The Q&A Archives: Salt Tolerant Shrubs and Trees

Question: I have about 208 feet of fence line near the main road. It is elivated on a wall about 3 feet above the sidewalk. I am looking for something to plant. It will get lots of sun but not a lot of water. They also would be exposed to road salt in the winter. Any suggestions you may have would be appreciated.

Answer: MSU has done extensive research on salt tolerant trees and shrubs. Here are a few of their findings:
Crataegus crusgalli (Cockspur hawthorn) Moderately tolerant; Crataegus monogyna (Singleseed hawthorn) Moderately tolerant; Elaeagnus angustifolia (Russian olive)
Tolerant; Euonymus alata (Winged) Very tolerant; Fraxinus pennsylvanica
lanceolata (Green ash) Tolerant; Gleditsia triacanthos (common honey locust)Tolerant; Hamamelis virginiana (common witch-hazel) Moderately tolerant; Ilex verticillata (Michigan holly) Tolerant; Juniperus spp. (Juniper) Moderately tolerant; Larix laricina (Tamarack) Tolerant; Ligustrum spp. (Privet) Moderately tolerant; Picea pungens (Colorado spruce) Very tolerant; Pinus banksiana (Jack pine) Moderately tolerant; Pinus nigra (Austrian pine) Very tolerant; Pseudotsuga taxifolia Tolerant.

While it is not an extensive list, perhaps you can still find the right plant for your fence line.

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