Wet Soil Shrubs - Knowledgebase Question

Englewood, NJ
Question by StuartRWeine
March 29, 2000
My backyard slopes to a low point that holds a lot of water. Is there some sort of bush or shrub that I could plant that would help suck up the water and not die of root rot?


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Answer from NGA
March 29, 2000

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Here are some shrubs to consider for an area that is moist (but not standing water): deciduous holly (Ilex verticillata), inkberry holly (Ilex glabra), shrub dogwoods (Cornus sericea), Itea, and Virginia Swetspire (Clethra). Unfortunately, while these shrubs do prefer a moist soil, I would not rely on them to solve a drainage problem by sucking up the water.

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