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Shrub or Small Tree for wet, shady area

Posted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 10:25 am
by elmina
I live in Orange, VA and am looking for a good small tree or shrub to plant beside a small creek. The soil is very wet, I think there may be an underground spring in the area. It is also quite shady. I would love to find something with berries or attractive foliage or flowers. Native VA plants would be ideal if there is something that would do well here.


Re: Shrub or Small Tree for wet, shady area

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 4:00 pm
by lorijones
There are several different trees and shrubs that would fit the bill for your boggy area. Below are a few suggestions:
  • Cornus sericea (Redosier Dogwood) - This attractive multi-stemmed shrub has beautiful red stems that stand out especially in winter. It grows 7' to 9' tall and in the wild, it is often found in wet, swampy areas. It is native to Virginia.
    Cyrilla racemiflora (Swamp Cyrilla) - Small tree grows 10' - 20' tall. White flowers in 6" racemes in May - July. Beautiful foliage and flowers. Native in Virginia.
    Ilex glabra (Inkberry) - Evergreen in the holly family. Black berries in the fall. 6' - 8' tall. Must have a male and female plant for berries.
    Ilex verticillata (Winterberry) - Deciduous holly with beautiful berries in the fall. Berries are especially showy after the leaves drop. Multi-stemmed tree 6' - 10' tall. 'Sparkleberry' is Andre's favorite cultivar, 'Winter Red' is another nice one. Must have a male and female plant for berries.
    Vaccinium corymbosum (Highbush Blueberry) - Beautiful fall foliage. Edible berries. Many cultivars to choose from. 8' - 12' tall. Does okay in part shade but not full shade. Needs acid soil.
You can look these up online to get more information about each and see photos. I hope this gives you some ideas.