Hardy Plants for the Lake Shore

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canopy

Northern Red Oak
Northern Red Oak
Northern Red Oak

Quercus rubra. Full sun; moderate to dry soils; wildlife friendly.

Red Maple
Red Maple
Red Maple

Acer rubrum. Full to partial sun; wet, moderate or dry soils.

Yellow Birch
Yellow Birch
Yellow Birch

Betula alleghaniensis. Partial sun to full shade; moderately dry soils; wildlife friendly.

Balsam Fir
Balsam Fir
Balsam Fir

Abies balsamea. Full to partial sun; moderate to dry soils; wildlife friendly.

small trees

Shadbush
Shadbush

Amelanchier canadensis. Full to partial sun; moderate to dry soils; wildlife friendly.

Striped Maple
Striped Maple

Acer pensylvanicum. Full to partial sun; wet, moderately wet soils.

Pussy Willow
Pussy Willow

Salix discolor. Full sun; dry to wet soils; wildlife friendly.

Common Witchhazel
Common Witchhazel

Hamamelis virginiana. Full to partial sun; moderately wet soils.

Shrubs

Highbush Blueberry
Highbush Blueberry

Vaccinium corymbosum. Full sun to full shade; wet to dry soils; wildlife friendly.

Redosier Dogwood
Redosier Dogwood

Cornus sericea. Full to partial sun; wet to moderate soils; wildlife friendly.

Common Winterberry
Common Winterberry

Ilex verticillata. Full to partial sun; moderate to dry soils; wildlife friendly.

Buttonbush
Buttonbush

Cephalanthus occidentalis. Full to partial sun; wet soils; wildlife friendly.

Black Chokeberry
Black Chokeberry

Aronia melanocarpa. Full to partial sun; moderate to dry soils; wildlife friendly.

Bog Rosemary
Bog Rosemary

Andromeda polifolia.  Full to partial sun; wet to moderate soils.

Summersweet
Summersweet

Clethra alnifolia.  Full to partial sun; wet to moderate soils.

Juniper
Juniper

Juniperus spp. Full to partial sun; moderate to dry soils; wildlife friendly.

ground cover

Bunchberry
Bunchberry

Cornus canadensis.  Full shade; moderately wet soils.

Ferns
Ferns

Types of ferns include Christmas, cinnamon, hayscented, interrupted, lady, long beech, maidenhair, marginal wood, ostrich, royal, sensitive and spinulose wood.

Lowbush Blueberry
Lowbush Blueberry

Vaccinium angustifolium. Full to partial sun to full shade; moderately dry soils; wildlife friendly.

Bearberry
Bearberry

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi. Full to partial sun; dry soils.

Photo Credits:

  • From Common Shrubs of Central Maine Shorelines by Sue Gawler and Jack Bouchard, 5/19/2015, used by permission:# 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, 37.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Data Base, http://hort.uconn.edu/plants, Mark H. Brand, Dept of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, Storrs, CT 06296-4067; #1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 11, 12, 21, 26, 28, 29, 36, 38. 
  • Can Stock Photo #5 ©Mirage3; #8 © greg346;  #16 © LianeM; #22 © damann; #34 © starover;  #35 © patgrover. 
  • Gary Fish, Phish Photography #32, 33. 
  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, www.wildflower.org, #6 Julie Makin; #20 Stephanie Brundage; #27 Phyllis Weyand. 
  • Minnesota Wildflowers Information, www.minnesotawildflowers.info, Peter Dziuk. # 19.