best shrubs to plant in North Dakota - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by heatherhafel
March 23, 2010
I want to cover up my chain link fence with shrubs. What are the fastest growing and hardiest for North Dakota and which ones provide privancy?


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Answer from NGA
March 23, 2010

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North Dakota winters can be really tough on shrubs, but here are some that grow well in your region: Alnus incana (speckled alder, mountain alder), Amelanchier alnifolia (saskatoon, western serviceberry, Juneberry), Amorpha canescens (leadplant, )
Amorpha fruticosa (false indigo, Indigo bush), Artemisia frigida (prairie sagewort, fringed sage), Atriplex canescens (four-wing saltbush, wingscale), Atriplex confertifolia (spiny saltbush, shadscale saltbush, hop sage), Chrysothamnus nauseosus (rabbit brush, chamisa), Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood), Cornus sericea (red-twig dogwood, red-osier dogwood, Corylus americana (American hazelnut or filbert), Corylus cornuta (beaked hazelnut or filbert), Elaeagnus commutata (silverberry, wild olive, wolf willow), Krascheninnikovia lanata (winterfat, )
Lonicera dioica (limber or wild honeysuckle), Prunus pumila var. besseyi (sand cherry), Prunus virginiana (chokecherry, Rhus glabra (smooth sumac), Ribes odoratum (buffalo currant, golden currant), Rosa blanda (early wild rose, smooth rose)
Rosa woodsii (western wild rose, woods rose), Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (red raspberry), Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry, thimbleberry), Salix bebbiana (Bebb willow, long-beaked willow), Salix discolor (pussy willow), Sambucus canadensis (elderberry, common elder), Sarcobatus vermiculatus (greasewood), Shepherdia argentea (silver buffaloberry), Shepherdia canadensis (buffaloberry), Spiraea alba (meadow sweet), Symphoricarpos albus (snowberry, Symphoricarpos occidentalis (wolfberry, buckbush), Viburnum lentago (black haw, nannyberry), Viburnum opulus var. americanum (high-bush cranberry, American cranberrybush viburnum). These are all deciduous. If you're more interested in evergreen shrubs, consider planting
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (bearberry, kinnikinnik), Artemisia tridentata (big sagebrush, Great Basin sagebrush), or Juniperus communis (common juniper).

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