The Riparian Natives Pack includes a selection of shrubs and trees that do well in damp or wet soils that are occasionally flooded. Planting a variety of species rather than one type is a good defense against pests, disease, and climate change.
Includes 10 bare root seedlings (12-18"), 2 of each species listed below:
- Buttonbush, Cephalanthus occidentalis
- Lovely, easily grown as long as the site is not dry, making it a must have for rain gardens, wetlands, wet meadows, or stream bank installations. Hundreds of ball-shaped, fragrant, creamy white flowers dangle from buttonbush June-August and are perfect for attracting bees and butterflies. The habit is broad, rounded, and somewhat open, reaching 6-12’ tall and wide. If plants become unmanageable, they may be cut back near to the ground in early spring to revitalize. Tolerates wind and compacted soils. http://forestry.ohiodnr.gov/buttonbush
- Nannyberry, Viburnum lentago
- Large, multi-stemmed, upright shrub can grow up to 30’ tall. Features showy white flower clusters followed by attractive black fruits that attracts humans, songbirds, game birds, squirrels and rabbits. Works well as a large hedge or screen. Tolerates dry soil, and will sucker and naturalize if desired.
- Pussy Willow, Salix discolor
- This small, fast-growing, multi-branched tree does best in moist to wet environments, but is adaptable to regular garden soil. Prefers full sun, but does not tolerate drought. Can be cut back heavily to control growth and reinvigorate. Great for large rain gardens.
- River Birch, Betula nigra
- Easily grown and adaptable to average and wet soils, preferring cool moist sites similar to its streamside habitat. Multi-trunked, medium-sized tree at 40-70' tall with attractive salmon-pink exfoliating bark, and yellow fall color. http://forestry.ohiodnr.gov/birch
- Spicebush, Lindera benzoin
- Spicebush is commonly encountered in understory of high-quality wooded areas. Features broad, rounded habit growing to 6-12’ tall and wide. Fragrant, yellow-green flowers appear in early spring before emergence of aromatic, light green leaves. Male and female plants needed to produce bright red berries that are enjoyed by a variety of birds. Host plant for the swallowtail butterfly. Deer and rabbit resistant. http://forestry.ohiodnr.gov/spicebush