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Binghamton Confluence Project

Posted by klavier z4 Bing, z5 Pou (My Page) on
Thu, Feb 7, 08 at 19:36

Hello All,
I am looking to start a project to beautify the Binghamton waterfront just before the confluence. I have been in touch with the DOT which is maintaining the land currently, and they have been planning to do something with the spot for a while. Before anything can be done, it has to be run past them. Here are a bunch of pictures of the spot. While I am good intentioned, the only two water loving plants I know are Sycamore and Iris Pseudocoris. What kind of plants would do good in such a spot. It flood fairly frequently, so any plants would have to be tolerant of being submerged now and again. They also made a note that they would prefer native plants. Note that the water is pretty high right now. It is usually about 10 feet lower. This is normal extent to which it rises when we have had heavy rains, but it can certainly come much higher (hence the reason for the levy)

Here is confluence park a little further down. This was a project only a couple years back

Here is a shot of the opposite side of the water:

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RE: Binghamton Confluence Project

Hi Klavier,

Here are a few ideas, and site:

Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra) tree, higher up away from water edge
Swamp Oak (Quercus bicolor) tree, wetland/river edge native
Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) shrub
Sweet Pepperbush (Clethra alnifolia) shrub
New York ironweed (Vernonia novebroacensis) tall perennial (6'+)
River Birch (Betula nigra) tree
NY/PA regional native plant list

The confluence park is very nice, and it will be even better as it is planted with natives and matures.


Here is a link that might be useful: NY/PA regional native plants

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