Fence Line plants - Knowledgebase Question

Fenton, Mi
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Question by custom9000
April 25, 2009
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 from NGA
April 25, 2009
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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