Category: Zone 3


Schoenoplectus taberneamontani

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9th April

Softstem Bulrush

Perennial herb in the sedge family producing dense stands of narrow, tube-like culms reaching 4 to 8 feet. Grows from a long rhizome system. This sedge can be found throughout the world, growing in many types of moist and wet habitat, and sometimes in shallow water. Full or partial sun. Wet soils.

Zones 3-9



Schizachyrium scoparium

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9th April

Little Blue Stem

18 to 24 inch warm season grass with fine-textured foliage that forms dense clumps reaching 1 foot wide. Blooms July through September. Red, blue and occasionally yellow stems with white seed tufts reaching 3 feet in the fall. Full sun. Well drained soil.
Zones 3-9



Sambucus racesmosa ssp. pubens

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9th April

Red Elderberry

Grows 6 to 12 feet with similar spread. Creamy white blooms in early spring provide early nectar/pollen for insects. Showy red fruit in midsummer is eaten by birds. North American variant of the circumboreal  S. racesmosa. Huge pinnate leaves give a tropical effect. Will tolerate less than ideal site conditions. Sun to light shade. Moist to dry soil.

Zones 3-7



Sambucus canadensis

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9th April

Elderberry

Grows to 10+ feet with a similar spread. Rapid growing, multi-stemmed  shrub with large pinnate leaves. Large clusters of white flowers in early summer are followed by dark purple-black fruits. Found in rich lowlands, thickets, along streams and roadsides. Great for birds and deer browse. Berries traditionally used for jam and medicine. Sun to light shade.  Moist to wet soil.

Zones 3-9



Salix discolor

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9th April

Pussy Willow

Grows to 20 feet in multi-stemmed clumps up to 15 feet wide. Spreading shrub with fuzzy catkins in spring. Good for birds and wildlife browse. Full sun. Moist to wet soil, but tolerates drier conditions.

Zones 2-7



Rosa virginiana

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9th April

Virginia Rose

Spreading shrub 2 to 5 feet high with similar width. Often found as a coastal buffer at sands edge. Fragrant, pink blossoms early to mid summer followed by showy red rose hips. Colorful fall foliage. Full to partial sun. Moist to dry, well drained soil. Drought tolerant.

Zones 3-8



Rhus typhina

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9th April

Staghorn Sumac

Grows to 20 feet and spreads to form colonies. Upright, open habit with fuzzy stems.  Yellow flowers are followed by large, upright clusters of red fruit that are eaten by birds. Common in old pastures and open areas. Can be aggressive and hard to remove once established. Good for erosion control. Incredible orange to red fall color. Tolerates poor conditions. Full to partial sun.  Dry to moist, well drained soil.

Zones 3-8



Rhododendron canadense

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9th April

Rhodora

A deciduous rhododendron growing from 1 to 3 feet with many branches and showy, rose to purple flowers in spring. Often seen in large colonies in bogs and wet pastures.  Full to partial sun. Wet, cold, peaty soil.

Zones 3-6



Quercus rubra

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9th April

Red Oak

Grows to 70 feet. Northern-most Eastern oak. Rapid growing and an important lumber tree. Acorns are a food source for wildlife. Full to partial sun.  Moist to dry soil.

Zones 3-8



Prunus pumila

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9th April

Sand Cherry

Grows 1 to 2 feet high, spreading to 3 to 6 feet. White blossoms in spring before leaves open. Found in sandy areas, often around lake and pond shorelines. Full sun. Moist to dry, well-drained soils.

Zones 3-6