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salt tolerance

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by CLARK LAWN, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. CLARK LAWN

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,526

    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?
     
  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,783

    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.
     
  3. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,720

    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
     
  4. wurkn with amish

    wurkn with amish LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 663

    The new cultivars of sumac are tolerant...
    Clark I listed a bunch of plants in the OH thread that willoway nursery has luck with.
     

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