salt resilient plants - Knowledgebase Question

Cape Coral, Fl
Question by nstricklandi
November 15, 2009
I have a plot that is 4X10 and about 30 feet from a saltwater canal. I've tried alot of different plants there and none have ever thrived. Is there something that would look tropical, not grow over 6 feet tall, and thrive? I have bananas growing on the other side of the lanai that are doing well, but I don't want anything that tall. I live in SW Florida. Thanks, Nat


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Answer from NGA
November 15, 2009

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There aren't many tropical looking salt tolerant plants but you might consider growing Kalanchoe, Daylilies (Hemerocallis spp.), Rosa rugosa, Sumac, including staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina (hirta), Winterberry holly (Ilex verticillata),
Bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica), Florida privet (Forestiera segregata), Sandankwa viburnum (Viburnum suspensum) or Yaupon holly (Ilex vomitoria). All will remain under 6' tall.

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