Plants and trees suitable for a shady wet area - Knowledgebase Question

Hebron, KY
Question by koser15
August 21, 2005
We have just purchased a new house with an area at the bottom of the yard that is full of old trees, shrubs and lots of weeds. There is also a damp creek type gully in the middle of these old trees. We want to clear out all the damaged trees, shrubs and weeds and plant some new trees and shrubs that will tolerate shade and a wet moist area whilst at the same time provide a privacy screen between our yard and the yard behind this area. We know conifers may not thrive well here but would welcome any suggestions for deciduous, evergreen and tall quick growing shrubs and trees that may do well in this area.


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Answer from NGA
August 21, 2005

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There are a number of trees and shrubs with preferences for shade and moist soil. Here are a few:
Aesculus parviflora (Bottlebrush Buckeye) Partial to Deep Shade; Moderate soil moisture; Bold texture; flowers in deep shade.
Aronia arbutifolia (Red Chokeberry) Partial Sahde; Wet or Dry; Nice color and attractive berries in fall.
Aronia melancarpa (Black Chokeberry) Partial Shade; Wet or Dry; Nice color and attractive berries in fall.
Buxus microphylla (Littleleaf boxwoodz0 Partial Shade; Moderate soil moisture; Evergreen plant with fine texture.
Calycanthus floridus (Sweetshrub) Partial Shade; Wet or Dry; Unusual brown-purple leaves have pineapple scent; bark and leaves are also fragrant.
Clethra alnifolia (Summersweet) Full Shade; Wet soils; Sweet scent; flowers in mid-summer.
Cornus alba (Red-stemmed Tatarian Dogwood) Partial Shade; Moderate soil moisture; Attractive white-edged leaves; red bark in winter.
Cornus mas (Cornelia Cherry Dogwood) Partial Shade; Moderate soil moisture; Berries attract wildlife.
Cornus racemosa (Gray Dogwood) Full Shade; Wet or Dry soil; Attractive white berries; suckers form thickets.
Hamamelis vernalis (Vernal Witchhazel) Full Shade Dry to Moist soil; Fragrant flowers in November.
Hydrangea arborescens (Annabelle Hydrangea) Partial Shade; Moderate soil moisture; Large white flowers.
Hydrangea paniculata (Panicle Hydrangea or PeeGee Hydrangea) Partial Shade; Moderate moisture; Coarse texture; large flowers.
Hypericum species (St. Johnswort) Partial Shade; Dry to Moist soil; Blue-green foliage; attractive gold-yellow flowers in summer.
Ilex glabra (Inkberry) Full Shade; Wet soils; Dark, shiny evergreen leaves; attractive fruits remain in winter.
Ilex verticillata (Winterberry) Partial Shade; Wet soil; Holly-like leaves; attractive fruits.
Itea virginica (Virginia Sweetspire) Full Shade; Wet or Dry soil; White flowers in summer; beautiful fall color .
Kerria japonica ?Picta? (Japanese Kerria) Full Shade; Wet or Dry soil; White edged leaves; abundant yellow flowers.
Ligustrum obtusifolium (Regel?s Border Privet) Partial Shade; Dry to moist soil; Interesting horizontal branching pattern; attractive persistent berries.
Rhododendron Rhododendron / Azalea Partial shade; Moderate soil moisture; Flowers beautifully in spring; attractive evergreen foliage.
Rhus aromatica (Fragrant Sumac) Full shade; Moderate soil moisture; Pleasant fragrance; shiny leaves; dense foliage.
Ribes alpinum (Alpine Currant) Full shade; Moderate soil moisture; Dense foliage; tolerates pruning well.
Rubus odoratus (Flowering Raspberry) Partial shade; moist to dry soil; Works well as groundcover; attractive fruits.
Symphoricarpos orbiculatus (Indiancurrant, Coralberry) Full shade; Dry or Wet soil; Attractive blue-green foliage; attractive and plentiful red fruits.
Taxus (Yew) Full shade; Moderate soil moisture; Rich green foliage makes for an excellent background.
Viburnum trilobum (American Cranberry) Partial shade; Moderate soil moisture; Attractive flowers and red fruits that last through winter.
Viburnum carlesii (Koreanspice Viburnum) Partial shade; Moderate soil moisture; Attractive fall color; fragrant flowers

Hope this list provides some good ideas for your landscape!

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