Shrubs for wet sandy soil - Knowledgebase Question

Gatineau, PQ
Question by cookekrista
June 14, 2006
We live near a lake and have a sunny spot with wet sandy soil near our raised septic bed that we'd like to plant for privacy. I'd like a flowering shrub that grows fairly quickly to about 15-20 tall but that won't send roots out more than 15-20 feet wide, to protect the septic bed. I've been told lilacs are definitely bad news near septic systems, so I'd love an alternative. Any suggestions would be most appreciated. Thanks in advance!


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Answer from NGA
June 14, 2006

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Lilacs are not good choices because they do have aggressive roots and they do sucker. Plus, they are deciduous so they wouldn't provide much privacy during the winter months. You might consider viburnum, holly or escallonia. Best wishes with your landscape!

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