Hillside planting

Asked June 10, 2018, 12:12 PM EDT

Hi, I’m trying to prevent erosion with some deep-rooting shrubs (shorter than 10 feet mature height). I prefer natives. I live in Waldport, 1/2 mile from the coast on a hillside prone to somewhat high winds when it storms. Do you have a list of these types of plants? Thank you! Brenda Meikle

Lincoln County Oregon

4 Responses

HI there,

For shrubs Wild roses are also very good for erosion control. Both Nootka rose and peafruit or wild swamp rose are excellent choices. Other appropriate deciduous shrubs include: Saskatoon serviceberry, snowberry, oceanspray, Pacific ninebark and red-flowering currant.

Depending on conditions, Pacific wax myrtle and Pacific rhododendron are good choices. Tall or Creeping Oregon grape and salal both spread by underground stems or rhizomes and could also stabilize a slope.

For grounds covers, here are a few options: Kinnikinnick, coastal strawberry and silverweed.

You can view a chart of Native PNW Plants for Erosion Control here: https://wmswcd.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Native-Plants-for-Erosion-Control.pdf


Are there trees as well? I guess I left those out? I was looking at various types but don't know which are native to the Waldport area.

Also, are the species you mentioned native?

Thank you so much!

Yes, I didn't respond with tree options as you mentioned wanting under 10 feet mature height. The plants I mentioned before are all natives.

For trees you can go with shore pine, alders (red or sitka), red-twig dogwoods.


Thank you so very much!