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Hedge in seasonally wet area

Posted by bambrose 5 (My Page) on
Thu, May 19, 11 at 10:10

I'm trying to find a good shrub/hedge to plant in a seasonally wet area. In the springtime, there is usually standing water, looking for somethign that's 5-7' tall and a fast grower. ANy recommendations?

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RE: Hedge in seasonally wet area

clethra, witchhazel, dogwood come to mind quickly as classic moist tolerant shrubs. also good for part-shade. Is your area sun or shade?

I hope you don't mean evergreen? That gets a little tougher. Hollies and yews seem pretty tolerant of a wide range of soil types, but standing water would still be risky.

RE: Hedge in seasonally wet area

  • Posted by claire z6b Coastal MA (My Page) on
    Thu, May 19, 11 at 11:22

Also Itea virginica, Virginia Sweetspire, might be OK.


RE: Hedge in seasonally wet area

Ilex verticillata, Winterberry Holly, is found growing in wet boggy areas and as Wendy mentioned Clethra would be a good choice.
How much light does this area get? If it is full sun you might consider some of the hardy hibiscus shrubs as they tolerate wet feet.

RE: Hedge in seasonally wet area

Swamp azalea/Rhododendron viscosum is one of the few rhodies that is happy with wet feet. It has pink or white flowers with a lovely scent. It isn't evergreen. High bush blueberries tolerate wet feet.

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