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CLARK LAWN
05-01-2009, 12:12 AM
i need a few shrubs that will tolarate road salt for 2 beds at an entrence way to a commercial place. everything in there is dead from the salt from the road. no trees because of visability issues. what can i use?

White Gardens
05-01-2009, 10:35 AM
Unfortunately, I don't think there is much you can do. Even if you do find something hardy enough, there is still the potential for some snow company to come in and shoot salt in there accidentally. Over time it's a no-win situation.

Around here I've noticed some perennially/ornamental grasses that have stood up in those areas, when other bushes show severe salt/winter damage. Even along the interstate, you can see the salt damage on yews and junipers.

Marcos
05-01-2009, 11:03 AM
i need a few shrubs that will tolarate road salt for 2 beds at an entrence way to a commercial place. everything in there is dead from the salt from the road. no trees because of visability issues. what can i use?

From my experiences, cotoneaster and pyracantha are by far the most salt tolerant landscape plantings.
Unfortunately, they are also about the worst leaf-magnets out there!

http://www.ext.vt.edu/pubs/trees/430-031/430-031.html

If you want to get a little more creative, and have somewhat deep pockets to work with, I've read & heard that staghorn sumac can put up with virtually any amount of salinity man could throw at it.
Plus, staghorn sumac can be pruned on occasion to remain somewhat small if desired. And most importantly... they're absolutely COOL!! :clapping:

Check this link out....http://all-creatures.org/pica/ftshl-sumac-sh.html

wurkn with amish
05-01-2009, 06:05 PM
The new cultivars of sumac are tolerant...
Clark I listed a bunch of plants in the OH thread that willoway nursery has luck with.