Coastal and Dune Plant - Highlights

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Schizachyrium scoparium

Little Bluestem is easily grown in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Good drought resistance once established. Provides cover for ground birds and small mammals. Tolerates high heat and humidity.

Myrica pensylvanica

Northern Bayberry grows best in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, peaty or sandy, acidic soils. Showy silver berries in Winter on the female plants. Can grow 8' tall by 8' wide with age. Deer Resistant.

Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Virginia creeper is an extreamly durable groundcover/climbing vine, it will grow and thrive in almost any situation. Native to the eastern coast, very tollerant of salt spray and road salt, it is ideal choice for greenwalls in an urban situation. Great red to orange fall color.

Prunus maritima

Beach Plum grows well in dune or coastal situations. Native to eastern US and hardy to zone 3. Masses of white flowers in May followed by 1" plums in late August and September. Fruit is delicious when ripe, very sour when not ripe. Grows 6 to 8' tall with a very interesting habit along the coast.

Rosa virginiana

Virginia Rose this Native Non-Invasive coastal rose has fragrant, clear pink flowers in June and sporadically throughout summer. Grows 4' tall by 6' wide, nice purple fall color. Rose hips are rich in vitamin C and can be made into jams or teas.

Solidago sempervirens

Seaside Goldenrod is one of the primary New Jersey Native Dune plants. It is highly tollerant of both saline soil and salt spray. Grows about 4' tall and blooms August through October in large dense flower heads. The flowers are an important food and energy source for fall migrating monarch butterflies traveling along the coast.

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