PRIVACY IN WET AREA - Knowledgebase Question

SAINT CLAIR SHORES, MI
Question by NICHOLEBEEM
June 21, 2007
I AM LOOKING TO PUT SOME TYPE OF NATURAL PRIVACY BARRIER ALONG MY BACK FENCE (GETS SUNLIGHT MOST OF THE DAY). HOWEVER, IT IS ALWAYS WET BACK THERE DUE TO A. POOR DRAINAGE, AND B. A NEIGHBOR WHO DUG A MINI DITCH ALONG THE FENCE LINE WHERE WATER COLLECTS (UGH!). ANY SUGGESTIONS? THANKS!


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Answer from NGA
June 21, 2007

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Most trees and shrubs will suffocate in overly wet soils. There are some exceptions, though. Choose from the following shrubs tolerant of wet soils:
Aronia arbutifolia (Red Chokeberry)
Calycanthus floridus (Carolina allspice, Strawberryshrub)
Clethra alnifolia (Summersweet, Sweet Pepperbush)
Cornus alba (Tartarian Dogwood)
Ilex glabra (Inkberry)
Ilex verticillata (Common Winterberry)
Myrica pensylvanica (Northern Bayberry)
Potentilla fruticosa (Bush-Cinquefoil)
Rhododendron canadense (Rhodora)
Rhododendron viscosum (Swamp Azalea)
Virburnum cassinoides (With-Rod Viburnum)
Viburnum opulus (European Cranberrybush)
Viburnum trilobum (American cranberrybush viburnum)


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