HIGH MOSITURE CONDITION - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by ATTYREDMOND
April 26, 2009
I HAVE AN AREA WHICH RECEIVES A HIGH LEVEL OF RAIN RUNOFF FROM WINDOWS CAUSING VERY MOIST SOIL CONDITIONS. LOOKING FOR A SHRUB WHICH CAN GROW IN THESE CONDITION. AREA HAS MORNING SHADE & AFTERNOON SUN. WOULD HOLLY BE A GOOD CHOICE?


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Answer from NGA
April 26, 2009

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Soggy soils are a challenge because they rob the oxygen that plant roots need. However, there are some plants that really don't mind wet feet. Here's a list - Aronia arbutifolia (red chokeberry) Baccharis halimifolia (groundsel tree) Cephalanthus occidentalis (button bush) Clethra acuminata (cinnamon clethra) Clethra alnifolia (summersweet) Cornus alba (tartarian Dogwood) Cornus sericea (red osier dogwood) Cornus amomum (silky dogwood) Cyrilla racemiflora (swamp cyrilla) Dirca palustris (leatherwood) Euonymus americana (American euonymus) Fothergilla spp. (fothergilla) Hibiscus syriacus (rose-of-sharon) Ilex cassine (dahoon holly) Ilex glabra (inkberry) Ilex verticillata (winterberry) Ilex vomitoria (yaupon holly) Illicium spp. (anise-tree) Itea spp. (sweetspire) Leucothoe fontanesiana (leucothoe) Lindera benzoin (spicebush) Myrica spp. (bayberry/waxmyrtle) Physocarpus opulifolius (ninebark) Rhamnus caroliniana (Carolina buckthorn) Rhododendron arborescens (sweet azalea) Rhododendron atlanticum (coastal azalea) Rhododendron vaseyi (pinkshell azalea) Rhododendron viscosum (swamp azalea) Rosa virginiana (virginia rose) Sambucus canadensis (elderberry) Spiraea tomentosa (hardhack) Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry) Viburnum alnifolium (hobblebush) Viburnum cassinoides (witherod viburnum) Viburnum opulus (European cranberrybush viburnum). Enjoy your landscape!

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