​Wetland Plants

​Wetland Plants

Posted by Tammy Sons on Aug 30, 2017

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 various wetland shrubs like witch hazel, buttonbush, 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.

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Nurseries that sell wetland shrubs align with local and state environmental compliance so these shrubs do not become extinct. It's essential to check the classification to ensure 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

That 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. However, as a shrub, it does nicely along fences and wherever low-lying shade is needed.

Button Bush

This wetlands shrub has an exciting 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 wetland plant grows as far north as Newfoundland and 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. The brownish-red twigs are covered with a light hairy texture.

Oak Leaf Hydrangea

That is a wetlands shrub with much interest. It has large, expansive leaves similar to that of oak trees and pretty clusters of white flowers with 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.