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​Wetland Shrubs - Rustic Beauties

Wetlands are naturally occurring areas of an environment that act like basins that fill during rain events. These areas retain moisture due to their soil composition. They are perfect for a variety of wetland shrubs like witch hazel, button bush, hazel alder and oak leaf hydrangea. These shrubs have sturdy roots that thrive on moist soil with good drainage. They produce full, showy foliage and in some varieties, blooms early in spring.

Growing Wetland Shrubs

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Nurseries that sell wetland shrubs do so in alignment with local and state environmental compliance so these shrubs do not become extinct. It's important to check the classification to insure the shrubs are not on the endangered list and are suitable for the specifics of the growing zone. There are different types of wetlands. For instance, some salt marshes are designated wetlands. There are wetlands near swamps, vernal pools, pinelands and prairies. Learn which type of wetland region will be sufficient to grow wetlands shrubs.

Witch Hazel

This is the name for the species known as Hamamelis. It is a lovely wetland shrub with bright golden flowers with a spidery look. It can be trained to grow into a tree. However, it is not known to be a prolific shade tree. As shrub, however, it does nicely along fences and wherever low lying shade is needed.

Button Bush

This wetlands shrub has an interesting appeal. As its name indicates, it has blooms that appear like white buttons. It can grow in water or very moist soil. The little buttons or "orbs" have small protruding spikes. The natural habitat for this plant is a marsh.

Hazel Alder

This wetlands plant grows as far north as Newfoundland and as far south as Florida. It is one of the more unusual wetlands shrubs. It has tiny seed cones that look like miniature pine cones. However, this shrub takes about ten years before it matures and grows up to 12 feet in height. The brownish red twigs are covered with a light hairy texture.

Oak Leaf Hydrangea

This is a wetlands shrub with much interest. It has large, expansive leaves similar to that of oak trees and pretty clusters of white flowers that have a Victorian look. This shrub has several varieties from which to choose. Most spectacular are the leaves that turn a deep burgundy with touches of indigo. This wetlands shrub has been hybridized for greater variety.