the Rhode Island seashore. Would a weeping cherry tree do well in my yard and, if not, what trees and bushes would thrive?

Answer: Beach plum or black cherry would be better choices for the seashore. Other salt-tolerant trees and shrubs include Norway maple, horse chestnut, white ash, honeylocust, Virginia creeper, white spruce, mugo pine, potentilla, white and red oak, and bridalwreath spirea.

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